Everyone has very similar issues and, in fact, even in different types of charities many of the solutions and the way you reach the solutions are actually the same.  So, learning from my peers is probably the most important part of the experience for me.
Lorrain Gailey, CEOWatch Video
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I think it is a really important part of the experience that you do meet other people from the similar situation you are - - other Chief Executives. They can talk from their absolute knowledge rather than from a text book or second-hand.
Simon Ross, CEOWatch Video
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The biggest impact upon my organisation was to keep it going.
Kieron Tarling, FounderWatch Video
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The most important thing is Chatham House rules.  It’s been incredibly helpful to have that confidential space.
Shelley Marsh, Exec. DirectorWatch Video
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I recommend ella - - without hesitation - - to other charities, to other CEOs and also to other people within organizations who are hoping to head in the CEO direction.
Ellie PendredWatch Video
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One thing generated 4 times the response…
Dara De Burca, DirectorWatch Video
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It is value for money because I don’t think you can get this sort of help, mentoring and coaching anywhere else.
Keith Davis, MDWatch Video
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Confidence building. It give you the confidence that you are on the right track… and the ability to innovate. To do things a little bit differently.
Alison Rosen, Exec. DirectorWatch Video
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I can come to ella and discuss things with that support that I can then go back to volunteers with and help them and push them with their development.
Shelley Marsh, Exec. DirectorWatch Video
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One of the most powerful moments for me was a particular session when the Group elected to look at my particular topic.  As a result of the discussions and hearing what I was saying reflected back to me by a number of the Group members, I realised that I had tackled it in completely the wrong way.  It would have taken me much, much longer to have achieved the same goal.
Lorrain Gailey, CEOWatch video
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It’s made a big difference to me personally, but it has also made a difference to my organisation…sparked ideas…re-prioritising issues.
Ellie PendredWatch Video
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It is something I can’t do by talking to people within my organisation when there are personalities and politics and things. And I could only get otherwise by going on lots of different expensive and time consuming things. It is really helping me improve my performance which helps me improve my organisations performance, too.
Simon Ross, CEOWatch Video
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Since I joined ella it’s given me a much wider perspective…which makes me a much clearer decision maker.
Andrew Kelly, DirectorWatch Video
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You don’t get better by sitting and thinking about it.  And actually, you probably don’t have time to go on lots of courses or to read lots of books.  If you can get some mentoring, some top level presentations across relevant subjects and some peer-to-peer sharing of your issues in an open and non judgemental way, I think it would really improve your performance and it’s worth giving it a try.
Simon Ross, CEOWatch Video
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The thing that really inspires me about the ella leadership group is the opportunity to be able to come together with other Chief Execs and MDs from the not for profit sector, to be able to share issues in a safe environment, and to be able to hear from some of the best brains.
Sue Porto, CEOWatch Video
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One of the things that I took from a session was a personal thing…(Charities) can be a very stressful environment. And I was struggling with stress because I gave up a full-time job to do what I am doing…Meditation was part of a presentation and it made me think differently about using mediation to relax. Once relaxed, it helped me focus so much more.
Kieron Tarling, FounderWatch Video
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It’s been essential for looking at governance structures of other charities and meeting with a much wider network of professionals in the Third Sector.
Shelley Marsh, Exec. DirectorWatch Video
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More than one head is usually going to get you to the solution much more quickly than tackling it on your own.
Lorrain Gailey, CEOWatch Video
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It is not just about sitting and absorbing other people’s ideas. It’s about a group process that generates solutions.
Dara De Burca, DirectorWatch Video
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It is value for money because I don’t think you can get this sort of help, mentoring and coaching anywhere else.
Keith Davis, MDWatch Video
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It’s like a family coming together.  We have common causes.  We are all different, but we have common links because we are trying to do something better for our cause.
Orin Lewis, Chief Exec.Watch Video
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I find ella helpful on several fronts: colleagueship and solidarity with the Chief Executives who attend, the monthly session that has a speaker who addresses common concerns worries and challenges that we share, and regular mentoring.
Neil Jameson, Exec. DirectorWatch Video
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