Timing

Eva Kleingeld is one of this years EPIC apprentices. During her apprenticeship Eva will regularly blog and vlog about her MAD experiences.

 

So this is the second time I am posting something about the EPIC apprenticeship. I decided to write something this time as I feel more comfortable writing at this very moment. In this article, I will give some more insights on the EPIC apprenticeship, finding my own leadership and the achievements and obstacles I encounter.

Right now, we are at the point that we had three training days of the EPIC apprenticeship. We have learned a lot during the past three meetings. The last meeting, we defined our own Energy, Purpose, Identity and Courage. In my opinion, this was very helpful. We paired up and talked about how we viewed each other in all of the matters. We provided each other from helpful feedback. The atmosphere was cheerful (as always) and very open. The latter is so extremely important to me. I have the feeling that this is also contributing to us learning more and more and I start to believe that openness is key in learning about yourself.

In the meantime I also met my coach (you get a personal coach during the apprenticeship who helps you achieving your personal goals). We met up twice now. I was so happy to meet Dennis. He is not only a very friendly and intellectual person, but he’s also a bit of an example to me. He is active in politics and he owns a succesful company. He seems to be very passionate about everything he is doing. He gives me homework to achieve my goals plus he gives me the right handles to apply in real life. Right now, I am reading two books for my “homework” (does not really feel like homework as I love reading about philosophy).

At work, I do notice difference. I initiate more and more, but I also ask for more feedback. This is helping me a lot. I feel empowered and I have the feeling I can achieve a lot more.

Naturally, during the course of life and also during the course of this apprenticeship, I encountered some difficulties. Next to my job I am also active for different organizations as a volunteer. In one of those I also attempted to show leadership. I wanted to be MAD and I was about to initiate a new step. This time, unfortunately, life hit me in my face and I got demotivated and decided not to follow my purpose this time. Did I feel energized by stepping down? No. Did I feel courageous? More like a big loser.

I guess being MAD has its ups and downs. MAD people might not always be able to follow their purpose everytime they just want to. It does not only depend on your energy, identity or courage. Sometimes, the timing is just not right, I believe. And yes, I do believe that timing is a big thing. What to do when timing is not in your favour? Cry your eyes out for 30 minutes… go on and show your energy, purpose, identity and courage again. Only that way timing will favour you as well in the end. Be EPIC!

– Eva Kleingeld
Check out Eva’s second bog ‘making impact’ here!

Public Leadership Challenge: Autonomy in the digital society

Thursday afternoon 31 May the Public Leadership Challenge took place in the Living Lab, of Leiden University The Hague. During this afternoon, a diverse group of professionals, academics and students focused on the challenge of autonomy in the digital society. Working together on this complex and interesting theme led to creative and innovative ideas about the role of leadership in the digital society.

Autonomy in the digital society

After a warm welcome of René de Jong, board member of the PLF and moderator of the PLC, and an introduction of the organizing partners PLF and BECIS, the Challenge started with a mini lecture. Professor Steunenberg gave an introduction about the theme. In his mini lecture he presented the state of the art of the academic literature about the role of citizens, public policy, data and digital society. After this lecture, it was time for the stakeholders to present their point of view and interests.

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The citizen, government and private sector

When it is about autonomy in the digital society, different actors with different, and often opposing, interests are involved. To present these different interests, three stakeholders were asked to present their point of view and interest concerning the theme of autonomy in the digital society. The National Ombudsman, Reinier van Zutphen, represented ‘the citizen’. The government perspective was presented by Anja Lelieveld, Dutch Ministry of Interior affairs who is preparing the Dutch government’s digital agenda. The private sector, then, was represented by Jan Kooiker, who is director of BMconsultants, specialized in digital solutions.

