Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Update April 2012
It has been such a roller-coaster since October. It surprised me how quickly and how deeply just being selected for Clore affected my view of myself. It was hugely powerful and affirming just to be recognised as someone who can make – indeed is making - a difference. So, the initial euphoria was high, but then reality set in and general panic ensued.
The first residential: what an absolutely delightful week: inspiring, entertaining, thought-provoking, and immensely enjoyable. A comfy bed, excellent food; and intelligent, thoughtful, supportive people for company. Deep, yet light; challenging, yet fun – I wish I could go on one every three months! The highlight being our last night together: pizza, beer, darts and finally dancing, at the grottiest of nightclubs on student night. The experience of Action Learning also had a big impact, and has shifted a number of ‘stuck’ areas at work. Improvisation with John Cremer was an education in how to make learning fun.
The following week, I was seriously struggling to resume my real life. After five chore-free days to enjoy freedom, creativity, visioning, and planning; the return to my three pre-school children was a harsh change of pace. I spent much of January adjusting. Then by February I needed a first draft of my Leadership Development Plan, and I still hadn’t extricated myself from my work.
So now, at the end of March, I have left my old job; secured a coach, secured a mentor, applied for the Judge General Management Programme; completed my second Action Learning set, and attended sessions on governance and research. What I haven’t yet done is really give myself space to take stock and think deeply. That will be top of the list over the next month as I adjust to life beyond The Harbour.
Personal website/ blog: www.gingerlegend.com
Current principal role: Development Manager
Current principal organisation: Royal Forestry Society
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: TAMBA (Twins and Multiple Births Association)
Other leadership role 2: Governor
Other organisation 2: Ashton Keynes Primary School
Research: Leading Across the Sectors: The new career pathways for social change
Research topics: Change management; Charity; Employment; Leadership;
Secondment host: The Leadership Trust