The challenges for leaders are daunting. Our world seems ever more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous - with economic and political uncertainty, armed conflicts around the world, mass migration, rapid technological change and the ever present threat of terrorism.
We believe the best way to respond to these challenges is to develop leaders who take an interest in the world around them, who invest in building their local communities, and who have the skills and aptitudes required to deliver sustained organisational success.
In 2016, we created The Red Thread Fellowship, an initiative to contribute towards building a more inclusive, sustainable and connected community in Milton Keynes. It brings together young leaders from all walks of life, at no cost to them, and uses our Sustainable Leadership methodology to develop them and charities in and around Milton Keynes.
We offer places on a special no-cost programme to early to mid-career managers who:
The programme brings together participants from all sectors to help support charitable projects in becoming more sustainable. In parallel, we run reflective learning workshops that allow the programme Fellows to distil and share the insights they gain, compare them with best practice and contemporary leadership theory, and explore how they can apply their learning in their workplace.
During an initial two day workshop, we will introduce you to each other, helping you start to build as a team and agree how you will work together. Crucially, this is also when you decide which projects and charities you will support and gain their agreement. Over the following 12 months, while you are working with your charities, you will also attend five one-day workshop modules, each of which focuses on a specific dimension of leadership:
At the end of the year, we meet one last time to review what you have done and celebrate what you have achieved.
There is no catch: you have only to be fully committed to the programme for its 12 month duration. If you are a programme Fellow, you must:
If you are a participating charity, you must:
And that’s it...
" Working with the fellowship programme has provided a new dynamic to our organisation. The expertise and support from the Fellows has helped us to reflect on our position and has been thought provoking about where we could be in the future. We have been excited to be part of this programme and have benefitted enormously from the expertise not only of the fellows but The Red Thread directors. If you are looking to expand your horizons and improve your skills The Red Thread Fellowship is for you. The benefit of your experience may also be a huge asset to the organisations you are supporting. "
Chief Executive - MK Snap
If you are interested in participating, either as a Fellow or as a charity,
We are proud to announce that as of September 2017 the Red Thread Fellowship™ has been endorsed by the ILM as one of their approved leadership development programmes. This external validation and recognition from such a premier awarding body gives our Fellows a well deserved certification upon completion.
We are delighted to be working with MK College as the approved centre, working to the ILM’s benchmark of quality in order to provide the Accreditation.
We are proud and excited that the 2017 Fellowship will be sponsored by the Open University. As well as supporting the running of the programme, this means that Fellows will be able to access the OU’s online learning material to support their learning and development for the duration of the programme.
We couldn’t run The Red Thread Fellowship without the help of our partners, who offer us space and source potential charities for us and we would therefore like to publically acknowledge the support of:
If you would like to support the 2017 – 18 Fellowship, either as a Partner or as a Sponsor, please get in touch