Collaboration, Curiosity and Creativity – My first month with Pioneer

Thanks to everyone who got in touch about Enabling Collaborative Leadership Pioneer Programme and also to share their stories about collaboration.

It’s now a month since I started as programme manager for Pioneer, and an apt time (as any) to reflect on what I know now, or rather what I have begun to inquire into.

Collaboration lies at the heart of the programme and I don’t think anyone would disagree that in these complex times, with less public resources, and a desire for a fairer society and better outcomes for all, that’s it’s not a good thing.

My first week with Pioneer… Exploring new territory

My first week as Programme Manager for the Enabling Collaborative leadership Pioneer Programme draws to a close so I thought I’d share some thoughts in the spirit of inquiry!

My initial thought –that’s a long title job title that leaves people confused even before I get to the end of it.

Need to think of something shorter! Suggestions very welcome

For those not familiar with the Pioneer programme, it’s about testing out and learning about new ways we can collaborate more effectively in public services.

Skilled Workers, Skilled Citizens – Recovery Event March 2015

On 30th March, participants from Skilled Workers, Skilled Citizens pioneer sites collaborated in hosting an event that asked ‘how might our public services be in recovery?’.


A really diverse group of over 100 people came and experienced something of what it feels like to be part of a recovery movement, from the inside.

We began by meeting each other as human beings, not job titles. We circulated round different tables, and heard quick ‘seed’ talks from people in recovery and people from the wider SWSC network.

SWSC SRC pic 1After lunch, Kuladharini from Scottish Recovery Consortium led a ‘milling’ exercise. This invited us to slow down, and get in touch – in our bodies – with how it feels to genuinely connect with someone else.

After this, a whole new quality of conversation happened. People said they found the experience surprisingly ‘refreshing’, ‘gentle’ and ‘deep’.

The aim of the event was not to generate a list of immediate actions; but to open a space for reflection and perhaps to spark new kinds of connections, insight and intention.

Time will tell if it makes a difference. The event team will debrief at the end of April and produce a short video to share.

We will also report back in May back on any early feedback about what, if anything, people tell us the event has helped to spark.

Dialogue Masterclass – 11 March 2015

The Dialogue Community of Practice is delighted to be hosting a master class with Chris Rogers on Culture and Conversations on Wednesday 11th March 9.30am to 4.00pm in Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross, Edinburgh.

The ability to influence cultural change is critical to business success. And yet, research consistently shows that upwards of two-thirds of all formal change efforts fail to deliver the desired results. This suggests that something vital is missing from conventional approaches to change.

Chris argues that it is not formal strategies, plans and programmes that change an organisation. It is how people talk about them, make sense of them and what they do, or don’t do, as a result. Chris suggests we need to engage directly with the underlying dynamics of our organisations, if we are to lead change effectively.

Come along to hear Chris discuss the powerful impact that informal conversations, power relationships and political processes have on organisational outcomes. We will explore how we can work with this new change leadership agenda which Chris calls ‘informal coalitions’ and how we can shape culture by deliberately influencing the content and pattern of the hidden, messy and informal dynamics of organizational interactions.

This event is free and is for people aiming to enhance the quality of relationships through conversation about what matters most to us as we endeavour to improve public services in Scotland. As we begin a fresh year, with a fresh approach, we encourage previous participants to return and bring a colleague so that we continue to expand and energise the network.

To attend please click below and complete the form by 4th March 2015.

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