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Systems Leadership Laboratory
Thu 20 October 2016, 09:00 – 17:00 BST
Work on Sustainability and Transformation Plans is gathering pace.
The STP Leadership Lab provides an intensive short-cut to help STP leaders jointly shape a climate of innovation and partnership, in which their carefully formulated plans can become a transforming reality.
All people with STP involvement are welcome to attend, and registration is open to all NHS colleagues with an interest in this area.
STP executive groups, coordination groups, steering groups and workstream groups are developing their approach to orchestrating local communities in shaping improved health, care and finances over the next five years.
The system leadership and change needed across health and social care is in addition to the mounting leadership demands within single organisations.
The classic approach of “formulate the plan and monitor execution” holds little chance of enabling the transformation required. Empowering the system while remaining jointly responsible is at the heart of this work.
Effective STP leadership will be grounded in effective and dynamic partnership. STP leadership groups will struggle if the individuals involved don’t believe in each other. They will stumble if they can’t find a way through opposing perspectives. They will stall if their assumptions remain unspoken. They will lack energy if their fears and daily pressures prevent them experimenting for innovation.
Tailored for STPs and adapted from the work of Barry Oshry (Power & Systems Inc) the STP Leadership Lab is a catalyst to support the shaping a new kind of collective leadership in STPs. It is not intended as a stand-alone workshop. It is recommended that follow-up facilitative support is provided within the STP groups working together, to enable the joint commitments and learning to be embedded into their way of operating together.
The format of the day is:
09.00 – 13.00
We create a simulated organisational system in the room, with typical power differentials, diverse agendas, strongly-held identities and familiar organisational cultures. All participants take part in a series of simulated 13-minute days, during which a range of joint work needs to be achieved. We press the ‘pause’ button at frequent intervals to uncover why systems leadership is often so tricky.
We then work together to build a shared understanding of leading across systems and what it takes to empower a system beyond organisational boundaries.
13.45 – 17.00
We translate the learning and experience from the morning into the context of our STP work. In particular, we focus on the challenges for the senior accountable leaders in the system and how they together can:
reduce power dynamics which get in the way of leading system transformation
maintain adequate control whilst empowering colleagues and citizens
surface the assumptions which limit productive joint work
model and demonstrate collective leadership
build trust and shared purpose
develop a culture of quality, innovation and value for money
relate to partner agencies, service users and colleagues more effectively