Archive for January 10, 2011

Competency killed the Council

January 10, 2011

Well, if we're honest no; it makes you look like an idiot!

A new year and another guest post. We received a few over the Christmas period and will put them up over the next few weeks. This one discussed the problems that can come when members of staff are ‘too’ competent.

After some mediocre school results I made a pact with myself to aim higher and strive for bigger and better things. I pledged never to pass up an opportunity and to toss my name into the hat and see where it gets me. This commitment is not all altruistic; at the same time I was an ambitious individual, keen to move up within the organisation and assume some genuine responsibility in the not too distant future.

Well to date, it’s got me a place on the most hated team within my Council, having to meet the challenge of next year’s budget cuts, working a 50 hour week on a junior salary. Sitting here now I am left with the conclusion that (both metaphorically and financially speaking) I am playing the long game.

The lesson I have learnt is that competency is both a blessing and a curse in Local Government.