New Charity Talks series from Centre for Charity Effectiveness

‘Building Outstanding Leadership Teams’

Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 6.30pm, Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ

Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness begins its latest series of popular and influential Charity Talks this month with an event focused on ‘Building Outstanding Leadership Teams’. It will also unveil a powerful new diagnostic tool for measuring the performance of senior teams.

Launched more than 20 years ago, the talks bring together sector leaders and experts to examine the most important management and leadership issues in the non-profit sector.

The first event in the year-long series will look at effective leadership teams, one of the key components in an organisation’s success.

The guest speakers are Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and Mike Hudson, director of the Compass Partnership, a management consultancy specialising in the management and governance of civil society organisations and their funders.

Saleh Saeed will look at how DEC, an umbrella organisation for 13 aid agencies, provides leadership during humanitarian disasters.

Mike Hudson will explore the wider context of leadership team theories and best practice, drawing on a recent survey conducted by Compass and Cass CCE on the characteristics of outstanding leadership teams in the non-profit sector.

The study, Building Outstanding Leadership Teams, identified the 20 characteristics of effective senior teams.

The study stressed the importance of leaders measuring their performance and learning from their mistakes.

To help in this process, Cass CCE is launching a new online diagnostic tool to assess the effectiveness of charity leaders.

The Building Outstanding Leadership Teams tool enables CEOs and HR Directors to assess the effectiveness of their leadership team and download a report with feedback and advice on how to improve. The tool will be launched to coincide with the first talk.

This assessment tool is designed to be a trigger to encourage CEOs and HR Directors to think about the effectiveness of their leadership team, and how they invest in building and sustaining outstanding performance.

Professor Ian Bruce, founder and President of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness said: “Our Charity Talks are hugely popular and are a great opportunity to learn about key issues facing the charity sector, as well as a chance to network. Leadership teams are critically important to charities and this is a great subject to start off this series.

“We need more research on the dynamics of successful leadership teams; and as well as the key drivers of effective teams, our study highlighted the lack of investment currently in charities’ leadership teams, which we believe needs to be addressed.”

All the talks are chaired by Professor Ian Bruce and cost £25 a session or £150 to book all six talks.

The series continues with five more talks; Managing Strategic Change on 28 January 2015, Growing Income which will Remain Secure on 20 May 2015, Campaigning for Social Change on 8 July 2015, Measuring Social Impact on 9 September 2015 and Working Collaboratively on 25 November 2015.

The Charity Talks take place at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School,106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, 6pm for 6.30pm.

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