Posted on May 21, 2014Posted by Guest Blogger
Being a leader is a tough gig. You work long hours because you feel responsible for the livelihoods of those who depend upon your organisation. You might even make significant personal sacrifices that you hope you won’t regret later. You are aware of the long shadow you cast for your employees and this makes you act more self-consciously. You worry that you don’t have all of the answers or that something important is eluding you and may impact in the future. You may even feel like they made a mistake when they hired you and you are the only one who knows the grisly truth (it’s called Imposter Complex and be reassured that it is much more common than you think). All of this is happening internally, but there are external challenges too.
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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Coaching; Leadership; Leadership development training.
Posted on April 28, 2014Posted by La Toyah McAllister-Jones
I had the pleasure of speaking at a Clore Social Programme information Day in March this year. My immediate reaction was “Really? ME?? I hate public speaking. What would I even say??”
And then I stopped listening to my internal critic and started to reflect on my experience as a full time Clore Social Fellow and what I could share to encourage others to apply for the Fellowship. So here are some key reflections on why I applied, the impact it has had on me and why I encourage you to take the plunge.
Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Leadership; Social justice.
Posted on April 9, 2014Posted by Guest Blogger
I have just read about the extraordinary events surrounding technology company Mozilla’s CEO Brendan Eich. It seems that around six years ago, Eich gave his support to an anti-gay marriage bill. Mozilla is a company with a very strong commitment to equality and when Eich’s past actions came to the attention of his employees they were dismayed by the incompatibility of the views of their CEO and the ethical position of their company. Many employees expressed their views, particularly on social media forums, and eventually Eich stepped down.
I was struck by how this chain of events leading to the resignation of a CEO was an example of the death of deference in action.
Tags: Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Coaching; Leadership.
Posted on April 2, 2014Posted by Ceinwen Giles
Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Stage 4B diffuse large b-cell lymphoma – an aggressive form of blood cancer that had spread from a large tumour in my chest to my liver, bone marrow and one of my kidneys before the doctors could work out what was wrong. In the nearly six months I spent in the hospital receiving chemotherapy, I was always the youngest patient on the haematology ward. The average age of someone with my type of cancer is 71; at that age, you’ve probably had a family, had a career, and are settled into retirement. As I was in my 30s, my career was relatively newly established, I’d been married for a year, and my daughter was six weeks old. Most of my medical team remarked at what an “unusual case” I was, but they didn’t know anyone else in my situation, and there were no charities that specifically supported someone my age.
Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Health and well-being; Leadership.
Posted on March 28, 2014Posted by Guest Blogger
Lots of people have asked us the advantages of being a Fellow so we asked some of our Fellows to tell you why they think you should apply.
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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Leadership; Leadership development training.
Posted on March 17, 2014Posted by Gail Lewis
Is that a reasonable question? Or am I being provocative? I know there are thousands of social leaders outside London and the South East, people who have the potential to (and already) lead social change in new and innovative ways. But where are you all?
As a West Yorkshire girl who migrated to London several years ago, I feel strongly about this.
Tags: Charity; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Diversity; Leadership.
Posted on March 14, 2014Posted by Njoki Yaxley
I’ve just got back from another exhilarating session of my first full day within the Action Learning Set on Tuesday. The term ‘Action Learning’ sounds like another new fandangled management speak type of word that is meant to instil fear in the hearts of those who aren’t in the know! However, I can assure you as the sort of person who likes plain and simple things - it is far from it.
Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Housing; Leadership.
Posted on March 4, 2014Posted by Andy Shipley
Most of us would agree that it is nonsense to persist with a society that does not allow everyone to participate and enjoy equal access to opportunities. As a visually impaired person, much of my career has been dedicated to working at a structural level with government and institutions to create the conditions that enable all of us, including the most historically excluded, to access and participate in the mainstream.
Tags: Charity; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Equality; Leadership; Service users; Third sector.
Posted on February 1, 2014Posted by Owen Jarvis
In July this year it will be two years since London hosted the spectacle of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, showcasing regeneration and promising a sporting legacy.
Games and play are important for social leaders.
Firstly, in the busy and often serious business of social leadership, games allow us to take time out, to absorb our attentions and relax. They are a part of “looking after yourself”.
Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Innovation; Leadership.
Posted on January 31, 2014Posted by Guest Blogger
Oscar Wilde wrote a heart-rending fairytale called The Happy Prince. In it, a swallow befriends the statue of a town's late prince. From his plinth, the Happy Prince sees his people suffering, and asks the swallow to help them, using the decoration from his statue. The ruby is taken from his sword hilt, the sapphires are plucked from his eyes, and the gold leaf covering his body is torn off by the swallow, to alleviate the plight of the poor. The Mayor walks by, and looks up. Seeing the now ugly statue, he orders it to be pulled down, and thrown away.
Tags: Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Clore Social Leadership workshops; Coaching; Health and well-being; Leadership; Leadership development training.
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