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Street Wisdom: New Dates Announced

Leading GM Street Wisdom

As part of the Leading GM activities for 2017 / 18, we are delighted to announce six Street Wisdom sessions, facilitated by Kev Wyke. These six Street Wisdom sessions will be held throughout November and December in:

Rochdale 13 November
Bolton 20 November
Wigan 27 November
Stockport 29 November
Manchester 30 November
Oldham 4 December

For more information and to book, please click on the the local authority area where you would like to participate in Street Wisdom.

What is it?

Street Wisdom is a global social enterprise with a mission to bring inspiration to every street on earth. It’s a technology that allows anyone, anywhere to get unusual inspiration from their everyday surroundings. Led by volunteer facilitators on city streets across the world, free Street Wisdom workshops give participants the skills to access the ‘invisible university’ that’s all around them and find fresh answers to personal or work-related questions – with profound results. Street Wisdom is also a growing social enterprise and home to a community of Street Wizards who use this powerful tool in their professional lives.

Why the streets?

Because they are many and varied. They are free to use. They are where we spend an increasing amount of our metropolitan lives. And they are a rich source of untapped wisdom. It turns out, you don’t need an exotic getaway to find inspiration. It’s right outside your door. And you won’t burn a tonne of fossil fuel getting there.

Leading for Innovation and Creativity Workshop

A Leading GM Workshop

Truly inspirational and a great kick up backside for those of us who too often seem to coast along in our comfort zones! Excellent techniques identified on how to engage with front line staff and get them thinking outside of “the box” – Leading for Innovation and Creativity Workshop delegate

On 22 September Rene Barrett facilitated a new Leading GM Workshop on Leading for Innovation and Creativity. Held at The Studio Manchester, Rene guided 20 GM leaders through a range of theories and techniques designed to inspire innovation and creativity in their work and organisations, thereby fostering an environment in which both innovation and creativity can flourish. This workshop not only explored theories, but also provided our GM leaders with the opportunity to test creative thinking techniques on real issues in GM. Through this activity, some really innovative ideas on how to respond to these challenges were identified.

See some moments from the Leading for Innovation and Creativity Workshop:

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Click here to access the Leading for Innovation and Creativity Workshop slides.

Keep an eye on the Leading GM website for news on future Leading GM Workshops, as well as on the @LeadingGM twitter account. If you are interested in attending another session of the Leading for Innovation and Creativity Workshop, or if you’d like to see Leading GM Workshops on any other topics, let us know by clicking here. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Leading GM Leadership Programme Open House on 17 October!

 

The Beyond Budgeting principles

 “The purpose of the principles is to inspire and guide organisations as they strive to implement Beyond Budgeting; we refer to this as being on a Beyond Budgeting journey.”

 

We are delighted that one of our Leadership Programme delegates, Shaer Halewood, has shared this article and noted its relevance to the Leading GM programme.

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To find out more about Beyond Budgeting principles and how best to apply them to your leadership, click on the link below.

The Beyond Budgeting principles

Two new dates: Leading from Place Workshops

** Due to popular demand, we are pleased to announce two new dates for this workshop – 6 September and 24 October **

Building on the success of recent Leading GM masterclasses, we are delighted to announce that our next gathering is the Leading From Place Workshop.

This one-day workshop, facilitated by Vanguard, is for any leader in GM who wants to understand what it takes to transform places and lead within, and on behalf of their organisations, systems and places. It is designed for those who want to develop their skills as a place-based and systems leader.

This Leading From Place Workshop complements the Leading GM Leadership Programme and other place-based work/integration already underway. It will be a lively and thought-provoking gathering where specialists within this field will introduce key place and systems leadership concepts through real examples, case studies and activities; building on the knowledge and experience of those taking part.

We are running the workshop on seven dates: 27 June, 18 July, 27 July, 9 and 23 August, 6 September, and 24 October, and anyone who is a leader in GM is welcome to attend.

To book your place, CLICK HERE for 6 September and CLICK HERE for 24 October.

More information on the workshop is available below:

Leading from Place Workshop 27 June

The first Leading from Place Workshop was held on 27 June and facilitated by Jeremy Cox from the Vanguard Consulting Group.14 leaders took part from a range of sectors and localities across GM including GM family, Health, Housing, and Local Authority.This workshop is designed to support the Place Based Integration initiative and emerging workforce priorities from the Early Adopter sites. It is also designed to help create a critical mass of place based leaders across Greater Manchester. The areas covered throughout the day strongly aligned with the developing three characteristics of a Place Leader (shown below):

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Rita Evans, Leading GM Programme Director, introduced the day and highlighted that the three characteristics are aligned to the GM Leadership Expectations, in particular leading from place.

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The key focus of the workshop was helping GM leaders to make use of Systems Thinking methodology to design new ways of working based on a full understanding of presenting and contextual demand. This approach enables localities to identify situations where the current system creates waste or fails to get the best outcomes. It also enables them to design new approaches to tackling and removing those system conditions. The role of place-based locality leadership will be key to taking effective action in the system.

 

Attendees from this first Leading from Place Workshop have said:

Really helps to understand how our work issues are a product of the systems we have created. Really useful and thought-provoking course.

