Sue Hill Networking Breakfast

A couple of weeks ago I attended my first Sue Hill Networking Breakfast at Roast Restaurant in Borough Market. My train passes Roast every day on the way into Cannon Street so I was excited about the prospect of being one of the people enjoying a hearty breakfast rather then the other way around. I'm going to say this now so I wont have to say it again the breakfast was fantastic and it was almost, almost too difficult to make a choice from the large selection. Finally I chose the "Full Borough" essentially a full English breakfast, but without black pudding :(

Once Breakfast was ordered the group settled down into a very interesting discussion. The group was comprised of individuals from different sectors, which was great as it meant we got to hear about how we're sharing the same challenges but also about some of the different issues affecting colleagues in the Medical, Scientific and Special library sectors.

Initially the group was asked to list 3 words which we felt were the biggest issues affecting our work. Unsurprisingly change was mentioned a number of times by the group, challenge and challenges were also mentioned. Sadly I cant for the life of me remember what my 3 words were but change is certainly something I have to deal with on a regular basis. One of the points that was raised at the meeting was that it's important to fight the battles that you think you can win. There's no point wasting huge amounts of energy on a fight you're not going to win or which is a hollow victory and does little to prove the value or worth of the service you're responsible for. This was a really interesting meeting and before anyone knew it our breakfast meeting was over and we all had to go and face the challenges we'd just been discussing.

You can read another (less food orientated) review of the Breakfast meeting in the blog post "Engage in change" on the View from the Hill blog.

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    # by Anonymous - Tuesday, August 17, 2010

    I can tell you your three words, James... Change, Challenges and Collaboration. You get an extra point for alliteration but then you snuck in a 4th word which was "integrated" so I'm going to have to reclaim the point! Thanks for coming to the breakfast. It was another great discussion.