System capacity and leadership

System capacity and leadership

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Understanding system capacity and leadership - a blissfully jargon free exploration!

About this event

With reducing resources and increasing demand, capacity is the number one concern within public and voluntary sector organisations. But how much capacity do we have within the sectors and systems we are part of - and how do we build more of it?

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We already shape the system. We might as well get good at it.

This special new workshop is based on 'Shine A Light', our newly published guide to system sustainability, capacity and leadership. (We're launching the guide on the day, but participants will recieve an advance copy).

It begins with some straightforward definitions of common but confusing terms. Indicators of system capacity are then introduced before five simple practices are explored. Following purposeful group activity and practice sharing, the second part of the workshop focuses on system leadership. What is it, why does it matter and how do we do it?

Join us in exploring these and other questions:

  • What does system / sector capacity look like?
  • Are you part of the problem you are trying to solve?
  • How can you leverage your resources so they have a multiplier effect?
  • Who is served by the services we all provide?
  • What could be achieved with new approaches to communication and collaboration?

Click on the links below to find out more about the other sessions and book your place.

Masterclass 1: Sustainability in a recovering world

26th October 10am-12.45pm

Introducing and re-examining the principles of sustainable organisations.

Masterclass 2: The Five Capabilities

9th November 10am-12.45pm

Develop and apply the five capabilities of sustainable organisations, brought to life with practical examples and learning among supportive peers (Involvement, Income generation, Innovation, Improvement, Impact measurement).

Masterclass 3: Following the Exit Signs

23rd November 10am-12.45pm

Introducing and exploring the six possible exit strategies for any stage in a project or organisational lifecycle. Identify and plan for the most appropriate strategy for transitioning from survival to sustainability.

Managing Capacity

14th September 10am-12.45pm

What to do when you can’t do any more. Capacity is the fundamental sustainability challenge. This new masterclass demystifies it and presents proven strategies for taming it. Showcasing our recently published capacity guide and exploring what capacity is and how to measure, manage and make more of it.

About The Lasting Difference

These sessions are led by Graeme Reekie, author of the popular Lasting Difference toolkit and Director of The Lasting Difference consultancy (formerly 'Wren and Greyhound'). Graeme is a respected charity consultant who has supported nonprofit organisations through workshops, facilitation and strategic consultancy over 15+ years. Members of the Lasting Difference team will also be on hand to help out during the workshops.

The updated fifth edition of the Lasting Difference has just been published and is available from, with more than 7500 copies now in use by charities and social enterprises around the world.


Q. Do I need to book for all your events separately?

A. Yes, please help us manage the events by booking onto each event separately. You can do this using the links above.

Q. How many people can take part?

A. There are up to 20 places available for each session. Up to three people from the same organisation can take part, but please book separately as this makes it easier to manage communications.

Q. What if I only want to do one or two of the workshops, or if I can't attend one?

A. That's fine! People who do all three get a lot more from the experience and the relationships that are built. Taken together, the masterclasses provide a coherent programme to help you address sustainability in your project or organisation. But they also stand alone in themselves, with short refreshers at the start to introduce any core concepts you may have missed.

Q. What is the refund policy if I need to cancel?

You can cancel your booking within two weeks of the event for a full refund. After this date, we cannot provide refunds because of the administration costs we will have incurred.

Either way, if you book a place but need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing:

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