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What's in a name?

We have changed our name! Workforce Scotland is now Collective Leadership.
We are delighted to share with you that our team has now formally changed its name from Workforce Scotland to Collective Leadership for Scotland. As you might be aware, our work on Collective Leadership is one of the key components of our work and works with colleagues to address the complex challenges we all face. With increased interest and recognition for this work, it seemed only natural to have this work reflected in our team name.

With this name change we remain a collaborative partnership which reaches right across public services, with a small core team based within the Scottish Government, focusing on the following work areas:
·       Building our Capacity for Collective Leadership
·       Growing our Ability to Work in Complex Systems
·       Sparking Creativity and Innovation
·       Connecting the System to More of Itself
·       Working out Loud and Sharing our Story.
Our newest blog post, written by Collective Leadership lead Janet Whitley, reflects on the development of our team over the past years and highlights our ambitions for the future. Please have a read through it on our blog.

Any questions or comments? Please contact us via our newly updated contact details:
Twitter: @CollectiveScot

Our Collective Leadership work with Meg Wheatley

Reflections on our Perseverance learning event with Meg Wheatley

Together with Margaret Wheatley, writer and practitioner in systems thinking and leadership, over 130 leaders from across public service and beyond explored what it takes to persevere in times like ours – and (likewise importantly) – what does not deserve our perseverance. Over the course of two days filled with insightful teachings, inspirational stories and collaborative group exercises, we worked on the skills needed to stand our ground and keep leading with clarity.

Read more about this learning event and about what our attendees thought of it in our newest blog post here
Residential Programme with Meg Wheatley in March 2020


Have you enjoyed our Perseverance event with Meg in October? Or, have you missed the event and would like to get the chance to participate in her next Collective Leadership learning event? Meg returns to Scotland in March next year to hold the residential training programme ‘Life-affirming leadership: Developing the skills of insight and compassion – Warriors for the Human Spirit Training Programme’. The residential will run from 2 to 6 March 2020 in Scone, Perth. Set in a small cohort of 35 system leaders, you will learn how to develop the skills necessary to lead with insight and compassion.

Applications for the programme will close this Sunday, 17 November – so make sure to get your applications in here.

Fire Starter Festival 2020

Igniting the Fire – Launch Event for Fire Starter Festival 2020 is now live!

What is the Scotland you would like to build? Join us for our FSF2020 launch event on 27 January 2020 in the Scottish Portrait Gallery. Booking is now available so make sure you get your tickets here.

Why not ignite your own fire of change? If you consider hosting your own event, please have a look at our website and our brand-new step-by-step guide, which explains how to upload your event to the website.

As new events are being continuously uploaded to the 2020 programme, make sure you check out our Event Calendar regularly.

Hosting and Facilitating Good Conversations through Use of Self

We know how conversations can impact our ability to collaborate effectively across teams and make the changes we are looking for.

Our 3-day programme, running 12 to 14 November, explores how you can contribute to create conditions for good conversations. Due to the high interest in this event, we are looking to add more dates in the next year.

Dialogue Community of Practice: Core Concepts Training

We are excited to announce that Donata Caira will be facilitating the following two sets of Dialogue Core Concepts workshops during 2019/20:
  • Cohort 1: 17th December 2019 and 14th January 2020
  • Cohort 2: 6th February and 19th March 2020
Booking is now available via this link here.

For more information on these events please email Mark Johnston ( If you would like to read about Dialogue Community of Practice please visit our website.

Upcoming Events:

Dates are now in the diary for networking events and workshops for the rest of the year. You can view the dates register by visiting our Eventbrite page.

Collective Leadership Taster Sessions

If you would like to learn more about the Collective Leadership for Scotland Programme, you should come along to one of our Taster Sessions.
You can see more dates on our eventbrite page.

Breakfast Clubs

Join us for the Breakfast Club - the creative way to start the day!          
The Breakfast Club is open to anyone who wants to have a chat about mischief-making and system shaking. Come along, buy a coffee (and a pastry if you fancy) and have a chat with a really interesting mix of people about whatever topic emerges that morning.                                

We run monthly breakfast clubs throughout the year, in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.


The Edinburgh Breakfast Club will be meeting from 9:00 - 10.00 at Brewhemia on:


The Glasgow Breakfast Club will be meeting 8.30 - 10.00 at Café Fame on:

To see all the different dates please visit our eventbrite page.
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