GDPR – Are you ready?

I found it surprisingly easy to register on the Information Commissioner Office’s website (ICO).  Usually these Government type websites are inflexible and it is nigh on impossible to use.

 

I decided to take the opportunity of GDPR on 28 May 2018 to think about how I get, store, use and destroy information I hold on those people I am trying to get into work or those clients I am working with to upskill their teams in mental health and well being.

 

What I noticed about the ICO’s website is you can type everything in about your data processes so it’s absolutely clear to all stakeholders what happens to their data, their rights and obligations.  Usually, it’s a ‘square peg and round hole’ scenario where you have to try to make generic drop down menus fit with your business.

 

In addition, I’ve introduced a full data information sheet which I issue to everyone and get their signature on a receipt index.

 

As an added measure, for clarity, I’ve introduced a digital recording system for all 1-2-1 meetings and an additional authorisation sheet is signed for this.

 

There is a lot of anticipation around GDPR.  When you look at it as protection for your business, it’s not nearly as onerous as it first looks.

 

Ready, set …….almost go!

Checklist!  The following is ready to go for tomorrow’s 17th Employer Speed Dating Session at Southwark Cathedral!

 

  • Employer Table names
  • Register of wannabe Growing Talent Associates
  • Profile summary sheet from employers
  • Ice breaker questions

 

With 22 talented applicants expected, it should be an amazing day!

 

Thanks to Matthew Bowden for the inspiring feature photo from http://www.freeimages.com –  it aptly shows the bright new future awaiting the selected Growing Talent Associates……….

1st Impressions…

Reading The Metro on the train this morning, there was a small piece on a group supporting offenders completing their sentence to be given a £1K package to include grooming costs, clothes etc to enable them to make a great 1st impression when meeting prospective employers.

 

A great idea.  But are 1st impressions still appropriate?

 

I’ve noticed more and more, in the corporate world especially, how dress code has changed to become almost non-existent.

 

It almost seems unacceptable now to give personal image guidance to increase someone’s chances of making a great 1st impression.

 

I hope the group trying to support the offenders are successful.  People leaving prison clearly have a number of hurdles to get over if they are going to make a successful transition.

 

Personally, I know that I perform more confidently if I’m dressed appropriately for the situation/event.

 

So just how important is ‘dress to impress’ ‘no 2nd chance at a 1st impression’ now?

 

What do you think?……….

True Grit!

What an amazing story, what an amazing, positive  role model.

 

Describing herself as ‘a girl who liked to run…’ she was the first female to enter the Boston Marathon in 1967.  Even though she was registered, you can clearly see an official trying to force her off in the feature photo.

 

Her determination paid off.  She completed that marathon and may others since including taking part in the London Marathon 2018 held on 22 April prodding wearing her 261 badge number.  At 71 she glows health and vitality.

 

Although not a household name outside the world of running, she surely should be.  With a clear goal of what she wanted to achieve for herself in being allowed to run, she opened the barriers for others to follow.

 

Isn’t this a great lesson for us all?  Determination, patience, true grit will deliver the results you want and change hearts and minds along the way.

 

We are only bound my our own mind’s limitations…….  Ignore these perceptions, and anything is possible and achievable.

Social Media – is ‘social’ the right word?

The rapid growth of users to the social media platforms has exploded in recent years.  It’s now acceptable for mobile phones to accompany us everywhere – and I mean everywhere!

 

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard people clearly on their mobiles in toilet cubicles!  Hygenic? Courteous to the caller?  If it’s private, why not go outside the building?

 

How rude the shoppers refusing to hang up their call whilst trying to pack their shopping, pay the cashier whilst balancing their mobile under their chin!

 

Is this civilised communication?

 

Like a free coffee whilst shopping in some chains, it seems something we never thought we’d need, but very quickly some can’t do without!

 

Over recent  months I’ve attended various meetings/conferences where social media is clearly a double edged sword.  There was the mum who highlighted her daughter had been bullied 24/7 to the point of suicidal thoughts – even moving school didn’t arrest this evil pursuit.  Then there is the fledging business that after meeting with professionals and learning about Search Engine Optimisation, they increased their social media activity and saw their ranking on search engines increase rapidly.

 

Then of course, delivering training I notice how many people bring their phones with them.  Rudeness, presenteeism etc don’t seem to enter their heads, so without trying, they give a really bad impression of their commitment, enthusiasm etc.

 

What prompted this reflection?  Seeing on the news JD Weatherspoons has closed all 900 social media accounts as well as their 700,000 strong personal email database.  The reason they give is they don’t like the compulsive use of social media, the trolling and so on.

 

It will be interesting to see if other companies follow this action and if JD Weatherspoons re-activates their accounts in the future.

 

There is something in ‘compulsive’ use – how many people do you know who go out with family/friends and then spend the night texting? or the colleague who insists on taking their mobile in meetings?

 

Maybe we really should be conscious of our use of this technology…..

 

Simon Sinek the British American Motivator, Business Consultant and excellent public speaker has a number of films on YouTube.  Below is one on millennials which brilliantly illustrates the impact of the technology/social media……

 

What are your thoughts?  Do we need to be more disciplined in our use of technology/social media?

 

 

The social media feature photo is by Geralt.

Who knew…..

Everyday appears to be an ‘international day’ of something.  12 April is both the International Day of Human Space Flight – started by the UN to mark human endeavours in space since the first space flight containing humans on 12 April 1961.

 

12 April 2018 is also International Street Children’s Day.  Looking deeper into this I discovered the CSC (Consortium for Street Children) was based in London and the Consortium had been started in 1993 by the then PM – John Major!

 

With no publicity in mainstream press, the consortium has grown to over 100+ partners.  What struck me was the memories I have of John Major as PM are the opposite of a dynamic leader delivering results.  Was he mis-represented?  I think he must have been.  He is now the Patron of CSC.

 

It amazes me how some people we feel are in the background and insignificant are in fact unsung heroes!