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Stepping into Comms Leadership Spring 2020

Stepping into Comms Leadership

12 March 2020   09.30 - 13.00

A set of three workshops exclusively for heads of department/assistant directors (or equivalent) at organisational members of CharityComms with a turnover of over £2m.

Cost: £450+vat for all three sessions
Dates: Thurs 12 March, Tues 28 April, Weds 27 May

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Roots and Shoots
Walnut Tree Walk
Kennington
London
SE11 6DN

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A word about Coronavirus concerns

You’re likely aware of the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the subsequent confirmed cases in the UK. We take the health and safety of our delegates, speakers and staff very seriously, so we’re sharing guidance from Public Health England on steps you should be taking.

There’s currently no cause for concern for this event, but we will keep you informed about any developments and ensure we’re continuing to prevent the spread of any virus. We are working closely with Roots and Shoots who are also continuing to monitor advice given by Public Health England, and will adapt its procedures as required.

Roots and Shoots encourages all visitors to maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene in accordance with Public Health England’s advice on reducing risk. They are supplying hand sanitiser throughout the venue and you will see Public Health England advice posters on site too.  

If you are experiencing symptoms linked to Coronavirus, please consider others before making your way to the event. If you become unwell during the event, please alert a member of CharityComms staff immediately.

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A set of three workshops supporting senior comms professionals through the transition from senior management to leadership. These events will run on:

  • Thursday, 12 March
  • Tuesday, 28 April
  • Wednesday, 27 May

Becoming a visionary leader requires embodying a new set of skills. These workshops will support and inspire senior comms professionals looking to move from senior management to leadership (for example from head of department to director level – and beyond).

As a delegate you will:

  • Hear the experiences of other senior leaders in the sector who have made the transition
  • Create an ongoing supportive network of peers from other charities
  • Gain tools and strategies for success
  • Improve your confidence in your ability to lead

“I think many of us would admit that we don’t always find the time to reflect on our own leadership and areas for growth as its easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day. These workshops made me realise just how important it is – but also gave me the framework and space to do this. It was really useful to hear from, and question, the CEOs who spoke candidly and offered up some real nuggets of advice. Equally, the opportunity to talk things through with my peers in the sector was hugely valuable. Would really recommend.”

Katie Bennett
special projects lead – policy, campaigns and partnershipsAlzheimer’s Society

Who the workshops are for:

  • These workshops are exclusive for organisational members of CharityComms
  • This is an application only event for heads of department/assistant directors (or equivalent level) working in charities with a turnover of more than £2 million
  • The cost is £450+vat. The fee covers all three sessions, including lunch and the workshop (workshops cannot be booked as independent sessions)
  • There are 14 places available.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Vanessa.

What to expect from the sessions

The sessions are designed as a set of three and will run over a period of three months. Delegates attend all three sessions, get to know the group, and have the opportunity to reflect back with each other and the facilitator about experiences and learnings you have in the time period between sessions.

Each session will focus on an aspect of leadership transition – a key developmental theme which surfaces when one moves from a managerial role into leadership role (outlined below). In each session:

  • 9.30 – 10.00: network and get to know different members of the group
  • 10.00 – 10.30: a CEO from the charity sector (who has moved up from a comms position) will tell us their personal story of how they tackled the session’s theme in the development of their career as a leader
  • 10.30 – 11.00: Q&A session with the speaker
  • 11.00 – 11.10: Quick comfort break
  • 11.10 – 12.10: facilitated discussion led by Griff Griffiths from Cocomotion. We will explore your reaction to the CEO talk, how different themes relate to your situation, what it means for you in terms of your own development needs and identify new ideas and action for you to take away
  • 12.10 – 13.00: sit-down lunch and informal networking
  • 13.00: session ends

Full programme:

Thursday 12 March, 9.30 – 13.00

Theme: Leading from the self

Your accumulated operational experience can be a solid base from which to lead, and provide a sense of security. How do you move beyond this to lead functions of which you have no operational experience and only a limited understanding? How can you show up as a leader – how can you embody leadership – in a way which draws on who you are as much as on what you know?

Speaker: Katharine Sacks-Jones, chief executive, Become

Tuesday 28 April, 9.30 – 13.00

Theme: Riding several horses

At any one time there are multiple demands on your time, so how you balance and prioritise your time and ensure delivery through others is key. No single horse is difficult, it’s the complexity of them all together and the interface between them which can be challenging.

Speaker: Karl Wilding, chief executive, NCVO

Wednesday 27 May, 9.30 – 13.00

Theme: Using your difference

What’s the essence of what you bring and how does that align with the leadership culture of your organisation? Where they don’t align is where you can be usefully different in the leadership team, and can be the area where you fly or fall – or both!

Speaker: Erin Northey, chief executive officer, EducAid Sierra Leone


Facilitator

Griff Griffiths, director, Cocomotion
Griff created the award-winning Cocomotion network, which works with individuals, teams and whole organisations to: unpack assumptions, get clarity about what they do, understand what shapes their decision making, expand options, set direction and work better together to move forward.