Working in dynamic sub-groups

To find an answer to the challenges set out by the National Ombudsman, the Ministry of Interior affairs and the private company, the participants were divided into four groups that were asked to create a clear picture of the challenge. In this first round the sub-groups discussed the problem, the causes, effects and important people and organizations involved. After the groups shortly presented their results to the others groups and to the stakeholders, they searched for possible solutions and the role of leadership in this. The great diversity of the participants meant that there was a dynamic, interactive discussion about the various challenges.062018-plciii

Results, autonomy and leadership

To add to the philosophical perspective in the debate about autonomy in the digital society, dr. Marcel Beckers provided a keynote about ethics. Questions such as ‘ What is autonomy’? led to an interesting debate.  The work in the sub-groups finally resulted in creative posters and concrete advice for the stakeholders. The advice for the stakeholders was an agile model, in which the citizens, the government and private companies work together in ‘innovation labs’ and using a ‘see-feel-change’ philosophy. Leadership is essential in this model and is shared among the parties involved. It was impressive to see what the dynamic and interactive nature of this challenge had accomplished in only a few hours. Seeing how the proposals were received by the stakeholders was a beautiful end to a very worthwhile afternoon. During the drinks afterwards the participants talked further about the theme and exchanged their ideas, opinions and possible solutions.

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The PLC 2018 was a successful joint initiative by the Public Leadership Foundation, BECIS and the Leiden Leadership Centre of Leiden University – Campus The Hague

Vacancy: Public Leader with great communication skills

Do you want to engage in public leadership activities? Are you a communication talent with a feel for social media and experience in WordPress and do you want to develop partnerships to anchor public leadership?

The Public Leadership Foundation (PLF) is looking for a 

Public Leader with great communication skills 

to strengthen our board and movement!

The purpose of the PLF is to develop public leadership together. We are setting out to be MAD (Making A Difference) through EPIC leadership (Energy, Purpose, Identity and Courage).

The PLF is a young and ambitious foundation. We want to anchor public leadership in society by connecting public, private and third sectors based on shared purpose. Over the years we organised multiple events internationally and gave workshops at several congresses. Further our EPIC Apprentices are developing their public leadership with us. Next year we want to continue growing, both in The Netherlands and Europe. Therefore, we need YOU!

We are looking for someone who can:

  • Develop our website, publicleadership.foundation
  • Bring our communication and exposure to the next level!
  • Contribute to strengthening our MAD movement.

Do you:

  • Want to contribute to the PLF purpose and vision?
  • Show leadership with a purpose?
  • Have humor (we take this seriously)?

And are you:

  • A communication-talent, with all the required social and technical skills?
  • Willing to learn and helping others to grow?
  • Looking for an ambitious platform and an energetic team to work in?

Than we really would like to meet you!

Interested?

Send us your motivation in any way (we care less about formal documents, but writing your motivation is one of the many options), however, no later than the 2nd of July to info@publicleadership.foundation.

For further information about the function and the procedure contact Corinne Sol (0652390763 or Corinne.m.sol@gmail.com) and of course be our guest during one of the next PLF events.

 

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Vacancy: Public Leader with a great network and partnership capabilities!

Do you want to engage in public leadership activities? Are you a great networker, just that little business minded and do you want to develop partnerships to anchor public leadership?

The Public Leadership Foundation (PLF) is looking for a

Public Leader with a great network and partnership capabilities

to strengthen our board!

The purpose of the PLF is to develop public leadership together. We are setting out to be MAD (Making A Difference) through EPIC leadership (Energy, Purpose, Identity and Courage). The PLF is a young and ambitious foundation. We want to anchor public leadership in society by connecting public, private and third sectors based on our shared purpose. Over the years we organised multiple events (inter)nationally and gave workshops at several congresses. Further our EPIC Apprentices are developing their public leadership with us. Next year we want to continue growing, both in The Netherlands and Europe. Therefore, we need YOU!

We are looking for someone who:

  • Strengthens and further builds our partner network of amPLFiers
  • Develops partnerships based on our purpose
  • Attracts sponsors for PLF events and activities by MAD people

Do you:

  • Want to contribute to the PLF purpose and vision?
  • Show leadership with a purpose?
  • Have humor (we take this seriously)?