I found the session very useful, in that it gave me a good grounding in a number of different methods of system thinking, which I can now research further and implement within my own origination.

Insightful overview provided by knowledgeable and passionate speaker.

 

Slides from the Leading from Place Workshop:

 

We are holding four more Leading from Place Workshops on 18 July, 27 July, 9 August, and 23 August (all dates currently sold out). For more details please contact LeadingGM@nwemployers.org.uk

Immersion 2: Leading GM Leadership Programme

Following on from the first Immersion on 11 May, our second Leading GM Leadership Programme cohort regrouped on 22 June for their second Immersion event. Led by Mari Davis, Liz Goold, Joyce Redfearn, and Myron Rogers, the delegates continued to work through place based challenges with their GM colleagues. Ian Williamson (Chief Accountable Officer, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning) also joined us to open the day and share his story. Thoughts and learning that emerged throughout the day were captured by Paolo Feroleto, who created some fantastic images (available below). Through the two Immersion events, this second cohort of GM Leaders have identified some key issues in their place and developed tools and strategies to move forward.

As the second cohort continues moving through the Leading GM Leadership Programme, we are looking forward to their Reunion and Reflection event. To be held on 17 October, cohort 1 delegates are also invited to meet their colleagues on cohort 2 and share their learning and experiences. Cohort 1 and 2 Leadership Programme delegates can book their place here.

Some photos from the day: 

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Images from Paolo Feroleto:

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Slides from the day: 

 

Social media story: 

Leading GM Workshop: Leading for Innovation and Creativity

As part of our 2017/18 Leading GM Workshop series, we are pleased to announce the Leading for Innovation and Creativity Workshop, to be facilitated by Rene Barrett. This workshop will be held on 22 September.

There’s never been a time when innovation in the public sector has been more urgently needed.  As problems grow more complex, developing an innovation culture becomes increasingly important. There is a clear imperative to innovate in the public sector.

Do you have what it takes to inspire people to practice innovation? What kind of leadership is more likely to create an environment where innovation and creativity can flourish?  

Our teams will determine the success or failure of getting innovation to the heart of the next generation of public services – harnessing their motivation will be a critical component of a new model of public sector innovation. This workshop will help you focus on and equip you to make this happen as a GM Leader, and is open to any leader in GM.

For more information and to book, CLICK HERE.

Leading GM Workshop: Building and Sustaining High Performing Thriving Teams, Organisations and Places

Building on the success of recent Leading GM masterclasses, we are delighted to announce that we are offering another Building and Sustaining High Performing Thriving Teams, Organisations and Places Workshop, due to its popularity and high impact when run in December 2016. This workshop is for any leader in GM who wants to increase their personal and professional resilience, and will be held on 15 August.

During this fast paced, engaging and interactive workshop Rene Barrett will help delegates to explore cutting edge research and practice to equip them to better support and get alongside their people, both in organisations and the community, to ensure greater resilience and positive responses to change. During the session we will explore skills that will increase your ability to bounce back from the many pressures you encounter in today’s workplace and daily lives. In addition you will focus on reviewing the leadership required to build effective performance, wellbeing and thriving within your team and beyond.

To book your place on this workshop, CLICK HERE.

More information is available on the below flyer:

New Leading GM Workshop: Leading from Place

** Due to popular demand, we are pleased to announce two new dates for this workshop – 6 September and 24 October **

Building on the success of recent Leading GM masterclasses, we are delighted to announce that our next gathering is the Leading From Place Workshop.

This one-day workshop, facilitated by Vanguard, is for any leader in GM who wants to understand what it takes to transform places and lead within, and on behalf of their organisations, systems and places. It is designed for those who want to develop their skills as a place-based and systems leader.

This Leading From Place Workshop complements the Leading GM Leadership Programme and other place-based work/integration already underway. It will be a lively and thought-provoking gathering where specialists within this field will introduce key place and systems leadership concepts through real examples, case studies and activities; building on the knowledge and experience of those taking part.

We are running the workshop on seven dates: 27 June, 18 July, 27 July, 9 and 23 August, 6 September, and 24 October, and anyone who is a leader in GM is welcome to attend.

To book your place, CLICK HERE for 6 September and CLICK HERE for 24 October.

More information on the workshop is available below:

#LeadingGM Masterclass: Building and Sustaining High Performing Thriving Teams, Organisations and Places – Rene Barrett

It’s coming to the end of 2016 and we’re reflecting on our GM journey this year. We’ve seen some amazing masterclass covering a number of different facets of leadership, and have welcomed our first cohort into the #LeadingGM leadership programme.

For our final masterclass of 2016, we welcomed Rene Barrett, who gave us a fresh insight into how to lead most effectively in GM as we move into the new year. Rene explored resilience on a personal, team, and place level and led the group through a number of exercises aimed at gauging and improving their personal resilience. Resilient people make for happier and more productive leaders, teams, and places.

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See the social media story from the day below.

The GM community is moving ever closer, and we look forward to continuing this growth and relationship-building into next year.

What would you like us to achieve in 2017? If you have any ideas for masterclasses you’d like to see next year, please fill in the form below.