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Directors get together around kitchen table; working day Tim Slack is the co-founder and lead director of Appreciating People, an organisation development company founded to enable people and organisations to work from their strengths. This was his day ...

7am: Wake up to the sound of Radio 4's Today programme and start my news and current affairs fix while getting ready for the day.

During this, I catch up with plans for the day with the other Appreciating People co-founder and director - my wife, Suzanne Quinney.

Have got a directors' meeting this afternoon - around the kitchen table - one of the advantages of working from home.

7.45am: On my way to breakfast meeting for the Federation for Small Business (FSB). I continue to listen to the Today programme. I always try to catch Thought For The Day as I both enjoy it and it reminds of my father, who used to do the Monday slot in the 1980s.

I am chair of the FSB Liverpool and Knowsley branch and have a great committee. We discuss how to boost recruitment and to provide a bi-monthly networking meeting for FSB members.

9.15am: Catch up with one of our clients (FSB committee member) to discuss a training workshop for a financial services conference. Appreciating People provides a range of facilitating services that focus on maximising employee and participant engagement and developing the strengths of organisations.

Our values are derived from the positive psychology movement. Our process builds on what works in organisations and in communities and cocreates and plans the future.

Examples of our work include the Capital of Culture Big Conversation, planning the Liverpool and arts strategy and the Liverpool Business conversations which included 200 small businesses 10.15am: Go to Liverpool Vision (where I am a non-executive director) and meet Ian Hughes to look at the final edit of the Liverpool world caf marketing group video and to meet with Nicola Gleave, head of enterprise, to discuss a pre-event for the Global Entrepreneurship congress.

For Liverpool, the congress is a great opportunity, and builds on the success of Shanghai Expo. We explore ideas for a Liverpool Hope University/Liverpool Vision keynote lecture on positive psychology and entrepreneurship as part of Global Entrepreneurship week.

11.30am: Meeting with Fiona Shaw, from Capisca, who is doing our copywriting for our revised website.

1pm: Nip into Italian Kitchen on Bold Street - they have great coffee and make a great club sandwich.

2pm: Meet with Helen Bush, Appreciating People senior associate, to plan the final elements of the five-year Appreciating People celebrations and the formal launch of the Appreciation works CIC.

The CIC does the same work as Appreciating People but the client group is small community organisations and social enterprises and is led by an all-woman board.

Appreciating People consists of two directors and three associates, and we have considerable experience in the arts, public and voluntary sectors 4pm: Back in the office preparing for the resilience training workshop I'm delivering the next day. This is part of an NHS staff programme to support staff facing redundancy and uncertainty.

It is a pilot project and, the impact, to quote the client, is "phenomenal".

Preparation includes assembling all the kit and making sure we have all the papers and work programme.

5.30pm: Directors' meeting around the kitchen table. Suzanne is coming from her office in the attic while mine is in the garden office (men and their sheds). We catch up on diaries and go through the work programme and required follow-up. The hostel programme is doing ground-breaking work in reducing methadone usage and supporting hostel residents into independent living.

6.30pm: Catch up with emails. One of the good things of being an Appreciative Inquiry practitioner is the worldwide network with emails from Nepal, America, France, Germany and Egypt sharing ideas, plans and possible projects. We were training in Nepal two years ago and we hope to go back.

7.30m: Dinner with Suzanne where we try not to discuss work. There are many benefits of working from home, but there is also a need to be disciplined and build in time off.

9pm: Walk the dog and then unwind with reading or television. Currently reading Flourish, by Martin Seligman.

10.30pm: Newsnight - second news fix of the day and then bed.


Appreciating People 'maximises employee and participant engagement', says Tim Slack
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 31, 2011
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