Intersections June 2020: Lock down, skills up! The importance of continued personal and professional development.Intersections is a monthly member newsletter from WIG, showcasing content from recent WIG events and activities, thought leadership and best practice for a cross-sector audience. To get Intersections delivered to your inbox every month, log in to your website member account, click 'Manage account' and under the tab My contact preferences and headline Regular WIG newsletters, please tick the box next to Intersections.
June's issue of Intersections brings you:
- WIG CEO Simon Ancona reflects upon the national lockdown and how people have been using their time, and writes about the activities he's been engaging in to stay motivated.
- Art, baking, and puppy-training: The creative ways the WIG team have been staying motivated.
- Upcoming WIG online leadership seminars.
- Secondment diaries: How to change strategy and team culture through IT
- Adapting to online professional development
- The importance of continued personal and professional development
- WIG's digital offer for members
- Professional development pieces from members
- You might have missed it
‘Over the last weeks, many have found time on their hands and have taken the opportunity for self-improvement. However its worth making a rather obvious point. A lot of people have less 'spare' time. Those supporting essential services or fighting for business survival have been working harder, and any focus on self-improvement is an unknown luxury. Many others have found themselves just working harder, so where is this additional time coming from?'
The entire WIG office is working from home and developing our virtual events, online leadership seminars, secondments, and cross-sector mentoring to continue offering our members the highest quality learning for personal and professional development. We checked in with the WIG team to find out what's been keeping them busy and engaged throughout this very different working environment.
In this virtual workshop, we will focus on the changes in the workplace and how to 'turn-up’ the right aspects of our personality and come across with the appropriate impact and presence in the virtual world.
This session will explore the power of High-Quality Connections and share techniques to help you lead and manage team conversations more effectively when working remotely.
This seminar aims to provide individuals with the confidence required to maintain and grow resilience and influence, while also suggesting positive new habits and patterns to embrace a more confident self.
Our second installment of secondment diaries, following the experience of Antonia Panayotova, a civil servant currently seconded to NGO Child Rights International Network (CRIN), through WIG’s Charity Next scheme. In this blog post, Antonia describes the process that she has taken the charity through to understand pain points in their IT by asking the right questions. Connecting culture to their approach to IT has revolutionised the way they use it.
WIG's Roy Johnson, Future Leaders Programme and Organisational Raids Manager, and Danielle Wallace, Senior Leadership Programmes Executive, give their thoughts on how facilitators and delegates alike are continuing to adapt to online profressional development.
David Willis, established coach and WIG development seminar facilitator, gave us his insights into the importance of continued professional and personal development even in changing and adverse circumstances.
Whether it's webinars and virtual events, digital roundtables, leadership programmes, development seminars, WIG is here for you, supporting all our members to continue to collaborate and communicate across the sectors, to learn from each other in the new normal.
- Deloitte published an article on practical workforce strategies that put your people first.
- In April, the Department for Education (DfE) launched a collection of online courses from numeracy to coding.
- EY has published an article on how leaders can protect employee wellbeing during COVID-19.
- Rolls-Royce opened a Digital Academy for free training, to prepare people and businesses for a potentially digital-centric recovery.
- Life in the New Normal: Starting a new role during national lockdown. We asked two WIG new-starters how they found taking on a new role remotely. Read more.
- Webinar catch-up (available for WIG members): Taking action on Stress and Resilience. Report of highlights also available in our resource library. Catch up.