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I believe: The trouble with confirmation bias

Posted on March 13, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Jo Youle is the CEO of Missing People, a charity that offers a lifeline to the 250,000 people who run away and go missing each year in the UK.

I don’t like making mistakes. I don’t think many of us do. I don’t like getting things wrong since I’m the sort of person who works hard to get things right. I’m pre-programmed to think round corners, to not let the wool be pulled over my eyes.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Leadership; Social justice; Third sector.

Rebuilding Gender Equality in the UK: the challenge for the social sector

Posted on March 8, 2017
Posted by Rebecca Gill
Fellowship: 2016

Today is International Women’s Day. A day to celebrate women. A day to reflect on women’s lives, in our communities, our society, our country and across the world. A day to review how far we have come in achieving equality between women and men, and to consider how much further we have to go.

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

Leadership: Holding boundaries

Posted on March 6, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Julia Worthington MinstF(Dip) is a Fundraising Leadership Coach and Mentor based in the north of England. Find out more about her here.

Here’s a quick quiz question. It’s Friday night, and you’re just putting your coat on when your boss comes in, and asks you to stay late to finish a report. You’ve made plans to go out for dinner with your family. How do you respond?

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Leadership; Leadership development training.

Who speaks for who? People affected by life-limiting illness as advocates

Posted on March 6, 2017
Posted by Claire Morris
Fellowship: 2015

18 million people die in pain and distress each year around the world because they don’t have access to palliative care including medications to treat pain. This is a horrifying statistic, and unfortunately easier to comprehend and empathise with if you have witnessed a painful death. But palliative care is not just about dying well, it is also about people with life-limiting conditions, such as cancer, HIV and dementia, and their families and carers, living well.

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Tags: Care; Chief Executives; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Equality; International; Leadership; Older populations; Third sector.

Why aren't enough UK Armed Forces personnel seeking help for mental health problems?

Posted on February 28, 2017
Posted by Marie-Louise Sharp
Fellowship: 2016

I’ve worked with the Armed Forces community for many years, both in military help-seeking research at the King’s Centre of Military Health Research and in healthcare policy at the Royal British Legion. I was fortunate enough last year to be a Forces in Mind Trust Fellow on Clore Social Leadership’s Fellowship Programme.

An area I care very deeply about is the mental health of our Armed Forces community. We live in a stressful world, there is no doubt.

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Health and well-being; Leadership; Leadership development training; Military; Third sector.

Charities need to stop pretending they are transparent

Posted on February 24, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Matt Stevenson-Dodd is the Chief Executive of Street League, UK’s leading sport for employment charity, and has been recently selected by The Guardian as one of the top charity CEO’s on social media. Matt is a guest speaker on the Clore6: Youth Sector Emerging Leaders Programme on 8 March.

The problem for charities with transparency is simple. Driven by a scarcity of funding, we feel compelled to tell ever more hard-hitting stories about the beneficiaries we serve rather than balancing this storytelling with hard facts about the actual impact we achieve (or don’t). 

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Tags: Chairs and CEOs; Charity; Chief Executives; Impact; Leadership; Third sector; Youth sector.

The five challenges of asking, 'how am I doing?'

Posted on February 22, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Andreana Drencheva is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Sheffield where she helps social entrepreneurs to develop entrepreneurial and leadership capabilities.

“How am I doing?” and “How can I do better?” are two simple, yet powerful questions for social leaders. Using these two questions to seek feedback from diverse individuals is a fundamental strategy for social leaders.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Collaboration; Leadership; Leadership development training; Social change; Third sector.

Time for co-production to be business as usual?

Posted on February 14, 2017
Posted by Steph Cutler
Fellowship: 2016

Despite using the word in the title of my provocation piece, ‘The challenge of co-production when we can’t be trusted to vote for anything’, the first challenge is the word ‘co-production’!

When I talk about co-production many people do not know what it is.

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

Leadership and the future of our 'civil society'

Posted on February 9, 2017
Posted by Jill Boggiss
Staff

At Clore Social’s Leaders Now breakfast meeting at the House of St Barnabas this week, we were lucky enough to hear from Julia Unwin, former CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the chair of the upcoming Inquiry into the future of Civil Society, a privately funded piece of research.

She started by reflecting on her work and her views on leadership which were refreshingly down to earth and simple.  She used wording from a primary school classroom she had found herself in the previous evening to pull together some ideas. 

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Tags: Charity; Leadership; Third sector.

Is social investment serving the needs of social sector organisations?

Posted on February 8, 2017
Posted by Deborah Smart
Fellowship: 2015

Social investment is a subject that has been much talked about in recent years. There are some within the voluntary and community sectors with strong views about social investment, either for or against.  As someone who has spent almost a decade working in the realm of social investment, I am most definitely an advocate.  But recently I have found myself becoming quite frustrated with the social investment sector because I am not sure we are adequately serving those who have social impact at the heart of their mission – charities and social enterprises.  

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Leadership; Social enterprise; Social investment; Third sector.

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