Thursday, 13 May 2010

I moved on to another induction event at the Derek Fatchett Centre...

These sessions always inspire me as I meet great new colleagues who have made that decision to join the best education team anywhere and now to be part of building an outstanding children's services world for the children and young people of Leeds! I shouldn't really be surprised at these unique and extraordinary colleagues because they have just signed up and are totally committed, totally engaged and not at all cynical about the future... or why join us at a time like this? These colleagues bring creativity, imagination, ideas and experience and they certainly are talented, brilliant, gorgeous and wonderful additions to their teams.

They talked passionately about the Education Leeds culture and how much they loved their work and their team. They also talked about their worries that the magic might dissappear into children's services and into the Council. Our mission, our job, our opportunity, our challenge, as we move into the new world of children's services, is to continue to develop the leadership and culture that will continue to build on what we have already achieved. We must continue to release colleagues potential, magic and passion and target their hard work to continue to make a real difference for our children and young people... which after all is why we work here!

These are certainly interesting times and I always think it is strange to think about the power and the potential we have here in Leeds to change the world if only we could get everyone to believe. Our challenge is to get all our colleagues to believe passionately in themselves and understand that they really are talented, brilliant, gorgeous and wonderful. The question we must all ask ourselves is what couldn't 30000 plus human beings achieve if they work together as a children's services team. What couldn't we learn in the 30000 plus years of experience that we collectively accumulate every year? What couldn't we do if we put our minds to it?

Stay positive and keep the faith!

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