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The Programme

An intensive week long programme, it is designed to be supportive and developmental but it will create a space that feels emergent and which is provocative and challenging – the intention is to disrupt how participants think, working on conceptual, contextual, organisational and personal levels.

Get a taste of what happened in April 2016...

Sunday 10th April - The disruption begins...

Creating a collaborative ensemble - Piers Ibbotson, CEO, Direct Creativity

Creating an ensemble attitude is the essential pre-cursor for knowledge innovation. Preparing and maintaining groups of this kind depends on developing skills in communication, empathy and the ability to take risks. This session will create the environment for productive and purposeful conversations during the week.

Monday 11th April - Contextualising the challenges...

Change and the art of adaptive leadership - part 1 - Keith Ruddle, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Leading change in today’s turbulent world often means facing issues that cannot be solved by any one leader. We talk of ‘wicked or adaptive problems’ and leaders – at all levels - may have to find different ways to orchestrate and lead change ‘without the answers’. This workshop will enable participants to learn about the different kind of leadership and the tools we might use to help us do it.

Discovery: Cultural Leadership – identifying and addressing the challenges - Directors panel

How can cultural leaders address the challenges facing them and their organisations? Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience from leading cultural organisations of varying sizes with different challenges, the directors will share their insights.  

Tuesday 12 April - Organisational change and adaptive leadership...

Change and the art of adaptive leadership - part 2 - Keith Ruddle, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Reflect from Day 1 on key ‘reframing’ around participants’ challenges, and provide short faculty input on ideas and examples on leading adaptive change. The session will facilitate participants to discuss and demonstrate how leaders can communicate and engage others collectively  to work on an adaptive challenge.

The future won't be the same - Pegram Harrison, Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School

Exploring how the future will be for participants as individuals having been through this programme. It will look at how the museum and the cultural sectors need to keep pace of change and will ask questions around what the future holds - politically, economically and socially. It will unpick how are our audiences evolving and how we need to evolve as leaders of dynamic organisations.

Wednesday 13 April - The Entrepreneurial Mindset...

The entrepreneurial leader - Panel Discussion

Much store is being placed on the museum and cultural sectors becoming more entrepreneurial – in developing new business skills and models, in finding innovative ways of working which lead to new and sustainable income streams.  But what does this really mean for our organisations and leaders? This session will reflect on whether you teach leaders to be entrepreneurial and will explore if organisations need to be entrepreneurial in order to be sustainable and resilient.

Entrepreneurial ways of thinking and behaving: venture sprint - Pegram Harrison, Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Split into three parts across the course of the day, develop your idea as a team and pitch to a panel of experts.

Thursday 14 April - Leading against the grain...

Leading against the grain: Cultivating Creativity in a Climate of Constraint- Tracey Camilleri, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Looking at the leader's role in highperformance teams, innovation, culture, and style. What can you do as a leader to shift your organisation’s culture in a way that provokes the change you want to see?

Friday 15 April - The Inspiring leader...

Inspirational Leadership: lessons from Shakespeare - Jonathan Stebbings, Olivier Mythodrama

This session will focus on the practical application of influence within the increasing complexity of organisational life.  It seeks to answer the question: “How am I going to get the things done that I believe are right and should be done?” 

In this highly interactive programme, participants will learn how to build and mobilise a successful coalition, how to identify and use appropriate sources of power and how to best influence others.

This represents just a selection of the overall programme. To discuss further please contact the Programme Director, Lucy Shaw: | 01865 613783


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