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For those of you that don't subscribe to it, here's a link to Dr. Packman's December Briefing.

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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An interesting read to be recommended including the attachments which (in my view) give those involved a chance to learn for the future without loosing face which is always a problem in complex organisations.

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The peer review report is quite interesting. Damned with faint praise?

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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Interesting reading. You feel the exasperation about the failure to get members ‘on side’ - which is how organisations like this work.

Funnily enough, from our point of view as toll-payers, the current situation where the likes of James Knight are outside the tent p****** in, is good for us. If they were brought more into the fold we’d probsbly have more to complain about.

I note they praise the work on NP branding which rather gives the lie to the story that other NPs don’t like it.

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”I note they praise the work on NP branding which rather gives the lie to the story that other NPs don’t like it.”

Given the blandness of the whole report, it is hardly likely that they would make any public criticism of the ‘rebranding’.

However, if you put that against some of the issues they highlighted, it is hardly encouraging.

Member issues;
Lack of engagement with local authorities;
Lack of a ‘one team’ culture;
Poor conflict resolution;
A perception that the BA is not open, transparent or accountable enough in how it spends public money;
Work to be done in understanding some of the business and community needs;
Ineffective communication.

These are issues that have often been complained about. Perhaps the BA might listen, now it’s also been said by their ‘peers’.



"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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" Lack of engagement with local authorities;
Lack of a ‘one team’ culture;
Poor conflict resolution;
A perception that the BA is not open, transparent or accountable enough in how it spends public money;
Work to be done in understanding some of the business and community needs;
Ineffective communication."

The members concerns that Paladine highlights are possibly valid. Some almost certainly so.

A good deal of my work is with the public sector. Very similar concerns are often mentioned concerning those sectors too.
I am a private sector operative with a very private sector mentality. I find a lot of what goes on the other side of that particular fence pretty frustrating. However, I have leaned to have some sympathy with some stuff that goes on there.
The examples mentioned above show some of their difficulties.

For instance... Communication, transparency and engagement all open these departments up for criticism. Nothing wrong with that if the critics are aiming for a better all round performance.
Unfortunately, that is very often not the case. All too often the loudest noises come from those that have personal interests, axes to grind, personality conflicts, power complexes and those that generally want to make life difficult.
Those people make it almost impossible for the moderate critics to get their voices and reasonable suggestions heard. Plus all the noise makes the organisation less likely to be so communicative, transparent and engaged in the future.
A downward spiral.





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My own experience with local authorities, and I include the BA, is that by being respectful, but persistent, I achieve much more cooperation than jumping up and down, and being belligerent. Actually, this technique seems to work with most organisations, public and private.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)


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