Start the Conversation

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In this set of videos, Chief Executive Phil Norrey talks about what good leadership means to him, and how we can tell if someone is a good leader. He also discusses his leadership inspiration, headteacher, the late Chris Powell.

What does leadership mean for you?

Tony ParkerTom DixonMairi Hamilton
Tony ParkerTom DixonMairi Hamilton
Ali BoydDave BeasleyJo White
Ali BoydDave BeasleyJo White 
Dan LookerCamilla de Bernhardt Lane Michael Beechener
Dan LookerCamilla de Bernhardt LaneMichael Beechener
Rob CoulstonWendy Smith 
Rob CoulstonWendy Smith


9 thoughts on “Start the Conversation

  1. Michael Beechener

    Really pleased to see and hear about the energy and ideas that were generated on Thursday etc.
    Special mention for Adult Commissioning (in Annex) and East & Mid Devon Children’s Service (Tiverton) in particular Tim Leishman and Fran Giblin respectively.
    This is just the sort of positive leadership that helps around here.
    What else did you and others get up to??

  2. Jo Hooper

    The Community Insight survey explored resilience and capacity across diverse communities – with some very interesting results. Capacity and resilience also discussed at #dspconf17 – some suggestions included engaging young people (where there is untapped resource/talent), taking care not to keep ‘fishing in the same pool’, and having broader more inclusive conversations (bringing many groups together to discuss a way forwards/co-produce).
    I also think the first question is wrong…citizens shouldn’t be “supporting the council” but “supporting themselves”. The council’s role (with partners) would be a co-ordinator to enable this to happen, to connect people, resources, ideas and remove barriers etc, only stepping in fully when it becomes a statutory/acute need.

  3. Simon

    The Leadership Group are exploring work around Flourishing connected and collaborative Communities on 13 March. We’re asking them two questions….
    1. What role do you think citizens and communities will play in supporting the Council in the future?
    2. What is the current capacity in communities to do this?

    What would you say?

    1. John Bryant

      This may be naive, but shouldn’t the question be the other way around?
      Citizens pay us to deliver services, and communities are not single entities with varying capacity to support the state, but sets of small local interest groups, often formed around a very few individuals, that add local colour and flavour. Attempting to harness this to support council priorities wont work; and the Council will struggle to communicate in a meaningful way with the very large variety of groups, many of whom will have high turnover of volunteers. It might be worth looking at, but the starting point I would suggest is to define exactly what you mean by “Communities.”

  4. Dominic Lant

    The leadership team have come up with the acronym TEA Together, Empowered and Ambitious. Well for me what always goes well with a cup of tea is biscuits! and below is what I like to see in a leader using this acronym!
    B elief- in them and what they are trying to achieve.
    I nspirational – Has a vision for the future and can motivate others by effectively changing their leadership style to meet different circumstances.
    S et Direction – Knows where they are and what they want to achieve and can take people along with them.
    C aring – Care about what they are doing and those that they lead or can affect.
    U nderstanding – What people are saying, to adapt and react in a positive way to motivate and get the best out of others and set a new direction if required.
    Inclusive – Involving everyone, making them feel a part of what you are trying to achieve.
    T rustworthy- in behaviour and actions.
    S uccessful – in delivering vision. Can learn from mistakes and adapt with enthusiasm. People can trust that they can deliver.

    1. Jo Prince-White

      This is inspired Dominic! Thank you for posting it and I will be using it in our ‘stop the clock’ conversation at Taw View today…. with tea and biscuits of course 😉

    2. Michael beechener

      Great idea Dominic. I was thinking of Jaffa cakes as they are my favorites, however I got stuck on the ‘j’ and as for the ‘f’s’………

      Michael B

  5. Joe

    For me, leadership is defined really simply. A leader is someone people want to follow.
    Not many people are keen to follow self-appointed, self-righteous, boss typed individuals but leaders are different!
    A leader has vision. A leader knows that the only way their vision will come to fruition is releasing those who feel inspired by that vision to play their part.

    A leader is humble but capable of being assertive. A leader genuinely cares about those who are following.


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