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What constitutes good financial leadership?

Posted on June 19, 2014
Posted by Guest Blogger

Just like every other business sector, the charity sector has suffered in recent years. A decline in funding and donations has meant charities have needed to become more commercially savvy and seek innovative ways to raise funds, which also means that financial leadership is a vital part of the leadership mix.

Charity finance leaders today must provide a support service for the entire organisation to ensure people get the information they need to fulfil their roles and the needs of beneficiaries.

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Tags: Charity; Finance; Leadership; Regulation; Third sector.

Life or death listening - the secrets of a hostage negotiator

Posted on May 29, 2014
Posted by Gareth Dix
Fellowship: 2014

My friend and fellow 2014 Clore Social Fellow Eugenie Teasley yesterday organised some listening training based on the experiences of, and delivered by, hostage negotiator Richard ‘Dick’ Mullender.

I knew I’d be arriving late, coming from Cornwall, I also knew this guy was big in CID and worked with the FBI, UN etc. My mind wandered as I went from train to tube at Paddington.  Can you get arrested for being late? Are they watching me?

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

Why executive coaching is not a luxury

Posted on May 21, 2014
Posted 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.

Why you should apply to be a Clore Social Fellow

Posted on April 28, 2014
Posted by La Toyah McAllister-Jones
Fellowship: 2013

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.

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

Leading through the death of deference

Posted on April 9, 2014
Posted 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.

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

A Great Escape - supporting young adults with cancer

Posted on April 2, 2014
Posted by Ceinwen Giles
Fellowship: 2013

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. 

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

We asked some of our Fellows why you should apply

Posted on March 28, 2014
Posted 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.

Marie Mumby (2012 Fellow)

 Find out more about Marie

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

Where are all the social leaders outside of London?

Posted on March 17, 2014
Posted by Gail Lewis
Staff

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.

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Diversity; Leadership.

Reflections of an active listener

Posted on March 14, 2014
Posted by Njoki Yaxley
Fellowship: 2014

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.

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

Nonsense, common sense, super-sense

Posted on March 4, 2014
Posted by Andy Shipley
Fellowship: 2013

What the experiences of the visually impaired can teach us all

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.

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Equality; Leadership; Service users; Third sector.

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