The meltdownIt’s Thursday evening as I write this. I’m watching the programme on the BBC about the crazy hotel in Liverpool where everything is Instagram fishing. I started watching it the other week and it is exactly the kind of delicious nonsense that I love.A room in The Shankley hotel, with gold crushed velvet bed … Continue reading Weeknotes S10 Ep14
Disclaimer: not *all* the jobsGif: From Flight of the Concords. The look at the camera and say “Why, Be more constructive with your feedback. Please.”Terence recently wrote a great blog post about all of the jobs he had failed to get, you’ll find that here:Unlike Terence, who presents a finite list of failures to us in … Continue reading All the jobs I failed to get
Find out more about #MyPathToTheCivilService and how I workLesley KnopeAmanda has been writing a blog post a day for #NaBloPoMo and she recently published a version of @jukesie’s recent “This is how I work…” post.She also nominated a few people to write their own version and I was one of those people. So, dutifully, here we … Continue reading This is how I work… give or take.
The one where things feel like they’re coming together Overarching feeling of the weekYeah. A good week.*gasp*“Really Sam? Are you ok?”Well, yep, actually. There you guys were, thinking my life was all…When it turns out that sometimes, it’s totally like…It’s something I need to remember, some weeks are genuinely fulfilling and good. Reasons for it being good … Continue reading Weeknotes S3 Ep04
Fuzzy dogfoodThis week has mostly been brought to you by migraines. It’s been a fuzzy, busy one. Still, on reflection, a productive week.On Sunday night I had a migraine so it was good that I had planned to work from home on Monday. I had to help eat that dogfood I mentioned in Ep06 and … Continue reading Weeknotes S01 Ep08
The one where I took no notes.My notebook has no weeknote notes in it.My first “typical” week in a while, in that it was a full week  in the office. There has been a lot going on; work handed over because Olivia is leaving, and a significantly smaller DAT team because people are on leave.Ally, who … Continue reading Weeknotes S01 Ep07
Which is mostly about inspirational people.I’ve hit my 6th weeknote, the point at which I said I would review whether to keep pressing ahead to 10.The Sesame Street number songWhen I caveated that I would review at 6, I honestly thought that getting here would be a massive slog and that I would struggle to get … Continue reading Weeknotes S01 Ep06
How taking a chance on an accelerator scheme helped me find meaning and motivation in my work.I joined my department in April 2015 at end of a significant technology transformation project, the first of it’s kind in the Civil Service.It’s fair to say that when I started, my team were all on a very steep learning … Continue reading My accelerator journey…