Had to make do with BBC’s disappointingly brief highlights of last night's City game - hope they improve when BBC Sport move to the Quays next year. Couldn't go to the match as I had a meeting in the ward last night and I think I know where my priorities lie.
Earlier I'd been in Wythenshawe for what I suppose would be described as a staff development session as part of a programme called Connect. I've often pointed out to my Councillor colleagues that we can pass all the motions and resolutions we like in the Council Chamber, nothing will happen unless the people who work for us make it happen, and how well services are delivered is largely down to their skills, enthusiasm and commitment. Just barking out orders doesn't deliver. Indeed using bullying tactics no more works in motivating Council employees than it does Premier League footballers, though the latter are slightly better rewarded (I didn't say paid). The best way of getting things done is to make sure employees are absolutely clear what is expected of them, that they understand why they are doing what they are doing, that they feel they've been able to contribute to the thinking and planning, and that they can see the work contributing to meeting their own personal needs and aspirations. That does mean that if we want our employees to give of their best (and we do), we need to give them some time to think about and talk about with colleagues where the Council is going and what their own role within that is. That's what Connect does. It brings together Council colleagues from different departments and different levels in the hierarchy to both listen and be listened to. Perhaps something we don't do enough off.
A moderately early start today with the Overview and Scrutiny Co-ordinating Committee but as the meeting lasted barely ten minutes I'm not sure it was worth getting out of bed for; a view that I'm sure is shared by my colleague Councillor Mary Watson, who doesn't like early starts at the best of times. Hope to be done by around 8.30/9pm this evening after I've spoken at and been interrogated at the FC Utd AGM. We're still working with the club to identify a site for a new stadium and to put together the finance needed to build it and I'm confident we will get there. Think I'll still be hanging on to my Eastlands season ticket though!