Author Archives: Cath

I moved the blog…

Daft timing I know, but right in the middle of #BlogJune I’ve decided to move my blog. I just needed to get it done and today was the day. You can find me here Share

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What makes up our professional identity?

Since surgery last month, when I had to be intubated and put in ICU due to severe aspiration pneumonia, I’ve had a very hoarse, quiet voice. No problem. Today the ENT specialist informed me my left vocal chord is paralysed … Continue reading

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Thinking about delegation

Yesterday I talked about delegation, and how I need to do more of it in order to grow my staff so they can move into more senior roles. I’ve been thinking about what else I can delegate because it has … Continue reading

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Thinking about retirement

I’ve been thinking about retirement. Not mine, everyone else’s. Quite a few of my senior team will retire in the next 10 years, and some may leave before that of course. One has already signalled she’ll retire in 2020. Succession … Continue reading

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When #BlogJune comes around

This is not the first time I’ve done #BlogJune, where people try to blog every day. Of course I’m off to a great start because it’s already the 3rd of June and this is my first post. Why am I … Continue reading

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Training disaster averted!

We were fortunate to get a $43,000 grant from the TSB Community Trust towards eight 3D printers and the accompanying bits ‘n bobs. Each branch will have one, even the smallest which is only part time, because all our residents … Continue reading

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Learning new things can be uncomfortable

A group of us at work are working on our Asset Management Plans (AMPs) and ensuring anything in our business plans, and the Long Term Plan (LTP), is backed up by evidence and supported by the AMPs. I understand how it … Continue reading

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Thinking ahead to #open17

I’m already thinking about this year’s LIANZA conference, who to take, and how many. I have generous staff training and conference budgets, but need approval from my manager in terms of individuals attending and overall cost. We take spending ratepayers … Continue reading

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Providing training opportunities

I’ve got about 30 staff, including casuals, so providing external professional development opportunities for everyone isn’t an option. Mind you, I have a reasonably generous training budget, and manage to send quite a few staff away each year. We’re also … Continue reading

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#shareGoodstuff

As I started writing, the horrors occurring in the USA were very much on my mind. Then I deleted it and started over. I’ve realised I need more time to process what I’m seeing and hearing before I can say … Continue reading

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