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From reactive to resilient

Posted on May 4, 2016
Posted by Guest Blogger

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.

Hacking my way to jobs innovation

Posted on November 17, 2015
Posted by Jane Bruce
Fellowship: 2014

Jane Bruce believes that young people have the answers to youth unemployment, so she's getting a bunch together to hack out a solution.


So I’m in the home straight of my two year stint on the Clore Social Leadership Programme and my final challenge is to produce a piece of practice-based research.

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Employment; Youth sector.

The 'fun' side of leadership

Posted on September 23, 2015
Posted by Cordelia Osewa-Ediae
Fellowship: 2015

I have been reflecting recently on how leadership is often described as a lonely and serious experience. Without a doubt these two words describe aspects of leadership, but a leader who can only be described as lonely or serious is unlikely to be inspirational. And inspirational is what all leaders should be.

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

'I had no words...' Fellows take action on the migrant crisis

Posted on September 17, 2015
Posted by Jean Demars
Fellowship: 2015

Jean Demars has recently left his role at Praxis where he set up and developed a housing programme for destitute migrants, including support to street outreach services, volunteer hosting scheme and a cross-subsidised model of housing. He is now a consultant to the homelessness and migration sectors.

Jane Rowley is a researcher and lecturer who spent much of her career working directly with people affected by addiction. She is currently investigating the practical application of support mechanisms for ex forces personnel & their families with a focus on trauma and recovery.

They chose to collaborate in writing this blog to share some of the commonalities experienced in practice and start a conversation about how we might work more collaboratively across sectors.  This blog, using Jean’s recent trip to Calais as a starting point is intended to be the first in a conversation which we hope will be expanded by other Clore Fellows in the months to come.  

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

A drop of water, in time, will fill the jar

Posted on August 26, 2015
Posted by Michael Cooke
Fellowship: 2014

Three months ago, I didn’t really know anything at all about international development – the paths of UK-based charities like Marie Curie and international NGOs don’t often cross. Since then, I have had the extraordinary opportunity of spending my some of my Clore Social secondment in Ethiopia, learning about how Retrak transforms the lives of highly vulnerable children, many of whom live or work on the streets. The work of Retrak’s Community Development Workers absolutely blew me away, and has sent my head spinning about impact measurement, empowerment and long term change. 

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

Toxic words: Don't think of an elephant

Posted on August 24, 2015
Posted by Kate Stanley
Fellowship: 2011

Our current blog series looks at how social organisations are benefitting from the Clore Social Fellowship. 2011 Fellow Kate Stanley shares here how the NSPCC is challenging conventional communications, thanks to the time she spent with the FrameWorks Institute during her Fellowship.

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

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