And are you:

  • A networker in the public and private sphere and not hesitating to take a business like approach?
  • Willing to learn and helping others to grow?
  • Looking for an ambitious platform and an energetic team to work in?

Than we really would like to meet you!

Interested?

Send us your motivation in any way (we care less about formal documents, but writing your motivation is one of the many options), however, no later than the 2nd of July to info@publicleadership.foundation.

For further information about the function and the procedure contact Corinne Sol (0652390763 or Corinne.m.sol@gmail.com) and of course be our guest during one of the next PLF events.


Vacancy: Public Leader with great communication skills

We are also looking for someone who can:

Develop our website, publicleadership.foundation
Bring our communication and exposure to the next level!
Contribute to strengthening our MAD movement.

Interested?

Check out more info

When you’re lost for words

lisa-and-kate-founder-oywLisa van der Heijden (on the left) was one of our very first EPIC apprentices. During her apprenticeship the Public Leadership Foundation (PLF) linked her to One Young World (OYW). OYW is a UK-based charity that brings together the brightest young leaders from around the world during a annual summit, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change. This year the summit will take place in The Hague. Lisa regularly blogs & vlogs about her MAD experiences.

“Before I started my journey of One Young World it did not happen a lot: me losing words for expressing myself. But since One Young World it happens on a regular basis. It is something I am not used to, because I always had a reaction or an argument. But seeing so many problems around me makes me feel privileged and speechless. What do I mean? Because of One Young World I go to more events, I speak to more people and I am learning more about people who have a different position or background than me.

For example I was invited to a reading of King Abdullah II of Jordan by the major of The Hague, even our own King and Queen were there. I did not know what to expect, but what happened I could not foresee. This King was one of the most charismatic persons I know, the story he told gave me goosebumps and made me feel sad. Not because it was a sad story, but because he was right that things need to change.He talked about the importance of global solutions; we can no longer think in terms of national problems. The problems we are facing demand an international approach. Finally, someone who agrees with my opinion: Not boundaries should matter but the problem and the topic we are facing.

“Not boundaries should matter but the problem and the topic we are facing”

 

For King Abdullah II told us that in the world today we should care about global values like compassion. No matter your background or your religion, everyone has learned that you should treat the other as you want to be treated yourself. Muslim, Jew or Christian does not matter, it is the values that matter. Take care of others, listen to them and really listen! Try to understand the other, try to understand their reasons, only then you will solve global problems.

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Through One Young World I found out that even in The Hague there are so many cultures, so many people who are struggling every day to keep their heads up. For me this was something that happened outside of the Netherlands, but I was wrong once again. On Sunday the 11th of March I was on the International Women’s Day in The Hague. It was impressive for there were so many women who did a lot of volunteering for others who needed it. I saw women from different cultures struggling, because they still didn’t have the same position as men in their culture. I thought that gender equality in the Netherlands was taken care of, but I saw this is not true. So, I went to one of the volunteers and told her that I wanted to volunteer as well, so that I can help women in the Schilderswijk who feel left alone. I am excited, because I do not know what is coming, but I do know that I need to broad my horizon for there are so many problems just around the corner. And I was blind for helping them. So when it comes to being MAD I want to add something: being MAD is to listen to others until you understand the other. Only then you can speak, but always speak with respect and understanding.

I am looking forward to the rest of my lessons that I will learn with One Young World and my volunteer work!”

 

 

Small leaders with a big P; why leadership is public

Perhaps you know them from your own experience. From a job you once had, an organization where you are working a bit too hard, a football club where you are training. Or who knows even from the news you are reading: The big leaders who always manage to get into the spot light. Talking big money and getting things done, making great careers, letting other successful people be part of their own success (why give space to failure?). You may wonder sometimes, hearing their stories, what it really is all about? Perhaps even what their contribution is to making the world a better place, apart from all the material stuff for a happy few. We might call them “big leaders with a small P”. Those are the people who often are the leaders, because they want to be, for their own position.

