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The Funders' Collaboration on Leadership: bold moves in challenging times

Posted on August 24, 2016
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Andrew Barnett has been the director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since 2007 and is the Convenor of the Funders’ Collaboration on the Leadership.

Social sector leadership is an issue that’s close to my heart. I’ve worked with some exceptional individuals during my career: passionate and empathetic, thoughtful and strategic, collaborative, outward looking, with vision and foresight. They’ve not just been effective; they’ve been an inspiration to me.

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Tags: Chairs and CEOs; Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Leadership; Clore Social Leadership; Collaboration; Governance; Innovation; Leadership; Leadership development training; Third sector; Values.

Why charity sector leaders need more influence

Posted on August 19, 2016
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Alex Swallow has a background as a leader in the charity sector and is now The Influence Expert, helping you grow your influence to increase your impact. 

It is a testing time at the moment for charity leaders in the UK - a ‘perfect storm’ of difficult events are bubbling up around them.

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

How leaders can engage their stakeholders

Posted on August 8, 2016
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Heather Black is Managing Director at Economic Change CIC a management solutions social enterprise. 

As the leader within a non-profit it’s important to reflect and ask yourself the following questions:  

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Innovation; Leadership; Social enterprise; Technology.

Are charity Chairs on a high wire with no net?

Posted on August 1, 2016
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John Williams is Vice Chair at the Association of Chairs

It’s been a tough 12 months for Chairs and trustees.  The charity sector has faced unprecedented challenge and criticism, and much of it has focused on apparent failings in governance and leadership.  Chairs especially are under pressure to ensure their boards are responsible and effective, while continuing to deliver the maximum impact for their beneficiaries. 

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Tags: Board of Trustees; Chairs and CEOs; Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Leadership; Leadership development training; Third sector; Trustee.

The best leaders make themselves redundant

Posted on July 20, 2016
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Caroline Mason CBE is Chief Executive at the Esmée Fairbarin Foundation. The Foundation funds our gender equality Fellowship on our 2017 Fellowship programme. 

At Esmée we talk a lot about the importance of key people. As one of the largest independent funders in the UK, we place our trust and our money in the hands of some of the most brilliant, entrepreneurial and effective leaders in the social sector. 

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Tags: Chairs and CEOs; Change management; Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Equality; Funders; Leadership.

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.

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