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Systems Leadership – Exceptional Leadership for Exceptional Times

Download the Story of BALI

Three people designed the Black and Asian Leadership Initiative (BALI): Patrick Scott who worked for the predecessor organisation that is now The Staff College; Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE who is now a freelance international consultant and coach on leadership, following her role as Principal for the National College for Educational Leadership in the Ministry of Education, Jamaica and me (Meera). Rosemary was an associate with the National College for School Leadership in the UK and I had, due to long term…

A Stitch in Time: Realising the value of futures and foresight

The events of 2020 have demonstrated the value of foresight in policy. But also how hard it is to predict the future. Above all, it shown us how complex and fast-moving our world is. If ever there was a need for innovation in policymaking it is now. (Professor Chris Fox, Director of PERU and colead of MetroPolis at Manchester Metropolitan University) Please download below the PDF ‘A Stitch in Time: Realising the value of futures and foresight’.

Seizing the Moment

Building Local Bridges to the Future – Joan Munro and Ian Burbidge Local government has stepped up in the wake of Covid-19 despite a decade of financial emasculation. A key lesson is that chronic underfunding has eroded slack in the system. Slack is essential; it is not waste, it enables resilience. Ian Burbidge, associate director, RSA To read the publication, please download the PDF below.

Humanising the Digital Workplace

Business leaders had no choice but to change their workplaces due to COVID-19. Now is the time to cement those changes to support powerful new ways of working. Discover how putting human needs at the centre of your digital transformation delivers sustainable prosperity. Download the PDF to read the full article.

“We need to rock the boat” – Sherry Malik

The author of this post is Sherry Malik, who is passionate about social justice and social care. She has over 30 years experience of leading and managing a diverse portfolio in public services. She is currently a NED @Dimensions UK and a former DCS @NSPCC, exec roles @MyCafcass, @LBofHounslow and GSCC. I told myself that talking about what I experienced in the context of my gender and my race would somehow label me, that it would stop others from seeing…

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Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union

YouTube, October 2021 HBO’s three-part documentary, OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION chronicles the personal and political journey of President Barack Obama, as the country grapples with its racial history. View the complete season on YouTube

Black kids have to Swim

Beleaf in Fatherhood, October 2021 The history behind the Black community’s relationship with swimming and water is a painful one. We were transported against our will across seas, drowned, and kept out of water throughout our years in America. Why can’t Black people swim? It’s not a question of whether we can, it’s a question of whether or not we will.

Announcement: New Chief Executive Appointment

After just over three years at the helm of The Staff College, it’s with great sadness that we share the news that our Principal, Jo Davidson, plans to step down from her role in the summer. Jo has overseen an incredible transformation in her time at The Staff College, which has seen the team, associates, and most importantly, the impact the college has had on public services, grow & develop. While Jo is stepping down, in her own words, she’s actively avoiding using the ‘R’ (retirement!) word, and looks forward to continuing her work at The Staff College as an associate. Of course, this means that we’re set to welcome a new leader of The Staff College, and we’re incredibly…

Cues for Change, March 2021

The idea that underpins the Cues for change is that as policy-makers and those in leadership roles, within the public sector and local government in particular, you must be able and willing to explore the forces that drive change, to anticipate change and to develop an understanding of the possible impact that these changes may have. If leaders are more aware of the bigger picture, the prize is being better able to plan for uncertainty and become more adaptable in meeting change as it happens. The pace of change facing local government is unrelenting. Budget constraints, increasing demand, assessing more complex needs, technological advances, party politics and constitutional reform all create a turbulence and challenge for the public sector. The…

Tribute to Patrick Scott

We are so sad about the death of Patrick Scott. Patrick had a huge influence over the offers we have now, particularly the Black and Asian Leadership Initiative and Aspiring and New Directors programmes.  As we and our partners remember and celebrate Patrick’s legacy, warmth and integrity, Anton Florek has written this tribute.   As a recently retired Director of Children’s Services, Patrick was invited by Steve Munby, the then Chief Executive of the National College of School Leadership to join our advisory team for the Directors of Children’s Services Leadership Provision, which was commissioned in November 2008 by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Patrick brought a wealth of experience to the advisory team having served as a…

Cues for Change, February 2021

The idea that underpins the Cues for change is that as policy-makers and those in leadership roles, within the public sector and local government in particular, you must be able and willing to explore the forces that drive change, to anticipate change and to develop an understanding of the possible impact that these changes may have. If leaders are more aware of the bigger picture, the prize is being better able to plan for uncertainty and become more adaptable in meeting change as it happens. The pace of change facing local government is unrelenting. Budget constraints, increasing demand, assessing more complex needs, technological advances, party politics and constitutional reform all create a turbulence and challenge for the public sector. The…

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Why Middle Management is the Hardest Job | Simon Sine

The middle management team is stuck between strategic and tactical thinking – they’re the translator between the two. Things break when we don’t train people how to lead OR the senior leadership’s focus isn’t aligned with the people below them. Why Middle Management is the Hardest Job | Simon Sinek – YouTube

Courageous Conversations about Race

Does language shape the way we think and ultimately how we behave, as public leaders? How can you start to see leadership models through the lens of different cultures? Where do you get your knowledge and does what you are taught result in a fixed notion of what leadership looks like, with leaders never really bringing their whole selves to work? Who is – the global majority? Introducing a three episode podcast “Courageous conversations about Race” where the host, Sherry Malik asks these and other questions. She is talking to three amazing women – Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE, consultant, speaker, coach and author, Kathryn Perera, Director of NHS Horizons, and Jo Davidson, Principal of The Staff College. Together, they are exploring…

Leadership in a Time of Crisis

COVID-19 will not only change our way of life, it will hasten the arrival of a radical new future of work. While for many of us working from home has been a new and unexpected challenge – that is just the start of a much bigger transformation set to reshape the nature of business itself. Leadership in a time of crisis – YouTube

Adapting to the Rise of Authoritarianism: A Conversation with Audrey Tang | 2020 Oslo Freedom Forum

Authoritarianism is on the rise globally – but one resilient country has learned how to push back. In this conversation with Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang, learn how Taiwan is protecting its young democracy using transparency, innovation, and open governance. Adapting to the Rise of Authoritarianism: A Conversation with Audrey Tang | 2020 Oslo Freedom Forum – YouTube

Simon Sinek on Empathetic Leadership

Simon Sinek with “Empathy – Best Speech of All Time”

Remembering Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson was not only a passionate educator and gifted communicator. He was a believer in the power of every person’s unique gifts, a committed humanist who knew that our world would be better when we create space for all individuals’—especially children’s—talents to flourish.