Listening and learning
Keeping others informed, listening and learning have all been key features of Wayne's week.
On Monday, we were pleased to welcome the Chairman of WOSM www.scout.org, Simon Rhee, and one of the two Vice Chairs, Wahid Labidi, to Gilwell. We took the opportunity to discuss several initiatives under way by WOSM and talked about key projects here in the UK, including our Promise consultation.
We have also been catching up with several colleagues involved in World Scouting, now and in the recent past, to ensure that we fully understand the implications of any decisions we may take following our Promise consultations, to which 15,000 have participated.
Ensuring good inductions
I've talked before about the importance of good inductions and support, especially in those early months. I've also said how we are not exempted nationally, so Alan Craft and I spent an evening with Matt Hyde, CEO designate to see if his induction and familiarisation is going well.
Keeping in touch with Presidents and Vice Presidents
Ensuring that 'key influencers' are well informed about today's Scouting is vital if we are to get the most out of their involvement and support, and this applies nationally as well as locally. So we were very grateful to our President, HRH Duke of Kent, who hosted a lunch for Vice Presidents at St James's Palace on Thursday for the opportunity to inform them of our current success.<'/>Do take the opportunity to keep local influencers informed of your own work at all levels.
It is also still budget time, so Carl Hankinson (Chairman, Operations Committee), Derek and I took advantage of being in London to catch up on a number of topics including the budget, work plans and the various sub-groups that report to Operations Committee.
And still getting in hot water
Of course, as enjoyable and productive as this all was, it didn't win me any brownie points with Julie, having to spend Valentine's Day in London!