Our Timeline

Have a browse through our history as a team and events that have informed our focus and actions with this interactive timeline. Something of particular interest to you? – Then just click the ‘read more’ button to get more information!

Launch of One Thing at a Time Programme

20 April 2020

Launch of One Thing at a Time Programme

In response to the Covid-19 crisis and based upon conversations with public services partners, the programme ‘One Thing at a Time’ is launched. Over the course of 8 weeks, the below topics were offered as a gentle framework for exploration:…

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CLFS Hosted Scotland’s Life-Affirming Leadership Programme with Meg Wheatley

28 March 2020

CLFS Hosted Scotland’s Life-Affirming Leadership Programme with Meg Wheatley

Together with Margaret Wheatley, Collective Leadership for Scotland co-hosted a residential training programme in March 2020. The programme ‘Life-affirming leadership: Developing the skills of insight and compassion – Warriors for the Human Spirit Training Programme’ provided a learning and training…

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Renamed as Collective Leadership for Scotland

4 November 2019

Renamed as Collective Leadership for Scotland

With a significant growth in interest in our work on Collective Leadership and a strong recognition that this approach is one of the key components in addressing the complex challenges we all face, we confirmed our new name as Collective…

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Collective Leadership hosted Learning Event ‘Perseverance’

2 October 2019

Collective Leadership hosted Learning Event ‘Perseverance’

The event, hosted in collaboration Margaret Wheatley, bring 130 leaders from across public service and beyond together. Its focus is to explore what it takes to persevere in times like these. Read more about this event in our blog post…

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Work with Academy of Systems Change

1 August 2019

Work with Academy of Systems Change

Begin working with Academy of Systems Change to tell the story of Collective Leadership in Scotland.

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Margaret Wheatley Becomes Thinking Partner

2 February 2019

Margaret Wheatley Becomes Thinking Partner

Writer and practitioner in systems thinking and leadership, Margaret Wheatley, becomes our thinking partner. Specialising in Organisational Behaviour, Meg’s approach includes Systems Thinking, Theories of Change, Leadership and the Learning Organisation and believes in the idea that “real social change…

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Launch of New Territories for Evaluation Paper

1 November 2018

Launch of New Territories for Evaluation Paper

The research paper ‘Collective Leadership: Where Nothing is Clear and Everything Keeps Changing – Exploring New Territories for Evaluation’, authored by Dr Cathy Sharp was published. You can read this paper here: Click to access collective-leadership-where-nothing-is-clear-and-everything-keeps-changing-february-2019.pdf

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Peter Senge Becomes Thinking Partner

1 November 2018

Peter Senge, systems scienties and senior lecturer, becomes thinking partner of Workforce Scotland.

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Launch of Scotland’s New National Performance Framework

1 July 2018

Launch of Scotland’s New National Performance Framework

The frameworks sets out a vision of national wellbeing for Scotland, and charts progress towards this through a range of social, environmental and economic indicators. The focus shifts to improving outcomes and how our actions will improve the quality of…

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Lauch of Collective Leadership Programme

1 January 2018

Lauch of Collective Leadership Programme

The Collective Leadership programme was launched at a meeting at the Scottish Leaders Forum.

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First Fire Starter Festival Held

25 January 2016

First Fire Starter Festival Held

This festival provides a space for a series of collaborative learning events, illuminating creative, disruptive and innovative ways in which we can all transform ourselves, our organisations and the wider system. It was held for the first time in January…

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Ingage formed as a team

1 July 2015

Ingage formed as a team

Ingage develops from a team within the Local Government and Communities Directorate, drawing together colleagues working across Workforce Scotland, u.lab, Democratic Renewal, Creativity and the Policy Profession.

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Flourishing Workforce Event

1 February 2015

Flourishing Workforce Event

Hosted with the Glasgow School of Art and with Sir Peter Housden (the then Permanent Secretary). Sir Peter expressed his seven steps for Lighting a Small Fire at this event, contributing to the later formation of the Fire Starter Festival….

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Launch of u.lab

1 January 2015

Launch of u.lab

u.lab’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offered every September for free by the Presencing Institute and Massachusetts Institute for Technology- MIT, starts. Otto Scharmer (Author of Theory U and one of the u.lab team) is working with Scotland to help…

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Launch of National Collaborative Leadership Development Programme: Pioneer Programme

1 February 2014

Launch of National Collaborative Leadership Development Programme: Pioneer Programme

This programme leads the way for much of our later work on Collective Leadership. The focus of the programme is upon core knowledge, skills, behaviours and approaches to support collaborative leadership. This includes generic issues like change management, strategic development…

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Renamed to Workforce Scotland

1 January 2014

Renamed to Workforce Scotland

There is a shift toward Workforce Scotland to describe all strands of work (committed to drawing collaborative capacity across public services and co-design and delivery of development support).

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Workstreams on Public Service Collaborative Learning and Skilled Workers

1 December 2012

Workstreams on Public Service Collaborative Learning and Skilled Workers

These develop from the workshop series and colloquium, and are overseen by the Scottish Leaders Forum Development Group alongside a further workstream of Employee Engagement. You can find archived information on these here.

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Partnership offer of Workforce Development Series and National Colloquium

1 February 2012

Partnership offer of Workforce Development Series and National Colloquium

Offering opportunity for widespread engagement with colleagues across Scotland (on the key Christie questions around Workforce Development).

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Development of Scottish Leaders Forum

1 January 2012

Development of Scottish Leaders Forum

The Scottish Leaders Forum develops as part of the infrastructure to support the delivery of the National Outcomes (drawing colleagues together across public services). The aim and purpose of the Scottish Leaders Forum is later revised in 2020.

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Formation of the Collaborative Leadership Development Board

1 July 2011

Formation of the Collaborative Leadership Development Board

The Collaborative Leadership Development Board develops in response to the Christie Commission. The role of the Board is to promote and implement specific collaborative leadership development initiatives across Scottish public service. The Core Principles of the board serves as a…

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Christie Commission

29 June 2011

Christie Commission

The Christie Commission, chaired by Dr Campbell Christie, is published. The report highlights Scotland’s public services are in need of urgent and sustained reform to meet unprecedented challenges. It calls for collaborative ways of working across systems. Our work aims…

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First National Performance Framework

1 January 2007

First National Performance Framework

The Scottish Government introduces its first National Performance Framework (NPF). NPF helps to give the public sector, individuals & organisations a clear vision of the country we want to create. The framework is centred around a whole systems approach, whereby…

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