Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Update October 2012
It has been a busy time for me since the summer. The Olympics have caused a surge in interest in my social enterprise GoodGym and I wanted to make the most of this, but also ensure I was able to leave for my secondment in the autumn. Clore continues to be an extremely useful network of people with which to communicate and bounce ideas around with. The constituent parts of the programme have been providing important and useful pauses for me to consider my work and my own ability to do the right thing at the right time.
Strategy has never been something that I have learned. Having a full day on it (at the summer residential) made my feel more confident. I enjoyed the thorough coverage of possible different approaches to it. I feel well equipped to create strategy now and to understand what other organisations mean by it. I found Joe Ludlow’s presentation at the residential particularly effective. He was very clear and direct and I felt I was better placed to review and understand different types of business model. I also had a chance to present at the residential and made a presentation about documentaries for social good.
I’m in San Francisco at the moment on secondment. I’m in a completely new city in a completely new company and in a sector I’ve never worked in. These are all presenting quite exciting challenges for me. It’s been useful getting to know what it’s like to work in a private sector organisation driven by a rapid growth strategy. It’s also been a useful test of my communication and delivery skills. The last half will be a different challenge of trying to exert influence over the organisation from an external perspective which I have not done in this way before at such a high level.
I was sad to miss the last Action Learning set. I have been really excited by being part of a group that actually feels like it’s changing people’s perceptions of what they can and can’t do. It’s an intense and productive process that I hope will continue. Learnings for each of us are wildly different, but pretty powerful for everyone. For me it’s about the influence of trust, and the power of the willingness to ask to for help.
Current principal role: CEO
Current principal organisation: GoodGym
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: Art Against Knives
Research: Lessons from Pirates: what can the German Pirate Party tell us about the future of organisations?
Research topics: Governance; Impact; Leadership; Policy; Public sector; Technology;
Secondment host: TaskRabbit