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The CEO of Community Living BC puts foot in mouth and delivers motivational magic

I sat in the back of the room in Harrison Hot Springs last Friday at the BCCEO Network meeting as Doug Woollard, Interim CEO of Community Living BC, tried to dance around the fact that services to families and individuals were going to have to be cut at most every BC agency providing support to people with intellectual disabilities.  He refused to admit this was the case even though some simple math shows it obviously is.  He also made a poor showing and in the end hurried out of the room, refusing the gift for coming and uttering the words “keep it; you are going to need the money.”

For the dozens of Executive Directors and CEO’s in the room there was little solace in the fact that they had won a small moral battle with a powerful bureaucrat.  The reality they are all facing is that the government has decreed they must continue to deliver all services at the same level with reduced funding and they all must “find administrative efficiencies” in order to make this happen.

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Photo by Irwin-Scott on Flickr

How do you continue to lead when something this negative is hanging over your head?  How should each of these CEO’s and ED’s face the week ahead?  Every good manager/leader knows that the way they treat people, the attitude they take to each situation, will set the tone for those they work with.

One proven strategy for engaging employees (and ourselves as leaders and managers) is to focus on a common enemy.  Perhaps Doug Woollard gave a gift to the leaders of BC Agencies with his pompous, closed-minded performance last week.  As I read between the lines of Doug’s words I heard the message that community based agencies are inefficient.  That “big brother” knows better and everybody better get in line.  What a motivational gift.  What an opportunity to focus energy and action to prove him wrong.

BC agency manager to team, “Let’s win the public relations battle with CLBC and let’s make sure we are running an efficient ship and prove him wrong!”

Any manager anywhere to team, “Let’s do things well and do things right while the other side sits around thinking they know everything, let’s prove them wrong!”


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  1. Again CLBC refuses to be truthful or above board…by simply giving people the honest FACTS about their continuous cut backs towards an already poorly funded sector. Cut backs mean so much more than doing “more” with “less” they means first and foremost that the individuals we support with pride, joy, and passion will experience a lesser quality of life than you or myself, not to mention being denied many of the simplest of life’s pleasures like inclusion or being a part of something that others take for granted everyday, and this continues to happen to them through no fault of their own. Dedicated and deeply caring people who choose to be a part of their lives (caregivers, foster families, “respite providers who assist and support already exhausted family members” will again be forced to do so much more with so much less. When does this viciously cruel cycle end

  2. And it just continues. This exact wording is what Campbell’s crew were exposing 11 years ago when I lost my job! And services were completely changed from Client’s needs firsst to cut costs so CLBC executives and all other government higher ups and liberal friends can take the money!! Shame! How does BC continue to vote in a government that has our needs last on their adgenda!!!

    • It’s certainly shameful how supports are being left out in the cold with this most recent funding hit. At IBEX we’re all impressed by how many incredible champions there are in BC for supports. Keep fighting the good fight!