Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Update April 2012
Here we are in an unusually balmy Spring, and it feels a lifetime ago when I travelled to Poole to the residential, yet it is less than three months. Lots of things haven’t changed – family life and work all keep rolling on in the usual hectic but fun way. But many things have changed, or maybe I am only starting to notice them. The first thing I have noticed is there is a lot more going on out there that I didn’t know about. The residential provided a great escape from post-Christmas reality and it was great to meet other Fellows from many different walks of life. One thing we all share is a passion for the sector, but my version up to that point had been quite narrow. Over the course of the week I learnt lots from the facilitators, coaches and tutors, but also from other Fellows working in the wider social sector.
The feedback from the 360 degree assessment and the Four Seasons preferences exercise really helped me to understand not only myself but other colleagues within my workplace and further afield. This provided a building block for the Leadership Development Plan. The common thread throughout my plan is around the field of community and social care. The key pillars are now in place – I have a coach, mentor, and an outline research proposal – now I need to start embedding it all in my day to day activities.
If I were to highlight one thing that has changed since I started the leadership journey I would say it is having an awareness that was not there before. This new wakefulness is difficult to pin down to a particular activity or experience. It is the realisation that there is more to know, more to learn and more to share. The first three months, through the residential, Action Learning sets and training, has helped to set the compass on the leadership journey, now it feels right to set sail.
Current principal role: Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Current principal organisation: Rank Foundation
Research: Strategic giving guided by Strong governance: A Philanthropic Utopia?
Research topics: Charity; Governance; Leadership;
Secondment host: Foundation Center, U.S.A.