Leading Greater Essex Hosts its Second In-Person Event!

Posted on: July 26, 2022

On Wednesday 13th July, the Leading Greater Essex (LGE) programme welcomed participants to only it’s second in-person meeting since 2019. Held at the high tech (and air conditioned) Civic Hub in Epping, the event was a high energy series of discussions, group conversations and thought-provoking theories that enhanced the group and the individual learning of all involved.

Led by our LGE consultants; Stephen Moss and Monica Harding from PSTA, and Jeff Masters from Collaborate, the day started with an energising icebreaker asking individuals to act as either High Status or Low Status individuals, and to act accordingly as they introduced themselves to others in the room.  An interesting dynamic formed and highlighted how different conversations arise based on the body language, and perceived status of an individual – a key observation for our future system leaders.

Our Leading Greater Essex participants are roughly half-way through the programme and becoming fully emersed in their System Challenges. These are real challenges identified by Essex Partners as having cross sector significance, with no easy solution. The primary purpose of the system challenges is to offer individual participants the opportunity to apply their learning and to work collectively in groups of eight to consider these complex public policy challenges.

Examples of our 2022 System Challenges:

·       How can we improve health and care outcomes for Veterans across Mid and South Essex?

·       How could we create a long-term, system-wide approach to addressing health inequalities in our coastal communities?

·       How are the Levelling Up projects going to be measured to ensure success across Greater Essex and what does success look like?

Before the end of the in-person session, the facilitators shared some useful thinking on the importance of understanding the impact of pressures on behaviour. The group felt that managing your energy, and not your time, is something that everyone can all benefit from, and shared this article from the Harvard Business Review with Essex Future News: ‘Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time’.

The next step for our participants is to delve deeper into the challenges they have chosen and begin to identify potential solutions before they present back to sponsors and Essex Partners at a celebration event on the 4th November.

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

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