Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2015
How have the first few months of your Fellowship been, Andy?
I have spent a lot of time reflecting on what I want to get from my Fellowship. I have a few meetings about my research ideas and my secondment, and have a couple of interesting options to explore. I have also started to really think and identify training opportunities.
What has been your greatest challenge?
Looking at how to schedule everything to ensure I have the time to meaningfully experience all the Fellowship has to offer.
How has your leadership been having an impact on those you work with or for?
The feedback from my 360 review highlighted that I should be taking more opportunities to share my insight. This has led me to do three events for the University of Central Lancashire on business modelling and organisational cultures, which received excellent feedback and stretched me beyond my comfort zone.
In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?
I think the biggest change is how I think of myself. I now really understand that I am a leader and have a great deal to offer individuals, organisations and the sector. This has been a massive paradigm shift for me and it has resulted in me offering much more of myself, especially in commentating on current trends.
Tell us about an important lesson you’ve learnt so far during the Fellowship.
Firstly that I am better than I thought! Secondly there are lots of other people who share my passion for the sector and the Fellowship has given me access to a great deal of them. A peer group has been a big gap in my 'network' and this is now in place.
How would you sum the Fellowship experience up so far?
It has been amazing. I am still getting used to the concept of having this much time and budget to help me grow. I still feel like Charlie Bucket walking through the gates of the chocolate factory.
Personal website/ blog: www.andyjackson.com
Current principal role: Full time Fellow
Research: “Could offsetting a percentage of corporation tax against charitable donations create a win-win-win for the public, private and social sectors?”
Secondment host: EY Foundation