From BA Sociology to the Social Sector: What I've Learnt

Posted on July 20, 2015
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Eryl Bradley on what she has learnt in her two weeks with Clore Social.

Finding an internship during the summer holidays has become almost essential for my generation. Young people are nearly three times more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the population and the job market becoming increasingly competitive. As my friends and I head into our last year of university, working out how to navigate a career path beyond that can be a daunting prospect.

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

Learning to look after yourself: The importance of bananas and amusing kittens.

Posted on February 4, 2015
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Eve Poole ran the 'Know Yourself, Be Yourself, Look After Yourself' session at last month’s residential for the 2015 Clore Social Fellows, based around our social leadership framework. Here she shares her top strategies for looking after yourself well at work.

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Associates; Coaching; Leadership; Leadership development training; Third sector.

Calling all Freedom Fighters: Leadership and authenticity

Posted on September 18, 2014
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Last week I had the great pleasure of spending a morning with the 2014 Fellows in order to explore the impact of authenticity on workplaces. It was a very lively and engaged session and the Fellows made me work hard with insightful questions and debate, which was just what I was hoping for.

You may be thinking that authenticity is a rather random subject on which to spend a morning. It is seldom thought of as a major driver of organisational performance. We do not usually think of it as a source of innovation, or productivity, or even an adaptive mechanism. In fact, we may not think of authenticity at all. But I’d like to suggest that over the coming years it will be understood as a major variable that separates successful from failing organisations, happy from disengaged workforces, and adaptive from inflexible organisations.

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Coaching; Leadership; Values.

What is the charity SORP?

Posted on August 5, 2014
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The Charity SORP is a Statement of Recommended Practice which sets out how charities should prepare their annual accounts and report on their finances.

Why has it been changed?

The SORP is an interpretation of the financial reporting standards and generally accepted accounting practice in the UK. Because these have changed, the SORP has to be updated. The introduction of Financial Reporting Standard 102 (FRS 102) has been a radical departure as this brings together a whole series of piecemeal standards and guidelines on general accounting into a single standard. FRS 102 also includes specific sections on public benefit entities.

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Finance; Regulation; Third sector.

What constitutes good financial leadership?

Posted on June 19, 2014
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Just like every other business sector, the charity sector has suffered in recent years. A decline in funding and donations has meant charities have needed to become more commercially savvy and seek innovative ways to raise funds, which also means that financial leadership is a vital part of the leadership mix.

Charity finance leaders today must provide a support service for the entire organisation to ensure people get the information they need to fulfil their roles and the needs of beneficiaries.

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Tags: Charity; Finance; Leadership; Regulation; Third sector.

Why executive coaching is not a luxury

Posted on May 21, 2014
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Being a leader is a tough gig. You work long hours because you feel responsible for the livelihoods of those who depend upon your organisation. You might even make significant personal sacrifices that you hope you won’t regret later. You are aware of the long shadow you cast for your employees and this makes you act more self-consciously. You worry that you don’t have all of the answers or that something important is eluding you and may impact in the future. You may even feel like they made a mistake when they hired you and you are the only one who knows the grisly truth (it’s called Imposter Complex and be reassured that it is much more common than you think). All of this is happening internally, but there are external challenges too.

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

Leading through the death of deference

Posted on April 9, 2014
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I have just read about the extraordinary events surrounding technology company Mozilla’s CEO Brendan Eich. It seems that around six years ago, Eich gave his support to an anti-gay marriage bill. Mozilla is a company with a very strong commitment to equality and when Eich’s past actions came to the attention of his employees they were dismayed by the incompatibility of the views of their CEO and the ethical position of their company. Many employees expressed their views, particularly on social media forums, and eventually Eich stepped down.

I was struck by how this chain of events leading to the resignation of a CEO was an example of the death of deference in action.

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Coaching; Leadership.

We asked some of our Fellows why you should apply

Posted on March 28, 2014
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Lots of people have asked us the advantages of being a Fellow so we asked some of our Fellows to tell you why they think you should apply.

Marie Mumby (2012 Fellow)

 Find out more about Marie

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Leadership; Leadership development training.

What Oscar Wilde can teach you about resilience

Posted on January 31, 2014
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Oscar Wilde wrote a heart-rending fairytale called The Happy Prince. In it, a swallow befriends the statue of a town's late prince. From his plinth, the Happy Prince sees his people suffering, and asks the swallow to help them, using the decoration from his statue. The ruby is taken from his sword hilt, the sapphires are plucked from his eyes, and the gold leaf covering his body is torn off by the swallow, to alleviate the plight of the poor. The Mayor walks by, and looks up. Seeing the now ugly statue, he orders it to be pulled down, and thrown away. 

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Clore Social Leadership workshops; Coaching; Health and well-being; Leadership; Leadership development training.

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