Baroness Rennie Fritchie
Newport 22 nd January 2009
Power and Influence
Personal and Professional
(1) Understand it.
(2) Shape it.
(3) Fight it.
(4) Ignore it.
A Positive Approach
From January 1st 2010 all cars
will be painted one colour
only - YELLOW
Power & Influence
FOUR POWER BASES
REWARDS & PRESSURES
Prescribing goals &
PARTICIPATION & TRUST
Recognising & involving
Testing & expressing
Creating word pictures and
long term visions
Generating a shared identity
Reasoning for and against
Using factual language
Who I am
What I believe in
What I stand for
We must do what we conceive to be the right
thing and not bother our heads or burden our
souls with whether we’re going to be
successful. Because of we don’t do the right
thing, we’ll be doing the wrong thing, and we’ll
just be part of the disease, and not part of he
Who is important to me?
How can I show they matter
Who can I count on?
Which personal qualities
do I want to reaffirm or
How then do I want to
Five questions or
statements about you and
Why I chose it
Why it matters to me
What should be constant?
Where best can I
contribute to an improved
What do I need to do to
influence a positive
Traveller, the only way is your footsteps, there
is no other.
Traveller, there is no way you make the way as
As you go, you make the way, and stopping to
look behind, you see the path that your feet
will never travel again.
Traveller. There is no way only foam trails in the
‘Remember not getting what
you want is sometimes a
wonderful stroke of luck’.
Work Life Balance
Twelve Tips for Managing the
1. As soon as you get a new diary go
through it and put in all your important
dates – Birthdays, Anniversaries,
holidays, special events etc. this will
prevent squeezing them around your
2. Say ‘No’ early if it is something you don’t
want or can’t do. If you find this particularly
difficult then give an indication of your direction
of travel e.g. ‘I think it is highly unlikely, but I will
come back and confirm’ or ‘I don’t think is will
be possible but I’ll let you know.’
3. Recognise that things always take
longer than you think, so build in ‘buffer
4. In times of stress or pressure, prioritise.
Only do, what only you can do.
5. Separate out the important from the
urgent. Tackle the urgent in fast time
but give slow time to the important.
6. Give yourself entry and re-entry time
between work and home.
Leave ‘baggage’ behind.
7. Perfection is not always a healthy aim.
Remember, “not everything worth doing
is worth doing well.”
8. Guilt can be a destructive and time
consuming emotion, let it go.
9. Use speed-reading to churn through
the paperwork. E.g. Articles – first
Paragraph. Last Paragraph. First line in
intervening paragraphs. Books – First
chapter as above. First and last
paragraphs in intervening chapters.
10. Practice delegating and mandating. If you
don’t have the resources and staff to do this
negotiate for more or reduce your workload.
Some jobs are just too big. Don’t agree to
mission impossible and then blame yourself
when you can’t achieve it.
11. Remember, being part-time doesn’t mean
your contribution is limited. You can be whole-
heartedly and wholly present and in this way
add real value. It isn’t necessary to expand your
time to almost full-time on a part-time salary.
12. Think about the things you do just for you
and make sure you have them plentifully
scattered throughout your diary. Remember
nobody loves a martyr!
‘The most difficult thing is the
decision to act, the rest is merely
tenacity. The fears are paper tigers.
You can act to change and control
your life: and the procedure, the
process is it’s own reward.’