Any project in a local authority setting has a certain degree of bureaucracy. And that’s good, bureaucracy makes sure people are kept in the loop, makes sure services are fit for purpose, makes sure we are accountable and transparent. But bureaucracy can also make our workdays too long, frustrate us and distract us from our, and the organisation’s, motivation.
This post is a bit of a departure from our usual content, but I hope you’ll allow me some shameless plugging. I was recently shortlisted for a ‘women in government’ writing competition with Apolitical which means I have now been published on their website. I write about how what feels like our biggest disadvantage as women, being talked over, interrupted and underestimated, can be transformed into our biggest power.
Am I right? Collaboration is one of those buzzwords that people put on CVs, in organisation bio’s and on projects. But how often can you honestly say you’ve experienced true collaboration?