The Impact of a Kingly Breakfast

We know breakfast is a meal we shouldn’t skip.  The advice attributed to Adelle Davies “Eat Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper” is quoted somewhere every day.

The Sue Hill Recruitment networking breakfasts at Roast Restaurant invariably mean we eat like kings, yesterday’s being no exception.  Aside from my scrambled eggs with smoked Loch Etive trout, I knew when I received this email from one of the attendees that breakfast had been both king-like and successful.

“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the networking breakfast – such a good start to the day. It made me:

  • Feel lucky to work in the industry I do – I always get a buzz from meeting info/KM network colleagues
  • Feel thankful that I have my health, eyesight, am able to work etc
  • Appreciate the opportunity to walk back to the office along the Thames, across the wobbly bridge with a fantastic view of St Paul’s on this beautiful Autumn day
  • Think about whether we could do some kind of IKM grad placement.”

This last point arose from discussion that focussed on both how and where new information professionals can find relevant work, and why we often overlook them and others seeking short-term work experience.  A timely reminder that some jobs are not in fact jobs but projects where we should focus our search on someone with the necessary skill level to achieve the project end rather than hiring a permanent person who will only be right for lifecycle of the project.

Additionally we were preoccupied with concerns that we need to move beyond a short-term tendency to create boxes and quick IT solutions, to a long-term strategy of understanding content, creating a heritage of internal knowledge, making inroads, developing trust and working towards an embedded knowledge culture.  An IT system doesn’t solve a problem, particularly if it sits in isolation.

If you are in a senior or strategic role ask yourself why you were not a king yesterday. There was total consensus from the table that practical skills are essential to progress, but to be effective and command the attention of the strategists and purse holders you must be commanding, articulate, engaging, competent and professional – and know how to speak their language.

Ten strangers with information as their common theme, networking, sharing, debating, gaining knowledge and, dare I say it, attending to their CPD.  A great way to start a day.