Stop the Clock: Start the Conversation events

Everyone was encouraged to Stop the Clock: Start the Conversation about leadership at 11.00am on Thursday 9 March 2017.

If you haven’t shared your feedback, please tell us what you did through the comment section below or email communications@devon.gov.uk

And don’t forget to tweet about your events using #dccTEA and send us your films and photos.

Take a look below at what has happened already – and read a thank you message from Phil Norrey.

  • Our Finance (Accounting Services) Team held a Stop the Clock event and pulled together a comprehensive evaluation of their findings. This includes:

    • Looking at what good leadership is
    • How the Council can improve its leadership
    • How Finance lead by example

    Finance Stop The Clock event

  • Our Waste team held a Stop the Clock event at their team meeting on 7 March. This included a quiz centred on quotes from well-known leaders and other leadership themes.

    The Waste team holding a leadership-themed quiz   The Waste team holding a leadership-themed quiz

  • The Senior Management Team in Children’s Social Work and Child Protection designated 9 March as ‘send no emails’ day and encouraged colleagues to have face-to-face or telephone conversations instead. Events included chats with colleagues and partner organisations over tea and cake, bring and share lunches, a wall of leadership behaviour bricks, and a pebble wall of change. As part of the celebrating success theme, nominations for Social Worker of the Year Awards were sought. Teams in Education came together to discuss the Charter and priorities.

  • Our Public Health and Organisational Development teams took an hour out on 9 March to discuss the Leadership Charter, what it meant for them and how they can put it into practice at all levels. They also shared thoughts and comments on how leaders can make the most of the talents, skills and energy of everyone at DCC.

    The Public Health Stop the Clock event

  • Digital Transformation and Business Support teams held Stop the Clock events across all our strategic sites – County Hall, Estuary House, Follaton House, Great Moor House and Taw View – where colleagues explored elements of the Leadership Charter and how they are contributing to them. The Senior Leadership also took part in a Stop the Clock event in room 120 at County Hall – which included a graffiti wall!

    Stop the Clock in room 120  Digital Transformation and Business Support discuss leadership  Digital Transformation and Business Support discuss leadership  Digital Transformation and Business Support discuss leadership  Stop the Clock event at Oaklands Court, Tiverton  Stop the Clock event at Oaklands Court, Tiverton

  • Our County Solicitor is planning a TEA and jam event for her team and colleagues who are based in the same corridor – full details at Tea and jam.

  • There was a charity day based around the theme of ‘time’ including quizzes, fancy dress and a #dccTEA party. Colleagues also shared their thoughts on the Leadership Charter via a graffiti wall.

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  • The teams had a stop the clock day around communication with their colleagues in Exeter, South and North Devon. Rather than sending emails, they picked up the phone and had a conversation, they also spent lunchtime talking with colleagues. They collated all their compliments together to be displayed and discussed.

  • Colleagues joined in the leadership conversation on graffiti walls, through a leadership questionnaire, ‘If I was Head of Service’ wish pots, and informal drop in sessions.

  • They expressed their views on ‘how we should work together to empower others’ at a drop-in graffiti wall event in AB2 Lucombe House meeting room. Cake and nibbles were included!

  • Team members in TSConnect, who work in different offices, got together to have a rewarding chat about helping each other to work together as a team by taking pride in their roles and having the confidence to carry them out. They are encouraging other teams to start the conversation too.

  • The clock stopped for colleagues in Planning, Transportation and Environment as they discussed our Leadership Charter.

    Colleagues in Planning, Transportation and Environment discuss our Leadership Charter   Colleagues in Planning, Transportation and Environment discuss our Leadership Charter

  • Team discussions, and workshops were held where colleagues compared our Leadership Charter against great leaders and voted for what leader their manager is most like.

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  • The Teams in Barnstaple ad Exeter discussed what leadership meant to each of them and the qualities/attributes they want to see from a leader.

    The Highways Services Team  The Highways Team in Exeter discuss leadership  The Highways Team in Exeter discuss leadership  The Highways Team in Exeter discuss leadership

  • DCC and partnership colleagues promoting Independence across health and social care stopped the clock to consider leadership.

    DCC and partnership colleagues consdider leadership

  • The Bridges Group stopped the clock to discuss the Leadership Charter.

    The hour long get together was structured as follows:

    • Open discussion about why we are doing this and what we can get out of it.
    • Thoughts as to why some people may be cynical about these initiatives.
    • Discussion around why we like working for DCC? – very positive feedback.
    • Consider the leadership quotes that appeared on the message board and choose our favourites.
    • In small groups consider the Charter and identify the traits we can identify in our leaders and areas that could be improved.
    • Final discussion and invitation to make further observations and/or suggestions for improvement.

    The Bridge’s Group stopped the clock at 2pm today (9th March) to discuss the Leadership Charter.  The Bridge’s Group stopped the clock at 2pm today (9th March) to discuss the Leadership Charter.  The Bridge’s Group stopped the clock at 2pm today (9th March) to discuss the Leadership Charter.  The Bridge’s Group stopped the clock at 2pm today (9th March) to discuss the Leadership Charter.

  • Adult Social Care Operations and Adult Commissioning and Health staff discuss leadership Adult Social Care Operations and Adult Commissioning and Health staff discuss leadership Adult Social Care Operations and Adult Commissioning and Health staff discuss leadership