This week is a big one for us: the first pairs in our experimental Leadership Exchange will visit each others’ workplaces.
We usually run the Leadership Exchange as a core part of the Fellowship programme - it’s one of the most popular and effective aspects of what we do.
Now at the request of Fellows from Cohorts 2016 and 2017, we’re trying out a stand-alone version for some of their colleagues. In July, Cleo and Ruth briefed 20 team members from the Army, the Met Police, Tesco, Barclays, the Wellcome Trust and IHG at Sandhurst.
This week a Barclays HQ communications chief will visit an Army regiment; and a police lead on continuous improvement will visit Tesco’s online division. Return visits will follow soon and the remaining pairs will do their exchanges in the coming weeks. We’ll do the debrief all together in October.
It’ll be interesting to see how it goes. No doubt they’ll all have a lot to learn from each other. But without the intensive experience of the programme, will the pairs have built enough trust and strong enough relationships to be really open with each other? Will the support and mentorship of the Fellows who sponsored them back at work make the difference? Over the coming year we’ll be working with all cohorts of Fellows to try out other ways of extending the impact of the programme to their colleagues - to both improve and broaden the experience of the Fellowship programme.