Effective Collaborative Leadership in times of Covid –19

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When:May 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Where:Zoom Executive Forum
Contact:Beth Kingsley-Rowe

01383 223353

“Organisation & personal change is in understanding yourself and others”

(The IDI is a Swedish 360 to increase awareness of your own and others’ behavioural patterns )                                

Speaker: Robin Burgess


The recent and sudden mega advance of the coronavirus and its global impact on the economy, society (as we knew it), and on ourselves and our families has rocked the world back on its heels. Life will never be the same again and change is no longer a choice it is our imperative.

The starting point for change, be it organisationally or otherwise, starts with the individual (that includes you and me). Which is the basis of SIBL’s next Executive Forum event on 2nd June with “The Change Equation” with Liz Oliver (Author) and Dr David Fraser in the Chair as interviewer.

By coincidence? Today’s key workshop whilst being riveting and “not to be missed” in itself is also the ideal preparation for next month’s SIBL’s “next step” event – such is the way of the Universe.

Collaboration – the way forward?

Robin Burgess, today’s speaker writes “Collaboration is key to effective partnership in an environment in which agency interdependency is core”.  To illustrate by way of example, Edel Harris, CEO of Cornerstone, a major Scottish community care organisation, comments in “Leadership – The current state of play” – edited by Prof. W B Howieson, Head of the Management School at Napier.

We recognised very early in our journey that we couldn’t manage the transformational journey on our own. We needed the support of others to make this a success and we can’t thank enough those organisations who have encouraged and supported us every step of the way.”

If those were the major lessons to be learnt pre-virus then just how much more valid are they now?

However, the underpinning of the practices of organisational collaboration, be they internal or external, depend heavily on the crucial and indispensable basic understandings and behaviours at the personal level, as it is this learning that determine outcomes. .So, if the subject of today’s workshop is not embedded in place, then such a void jeopardises the aspiration for change and transformation of the whole organisation and certainly for the individual.

Footnotes to the above Macro Picture

a) Cornerstone is a Scottish charity and social enterprise providing support and to children, adults and older adults living a range of long-term conditions and challenges. These include autism, learning and physical disabilities, dementia and mental health problems See www.cornerstone.org.ul

b) One of SIBL’s core members is Jacqui Taylor, CEO of Glasgow based Lifelink, who are also a leading charity in the Scottish community care sector. In line with Edel Harris’s testimony of the advantages of collaboration, Lifelink has recently committed to sponsorship of SIBL CIC which has resulted in substantial tax savings to Lifelink. This was a pilot for a SIBL sponsorship scheme that is about to be launched to a wider audience. Further info is at www.lifelink.org.uk

 Today’s Workshop (The macro picture)

Robin writes “Much leadership material focuses on idealised characteristics. These would normally require a personality or behavioural “transplant” for many of us, and at best leave us feeling that we are significantly wanting. Yet the reality is that the most effective leaders build firmly on who they are, not who they “ought” to be.

This requires knowing yourself, to build on your strengths, as well being able to read the preferences of others, to engage better with them. Our facilitator, Robin Burgess, has been using the Inter-dynamics Inventory (IDI) as a proven and effective tool to assist leaders to do this for over fifteen years and is the most experienced practioner of the IDI in the UK.

Today, he will share the essence of the IDI research and enable you to apply it to yourself and key others, as a basis for building effective collaboration. Many have described it as creating a watershed in getting the best from themselves and from those they work and live when engaging collaboratively.

This informative, interactive, and fun workshop will focus on the following key learning areas.

Step 1: Seeing our behaviour as other’s experience it (The Rabbie Burns principle)

Step 2: Understanding our preferences and unconscious habits

Step 3: Learning to build on our strengths whilst clarifying that if these are undiscerningly applied in every situation, they can be counterproductive

Step 4: How to build a repertoire of balancing behaviours that mitigate our natural preferences, in those situations in which our strengths are ineffective

Step 5: How to build confidence and skill in being ourselves with conscious choice about when we need to adapt to achieve effective collaboration and to realise our goals

Effective Collaborative Leadership builds on both knowing when we can simply be ourselves and when we need to be adaptive. As implied above, Robin brings more than twenty years of applied research and coaching with leaders on the ground to offer ways of raising your game and benefitting your business, your impact, and your enterprise and for your own wellbeing.

In terms of “takeaways” you will have the opportunity to benefit from experiencing the following:

  • Having a framework to understand your own and others’ behavioural, habitual preferences
  • Exploring new options, you can develop for bringing about effective collaborative outcomes
  • Applying this to your own real-life challenges
  • Identifying ways forward that you can begin to practice from today.

No pressure then Robin?

Keynote Speaker – Robin Burgess

n addition to designing and delivering large scale leadership development programmes, he has coached CEOs and Senior Executives in the NHS, Local and National Government, the Police, Fire Service and third sector. 

He has coached facilitated and presented masterclasses on the flagship NHS Scotland strategic leadership programme “Delivering the Future“. He was also appointed Coaching Fellow at the Centre for Innovation in Health Management (CIHM) at Leeds University.

Note: Robin has been the Organisational Development Director for the Scottish Institute for Business Leaders (SIBL) since its launch 17 years ago. Inter alia, he is widely regarded as an expert in facilitating SIBL’s sophisticated executive peer group “real time problem solving” otherwise known as Action Learning. 

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