Registrations open for ‘Stand by Me’ a pilot mentoring program for emerging leaders in the community & NFP sectors

Mentoring program for emerging leaders in the community and NFP sectors

I am excited to announce that as of today, we are taking registrations of interest from those wishing to participate in ‘Stand by Me’, a Mentoring program specifically aimed at building capacity and developing emerging leaders in the community and not for profit sectors.

The pilot is being launched in the ACT (but those from other states can also indicate their interest at this time).

Some have commented that this is the worst time to launch such a program as there are profound structural changes taking place in some parts of the sector and considerable change fatigue. I argue that this is exactly the time to commit to identifying and developing the leadership of the future.

It is worth noting that the recent State of the ACT Community Service Sector Report found that around 36% of the 166 organisations responding reported training and development opportunities being a factor helping to attract and retain staff.

How does it work?

The mentoring program will run for 6 months and uses a hybrid model incorporating mentoring circles with the added opportunity for participants to undertake two coaching/mentoring sessions with an external coach or experienced sector expert. It is deliberately structured to enable participants to:

  • critically think and reflect on practice, 
  • provide a safe forum to test different approaches or measure the impact of varying strategies over time, and
  • help develop linkages between people from different organisations.

Six key development focus areas are covered in mentoring circle discussions throughout the program. Around half of these are generic (in that they are applicable to any emerging leader) and half have a sector specific focus.

The focus areas are as follows:

  1. Leadership in the sector in the age of disruption.
  2. Understanding your job (what you need to get from good to great).
  3. Developing talent – motivating and engaging staff.
  4. How to plan, implement, oversee and monitor a program.
  5. Advocacy in challenging circumstances.
  6. Negotiating and communicating effectively with stakeholders (including volunteers).

Who else is involved?

On sector specific discussions, I am fortunate to have Rebecca Vassarotti leading the session on “Leadership in the sector in the age of disruption,” Lesley Harris on “How to plan, implement, oversee and monitor a program”, and Carol Bennett on “Advocacy in challenging circumstances.” I am also delighted to be partnering with ACTCOSS in running this pilot program.

We will be using their offices for the Mentoring circle discussions and they will be advising on issues of final content and evaluation.

How do I get involved?

The cost per participant in the mentoring program will be $1,500 plus GST with participants from ACTCOSS member organisations eligible for a 20% discount (the total being $1,200 plus GST).

If you are interested in building your capacity, gaining insight and getting to know peers working throughout the sector, please register here as soon as possible.

Don’t hesitate to contact us directly if you require any further information.

Kind Regards

 

James Judge

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