Our March newsletter shares news of our newly launched Lasting Leadership guide and opportunities to explore its concepts.


What’s new?

Our world needs healthy non-profit organisations and leaders
Read on for opportunities to value and sustain yours

and our FREE new succession / contingency planning tool


Lasting Leadership launched!

The new guide to sustainable leadership was launched in February, getting a great reception from our 100 Gathering guests. Lasting Leadership introduces simple principles and in-depth practices to support succession planning, lateral leadership, self-care,young leaders and equalities.

‘So pleased to see this in print, challenging questions in an easy form. Get your hands on a copy.’

‘Amazing resource.’

Brilliant session!’

Download the Lasting Leadership guide

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Exclusive FREE resource for newsletter subscribers and ACOSVO members: download our new succession planning template here

Coronavirus and contingency planning
We originally wrote this succession planning template as a workshop resource (see below). But it also provides practical help with emergency and contingency planning, which many organisations will be working on urgently.

We’re making it available here first for subscribers and ACOSVO members. Help yourself by using the button above or contact us for a copy.

ACOSVO masterclasses

Having helped launch the new guide, and with a range of services embodying sustainable leadership, ACOSVO are partnering us to provide a special series of half-day masterclasses on each of the four leadership capabilities. There’s a 15% discount for booking all four. Information and bookings

Understanding sustainable leadership

Thursday 14 May, 10:00 – 14:00
Introducing the paradoxes, principles and practices of sustainable leadership. Book here.

Succession planning

Tuesday 16 June, 10:00 – 14:00
Succession planning is a journey not a destination. This session supports participants to develop contingency planning, involvement and knowledge management processes for holistic succession planning. Book here.

Lateral leadership

Thursday 24 September, 10:00 – 14:00
Lateral leadership – involving people taking ownership, autonomy, and accountability regardless of their role or place in the hierarchy. Book here.

Attracting the next generation and supporting leadership diversity and equality

Tuesday 13 October, 10:00 – 14:00
Making the sector attractive to existing and emerging leaders and proactively encouraging leadership equality and diversity are key.
Book here.

Book all four workshops via ACOSVO and save 15%

Networking for a lasting difference!

Join us for our first networking event and lunch for organisations who have achieved the Lasting Difference Symbol, or who are interested in working towards it.

Share and develop practice, with a focus on sustainable impact and learning from how others are addressing organisational sustainability.

Free for Lasting Difference Symbol holders!
£30 for everyone else, which can be redeemed against the cost of applying for the Symbol.

Save the date: Thursday 4th June at The Barracks in Stirling. Contact
wren@wrenandgreyhound.co.uk for more information or to book your place.

Click here for more information or to book your place.

Sustainability is a journey not a destination, so we welcome applications from anyone who has used the Lasting Difference toolkit to assess or address sustainability in their organisation.

Find out more and download the application here.


New e-learning course intake: 4th May.

The Introduction to Organisational Sustainability guides you through the paradoxes, myths and challenges featured in The Lasting Difference. Book now for the chance to work on your own organisation, share practice with others and benefit from specially facilitated webinars.

  • “Inspired me to think about things – and do things – differently! Particularly around pursuing funding and capacity.”
  • “Great course. I like that it included videos and a diary. The quizzes helped consolidate the learning.”

The course takes six hours to complete and can be done in your own time over an eight-week block with additional opportunities to share practice with others online. Individual places are £100+Vat (group discounts available).
Sign up or find out more: wren@wrenandgreyhound.co.uk.

Lasting Leadership action learning programme

We’ve now selected 12 partner organisations to take part in the transformational Lasting Leadership programme. Thanks to everyone who applied – we were blown away by the expressions of interest we received.

Over the next 12 months we’ll be generating and sharing learning via the newsletter and website to help with…

  • Succession planning and capacity building
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Delegating and involving colleagues more effectively
  • Adapting to the new world of self-managing teams, distributed leadership and employee empowerment
  • Preparing for stepping up or stepping on in your career.

“A much needed opportunity for me to step away from the heavy onslaught of day to day pressures, slow down and focus…
The complete tranquillity of the venue and the lack of any formal agenda provided the time, space and permission for me to explore, research and think.
Every leader should go on an Advance Retreat at least once a year.” Guest, Feb 2020

Advance Retreats™ are simple. We book a spacious, relaxing venue. You blank out your diary to give yourself time and space for all the thinking, writing and planning you never get done.

  • Structured work environment in peaceful surroundings
  • Talking and sharing when desired, silence when needed
  • Small group numbers (4-8 people)
  • No agenda – it’s your day, come and go as you please

‘I don’t usually get the necessary time to read and think…getting away from the office was vital. I genuinely feel that I achieved more in that one day than I would otherwise do in an entire week!’

Contact Caspia@wrenandgreyhound.co.uk to book your place.

 Date  Where we’ll be
 30th April  Carberry Tower, Musselburgh
 18th June  House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
 10th Sept  Old Churches Hotel, Dunblane
 29th October  Carberry Tower, Musselburgh
 3rd December  House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Step away from day to day pressures, slow down and focus Sound like a dream? Book an Advance Retreat in 2020.