Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2013
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
How has your leadership journey had an impact on those you work with?
At the Do Lectures in April, I found myself making a two minute pitch to a stellar array of speakers and delegates gathered in the main tent. My proposal was to expand to a national level a personal development programme I ran with young visually impaired people in Buckinghamshire. As a consequence, I am speaking with Buckinghamshire county Council and the RNIB about possible support.
What has been your greatest challenge?
I found being on secondment with a virtual organisation, Academy of Executive Coaching, quite challenging. I learned that I work best when I’m among people, or at least have regular face to face contact. Working remotely tends to heighten my sense of isolation and without the opportunity to share ideas, obtain feedback and co-create solutions in real time, I lose motivation and focus.
In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?
I have realised how important it is to engage challenging voices when I’m formulating strategies and campaigns. This means that I am more actively seeking out the views of individuals for whom the importance of social issues is subordinate to economic growth and the pursuance of profit.
Tell us an important lesson you’ve learnt so far during the Fellowship programme
I am increasingly realising how critical social media and digital communication are for keeping pace with events and trends, and maintaining presence and a voice within and between sectors. At the June residential it became very clear to me that I require ICT that provides me with a very permeable method of managing information that I can digest quickly and easily. I must have technology that gives me the tools to steep myself in the information, images, examples, models, stories, conditions, goals and aspirations for which I am working, for my Fellowship and lifelong leadership journey.
What has changed since you started the Fellowship?
I find myself following paths I’d never have foreseen, and uncovering things about myself I wouldn’t have believed were possible at the beginning of the year.
Twitter: @Andy Shipley 1
Current principal role: Coach, Facilitator and Designer
Current principal organisation: Fieldfare Trust
Other leadership role 1: Chair
Other organisation 1: Federation of Small Charities Council
Other leadership role 2: Trustee
Other organisation 2: BucksVision
Research: Coaching To Unlock The Potential Of Disabled People
Research topics: Education; Employment; Equality; Impact; Leadership; Values;
Secondment host: Academy Of Executive Coaching (AOEC)