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This blog is a place to share the learning opportunities through Going Beyond, our Communities of Practice education programme.  You can request to join a Community of Practice here: www.tssa.org.uk/goingbeyond

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  • Understanding VUCA

    Author: Luke ChesterPosted: 19 May 2021

    Understanding VUCA - As we emerge from a global pandemic, we are left with a whole set of ‘unknowns’ that will permanently affect the social, political, economic, and technologically landscape. The ‘new normal’ will be the way we operate now, but what is it? Does anyone know? Has anyone got a plan for it?

    If you are feeling a tad overwhelmed by it all, take stock in the fact that it’s nothing new... it’s something we’ve been dealing with for at least the last 50-60yrs. It’s just that it’s speeding up – this ‘new normal’ is called VUCA.

    The US military first coined the term at the end of the cold war to describe the lack of clarity they were facing - Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. This is something we recognise only too well in the transport and travel sector.

    The series we are running on VUCA isn’t designed to eliminate VUCA because you can’t, and it’s here to stay. Still, the workshops and facilitated discussion groups will help increase your understanding and awareness of the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity that you are facing and help you think about strategies and approaches to help you cope and navigate them.

    Come and join us and become part of a proactive group, and together we will start to understand what we can do and create a vision for navigating our way through it.

    Luke Chester

    TSSA Organising Director

    Strategic Organising & Campaigns Team

     

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  • Producing Results – what can you expect to see experience

    Author: Andrew HollingsworthPosted: 20 July 2020

    Building on from our introductory video, this blog is written to give you a bit more detail about what you can expect for the first 4 sessions. Click Read More to expand

    Here are a set of areas that we will explore over the series: -

    ·       Review how workplace cultures effect the production of results and people development.

    ·       Exploration of how leadership and management styles get results and how those styles affect people and whether they’re appropriate

    ·       Understand how our perception shapes our reality’ and the effects it has on our interactions

    ·       Discuss how the management of performance impacts results

    ·       Analyse how using an emotionally intelligent, inclusive leadership approach enables us to deliver sustainable results

     

    Later this week we will be releasing 2 videos from guest speakers that have had experience working in environments that are very much about producing results; a former head Chef who has working in a range of challenging and demanding environments and a former performance coach in the world of football who has worked with Premier League players. Both of them will give you a brief insight into what their world’s were like and then later in the month, you will get the opportunity to join them live to ask them questions and explore how results were produced and the impact that had on them, the teams and the environment around them.

    Following on from this, we will explore and discuss a range of different leadership and management approaches to understand the impact that they have on producing results on the individual, team and culture, for example: - the challenge of getting the task done, whilst developing the individual and getting the best from them as well as building a high performing team – no mean feat!!

    We will also look at some of the research from the Harvard Business Review and see how the area of performance review and appraisal systems has been undergoing, somewhat, of a revolution over the past few years and what organisations are doing now to create an approach that gets the best from their people.

    Finally, we will hone in on what an inclusive, emotionally intelligence leader looks and sounds like and how they get the best results from their people through understanding their personality and strengths through a person-centred approach.

    These 4 sessions will act as the catalyst for what is sure to be an insightful, thought-provoking series.

     Look forward to seeing you on it and check out the website/social media for dates

    If you havent signed for this series of events you can do so here .

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  • Victory for staff as TfL back down over plans to outsource taxi licensing

    Author: Tom MacLachlanPosted: 23 November 2011

    Around 100 staff in London Taxi and Private Hire breathed a sigh of relief today as TfL agreed to drop a proposal to outsource their jobs to a firm based in Coventry or Northampton. With the TfL Finance and Policy Committee due to consider the plan this morning, an email sent late yesterday evening from Deputy Director Helen Chapman informed staff that their recommendation had been withdrawn and the company will now proceed only with plans to re-let an existing contract with additional IT elements.

    This u-turn comes in the face of extraordinary pressure from staff on TPH management, with TSSA and PCS members in TfL given strong support by black cab drivers in the RMT and Unite unions as well as the LCDC and UCG. Staff can be rightly proud of this demonstration of unity between TPH staff and their customers in the cab trade in seeing off these damaging, unfair and costly proposals. Congratulations!

