Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2011
Update September 2011
The last few months have flown by like somewhat of a whirlwind. Even though the programme ends shortly for full-time Fellows, I feel like I’m just getting into my flow. I’ve loved every minute of getting into that flow but it’s a reminder that I still have a lot to get done. Knowing Myself, Being Myself and Looking After Myself is great but I now need to change gears to get my research done, enrol at Goldsmiths and my last few meetings with leaders need to be confirmed. I need to ‘Action Myself’.
Out of the four ‘components’ of the Clore Social Leadership Fellowship everything has gone well except training. I have struggled to find the right training package, 9 months in and I’ve settled on the MA/PGDip in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths.
Coaching has been a great source of reflection and self-evaluation, something that is deeply needed on a programme like this because you can, in some cases ‘un-think’ and ‘un-believe’ everything you thought you did when you started. For me personally, I always had the drive and what I thought was ‘purpose’ to Save the World but through coaching I’ve realised that I need to Save Me Too. So, daily, sometimes weekly I have SMT (saving me time), which is space to stop and think about what I need to get done that week, what’s a priority, and most importantly what is a distraction.
I have also completed my secondment at the Guardian Public Leaders Network. It was a very good lesson in how a large organisation operates, something I had on my leadership development plan to achieve. I had the opportunity to commission content about topics I believe are important to the sector such as Innovation, Social Enterprise and Wellbeing (namely Joy in the workplace). I chose to complete a secondment at a media organisation because I wanted to use my journalism training in a way that worked with my social/third sector experience and I think I achieved this. I have thought however that I am lacking large charity experience so who knows I may schedule a mini secondment before the end of the year.
Quotes for the Fellowship thus far:
Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin
The shortest answer is doing. Lord Herbert
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin
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