Leaving a note...

You may have read the news about the new Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws getting a note from his predecessor, Liam Byrne reading "I'm afraid there is no money.".  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8688470.stm

Well, he actually wrote "Dear chief secretary, I'm afraid there is no money. Kind regards - and good luck! Liam." but it amounts to the same thing.

As Chair of the BCS Information and Technology Training Specialist Group, it got me thinking what I would leave in a note to my successor when I leave post.  "Dear Chair, I did what I could but they still won't take L&D seriously. Sorry."? Or "Dear Chair, We have lots of support in BCS and have gained recognition for what we, as L&D practitioners in IT, do to support the profession.  Keep up the good work."?

It won't be the former if I have anything to do with it and the I&TTSG committee is strong and full of people committed to making sure that it is the latter.  Please continue to show your support by commenting on blogs and articles and attending our events – the next one is on 2nd June by the way http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=conWebDoc.35091 .

That way it won’t be like the one left by Tory Reginald Maudling to his Labour successor James Callaghan in 1964: "Good luck, old cock ... Sorry to leave it in such a mess.".  :)

About the author
Jooli Atkins (FBCS, CITP) has been involved in the IT profession for the past 25 years, mainly in Learning and Development. She is the Chair of the BCS Learning and Development Specialist Group and CITP assessor as well as being an accredited SFIA consultant, specialising in Business Change.

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