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Public speaking: How do you measure up?

Posted on June 20, 2016
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Martin Crewe is Director, Barnardo’s Scotland.

‘Are you a brilliant public speaker?’

As chief officers of voluntary organisations there is increasing pressure on us all to be ‘great communicators’, so it’s a pretty loaded question. 

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Community development; Leadership; Policy; Youth sector.

Leading with and without authority

Posted on May 25, 2016
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Blog by Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, Director at JHub and speaker at Clore Social residential – May 2016

“She has issues with authority.” That’s what my second grade teacher told my parents after I led my classmates in a minor mutiny around lack of snack choices. My parents weren’t sure whether to be delighted at my leadership potential or terrified that I was going to get kicked out of primary school for challenging authority! 

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Community development; Leadership; Third sector; Values.

From reactive to resilient

Posted on May 4, 2016
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Blog by Eve Poole, Know Yourself, Be Yourself, Look After Yourself facilitator and lecturer at Ashridge Business School

Resilience as a core leadership skill is all the rage at the moment, probably because we're all running on empty, particularly in the social sector. When I facilitate workshops with Clore Social Leadership, I use a timeline exercise with the Fellows and short course participants. Using a piece of A3 paper, we draw our leadership career as a timeline, with highs and lows either side of a line across the page. Highs are personal bests, and lows are when we have really struggled.

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership workshops; Coaching; Leadership; Leadership development training; Values.

What lessons in governance can the charity sector learn from the arts?

Posted on April 18, 2016
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Blog by Prue Skene, Leadership in Governance facilitator and Clore Leadership Programme Governance Associate.

I’ve led on board development for the Clore Leadership Programme for the cultural sector for some eight years now, and during that time have worked with dozens of arts boards. I’m now about to take some of that expertise and experience into the social sector, swapping from cultural to social leadership and devising a Clore Social Leadership workshop for Chairs and CEOs attending as pairs. 

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Tags: Arts & culture; Board of Trustees; Chairs and CEOs; Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Leadership; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership workshops; Collaboration; Governance; Leadership; Leadership development training; Third sector; Trustee.

Three tips for leading change

Posted on April 12, 2016
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Blog by Emily SunCatalysing and Leading Change short course facilitator and HR specialist.

I’m certainly not the first to write that the UK’s social sector is facing significant and disruptive challenges: decreases in public funding sources, increased pressure to deliver measurable outcomes and results, and an unprecedented knock in the public’s trust in the sector as a whole. The demands on leaders within the sector are greater than ever, and the ability to lead change effectively is becoming an increasingly critical skill. 

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Tags: Change management; Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership workshops; Leadership; Social change; Values.

From BA Sociology to the Social Sector: What I've Learnt

Posted on July 20, 2015
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Eryl Bradley on what she has learnt in her two weeks with Clore Social.

Finding an internship during the summer holidays has become almost essential for my generation. Young people are nearly three times more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the population and the job market becoming increasingly competitive. As my friends and I head into our last year of university, working out how to navigate a career path beyond that can be a daunting prospect.

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

Learning to look after yourself: The importance of bananas and amusing kittens.

Posted on February 4, 2015
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Eve Poole ran the 'Know Yourself, Be Yourself, Look After Yourself' session at last month’s residential for the 2015 Clore Social Fellows, based around our social leadership framework. Here she shares her top strategies for looking after yourself well at work.

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Associates; Coaching; Leadership; Leadership development training; Third sector.

Calling all Freedom Fighters: Leadership and authenticity

Posted on September 18, 2014
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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.

What is the charity SORP?

Posted on August 5, 2014
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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.

What constitutes good financial leadership?

Posted on June 19, 2014
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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.

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