Succession success

Featured: Updated guide to Succession and Knowledge Management.
The road to strategy success: Dyslexia Scotland leading the way
Sharing sustainability: join our practice sharing event 26th May

Soundtrack: Walk a Mile

Succession Planning update

Part two of the Lasting Leadership guide is now available to download as a free, interactive, shareable PDF. Get yours below and share it wide!
When we started researching sustainable leadership, one thing quickly became clear. Everyone we spoke to had been affected by the sudden loss or departure of a leader. It's a case of when you need to plan for succession, not if.

Your organisation and its work are bigger than any one person. Succession is inevitable and best done before it’s needed. It's everyone's business, so make it part of an organisational approach to capacity building and development. Our free guide shows how, with:
Clear definitions and principles.
Practical ideas from real life.
Knowledge management explained - what it is, why it matters.
The succession planning templates you always needed but no-one ever gave you.
Knowledge audit template - ensuring skills for survival and sustainability.
The guide is dedicated to Ian Findlay, who generously shared his own learning about succession planning for us to share with others. Just this week a new fund has been announced to sustain Ian's legacy of championing active travel.

The journey to a dyslexia friendly country:

Dyslexia Scotland's new strategy reviewed.

Admit it, we're not the only strategy geeks around here. And we're definitely not the only ones concerned about sustainable capacity and impact. Dyslexia Scotland's new strategic plan should be reviewed by anyone with an interest in these things. Here's why.

1. It's available in three accessible formats: a two-page summary, a detailed plan, and an explainer video (all of which you can view below).
2. It uses metaphor and imagery to engage the imagination.
3. It shares learning and celebrates success, acknowledging the contribution others make.
4. It manages capacity by focusing resources, defining reach, setting priorities for development, and building the capacity of others.
If you like the idea of expanding your capacity by building other people's, and being valuable rather than precious, do what Dyslexia Scotland did and...
Check out our guides to Managing Capacity and Sustainable Impact.
As a Lasting Difference Symbol holder, Dyslexia Scotland knows its work and impact belong to people far beyond the small staff team. So, as well as supporting people and communities directly, a core strand in the strategy is to empower and build the capacity of wider 'changemakers' - volunteers, parents, ambassadors, networks, employers, philanthropists, decision makers etc. Anyone who can help connect with and make a lasting difference to the lives of people with dyslexia has a place on the journey.
Review the strategy for yourself: all three formats are available for download from Dyslexia Scotland's website.
NEWS: we're reviewing the Lasting Difference Symbol and need to hear from you! How does it benefit charities? What would help you apply? Please take two minutes to support sector sustainability:

Practice sharing network -
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Our next learning exchange for Lasting Difference Symbol holders and anyone interested in sustainable charities, impact and leadership.
Thursday 26th May 10-12.30.
Book your place or find out more - drop us a line.
Download Lasting Leadership Guide 2: Succession and Knowledge Management here
Next time:
  • Sustaining energy, focus and self-care: Lasting Leadership Part 3
Coming soon: what we're working on now
  • The 5 Capabilities: new e-learning on core Lasting Difference concepts.
  • Lasting Leadership Equalities Guide.
  • Systems capacity and systems leadership guide. Snappy title still awaited.
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