Then, talk to others and ask them whom they see as the ones that truly make a difference in this world. The ones they consider to be an example of great leadership, focusing on a bigger purpose. If you would make a list, it’s probably a safe bet that people like Mandela, Ghandi, Obama and mother Theresa are on it. One by one inspiring people, who have achieved great things, often sacrificing themselves but being able to collect a lot of followers by acting as an example. Leadership for the public good. Those people we might call “big leaders with a big P”. And let’s be honest here; they inspire us, we need them, but they are also a bit out of our league.

That’s why we shouldn’t forget about all those others who on a daily basis work hard on making a difference, too. Those are the other ones we meet, wherever we go. Certainly, they often don’t make it to the news, but they do contribute to our neighbourhood, the classroom, the team at work, or just by providing a hand at the bus stop. By small and sometimes big initiatives that matter to all of us – and undoubtedly to themselves. But never for their own sake or the sake of success itself. Let’s call those people the “small leaders with a big P”. A big P for Purpose. And small, not because they matter less (on the contrary), but because they are the ordinary people – as we all are – who care for the things that simply matter to all of us.

Despite the distinction just made here, this is not about dividing between good and bad leaders. Rather, this is much more a plea for leadership, regardless the formal leader-roles. Leadership we all can show and often do – regardless if we are big or small leaders. That leadership is public leadership. It’s part of our lives – something we meet every day. Just sometimes we have to be more aware and dare a little more. Let’s use and elaborate this leadership, to make a difference, for the public good.

So, definitely, let’s not forget about ourselves and the role we play in leadership. Each in our own way we can be MAD; making a difference. Let’s contribute to the MAD movement. We don’t need to wait for the leaders. We can show public leadership with a big P.

 

– Ben Kuipers

Vacancy EPIC apprenticeship: enabling future leadership

Public leadership is about adding value in your (work) environment, achieving something in society, for a better world. Small things can make a big difference in any environment. Would you like to experience how you can make that difference? Are you a (master) student or Young Professional and would you like to develop yourself on the four essential aspects of public leadership: Energy, Purpose, Identity and Courage? Join our EPIC apprenticeship from February until June.

General programme

  • March: Insights on EPIC leadership, your own leadership style and your interaction with others
  • April: Creation of a personal development plan and intervision on your goals
  • May: Assignment on inclusive leadership within a governmental organization (input for thesis if needed)
  • June: Defining your own EPIC leadership and presenting your lessons learned

During the apprenticeship a coach will help you reflect on your EPIC leadership.

Availability for 3 to 4 days is needed in April and May.

Experiences EPIC apprenticeship 2017

Lisa van der Heijden: By being EPIC you not only focus on your own actions and competencies but also on these of others around you. By helping and understanding them you can change things and exercise public leadership!

Dahpne Hubert: By being more aware of another person and your ideas about that person, you become more sensitive to your environment and you will be able to build a lasting relationship.

Eline Elsgeest: you don’t need a strictly defined plan for your life and execute it to be EPIC. By knowing yourself and your qualities, your leadership can bloom anywhere.

Yosha van Droffelaar: being EPIC means letting go of all the restricting perceptions you may have about yourself and constantly challenge yourself to grow. By doing this you will find the energy to keep inspiring yourself and others around you.

Want to join our programme?

Please sent your motivation and cv to giuliettamarani@hotmail.com before 23th of February. Want to know more about the progamme before signing up? Click here or contact Giulietta Marani: 06 29496612. Selection will take place end of January.

Cooperation PLF and BECIS: citizen autonomy in a digital society?

The Public Leadership Foundation and BECIS join forces to organise a Public Leadership Challenge (PLC) in 2018! At this event, themed around the ever growing digital society, professionals, students and academics from various disciplines and backgrounds will show us which kind of leadership is needed to tackle the challenge at hand.