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  • 100 jobs under threat in London Taxi and Private Hire

    Author: Tom MacLachlanPosted: 14 November 2011

     100 jobs under threat in London Taxi and Private Hire

    While most of the company are focussed on the massive cuts programme “Project Horizon”, the Director of Taxi and Private Hire is trying to sneak through a plan to privatise the Compliance and Driver Licensing functions – around two-thirds of the directorate.  This ideologically-driven plan will see a core function of TfL – regulation of the Taxi and Private Hire trades – placed in the hands of the same kind of private firms who have so expensively failed to deliver on contracts right across the public sector (just think of the Tube PPP!) because they are interested in their own profits rather than providing a public service.
     
    STaN – Sending Taxi Authorities North?
    Documents seen by TSSA which attempt to justify this proposal show that a large portion of the so-called benefits would only be realised if 68 jobs in Driver Licensing are moved out of central London to one of the bidders’ offices – in Coventry or Northampton!  For all TfL’s talk of “Safer Travel at Night”, it is difficult to see how they could move the licensing of London’s 28,000 black cabs and 50,000 private hire vehicles 100 miles north without affecting passenger safety.
     
    Is your department next?
    As part of Project Horizon, TfL are already looking at other functions they think are “low-hanging fruit” that are ripe for outsourcing.  The Customer Proposition workstream is gearing up to privatise London’s Travel Information lines and there could be others in the pipeline that we don’t yet know about.  We need to stand together to defend jobs, defend the services we provide and defend London’s travelling public from this dogma of cuts and privatisation.
     
    Your unions are fighting to oppose this and we need your help to lobby the TfL Board
    The proposals, revealed to staff just two weeks ago, need to be approved by the Finance Committee on November 23rd and by the full TfL Board on December 7th.  This meeting of the TfL Board is the critical path for the project, as failure to gain approval here will set the programme back to the extent that the handover date in April 2013 cannot be met – and all the predicted savings will be wiped out by an expensive interim arrangement to extend an existing contract.
    If we can build a strong, united campaign to lobby TfL Board members against this proposal, we can stop it.  
     
    Please support your LTPH colleagues by contacting Board members and London Assembly members to let them know what you think of these damaging, unfair and inevitably costly proposals today.
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  • Your Union needs You! Nominations for 2012

    Author: Tom MacLachlanPosted: 14 November 2011

     Your Union Needs You!  Nominations for 2012
    At the next branch meeting on Tuesday 13th December (5pm, room 10A Windsor House) we will have the opportunity to nominate members to the positions listed below. 
     
    We would like any members who would like more information on the positions, or are interested in putting themselves forward, to please let Branch Secretary Tom MacLachlan know as soon as possible.  In the event of more candidates coming forward than the branch are able to nominate, a vote would be held at the branch meeting; if TSSA receive more nominations from branches than the Association is able to nominate, a further election would be held.  We also require delegations to be gender-balanced where possible.
     
    TSSA positions
    TSSA Scrutineers x2 (to provide oversight of any TSSA elections in 2012)
    TSSA Standing Orders Committee x4 (for 2012 Conference – cannot also be a conference delegate)
    Note: TSSA Conference will be held in Cardiff 23-26 May 2012.  2 delegates from TfL Central branch will be sought prior to the nomination deadline of May 1st.
     
    TUC Delegations
    TSSA Delegation for TUC Women’s Conference x3 (London, 14-16 March 2012)
    TSSA Delegation for TUC Young Member’s Conference x4 (London, 23-25 March 2012 – must be under 27)
    TSSA Delegation for Trades Union Congress x4 (Brighton, 10-13 September 2012)
     
    Labour Party (minimum one year’s party membership required at time of conferences)
    TSSA Delegation for Labour Party Conference x4 (Manchester, 30 Sept-4 October 2012)
    TSSA Delegation for Labour Party Women’s Conference x3 (Manchester, 29-30 Sept 2012 tbc)
     
    Interested in being a prospective parliamentary candidate? We can nominate up to eight members to the TSSA Parliamentary Panel (minimum of two years party membership required)

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  • Welcome to the new TfL Central blog!

    Author: Tom MacLachlanPosted: 14 November 2011

     Welcome to our new branch website
    As part of our continued efforts as a union to improve communications, we are launching this week a new branch website here at www.tssa.org.uk/tfl and a Twitter feed @TSSAatTfL.  This will allow us to post more regular blogs and articles about the issues affecting members in TfL, in addition to our regular monthly newsletters.  If you have any ideas for topics, or would like to write a blog for the branch, please get in touch!


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  • All in this together

    Author: Pixl8Posted: 06 January 2011

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  • Why I got involved

    Author: JeanettePosted: 01 November 2010

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