Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2011
Update April 2011
The last few months have flown by. We’ve completed a 360° assessment, leadership residential and action learning sets. I’ve also made a start on my coaching, which has been invaluable. It’s amazing what you know already, but convince yourself that you don’t!
I’ve learned from all of the seminars and workshops that I have booked to attend as a Fellow, but the one that really got me thinking was a workshop on Pro-ACTION. The concept of action out of choosing and ‘response-ability’ chimes with my sense of working; firstly, because of the language and narrative of the framework, and secondly because of the never-ending cycle of growth and learning that it implies. I have been using this as a secondary framework to the Clore Social Leadership Programme’s “Know Yourself, Be Yourself, Look after Yourself”.
I’ve always been someone who burns the candle at both ends and works seven days a week; in part because I felt like I’d miss out if I didn’t, but largely because it became a habit. I think I got to a point where I didn’t know what I was looking for in terms of my career, and there wasn’t much connection between the large number of projects I was working on or developing. I’ve now got to stage where I have become more comfortable saying ‘no’ and doing less, and with taking the view that doing nothing is sometimes the best response. I’m still pro-active, but the driver is no longer panic that I might miss something; it’s more about doing things I enjoy or will learn from.
From April onwards, I’ll be starting four courses and doing background research for my documentary on 21stCentury Social Movements.
My quote for the Fellowship so far: “Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.” Winnie the Pooh
Personal website/ blog: Www.howshemoves.co.uk
Current principal role: Director
Current principal organisation: A Very Good Company
Other leadership role 1: Trustee
Other organisation 1: UnLtd
Other leadership role 2: Trustee
Other organisation 2: Big Lottery Fund
Other leadership role 3: Chair
Other organisation 3: NCVYS
Research: What does 'Making Good Society' mean?
Research topics: Campaigning; Citizenship; Community development; Corporate social responsibility; Leadership; Private sector; Social enterprise; Values;
Secondment host: The Guardian