Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2012
Update Spring 2013
How has this period of your Fellowship been?
The last few months have passed very quickly. I am rapidly coming to terms with the responsibilities of a growing organisation. I have completed my coaching and am embarking on lots of training which I left until quite late in my fellowship.
I have successfully managed a recruitment process and taken on two new members of staff. This has generally worked well and I feel I have a great team around me. I am finding myself extremely energised and excited by my work. I don't always show it but I am feeling more positive about my work than ever before and as a result have more energy to give to it. I sometimes worry that I am doing this at the cost of friendships in that I am dedicating most of my waking hours to my work and/or running.
As a result of my work, I am also fitter than I have been for a long time; weekly sprinting sessions that I'm leading in the park make me feel very in control. The discipline of getting up before seven am and running fast before work, and the discipline of stretching and working on my core strength each night make me feel more in alert and confident that I can finish whatever I set out to achieve.
I am pleased that my action learning set group has continued and that I'm finding the ongoing relationship with my fellows to be very useful.
One of my fellow Fellows, Ruth Marvel, has become director of GoodGym which I am very happy about.
My research is progressing well - I have carried out two trips to Berlin and also carried out Skype interviews with people from the Pirate Party. The complexity of the issues of participatory governance continues to be something that interests me and the research so far has confirmed that the issues being faced by the German Pirate party are important for the social sector.
What has been your greatest challenge?
My greatest challenge during this year has been to try to use the fellowship to do things I wouldn't have done otherwise. I have always had trouble with planning things that would challenge me in a positive way. My trip to San Francisco was one of the most challenging and satisfying things that I have done, it was an alien environment in which I had to prove my worth. By the end of it, I felt I had survived a test and proved my value in a field to which I did not have an emotional attachment. how has your leadership been having an impact on those you work with?
The CSLP has increased my scope. I am thinking bigger and more clearly than a year ago and I am creating strategies to achieve those visions. I feel calmer and more confident that I will be able to achieve what I want to achieve. For my organisation, Clore has given me a clear and ambitious goal and the skills and networks to create a credible route for achieving that goal. In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?
I am more confident. I have been exposed to situations that I wouldn't have been without it and feel happier to be bolder and more direct in the way I tackle problems.An important lesson you’ve learnt so far during the Fellowship programme
Learning about founder's syndrome during the Social Enterprise course at the London Business School was a very useful lesson. I hope it will help be avoid many of the pitfalls of starting your own organisation. What have you learnt from your fellow Fellows?
The other fellows have been very inspiring. I have learnt enormously from the different attitudes and beliefs of Clore fellows. In particular Ruth's thoroughness and clarity of thought has helped me hugely in the development of my organisation.How would you describe the CSLP experience so far?
CLSP has given me extraordianry support to help me achieve anything I wanted to achieve. They give you complete freedom to do whatever you want to make the world better.
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