The residential seminar will focus on a set of core topics that are vital for leaders of growing social businesses:
- Personal development and resilience.
- Social impact measurement.
- Team building and human resources.
- Financial management.
The workshop sessions will be led by experts from Cambridge Judge Business School and from the social sector, coupled with social entrepreneurs who will share their experience as a case study, and time for group discussion and reflection.
A couple of months after the residential, you’ll have the chance to catch up with one of the team in an individual mentoring session to help you apply your learning to tackle a particular business challenge.
Day 1 – Wednesday 30 October 2019
14:00 – Afternoon tea and registration
Session 1 – leading organisations through change with strengths-based resilience
This session will set the scene for the following days, building trust in the cohort through personal reflection and structured exercises to explore personal leadership styles and resilience. You will reflect on what you want to achieve and what your current business priorities are.
We will use the Gallup CliftonStrengths™ tool to consider your approach to leadership and management, led by experienced and accredited Gallup coach Karen Leigh Anderson.
We will share a case study of failure in a social enterprise for discussion the next day. Case study teaching is a mainstay of business education and a great opportunity to reflect on decision-making processes.
Evening – punting on the river Cam (or optional free time)
A chance to deepen your connections to the cohort of participants and discuss your work with our team in an informal setting. Reflect on your practice as we meander past ‘The Backs’ of the old Colleges, or take the helm by guiding the punt yourself! If the weather doesn’t co-operate then we will take a private tour of the contemporary art collection at Murray Edwards College – the largest collection of art by women in Europe. Afterwards we’ll gather for a pub supper.
Day 2 – Thursday 31 October 2019
Session 2 (morning): creating and assessing social impact in growing organisations
The underlying focus here is “Why are you running this business? What is the change you want to see in the world?” At your stage of growth, CEOs like you need to consider how effective your work truly is and interrogate your Theory of Change.
Through case studies, we will facilitate open discussions about real change and how change happens. We will reflect on the ‘dark side’ of social innovation and failure in social ventures, and discuss the very real costs and challenges of maintaining a social mission within a growing business.
Session 3 (afternoon): building the team to deliver the change
Team management is much more than hiring and firing. How do you create a culture that reflects your values and the social impact that your business was built to deliver? As a leader, how to you create and guide organisational values?
Evening: private dinner at Trinity Hall
Our pre-dinner speaker is Professor Jennifer Howard Grenville, fellow at Trinity Hall and Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies at Cambridge Judge, who will share the latest thinking on organisational change and identity.
Guests at dinner will include leaders from academia and practitioners in social innovation and social enterprise.
Day 3 – Friday 1 November 2019
Session 4 (morning): financial management for growth
We all manage to balance the books somehow, but we know from our work with hundreds of entrepreneurs that many CEOs do not feel confident with financial management. Learn how to take control of your numbers, to assess and interrogate your own management accounts so that you can get a true understanding of your venture’s health and potential for growth. Even our most experienced entrepreneurs tell us that these sessions leave them feeling empowered.
Session 5 (morning): what’s next?
An interactive and reflective session for you to work alone or together, with our guidance, to make plans to see you through a significant step-change or period of growth in your business.
The workshop closes at 13:30 – we’ll have a packed lunch that you can take away with you for a long journey home… or, if weather allows, join us in the gardens for a picnic.