Strategic Cluster – Setting Direction

Strategic Cluster – Setting Direction

To read how I measure up against the competency framework for each competency in the Strategic Cluster, please select the headings below, the quotations are directly from the competency framework PDF (backup) on the gov.uk website, and are called ‘high-level summaries’.

Competency One: Seeing the big picture

“Seeing the big picture is about having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider public needs and the national interest. For all staff, it is about focusing your contribution on the activities which will meet Civil Service goals and deliver the greatest value. For leaders, it is about scanning the political context and taking account of wider impacts to develop long term implementation strategies that maximise opportunities to add value to the citizen and support economic, sustainable growth.”

Competency Two: Changing and improving

“People who are effective in this area take initiative, are innovative and seek out opportunities to create effective change. For all staff, it’s about learning from what has worked as well as what has not, being open to change and improvement, and working in ‘smarter’, more focused ways. For leaders, this is about creating and encouraging a culture of innovation and allowing people to consider and take informed decisions. Doing this well means continuously seeking out ways to improve policy implementation and build a leaner, more flexible and responsive Civil Service. It also means making use of alternative delivery models including digital and shared service approaches wherever possible.”

Competency Three: Making effective decisions

“Effectiveness in this area is about using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to arrive at accurate, expert and professional decisions and advice. For all staff it’s being careful and thoughtful about the use and protection of government and public information to ensure it is handled securely and with care. For leaders it’s about reaching evidence based strategies, evaluating options, impacts, risks and solutions and creating a security culture around the handling information. They will aim to maximise return while minimising risk and balancing a range of considerations to provide sustainable outcomes.”

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