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Leading with a Difference

August 19th, 2013 by Helen Wakefield

Over 70 leaders from businesses, public services and charities across Merseyside have significantly benefitted personally, economically and socially from our pioneering 3-Thinking Programme.  Co-created and led by Windmills in partnership with Ken Pye founder of the Intelligence Network, this  six day programme provided participants with opportunities to maximise their personal potential (ME) grow their organisation (WE) , impact on  he wider community (THEM) and make a collective difference to the Liverpool City Region (US).

Developing and implementing a personalised 3-Thinking Project, leaders engaged in an exciting programme of experiential learning blending external visits, keynote sessions, creative group work and peer coaching.  The rich diversity of participants enabled blue chip organisations such as 02 to connect with leaders within social enterprises, housing trusts, SMEs, charities and public services.  Sessions were delivered from leading social enterprises such as the Furniture Resources Centre through to key regional development organisations such as Liverpool Vision, Merseytravel, John Lennon Airport and Peel Holdings.  External visits ranged from information intereviews with Radio Merseyside, Princes Primary Special Needs School and Liverpool University to a tour of Walton Prison.

The impact of this unique three month experience has been captured by responses to the following 3-Thinking questions pre and post the programme.

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“Helped me to believe in myself, trust in my decision making and be optimistic “ – Gaynor McKnight, Chief Executive, Lister Steps.

“Afforded me an insight into myself to fire up a level of self belief through connecting with people that share far more in common with me than I first imagined.  I believe I can, so I will”   –  Wayne Lester

“Opened my eyes to different ways of giving” – Fiona O’Reilly, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Knowsley Primary Care Trust

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“Building a bigger and more stable client base” – Jan Carberry, Director, HR Integrated Solutions Ltd.

 

“Making more effective use of the contacts and relationships we already have (work smarter) – Dominique Aspey, Enterprise Network Manager, Liverpool John Moores University

“We have more direct and clear links to a number of key organisations in the city” – Ian McKenna,  Director of Development, Liverpool Hope Enterprises Ltd.

 

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“Created new links that will provide work experience and apprenticeships”    James Sloan, Development and Operations Manager, Imagine If Trust

“Created a senior leadership 12 month Think Big Programme that challenges leaders to go back to their roots and make a legacy change to young people/community over 12 months”  Carmel Convery,  Operations Manager/Think Big Chair, 02

“Saved my local park”  – Emma Blackman, Director, Peg Marketing

We aim to run our next full 3-Thinking Programme in Autumn 2013 and have already received requests to deliver core modules within organisational development programmes.

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