Bringing our new guiding principles to life after seal of approval

Another important step on the Council’s transformation journey was taken last week  when the Staff Governance Committee approved our new guiding principles.

The endorsement from elected members is the latest stage in adopting the principles that will shape the culture of the organisation and is testament to power of work that was put in to get to this stage.

Thanks to Isla Newcombe, Dorothy Morrison, Martin Wyllie and Sandie Scott for driving the project forward and, just as importantly, to the employees from across the Council who got involved, made suggestions and gave feedback as part of the process. Around 2,000 people played an active role in creating the principles and that type of collaboration is really fantastic to see.

The approved principles are:

  • We care about our purpose, our city and our people;
  • We take pride in what we do and work to make things better;
  • One team, one council, one city;
  • We trust each other and take responsibility;
  • We value each other and recognise a job well done.

In addition to defining those guiding principles, the valuable exercise we have gone through has also helped to paint a picture of what this looks like in practice for all of us as members of that united Aberdeen City Council team.

After all the hard work, energy, enthusiasm and passion that has taken us to this point the real challenge starts here!

We’ve all got a very important part to play in turning the theory into practice and I’m looking forward to working together to do that.

Sharing experiences of the guiding principles in action will be at the heart of the culture we nurture in the weeks, months and years ahead. A new platform on the Transformation Zone has been created and will give everyone the chance to share their stories.

It’s well worth taking the opportunity to read and to contribute to this section as it evolves as we all have a responsibility to each other to keep building momentum after the great progress that has been made already this year.

I’m looking forward to hearing more from all corners of the Council and sharing those stories with you as we bring our new guiding principles to life.