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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.

How do you manage evaluation properly?

Posted on August 30, 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 in anticipation of his new book, Twenty First Century Skills for Non Profit Managers, being published by BEP in November.

Impact evaluation is now essential in our sector, with increasing numbers of funders requiring evaluation results and systems as part of their bidding process. If you manage a small charity where you are responsible for organising evaluation yourself or commissioning a consultant, you must put effective systems into place. Even if you have not studied social policy, it is still possible to organise something worthwhile.

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

Why investing in our future leaders is vital

Posted on August 22, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

This guest blog was written by David Orr, the Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation.

Investing in the talent of our future leaders is vital for growing our organisations. Nobody quite knows what the future will look like but housing associations will no doubt need leaders that are adept in a range of skills.

In the future it will not be enough for organisations to simply provide a service and then step back. It is going to be a much more engaged world where people will be asking questions and expecting answers quickly - our young leaders will therefore need to be strategic thinkers and have a vision for a future that they in their organisations will be trying to craft.

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Tags: Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Housing; Leadership; Leadership development training.

A world without leadership development

Posted on August 17, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Lisa Sofianos is an international leadership consultant and business author, she is the founder and Director of Robin Ryde Consulting.

Measuring the value or impact of leadership development is a tricky, and not altogether satisfactory, pursuit.  The more you dig into the subject the more slippery the idea becomes.  When looking at the impact of leadership development on the behaviour of individual participants, perhaps as they return to the workplace, we may be able to identify important observable changes; returning participants may ask more questions instead of providing answers, they may work more collaboratively, engage more with their colleagues, that kind of thing.  While these changes may be good and desirable, they are inevitably only part of the story.  

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

The value of lived experience in social change

Posted on August 3, 2017
Posted by Baljeet Sandhu
Fellowship: 2014

Clore Social Fellow Baljeet Sandhu has published a report examining if, and how, social purpose organisations in the United Kingdom value lived expertise. 

The Value of Lived Experience in Social Change shines a light on the social sector’s attitude towards, and engagement with, so-called service users and beneficiaries. Written as part of Sandhu’s Clore Social Fellowship, it was informed through conversations with eighty social sector leaders in the UK and US and twelve senior staff working in grant-giving and philanthropy.

The report unpicks the structures and implicit biases that reinforce a culture which undervalues the knowledge and expertise of those with lived experience and calls for a fundamental shift in attitudes. It also highlights the huge benefits that developing leaders with lived experience can have, both to social purpose organisations and civil society as a whole.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Collaboration; Leadership; Leadership development training; Social change.

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