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Spotlight on... Enabling Collaborative Leadership
Karen Lawson joined the Workforce Scotland team in July, taking up the post of Programme Manager for Enabling Collaborative Leadership Pioneer Programme. Karen has joined us from the College Development Network, where she was the Curator of The Emporium of Dangerous Ideas.

Karen is now the main contact for all things Pioneer, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with her at to find out more about the programme.
Karen will be blogging about her experiences working on the Pioneer Programme on the Workforce Scotland website. Click here to read about her experiences.

For more information on the Enabling Collaborative Leadership  Pioneer Programme please visit our website -
Upcoming Events
Taster Session - Scottish Government, Atlantic Quay, Glasgow
5 October 2015 - 9.30am - 1.00pm

A Pioneer Programme Taster Session allows all interested parties to find out more about what is on offer to them and their organisations through Enabling Collaborative Leadership. During the Taster Sessions we will share information on all aspects of the programme, from the interventions on offer to the evaluation methods we will be using.



Enabling Collaborative Leadership will host a Taster session on 5 October 2015.

To register for the event follow the link

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Enabling Collaborative Leadership Pioneer Programme Taster Session

05 October 2015  |  09:30  -  13:00

Location: James Watt A | 5 Atlantic Quay, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Created by: Sharyn Wilde



Enabling Collaborative Leadership will host a Taster session on 5 October 2015.

To register for the event follow the link

- See more at:

To join the Taster Session, register here
Peer Learning Network - NHS Education for Scotland, Westport, Edinburgh
22 October 2015 - 9am - 12.30pm

The Peer Learning Network offers members of the Pioneer Community a chance to meet with one another and hear from the Pioneer Sites about the difference the programme is making to their work.

Please register here.
We held the first Peer Learning Network in June this year, and heard leadership stories from Sir Peter Housden and members of the Pioneer community. If you missed the event you can watch highlights in this video.
Values and Views - Spiral Dynamics Workshop - Venue TBC
27 October 2015 - 9.30am - 1.00pm

Sometimes when working collaboratively, it can feel as is we are all talking in different languages, with a different understanding of the world, and what we each see as 'important'. The model of Spiral Dynamics can help us to understand the views and values of others, and help us identify what we need to do to collaborate more effectively with one another. This workshop will provide an introduction to the theory of Spiral Dynamics, and will provide insight into how we can collaborate more effectively across Public Services. Click here for a brief overview of the Theory.

To register for this workshop, please click here.

Creativity Workshop - NHS Education for Scotland, Westport, Edinburgh
19 November 2015 - 9.30am - 4.30pm

"Leaders, worldwide have repeatedly advanced the view that the 21st century belongs to those who are creative, collaborative, and intensely curious. People in love with ideas. Just as crucial is the impact on people’s lives and those of their communities. Untapped potential is unforgivable human wastage on a grand scale. That potential, released and harnessed, is nothing less than transformative."  
This  experiential workshop will consider the evidence base for creativity as being key to transformation of public services.  Participants will engage in a range of activities around self and team assessment of creativity and explore ideas for developing creativity on different levels.

To register, please click here.

Co-operative Learning Workshop - Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh
14 December 2015 - 10.00am - 4.30pm

Cooperative learning is a successful learning strategy in which small teams, with diverse members, use a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of a subject.

This workshop will model  cooperative learning to explore the emerging theories, concepts and models  that support a ‘pioneering’ approach to collaborative leadership. This is a very active, experiential workshop and participants will gain a range of ideas and tools which can be transferred to other settings.

To register,
please click here.

Peer Learning Network - National Records of Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh
23 February 2016 - 9.30am - 1.00pm

Enabling Collaborative Leadership will host a Peer Learning Network session on 23 February 2016.

To register for this event click here.
Pioneer News
Pioneer Programme Sites

The Pioneer Programme is currently working with nine pioneer sites across Scotland, and engaging with another six potential sites in a variety of policy areas and locations.  These sites have a wide geographical spread include a diverse range of partners, including  Community Planning Partnerships; Total Place Project Board; Regional Councils; Health and Social Care Integration Teams and 3rd Sector initiated projects.  The themes are as varied as the partnerships cover climate change; vulnerable  families; inequalities; integration of services; collaborative leadership development and rethinking structures and systems to enable them to respond to individuals and communities more responsively and effectively.
Facilitator Pool

As part of the Enabling Collaborative Leadership Pioneer Programme, we have been building a pool of facilitators who are trained and developed to support our Pioneer Sites. The pool currently includes facilitators from a from a range of organisations including Workforce Scotland, Scottish Government,  SCVO, Improvement Service, Education Scotland and IRISS.

As well as spending time with Pioneer Sites, facilitators in the pool are supported to develop their own skills and understanding, through facilitators meetings and workshops, such as those being delivered this winter on Creativity and Co-operative Learning.

Pioneer taster sessions have generated lots of interest across a broad spectrum of potential sites. Our facilitator pool has got to the point where there is a core group involved in work and meeting regularly to feedback about this, but we have a facilitator capacity gap. We need to grow the facilitator pool to continue to build and grow the Pioneer Programme.

If you are interested in joining the facilitator pool, please email
Book Group

We are starting up a Book Group, for those interested in reading about supporting transformational change,  including topics such as dialogue theory, leadership and organisational structures.

Book Group members can meet in person, or join in discussions online. Our current book is Otto Scharmer’s Leading from the Emerging Future, and the group has had a first meeting on 18 June 2015, which you can read about on the Workforce Scotland Blog. For more information and to join the book group please share your details here or email
U.Lab Scotland - Get Involved

In September 2015, e-learning platform EdX, in partnership with Otto Sharmer and MIT will be running U.Lab, a free, online course on approaches to transform society, business and self.

A number of colleagues within Scottish Government have been working with the U.Lab team to co-ordinate U.Lab Scotland - a massive Scottish participation in the course. Introductory events have been running over the summer, the final one taking place on 1 September in Edinburgh.
The U.Lab approach is highly complementary to Enabling Collaborative Leadership. Both are grounded in enabling learning at scale and depth, and both share roots in action research, movement building and organisational learning. The emphasis of both programmes is on learning for 'self' (personal), 'us' (in teams/coaching circles) and ‘them’ (on behalf of the wider system).
For more information on U.Lab, including links to videos, events,  and how to sign up for the course, please click here.
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