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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.

Play? Games? Leadership? Why?

Posted on February 1, 2014
Posted by Owen Jarvis
Fellowship: 2012

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”.  

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

What Oscar Wilde can teach you about resilience

Posted on January 31, 2014
Posted 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. 

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Clore Social Leadership workshops; Coaching; Health and well-being; Leadership; Leadership development training.

Navigating the perfect storm with a monkey on my back

Posted on January 18, 2014
Posted by Stephanie Rose
Fellowship: 2014

I have been lucky enough to be selected as one of the 2014 Clore Social Fellows and it really feels like a door has opened to the start of an incredibly special journey. Our first day together was everything I had hoped for when I sat down to my application all those months ago, feeling the energy and passion amongst this amazing group of people. 

But there’s a monkey on my back – why did they select me?   

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

Zip, Zap, Boinggggg! Gareth Dix on leadership improvisation

Posted on January 18, 2014
Posted by Gareth Dix
Fellowship: 2014

If I had realised that doing a boot camp in ‘learner-leadership’ would involve ‘zipping’, zapping’ and ‘boingggg-ing’ with people then I would have certainly embraced this whole thing years ago.

Then thinking about it, maybe I did embrace it years ago.

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

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