"This leadership programme gives staff members the opportunity to experiment, innovate, and grow a culture of creative disruption in the UN System. New ideas and different perspectives are encouraged, with the aim of transforming the system from within. Participants need to learn to think beyond the bureaucracy, and translate good instincts into good outcomes."
Robert Orr, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning
I am delighted to invite you to engage in an exciting leadership programme being offered by the UN Transformation Network - a network of innovators and change makers in the UN system who want to transform the UN from within. Last year, our first programme generated excellent feedback and so, due to its success, we want to build on the momentum and launch more sessions. The practical skills I gained in communicating, inspiring others and leading in complex situations was especially impressive. It helped me achieve my learning goals of leading positive change and innovation as well as connect with like-minded colleagues.
The overall intention of this leadership programme is to build the skills and capacities of UN staff - at all levels - so as to increase personal effectiveness and to evolve the UN system to have greater impact and relevancy. We hope to catalyze UN innovation and collaboration to enable colleagues to deliver even more powerful results in the field. This is a transformative inside-out approach to development as we believe that leadership potential exists within everyone, regardless of role. The time is now to harness our wisdom and creative intelligence because the sustainable solutions we seek reside within each of us. One of the best part of this course is being part of a bright, innovative and motivated group of peers who generated support for doing things differently.
As one participants from UNDP BDP said, "The course introduced us into a new world about transformation and leadership. It's not enough to have the motivation to be a leader or an innovator, you need the knowledge and skills to understand change, see how this plays out within organizational cultures and structures, and manage the processes to guide transformation. The course filled this vacuum." Another colleague from the Ethiopia Country Office said, "It gave me the confidence to speak up and the skill set take positive action."
Please note that there are both in-person and on-line cohorts and all UN agency staff and consultants are welcome to participate. The NY session starts on April 3rd, the Geneva session starts on March 27th. I am currently working on creating an in-person course for Addis Ababe in fall 2014, please email me in case your are interested.
For more details on this unique programme, please visit: http://transformative-un-leaders.org. Feel free to pass this message onto other colleagues who may be interested. There are limited seats so I encourage you to take action! Lastly, please consider joining our LinkedIn network group - the link is below. We now have over 300 members world-wide, consisting of all UN stakeholders, and the conversation keeps growing.
UN Transformation Network (Co-leads: Patrick McNamara, Juergen Nagler, Elizabeth Soltis, Ian Thorpe)
PS: Thanks a lot to Patrick McNamara for drafting the brochure and excellent facilitation work, and to Elizabeth Soltis for inspiration and a lot of the text of this article.