How we work > PIN in action

Relevant, curious, creative, close, questioning and influential - words that capture the Centre for Leadership Studies' stance towards leadership - also characterise our approach to developing leadership capacity in complex partnerships. Using close learning principles to work in real time on resolving live and significant challenges in local work contexts, we challenge accepted truths about leadership practice and development to shed new light on what has become perhaps one of the most elusive phenomena of our times

In this, contextual awareness is critical if we are to quickly build trust and respect with those with whom we work. This sensitivity to context has been developed over a long period of time and in work with many different types of organisation in the public, private, and ‘third’ sector including district level partnerships in West Suffolk, West Berkshire, Wiltshire, and Devon. Our understanding has also been informed with work with other organisations working at local level includingNHS primary care, housing associations, enterprise bodies, charities, waste and water service providers; and central agencies.

We bring three further strands of research and professional practice into our work:

  • A portfolio of development tools honed in work with clients from all sectors, many of whom have approached partnership and collaborative working from differing perspectives and value systems.
  • In depth skills in group facilitation, coaching and mentoring derived from our research through Exeter, Bath and Middlesex Universities, our work in e coaching with both students and corporate clients, and our private practice.
  • Specific research into partnership working, especially partnerships that involve multi-sector working, organizational and personal change for those working in the public sector, and knowledge and skill transfer processes in real time
Some examples of our work with different types of clients follow:

West Suffolk LSP: learning to deliver outcomes: in a largely rural district of a shire county, the LSP recognised that they were struggling to support sustainable social changes at a time when large numbers of incoming migrants, a growing drugs problem amongst young people, and increasing environmental concerns... Case Study 1

WASP: creating a learning community: In a large shire county a local Sports England funded partnership wished to engage more fully within the county structures, and to foster a greater degree of cross cutting initiatives. This partnership therefore funded a general leadership programme for people from across the three sectors... Case Study 2

SELEX: from 'sensing' to 'forming' the future: ...Case Study 3

Case Study 4