PROFESSIONALISM & POLITICS STILL DON’T MIX!

I am not a political animal and I promised myself that this election would not appear on these pages but sometimes you just have to admit that enough is enough.  The behaviour of  The Right Honourable Gordon Brown, MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (to give him his full title) demonstrates two professionalism issues very clearly and could not be ignored without a few comments. The first issue is, of course, standards in public life and levels of ‘Trustworthiness’.  This election has thrown up some horrible examples of individuals behaving in an unacceptable way and clearly having learned nothing from the public anger in the recent expenses debacle.  They have demonstrated contempt for the public they are supposed to serve and a belief in their own importance which appears to override any moral constraints which ought to be an integral part of the concept of public service and which seems to have eluded them altogether.  They are, in no particular order:

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True professionalism - Read more, read often

We are all subject to fairly staggering amounts of information each day, coming at us from an ever increasing range of sources.  Have you ever considered how much of this ‘stuff’ you actually read and ingest, finding relevance for how you live or work, or storing it away for further use later? The mixed drivers of intellectual curiosity and the need to remain up to date for professional and CPD purposes should be enough to make you apportion a significant percentage of your time to reading as widely and as frequently as possible.

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True professionalism - Respect and trust

I was recently wandering around in the LinkedIn listings looking for someone’s email address and stumbled across the entry from an ex work colleague.  The entry had me rooted to my chair as the detail was claiming that this individual had been in a particular role for several years whereas I know that it had been occupied by someone else during that period.

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Professionalism at work in the holiday season

Just as I was settling down on the train yesterday for a nice relaxed ride home, I overheard the lady next to me say to her travelling companion ‘Did you know Christmas Day is three weeks tomorrow?’  Talk about panic stations!  Am I ready – I am not!  Have I done anything about anything – I have not!  This has all the makings of a Christmas Eve whirlwind  but I have pulled this particular rabbit out a hat before so I am not overly worried.  Not just yet anyway! Organisations, however, need to be just a little bit more prepared and, in difficult times, will hopefully have been a bit inventive this year on the thorny question of  WHAT  TO  DO ABOUT THE  CHRISTMAS  PARTY.  An interesting subset of that discussion will also have revolved around bonuses or rewards for a year of effort and, hopefully, successes.


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So funny but so sad!

When I found this picture recently my first instinct, like yours no doubt, was to laugh uproariously.  It is hilarious.  However, it only takes a split second to then realise that it is one of the saddest and most damning indictments of laziness and total lack of professionalism that I have ever seen.  We definitely have a very long way to go to make professionalism everyone’s preferred option.  But then we’d lose gems like this!  Talk about caught between a rock and a hard place.

 

Fairer access - Time to bite the bullet

Congratulations to Alan Milburn on opening up a laudable cross-sectoral discussion about what our childrens’ futures could be.His newly published report (Unleashing Aspiration - The Final Report of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions) provides some important statistics about current and historical routes into the professions and offers a large number of conclusions and recommendations.

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It's everywhere!

I have to make a confession – I really don’t like tennis. When the adverts for the grunting fraternity start up then it’s time for me to duck for cover and dig out those books I’ve been waiting to read. But anyone can be wrong and I don’t mind admitting that I have had an epiphany. Nothing to do with the game itself, you understand, but the behaviour of the players and their attitude to the umpires and officials.

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