Training social enterprise

Leading for good: business skills for social entrepreneurs

I was invited to work with Pollinators Inc, on their Catalyst training program for entrepreneurs for the second year in a row. This year, I designed the module Leading for good to help budding entrepreneurs in the midwest understand how to get things done in all areas of their business and life.

Training social enterpriseAccelerating innovation and enterprise in the midwest

Catalyst is a four-month, seven-session training program to accelerate development of projects and enterprises in the region.

The brief for this module was broad and clarifying objectives part of my scope. I worked closely with the client to understand their needs for this innovative training course and came up with what it means to lead for good in all areas of the entrepreneur’s life.  How do they get things done, healthily, in their business, within their relationships and for their own health.

Physical, social and mental health are critical for healthy businesses

Catalyst co-ordinator and Pollinators Executive Officer, Andrew Outhwaite, knew that his participants needed to learn how to make things happen in their enterprises. He also realised they needed to know how to be healthy in their body and within their relationships for any business venture to succeed.

The session I designed led each Catalyst participant to understand how wellbeing across each area of their life contributes to creating healthy businesses. They reflected on their individual processes for knowing what’s important, and examined how they make those important things happen.

I then interviewed local heroes from Bendigo Bank and Learning Tree Community School to give Catalyst entrepreneurs an insight into how others before them have paved the way. (The interviews were also my chance to be my hero, interview extraordinaire, Andrew Denton!) Learning was integrated via a series of creative templates and clear goal-setting to close.

Getting things done, versus getting the right things done

The transformation was evident when we saw the discussions move from how to avoid procrastinating (“How do you kick your own butt?”) when the session began, to an inquiry about what is important to them individually, and the supportive conditions for making that their ongoing reality.

Said one participant: “Values are really important for knowing which work to do and how to do it. Writing down my own set of ethics and values will help me know what to work on, and how.”

A gem of advice that sums up the workshop comes from local hero, Stephanie Crémin, principal of the Leaning Tree Community School: “As a leader you don’t get ‘quality’ time. You just get time.”

Synchronise, don’t compromise

How do you know what’s most important to do with that time? Rather than sacrificing or compromising, we learn to prioritise…and even to synchronise. As selves, relationships and businesses are nurtured in parallel we find ourselves leading for good, in all areas of our lives.

About City Hive: City Hive was set up by social enterprise Pollinators Inc, who have been creating an ecosystem of support for social entrepreneurs and social projects in the midwest of Western Australia since 2010. They are literally changing what it means to live, work and build community in regional WA.

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