Guiding Breckland Council to a positive new direction

The public sector has seen massive change and upheaval in recent years and those working within it have had to face many challenges.

 

In April, we started work with Breckland Council which is one of the local authorities that has undergone change. A reorganisation within the authority meant that staff there were required to find new ways of working.

With our expertise in change, growth mindset and resilience, we were asked to help leaders with the necessary skills and techniques to support their teams through transitions. Stephanie Davies ran an initial three sessions focussing on resilience, positive cognitive skills and growth mindset.

The first session was for senior leaders in the organisation, with a further two sessions for managers. This was module one.

In the session for managers, they were taken through a range of effective thinking techniques and communication skills that will help their teams.

Subjects covered included language for helping people move forward, resilience and ‘wonky thinking’. The concept of wonky-thinking looks at beliefs and how they impact on an individual’s ability to move forward positively in a situation.

In association with this we looked at thinking traps; black and white thinking, rose-tinted glasses and catastrophic thinking, how to spot these and how to move on and help others rationalise and move on.

Stephanie gave her audience techniques to help their teams gel and to help them think in a forward way, rather than look at the past.

There were some real positive shifts in the sessions and some delegates recognised that they were prone to falling into negative thinking traps and there were ways to flip situations, refocussing and reframing through language.

Our work with the authority will continue and we also designed a benchmark survey which was done at the start of the process and will be repeated at the end and two months afterwards to see what shifts have taken place.

If you would like to chat about transformation and the importance of resilience and growth mindset for your teams then do get in touch.

 

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