How have the last few months been, Nicola?
Busy busy busy! I spent a month on secondment with the Young People’s Support Foundation (YPSF) in Manchester and have been doing a lot of work on my research, including the development of an audio tour alongside the written report and toolkit I’ll be producing (Nicola is undertaking research on impact measurement in small charities who work with children living on the streets). I’ve had some great coaching and mentoring, as always, to challenge me and make sure I keep moving forwards.
What has been your greatest challenge?
Taking three months away from my organisation to do two secondments in India and the UK. It has been a challenge to manage that successfully, but it’s been a wonderful thing as it’s helped make the organisation more sustainable and less reliant on me. I was really happy to come back to S.A.L.V.E. again and feel full of new ideas and learning to help us to keep improving our work.
How has your leadership been having an impact on those you work with or for?
My secondment helped to make links between my organisation and YPSF in Manchester. I co-facilitated a workshop around impact at a conference at Manchester University recently with their deputy CEO. This was a great example of some of the recommendations of my research in action - like the the value of buddying and peer support.
In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?
I am better at delegating and have got a lot of systems at S.A.L.V.E. better established so less information is sat only with me. I feel we are getting closer to passing the ‘me being hit by a bus and the organisation still surviving and thriving’ test!
Tell us an important lesson you’ve learnt so far during the Fellowship.
Take more time to do it better - everything doesn't all need to be completed yesterday.