Finding the neutral zone and failing fast

Posted on November 5, 2014
Posted by Tom Doust
Fellowship: 2013

The social sector is full individuals with unparalleled compassion for and dedication to the improvement of society. That dedication, however, often leaves little room for reflection or horizon scanning. Unlike the private sector, the social sector struggles to find the time and resources to provide good training, the creative space to develop new thinking or the ‘fail fast’ philosophy to prototype new ideas. Not only does the nature of the sector generate little appetite for a culture of risk taking, but social impact measures leave little room for learning through failure.

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Tags: Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Education; Leadership; Leadership development training; Values.

My mistake cost my charity four members of staff and my pride

Posted on October 30, 2014
Posted by Eugenie Teasley
Fellowship: 2014

A tech social enterprise I co-founded ran out of money. It was my fault. And I had to make four people redundant. I’ve never had to deal with that before, and I was overwhelmed with shame and guilt.

I’ve morphed from puppy dog to hang dog over the past few months. At the third and final residential for the Clore Social Leadership programme, I arrived feeling pretty low. It’s been a tough, old summer.

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Leadership; Leadership development training; Social enterprise; Youth sector.

How to prepare for being on Newsnight

Posted on October 10, 2014
Posted by Zubeda Limbada
Fellowship: 2014

Last week I received a phone call at 8pm asking me if I’d like to appear on Newsnight at 10.45pm. I was invited to respond to Teresa May’s speech on Banning Orders for extremist and other counterterrorism measures.  Our social enterprise ConnectJustice often deals with issues of extremism and counterterrorism, particularly its impact on communities. I had a few internal conversations as to whether I was prepared to speak in front of an audience of 600,000, but despite my nervousness I said yes. 

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Leadership; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Community development; Leadership; Media; Social justice.

Research project: What's the difference between teaching and leading?

Posted on October 1, 2014
Posted by Eugenie Teasley
Fellowship: 2014

As part of my Clore Social Fellowship I undertake a research project, and I’ve decided to explore the intersection of teaching and leading. After some initial thinking on my own, I still have a lot of work to do to narrow it down into a feasible project.

My intention is to identify three key areas of pedagogical theory that have relevance to leadership beyond the classroom, and then to interview a cross section of 6–8 successful leaders in the social sector to explore whether or not these theories have a practical application in their own leadership methodology and style.

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Education; Leadership; Youth sector.

Scaring myself, and doing it anyway

Posted on September 24, 2014
Posted by Michael Cooke
Fellowship: 2014

As everyone knows, there is nothing in human wisdom that cannot be found in a 90s music lyric. Baz Lurman’s 1998 classic Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen), itself musical interpretation of a Mary Schmich column in the Chicago Tribune, is more packed than most. It includes the line “Do one thing every day that scares you”. I’ve rather enjoyed the opportunity that the Clore Social programme has given me to put this into action.

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Leadership.

Calling all Freedom Fighters: Leadership and authenticity

Posted on September 18, 2014
Posted by Guest Blogger

Last week I had the great pleasure of spending a morning with the 2014 Fellows in order to explore the impact of authenticity on workplaces. It was a very lively and engaged session and the Fellows made me work hard with insightful questions and debate, which was just what I was hoping for.

You may be thinking that authenticity is a rather random subject on which to spend a morning. It is seldom thought of as a major driver of organisational performance. We do not usually think of it as a source of innovation, or productivity, or even an adaptive mechanism. In fact, we may not think of authenticity at all. But I’d like to suggest that over the coming years it will be understood as a major variable that separates successful from failing organisations, happy from disengaged workforces, and adaptive from inflexible organisations.

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Coaching; Leadership; Values.

Let the games for social change commence!

Posted on August 10, 2014
Posted by Owen Jarvis
Fellowship: 2012

Six months of hard work and planning was all worth it. Sinem, Stuart, Narin and I sat exhausted in the pub at the end of a fantastic day of designing, discussing and playing games for social change, with a wonderful group of social leaders.

The ‘inaugaral” leadership games took place at an iconic site – Gilwell Park, home of the scout movement, and home to games and play as a source of personal development for nearly 100 years.

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Innovation; Leadership.

What is the charity SORP?

Posted on August 5, 2014
Posted by Guest Blogger

The Charity SORP is a Statement of Recommended Practice which sets out how charities should prepare their annual accounts and report on their finances.

Why has it been changed?

The SORP is an interpretation of the financial reporting standards and generally accepted accounting practice in the UK. Because these have changed, the SORP has to be updated. The introduction of Financial Reporting Standard 102 (FRS 102) has been a radical departure as this brings together a whole series of piecemeal standards and guidelines on general accounting into a single standard. FRS 102 also includes specific sections on public benefit entities.

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Finance; Regulation; Third sector.

Budgets stifle innovation, so should we scrap them?

Posted on July 30, 2014
Posted by Stuart Griffiths
Fellowship: 2014

My head hurts. I have been trying to work out how to get around what seems at a first a rather simple problem.

I work as Head of Research Innovation at Breast Cancer Campaign. When we get an exciting project opportunity that fits with our general strategy in the months before the year end, in the middle of the business planning period, then we are brilliant at grasping the nettle and making it happen. However, if that very same project had developed in the weeks and months after our trustees had approved our plans and budgets then we would struggle to know what to with it.

This issue was bouncing around my head when I arrived at the recently held, and very timely, Clore Social business capability workshops focusing around strategic financial management.

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Finance; Health and well-being; Leadership.

The basic low down on futures, foresight and understanding change

Posted on June 24, 2014
Posted by Maria Adebowale
Fellowship: 2014

So I'm sitting in the back garden. It's a summer day and I am eight. Playing out my favourite game. I'm super girl, with my knickers tucked into my vest - super hero style. My special power is changing the future. I can stop the bad things from happening twenty years from now and make sure the good things happen.

Is looking at what happens in the future just a day dream for kids?  I don't think so.

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Environment; Leadership.

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