Spin


I love Spin and in a Local Govt context being able to right good spin can really benefit you when dealing with those more senior than you (provided that you are able to sort out whatever your are in the process of spinning!).

As an example a recently submitted report read as follows. The project was focused on attracting women to undertake courses and was not on target:

’30 women came to initial workshop in Quarter 2. The figures need to be broken down by local area. A project officer has been appointed to help target the service in the local areas. Although 15 women signed up to the programme after that workshop only 5 attended due to an administrative breakdown. The newly appointed project officer will help to better co-ordinate the project. The training programme is on hold until the project officer engages sufficent numbers. Spend will commence in quarter 3 & 4 as the primary source of spend will be against the training. Limited spend in Q2 will be processed in Q3 after SLA has been finalised.’

Our Corporate Director then read it and it became:

‘Early phase recruitment met with a high drop out rate. A project officer has been appointed to help target the recruitment in local areas and to better co-ordinate the project. Spend will commence in quarter 3 & 4 as the primary source of spend will be against the training. Limited spend in Q2 will be processed in Q3 after SLA has been finalised.’

You can’t fault the spin invovled in that can you… Does anyone else have any examples???

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