Feb 2008 - Home Managers Away Days
This year's event was held in a local hotel for 16 of our Home Managers and the theme was
"Moving Forward, Managing Change, Raising Standards"
The workshops held over the two days were to encourage skills with negotiation, leadership, team building, motivational and change management.
Managers also had a chance to relax and reflect on the previous years activities in their homes and revitalise for the forthcoming year. Two new redevelopment schemes in Quedgeley and Brockworth will commence in the Spring and will involve several changes to the management structure in the County. Some will be getting to know new teams and colleagues, while others will have the exciting challenge of focusing on improving on their already high standards in the homes throughout the County.
The first day ended with a "Dance off", where three teams had to compete against one another and perform the same routine showing their skills with synchronisation, musical interpretation and presentation.
Picture shows Tim Joy presenting the winning team, "The Hum Dinging Ranchettes" with their prizes during dinner.
Picture shows Nigel Reed, Chief Executive, and some of the County Office team learning the Line Dance routine following the dance off, where all teams and guests joined in with a final "Yee Haa".
The infamous "After Dinner Quiz" was won by Nigel and his really intelligent team!
The second day concentrated on leadership, negotiating and communication skills with an exercise involving lego bricks, balloons and paper camels and imaginary island of opportunity.
Home Manager, Celia Kidd ready for the balloon challenge!
The winning team showing their prototype paper camel
Studying the lego man and the team discussing the plan to re-build him.
Feedback from the event was very positive and all felt encouraged and motivated for the coming year.
A few quotes from the delegates themselves:
"I think the event went really well and doing the activities rather than just listening to speakers made it much more fun and helped to bond the managers. I can see how this can be relayed into the home environment."
"The course programme was well thought through, was insightful, motivational and a lot of fun. Half the time you didn't even realise you were working which is always good! Breaking us into teams brought out the competitiveness in everyone which can be quite a good thing."
Preparations for next year's event are already under way and all are looking forward to the 2009 event.