What Does Place-Based Leadership Mean to Me?

What Does Place-Based Leadership Mean to Me?

Having lived in Manchester all my life, I love the character and diversity of the city. The city is made up of lots of different ‘places’. It has historically been at the forefront of new ideas, seen a lot of change and responded; demonstrating the city’s capacity to try new things.

Working for Manchester City Council, for the last 28 years in a number of roles across the organisation, has provided me with significant insight into what is important to residents, including children, young people and our staff and partners. Given this experience, I recognise the cyclical nature of public services whilst acknowledging that there is a right time and a right place for everything. Although, in Manchester there are times when we have led the way and done things ahead of our time!

I think there are a number of qualities that are important for successful place-based leadership. The emphasis is about understanding a place and what will ultimately benefit residents based on what matters to them, rather than being service driven. To fully understand a place we need to allow the time for staff to genuinely engage and listen to residents and the local members who represent the local areas. The ‘Our Manchester’ strategy designed in true partnership with residents and provides an excellent opportunity in Manchester to do just that.

A place-based approach recognises that one size doesn’t fit all and that services need to be flexible and responsive to the bespoke needs of different places. As a leader, you need the flexibility to dip in at a number of levels, from influencing and shaping the front line using an on-the-ground perspective of an area, to its relationship with the city-wide, bigger picture of how the whole place operates.

Leaders are not the sole custodians of good ideas. Your role is to cultivate and enable ideas from generations across the organisation and allow the testing of innovative approaches.

On reflection, if I could give myself one piece of advice early in my career, it would be not to restrict ideas by thinking too rigidly about the future. Things don’t necessarily turn out as you imagine – they change and develop and if you constrain your thinking to what you know, you reduce your ability to innovate and respond to change. Places change quickly and we have to be able to adapt to this. Some things that we are working on now, we would not have thought possible 5 years ago!


Fiona Worrall
Director of Neighbourhood Services
Manchester City Council 

There’s No Place Like Home

We thrilled to introduce the first in a series of blogs providing personal perspectives on what place-based leadership means. Leading from place is often talked about within  Leading GM as a shared goal to transform our places and communities from within. Engagement & Organisational Development Manager for Bolton at Home, Paula Whylie, shares her thoughts on what it means to lead from place.


There’s no place like home

I often get asked by colleagues “what is this #LeadingGM thing all about?” They are interested in why it’s seen as a different type of leadership programme and why it’s something Bolton at Home are keen to get involved in. I usually start by sharing the programme’s ambitions around leadership expectations.

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Numbers 2 and 3 are sometimes followed by a quizzical look. This doesn’t surprise me, as it’s not language we use on a regular basis, it feels and sounds unfamiliar to most people. I’ve given some thought as to what ‘place’ means to me and considered if it fits with what we are trying to achieve within GM. I also invite you to share your thoughts.

The first thing that pops into my mind is ‘there’s no place like home’ which leads me to ‘home is where the heart is’. Think about when you are away from home. Even when it’s through choice, let’s say on holiday or working away, there usually comes a point when you start to yearn for familiar sights, sounds and smells around you and you may feel as though something is pulling you back. It could be friends, loved ones, or even in the case of my kids, Warburton’s bread. The fact that we don’t live in a house made of bread (ginger or otherwise), I suppose illustrates my thoughts around home being about place and belonging.

So what does leading from place mean?

Well for me, it’s still all about the heart. By this I mean it’s getting to the heart of how we can work with our communities to really understand what matters most, and what enables, or disables our communities to thrive. If you’ve ever watched ‘Marooned’ with Ed Stafford (adventurist and survivalist), you’ll know that his mission is to see if he is able to survive, or thrive in inhospitable and extreme environments. Worryingly, this concept is the mirrored reality within some of our GM communities. Only for some is it a much grimmer picture and we have to add another dimension to that: take a step back and acknowledge that for some, just surviving sounds like utopia.

Leading from place means thinking and working outside in, rather than the previously well intentioned inside out, which saw multiple organisations and sectors working within GM, sitting in numerous strategy meetings to solve the same problems in a much less connected way. Working outside in, supports the leading from place expectation. It supports cross sector working by focusing first on community needs and then using their combined experience, knowledge and resources to make smarter decisions which engage and empower people living in our communities. In this context, the place is seen as belonging to the people living there.

There’s no place like home.


Paula Whylie

Engagement & Organisational Development Manager
Business Unit
Bolton at Home

 

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 18 July

The second Leading from Place workshop took place on 18 July, with another group of GM colleagues coming together and exploring Place Based Leadership. This was another successful workshop, with the next three dates all sold out. Delegates have said of the two workshops held so far:

The Leading GM Workshop on 18th July was a positive and enlightening experience that enabled participants to look at problem solving in an altogether different way. By focusing on the whole picture rather than a fragment, participants were able to see how it was possible to resolve the obvious presenting issues by amending a seemingly unrelated interaction or process.

Highly thought provoking day which has helped me to grapple with counter-intuitive ideas and challenge thinking for myself and others, to enable transformational and sustainable change in Greater Manchester.

Given the ongoing level of popular demand for the Leading from Place workshops, we will be announcing two new dates shortly, so look out for these on the Leading GM website, on twitter and in your inboxes! If you’d like to receive updates on Leading GM announcements, subscribe to our mailing list by CLICKING HERE.

Slides from the day are available below:

Means and ends – a blog by Jon Rouse

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, has written a new blog exploring opportunity and access to good health care in Greater Manchester:

“Aneurin Bevan said that ‘No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.’ This principle of universal access is the cornerstone of our NHS and long may it endure. But Greater Manchester’s devolution programme does pose a challenge to this principle and it is one of sufficiency. We have set ourselves the mission of the greatest and fastest possible improvement in the health of our population. The biggest barrier we face in achieving this goal is not access to medical treatment, important though that is, but rather tackling the corrosive impact of poverty and inequality.

On my office wall I have a map of the Greater Manchester tram network that shows the differences in life expectancy here. Within a matter of just a few stops and miles, we see a 10 year gap in average life-span that can only be explained by poverty and deprivation. We are not blind to this reality; it does not undermine the principle of universal access to recognise that some parts of our population need a deeper and wider offer, an offer that spans economic, social and clinical needs. … ”

To keep reading, CLICK HERE.

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):

3 characteristics of place leader

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.

 leading gm expectations landscape - Leading from Place

 

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: