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Why Care?

Posted on February 5, 2018
Posted by Stuart Dexter
Fellowship: 2017

It may sound counterintuitive to criticise a word like ‘care’ as it is difficult to envisage any negative connotations.  Many, many charities and social sector organisations are involved in the provision of ‘care’ and I have no doubt that the staff of those organisation genuinely want the best for the people with whom they work.  But I would question whether it is enough for effective social leaders to want to offer care to people, and if instead we should be striving to ensure that those people no longer need to be cared for by an organisation.

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Tags: Care; Charity; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Leadership; Leadership development training; Service users; Third sector.

Project Xroads: Bridging the Generation Gap across Businesses

Posted on January 29, 2018
Posted by Jane Scobie
Fellowship: 2017

In August 2017 as part of my Clore Social fellowship, I embarked on a four-month sprint with a group of professionals working outside of their day jobs at Marks & Spencer and Unilever to prototype Project Xroads, an intergenerational support network and skills-sharing programme.

Building leaders

The programme was supported by Collectively, who bring together businesses, innovators, activists, facilitators and change makers to explore issues of inequality, and create action plans to address them. As a social sector leader, I wanted to work in the business sector to extend my leadership experience. There was a huge amount of energy and talent in the team - together we grew as leaders as we worked out how change could be achieved.

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Collaboration; Diversity; Older populations; Partnerships; Third sector; Volunteering.

“So who runs this show?” Shared leadership and good governance

Posted on December 12, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Lynne Berry, OBE, is Chair of Breast Cancer Now and becomes Chair of Sustrans in January 2018. She is Vice Chair of Cumberland Lodge, a trustee of UnLtd and was until recently deputy chair of the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) and a trustee of Pro Bono Economics.  She is a visiting Professor at Cass Business School, City, University of London.  

Who would have thought a musical about charity governance would pack in the crowds at London’s Donmar theatre? The play about Committee Proceedings in Parliament concerning Kids Company did. I even spotted the board of the Association of Chairs there, on their summer outing. Governance is a hot topic.

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

Leadership is for everyone

Posted on December 12, 2017
Posted by Shaks Ghosh
Staff

2017 was a groundbreaking year for us.

In June we were awarded a grant of almost half a million from the Big Lottery Fund to be a facilitator for leadership in the sector. We diversified our offer, launching a new series of leadership programmes for 2018 for leaders of all levels. We ran successful events with our partners the House of St Barnabas, expanded our digital footprint with new online-only programmes and offered free online resources for new managers and trustees. And the year is not yet over! This week we announce exciting news about our new HEY100 leadership programme for leaders in Hull and East Yorkshire.

Looking ahead to the New Year, I have no doubt that 2018 will engender an even bigger growth spurt as we strive ahead with our mission to transform social sector leadership by developing skilled and ethical leaders. These are leaders who can meet present-day challenges head-on, who have the foresight to predict future trends along with the agility to maximise opportunities.

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

As a leader, are you 'very good' or 'horrid'?

Posted on October 24, 2017
Posted by Louise Drake
Staff

As a child with very curly hair I grew up having the following poem sung to me,

‘There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead,
When she was good she was very good indeed,
And when she was bad she was horrid’.

Like most children I am sure I was both ‘very good indeed’ and ‘horrid’. The final two lines of this poem may seem justified when referring to children who are figuring out their place in the world, but unfortunately they also sum up the experience of leadership for a lot of people. I am sure you can think of leaders you have come across who were ‘very good’ and those who were ‘horrid’.

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

How can leaders and managers prevent the collapse of charities?

Posted on October 23, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Don Macdonald, a trainer, trustee and former charity CEO, is writing a series of New to Management blogs for us. His new book, Twenty First Century Skills for Nonprofit Managers, published by BEP, is available to buy now. 

As charity leaders and managers, we have all received rejection letters or emails from funding agencies or trusts, some of which in turn threatened the future of our organisations. The first duty of a charity is to survive, and according to management consultant Peter Drucker, management is obviously instrumental in leading the organisation through difficult times and ensuring survival.

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

Are leaders left to fend for themselves?

Posted on October 3, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

This guest blog was written by Robert Laycock who supports the organisational, leadership and management development of not-for-profit organisations across the North East.

By not joining up development opportunities for leaders of social change are we leaving the majority of them to fend for themselves in increasingly challenging times?

Earlier this week I was leading a seminar at the North East Fundraising Conference targeting delegates considering becoming a trustee for the first time.

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

Good leadership requires more than a vision. It requires trust.

Posted on September 27, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

David Green is director at Green Pepper Consulting and associate consultant at Action Planning.

Many people don’t trust banks or estate agents but they still use them; most don’t trust politicians, yet they still vote for them. But what about a charity? It needs to be more than good at what it does. It needs to convince funders, partners and the public that it is fundamentally trustworthy. So while good leadership is visionary and inspiring, a social leader also requires an understanding of their organisation’s unique nature and status in civil society.

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Leadership; Third sector; Values.

We are wired up to connect

Posted on September 27, 2017
Posted by Jane Scobie
Fellowship: 2017

My brain looks like this. It’s wired up to connect - just like yours! Humans live in communities and weave networks throughout their lives.  Given that we are wired up to connect I have often wondered why the organisations we create are so siloed, and organised by geography or function with little room for collaboration?

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Collaboration; Innovation; Leadership; Leadership development training.

The sector's view: Who benefits from leadership development? Everyone.

Posted on September 5, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Stephanie Papapavlou, Programme Delivery Manager from Leap Confronting Conflict, took part in Clore6: Youth. This blog is from her manager Jessie Ben-Ami, Director of Programme Innovation, where she talks about what was gained from the leadership programme. 

There are some people who have huge amounts of talent and ability, and Steph is definitely one of them. We chose her to take part in Clore6: Youth because she was already demonstrating strong leadership skills and we recognised her potential to have a long-lasting and successful impact on the sector. She was a great candidate to fast-track through this intense course.

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Youth Sector Leaders Programme; Leadership; Leadership development training; Youth sector.

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