So 2018 is a quarter over and what, exactly, have you learned? I asked the members of the Public Sector Headspace group to suggest what has struck them so far this year.
By Dan Slee
Always the New Year starts fresh and new like a new page in a new Moleskine notebook. But so far into the year what have people learned?
“You learn something every day,” someone once said, “if you pay attention.”
So, here are some things that struck people in the opening months of 2018.
“What I like in a campaign may not be what my target audience likes.” – Leanne Hughes.
“Relationships and trust are top trumps always.” – Emma Rodgers.
“Change happens. It’s a normal process. Not a personal attack. Don’t let it control you. Believe in yourself. Be confident and seize the opportunity it brings.” – Karen Yates.
“You CAN find the time and motivation to do whatever you set your mind to. And having people to support you and cheer you on is a wonderful gift.” – Sally Northeast.
“Trust your experience and instincts.” – Neil Gibson
“I work for a great person on my current contract and she's comes out with some gems to articulate the way she looks at work. A fave is: "Don't take it personally, it's not your own house - so feedback is just that, it's about making the work better and not a personal insult." – Bridget Aherne.
“Facebook Live can (and does) work outside on a mobile internet connection. So be more adventurous with it.” - Daniel Cattanach.
“Things happen for a reason so grab every opportunity to learn and grow.” - Louise Alabaster.
“Having good conversations with people (public, colleagues, leaders, journalists) is time very well spent.” – Paul Compton
“Sometimes, being strict is vital. It's not always nice, but it can be very important.” – Alex Duffy.
“Put your wellbeing - and that of your team - first, always.” – Jude Tipper.
My new favourite Welsh word: ansbaradigaethus. Means something like marvellous beyond belief. Has a cheering effect on my staff!” – Liz Grieve.
“You can never make all of the people happy all of the time but sometimes some of them are on your side.” – Carolyne Mitchel.
“Trust your instincts ... sometimes it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. – Sonia Gerken.😉
“That I still remember what to do when I get a compliment from a manager.” – Kate Pratt.
“Not so much learning something new, but reinforcing something we already know: you can wrap content up in a pretty bow... but if the content is shit, it's going to be shit.” – Marten Rollins.
“Worrying achieves nothing.” – Pamela Welsh.
Dan Slee is co-founder of comms2point0.
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