Theme: Autonomy of citizens in the digital society

At this PLC, the impact of technological development on our society will be at the centre of attention. On the one hand, the new digital revolution with breakthroughs in fields like nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics and 3D-printers, is providing us with amazing opportunities. On the other hand, there are questions to be asked! For example, the question of autonomy is getting more pressing since technology is framing more of our decisions. To what extent can citizens develop themselves unhampered when algorithms are nudging and registering our behaviour? People seem to get less critical about the information they consume and share, the web is  (unintendedly) creating bubbles of like-minded people without too much diversity of thought, private and public organisation are actively influencing our behaviour through nudging… Is the freedom of choice and the autonomy of citizens under pressure? In any case, the ever uprising technological development is presenting our society with a challenge: how to ensure the autonomy of citizens in the digital society? This question will be the focus point of the Public Leadership Challenge the PLF and BECIS are organise next spring!

Stay posted!

Interested in the cooperation between BECIS and the PLF and the theme of the upcoming event? Want to join the conversation about leadership in the digital society? Sign up for our newsletter (by sending an e-mail to info@publicleadership.foundation) and keep an eye on our Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook to stay updated!

Relive #MAD2017

Thursday 23 November, just after 1 pm. Moderator Giulietta Marani opens the MAD event by asking the 60 people attending this annual conference on public leadership who considers him- or herself a public leader. The yes- and no-diagram on the screen behind her start growing and when all the votes are in, we see that just over half of all participants don’t see themselves as leaders.

On the 23rd of November, around 60 MAD people gathered at the Timmerhuis in Rotterdam, to join the Public Leadership Foundation’s annual conference on public leadership. And what an afternoon it was! Kick started by an opening vote on who considered him- or herself a public leader (50% of all  participants!), 4 MAD leaders took the stage to pitch on how they Make A Difference through EPIC Leadership:

  • For Energy, Eduard Schmidt shared the story of Stichting Blikverruimers, who are diversifying advisory boards, by promoting the inclusion of young talent. The energy and persistence with which Blikverruimers is breaking open the world of advisory boards provided an exciting kick off of the event.
  • For Purpose, Dutch young civil servant of the year Teun Meulepas pitched his MAD story about the importance of purpose in leadership, illustrated by the stories of people he met on his journey cycling from the Netherlands to Capetown.
  • For Identity, Linde Nieman of the Young Climate Movement explained how her organisation represents the voice of young people in the climate debate, by taking action and presenting their own climate agenda.
  • For Courage, Deloitte’s Louise van Loon inspired the audience with her pitched about the importance of mistakes: to make a difference, you have to dare to fall down once in a while! Or as she put it at the beginning of her pitch: “Chase your sparkle, even if it’s scary and no-one believes in it”.

It was just the beginning of an exciting edition of the MAD event, that continued to inspire us with four different workshops. With topics varying from the use of EPIC leadership while dealing with complex issues like how to create inclusive organisations (Abigail Norville) and finding new innovative ways to tackle societal problems (Louise van Loon) to leading by inspiring (Diantha Spekman), participants applied new ways of leadership thinking to concrete challenges within our organisations and society. Furthermore, a group put their leadership to the test in Eduard Schmidt’s serious game about managing cutbacks in the Dutch prison system.

In the third round, it was time to join the conversation in small scale meeting sessions. Besides the MAD stories of Blikverruimers and the Young Climate Movement, topics like personal leadership development, the importance of purpose in leadership and gender equality were discussed in groups of five to seven people, to share ideas and come up with new insights.

When – at the final wrap up – moderator Giulietta Marani asked the audience the same question as at the beginning of the event, the amount of public leaders in the room had doubled! A clear sign that the stories of MAD leaders taking initiative, the workshops given by our amazing partners and the conversations about being MAD through EPIC leadership managed to inspire all of us to move forward and keep Making A Difference. It made that we as a Public Leadership Foundation look back with excitement: thank you all for making #MAD2017 truly MAD!

Check out more information about the #MAD-event here. The 25th of January the Public Leadership Foundation organises a #MAD Follow-up to further explore MAD Leadership. Contact us by info@publicleadership.foundation if you want to join this movement!

Check out the photo’s of #MAD2017:

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