20th October 2016 – Airedale was ‘Brilliant’ on NHS Fab Change Day

Posted on October 20, 2016 by AireAdmin No Comments

I’m writing this still surfing the crest of a wave* following a truly brilliant day at work today.

(*more on this later.)

To celebrate Fab Change Day, we were delighted to welcome Andy Whitaker from The Art of Brilliance http://www.artofbrilliance.co.uk/  and co-author of ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ and ‘Be Brilliant Everyday’. Andy has been described as ‘the best thing to come out of Morecambe since the M6 motorway’ and he truly is!

I first met Andy about five years ago in my previous role at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. I was so struck by the simplicity of the messages he shared and his down to earth no-nonsense style that I was compelled to buy his book; since then I have bought and read the lot. The beauty of these books is the humour, plain language, illustration, ease of reading and that they have totally changed how I think about the stuff that happens to me and how I deal with it….

When I re-joined Airedale last year, I was keen to share what I’d learned with colleagues; it seemed to resonate with them too. It was during the summer when we were thinking of a way of boosting morale that the dots with change day and being brilliant connected.

Over 360 of our people came to the sessions today; laughing and learning together. It’s testament to the energy that was created that I’m still buzzing, writing this at 22.00 – thank you for getting involved with gusto!

There’s too much to share in a blog, but here are my top five take-aways from today that I am going to do.

  • Do the 10/5 rule:

o   Smile with my eyes to everyone I come within 10 feet of

o   Speak to people I come within 5 feet of

  • Go see people more-start a ‘face to face Friday’ revolution (join me!)
  • Try a ‘pay it forward’ random act of kindness (I may buy you a coffee in the restaurant, please don’t look at me like I’m weird!)
  • Think ‘What would Bob do?’ (Can we fix it? Yes WE can!)
  • Remember the 4 minute rule-be the best version of myself for the first four minutes I’m with someone.

So, stuff happens, good stuff and bad stuff. Change is happening, at us, by us and all around us. It’s getting bigger and faster. We can’t control the waves, but we have control over our choice…I choose surfing.

Jo Davy, head of quality improvement at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

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