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Time for that annual review

Effective reviews are an important part of supporting volunteers in Scouting and this week Wayne received his own review. He also caught up with athlete and campaigner, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Doing things differently

My natural preference is for fairly informal 'catch-ups' or reviews with those I’m directly responsible for supporting. However, I found my own slightly more structured review this week very interesting and helpful, and it's making me re-think the approach.

As you will know, I spent 24 hours last weekend with our Chairman, Sir Alan Craft, at Hawkhirst, but we had already planned time in London for my formal review (ahead of other meetings we were involved in). It was textbook stuff in terms of having enough time, in a relaxed and conducive environment etc.

A two-way process

Alan is undertaking reviews of all Trustees by inviting comments from several fellow Trustees and, in my case, my direct reports. This provided for some structured feedback, observations and suggestions, as well as his own experiences.

I also had the opportunity to share some of my own observations, identify any training needs and to chat about the future.

Food for thought

I have to say that, having approached it as something that ‘has to be done’, I genuinely found it to be a good and constructive experience; well worth the time invested by us.

It has certainly made me stop and think of the value of a more structured approach to reviews including feedback from colleagues and those we support etc.

Learning from Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Last week was another full-on Scouting week with several meetings (Key 3, Chairman's Consultative Group) and a couple of interesting meetings with potential volunteers and partners.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Britain’s most famous Paralympic athlete, was in Guernsey this week to present sports achievements and to promote awareness of disability and inclusiveness. She shared many engaging and thought-provoking thoughts and ideas,  many of which I am pleased to say already features in our own thinking.

The value of using the right 'stuff'

The snow certainly caused havoc with my travelling, compounded firstly by Guernsey airport over diluting the runway de-icer; so it froze. Then the plane de-icing team at Gatwick also used a liquid that wasn’t strong enough to last until take-off: sad but true.



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