Stepping into Comms Leadership Spring 2020
Cost: £450+vat for all three sessions
Dates: Thurs 12 March, Tues 28 April, Weds 27 May
Roots and Shoots
Walnut Tree Walk
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.”
special projects lead – policy, campaigns and partnerships, Alzheimer’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
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: To be confirmed shortly
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.
"It was really fascinating to hear how the CEOs overcame their challenges and how much they were able to learn from their experiences. One area I found particularly interesting was how they all had very strong self-awareness and understanding of their strengths, limitations and working preferences. It made me more self-reflective and think more strategically about my strengths, which elements of myself I need to develop, which I need to accept and which ones don’t really matter all that much anyway!"
internal communications manager,
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity
“I thought the workshops were brilliant, and really inspiring. It’s given me a lot to reflect on and helped me to consider what my next step might be – and how I can get there.”
head of PR,