briefing led workshops: A series of stand alone elite-briefing led workshops
to assist decision makers find some 'answers'
Government are clear, they want the fire service to modernise. Chief
Fire Officer have risen to that challenge; strategic thinking and planning
is at an all time high. Nonetheless, achieving results on the ground,
particularly in trying to transform the culture can be problematic.
To assist with
this difficulty I am offering a series of one-day workshops for small
elite groups of decision makers. The intention, to share my understanding
of fire service culture with your team in a facilitated workshop aimed
directly at results.
There are a number of workshops and some examples of these follow. Each
one is stand-alone and the programmes offered will be tailored for your
needs. These high-level workshops involve elite briefings, advice and
discussion on the ‘unique’ problems that the fire service experiences.
At the end of the day the group will have developed a number of transformational
and practical ideas on how to achieve cultural change. ‘Answers’ that
managers can strategically and systematically action and evidence to
are not just tasters of how fitting-in can assist, they will
provide a real insight, further understanding and a dynamism that could
kickstart powerful strategic thinking. Full support will always be available
to provide research and advice on the implementation of any programme
that follows on from these workshops.
are available and you may wish to make contact and talk about your particular
One: Research guided workshop on women firefighters -
This workshop will start with an introduction to the results of my
recent research with over 237 women in the fire service ‘One decade
on.’ Add to this evidence, a direct input on fire service culture
and some clear advice on the way forward, and this provides a framework
for workshop that, by the end of the day, will really help you to
understand fire service culture and improve your equality stategy.
Workshop Two: Leading cultural change – understanding
the firefighter -
A new approach for leaders to understand firefighters’ reaction to
change. This involves an intense one or two day delivery on fire service
culture/s alongside a challenging re-reading of management theory
to promote transformational change that meet the needs of the individual,
the informal culture and managers. The
Three: Training for the future -
This workshop is for trainers and leaders who want to bring their
initial training in line with current thinking: training for
the firefighter of the future not the past.
Working from the findings of the year long 'Sunrise' national research
project on initial training (and the conference that followed).
This workshop is a must for those fire services seeking to avoid the
finding from the Sunrise report that
suggested “If you bully someone in training, set impossible goals,
and teach facts rather than understanding, then it is likely that,
as they mature as firefighters, trainees will fit-in with bullies
at the station, challenge organisational goals, and resist IPDS and
Four: Understanding the culture-
This workshop is for everyone in the fire and rescue service who needs
a briefing on the complicated intereation of fire service cultures.
The whole workshop is research lead and sets out to improve understanding
of how informal and formal cultures operate alongside each other -
sometimes paralleling beliefs and at other times operating in antagonistic
Five:Looking at ways of meeting budget cuts
It now looks as if FRS budgets from central government will be cut
by around 10% over the next three years. Whilst you will no doubt
be planning for such an outcome we have something to offer. We will
individually interview your strategic thinkers about where they believe
‘cuts’ can occur. Then we will then facilitate a workshop
based around their ideas and with a view to gaining a consensus on
the way forward.
can I help?
I am passionate about helping the Fire and Rescue Service to make a
difference. I am a GradIFireE with over 30 year’s operational experience
of the fire service, supported by 14 years teaching and researching
in academia. My PhD on fire service culture provided the basis for me
to write, validate and lead the delivery of the first Public Service
Degree in the UK; and to establish the first university social science
research unit working directly with the fire service. Following a very
successful inspection of the degree by the QAA (the government auditing
body for HE) and following Steve McGuirk's challenge, I have negotiated
a reduciton of my role with Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
This means that
whilst I shall still lecture and research at Anglia Ruskin, I am in
effect actioning my response to Steve. Rather than deliver my research
at arm’s length, I am now offering to leave the ivory tower to bring
academic debates and my real insight into fire service culture/s in
a series of hands-on focused workshops.
• Flexible short sharp package aimed at producing results
• Following a proven academic path of intense delivery and focussed
• A real hands-on educational package aimed at results and transformation
• Advice that can be strategically and systematically evidenced
• Offers a day-out for management teams to think strategically
• Academic led, and rigorously produced in a fire service context
• Research based
• A transparent and auditable product
– to seek informed answers to the thorny questions that managers’ face
on the ground
also benefits from the added value of putting your top teams together
in a in a supportive environment aimed at achieving outcomes
researcher and lecturer, will assist me in facilitating focussed input
The agenda is
yours; when can I come and talk to you about how my ideas may fit-in
Ring on 07802
495 329 or email
Dr Dave Baigent
GiFireE, BA Honours, PhD.
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