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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.

Humble and courageous leadership

Posted on June 15, 2016
Posted by Tim Hobbs
Fellowship: 2016

It is common to hear that effective leadership requires conviction: acting in accordance and pursuit of one’s beliefs. I’m not sure this is right – at least not all the time. I think there is a lot to said for being a humble and courageous leader, grounded in evidence, rather than one driven solely by conviction. 

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

Tree-hugging in Birmingham: reflections on my Fellowship residential

Posted on June 13, 2016
Posted by Emma Brech
Fellowship: 2016

I have to confess, I am a tree-hugger. Ever since I was a small child, looking up into a dizzying canopy of branches and leaves reaching to the sky has filled me with awe, and I often succumb to the urge to wrap my arms around the trunk, make a connection and, well, hug the tree. 

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Tags: Charity; Clore Leadership; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Collaboration; Leadership; Social change.

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.

Crested newts against armed concrete - tactics for social change

Posted on May 10, 2016
Posted by Jean Demars
Fellowship: 2015

Jean Demars is a 2015 Fellow and former Housing Lead at Praxis Community Projects. Jean is interested in the nature of complex change within various systems.

Notre-Dame-des-Landes is a small village in a bocage and wetland area, situated 20 miles North of Nantes (France). Wetlands are considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life. 

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Tags: Campaigning; Clore Social Fellows; Environment; International; Leadership.

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.

The greater the challenge, the greater call for inspired leaders

Posted on March 21, 2016
Posted by Sue Brown
Fellowship: 2016

What happens when you get people from three different leadership programmes together for a day? The joint workshop with Clore Social Leadership, Clore Leadership and the BBC Senior Leadership Programme did just that. 

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

Food and mental health wellbeing: volunteers feed the bodies and minds of older people

Posted on February 1, 2016
Posted by Michelle McCrindle
Fellowship: 2015

Almost 100 years ago the famous Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli said: ‘eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.’ 

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Tags: Campaigning; Clore Social Fellows; Health and well-being; Older populations; Volunteering; Welfare.

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