Interesting for all UN staff, consultants and Global Compact member companies working with the UN, is this "Transformative Leaders" 2014 Training Programme which I had the honour to co-create and also participate in last year.
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
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-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.