San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Leadership Centre presents: How do we better understand and lead the systems we work within to create better, more integrated person centred public services?
Transforming services is hard. Organisations across the public, voluntary and private sectors are coming together to find new solutions to seemingly intractable problems by radically transforming their approach to services in their area. But whether they are tackling alcohol abuse, or supporting people with dementia, their success is being determined by people and culture.
Systems Leadership is a way of working that shares the burden of leadership to achieve large-scale change across communities. It goes beyond organisational boundaries and hierarchies, and extends across staff at all levels, professions and sectors. It involves people using services in the design and delivery of those services. Systems Leadership recognises that leadership is not vested in people solely through their authority or position; so it involves sharing leadership with others, coming together on the basis of a shared ambition and working together towards solutions.
About the session:
In a world of reduced funding for public services, the answer is to work in a much more integrated way with other organisations and people – but how do you do this when the traditional mechanisms of control don’t work across organisational boundaries?
How do you tackle complex ‘wicked’ issues when the solution is not in the gift of one organisation or person?
Getting the relationships between the people providing the service sorted out is an essential precursor to the most important relationship of all, which is of course with the service users. Staff involved in whole systems transformation who take time to develop shared values and aims and an understanding of each other’s priorities are well placed to then create an environment in which service users are engaged and empowered.
We will focus on collaboration:
- What activities could you apply systems leadership to?
- What’s your own systems leadership challenge? Who would you need to talk to?
Drawbacks of the existing hierarchical leadership models.
Leadership values of: Complexity, values, humility, courage to experiment, diverse perspectives, adaptive action, focus on citizen at the centre
Modelling leadership around networks.
How they are more representative of the working environment?
What is systems leadership?
And why is it better than command-and-control?
Group work – What activities could you apply systems leadership to?
What’s your own systems leadership challenge? Who would you need to talk to?
Why you should attend?
Hosted by the Leadership Centre, this session hopes to engage a range of leaders across public, private, and social sectors that are increasingly open to moving beyond the familiar, to find new and different ways of meeting leadership challenges.
About the hosts:
The Leadership Centre helps to create great places to live by supporting local leaders to meet the specific challenges of effectively leading a place, rather than just their organisation. They create and facilitate the space for senior managers and politicians from across the public sector to think about the ambitions they have for their communities and how they can achieve them in order to fundamentally transform their localities for the better.
About the Unusual Suspects Festival:
The Unusual Suspects Festival is a four-day festival that will blend international expertise and innovation with local thinking and practice from across the UK and feature a collection of interlinked events that will draw out the ways in which collaboration and social innovation can work in sync and ask how this can help address some of the most difficult issues we face in society today. The Festival will take place in London during September 2-5, 2014 and is curated by the Social Innovation Exchange, Collaborate and The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. For more information on the Festival including the events on offer, please see our website.
When & Where
Social Innovation Exchange
Social Innovation Exchange (www.socialinnovationexchange.org)
SIX is now the world’s primary network for social innovation. We connect social innovators in order to create and spread new ideas and solutions about how society can be strengthened and improved. We work with cities, national governments, and international bodies such as the European Commission to improve the methods with which our society find better solutions to challenges. We foster genuine, active connections between people building innovative solutions, from the grassroots to the policymaking level. By promoting learning across sectors, fields and country and by communicating and disseminating ideas bout social innovation, SIX builds the capacity of its members and enables them to work together to develop resources for social innovators around the world.