Jenny Dutt, now Jenny Annis, was the other experienced trainer (with Dave McIntyre) who worked with me to co-deliver Staff Appraisal and other training programmes during the early days of my training and development career with Alliance & Leicester. I always call her simply ‘JD’.
We’ve all heard the term good cop, bad cop. Well, if our colleague and friend Mr McIntyre was the ‘bad’, you sure were the good!
We spent lots of time away together, most notably in Bath where we were, at one point, practically residents in the Hilton. I recall we would drive down via the A36, breaking our journey at the Red Rover pub near Salisbury, which offered a great selection of lunchtime food – unusual for such an establishment in those days.
Once training, you were patience itself. You would talk to me before the events, finding out about any concerns I had and giving me advice and tips. You’d then observe me during my delivery and compile shortlists of bullet-point feedback – which you’d flesh out and discuss with me over a meal at the Rajpoot – that wonderful, subterranean, vaulted Indian restaurant in the heart of the city.
When we were working back home, from the main office, you were very kind. You’d come and give me a lift to work so that Carol could have use of the company car, which made life so much easier for her and the kids when they were so young.
A few years later, I enjoyed a spell in the Management Development team where you were my direct boss. Many of the principles I learnt with you then I still follow today – and I certainly always have the EARS listening model at the very top of my bag of tricks!
So thank you, JD – thank you for your time, advice and friendship.
Lots of love