Digital Leadership Forum 2016

Digital Leadership Forum 2016

Develop the skills and knowledge to help transform your organisation and career
You'll learn how to
  • Develop trusting relationships with your managers and colleagues
  • Influence without power
  • Develop professional resilience
What is DLF?

A two-day professional development workshop where participants will learn how to become better leaders and help guide their organisations through digital transformation.

1 day: £300; 2 d: £500; 3 d: £700
40 participants max
dinners, accommodation
Keble College, Oxford, UK
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Why Digital Leadership?

Digital trends have triggered transformative change in many sectors, but this change is only beginning to happen for non-profits. One of the main obstacles to the process of digital transformation being rolled out successfully is lack of Digital Leadership.

While organisations will have digital experts in their midst, they will not see them as leaders who can guide the organisation through the process of digital implementation and transformation.

Digital strategy decisions are sometimes made by people higher up the chain with little understanding of the consequences. Sometimes, Digital Lead is left to pick up the pieces and will often feel that management "doesn't get it", that they are being treated as service providers rather than strategists and experts in their own right.

On the other hand, Digital Leads sometimes don't have the skills or time to develop trusting relationships with higher levels in an organisation. It is important that they are supported and directed by their managers to become better (digital) leaders as they know the culture, processes and the issues an organisation works on. But if leadership needs to be brought in from outside of the organisation, management will benefit from knowing how to search for the right candidate as technical knowledge while important isn't enough.

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What is the Digital Leadership Forum?

The Digital Leadership Forum is a two-day personal development workshop aiming to help Digital Leads and other Managers in organisations become better in leading Digital.

It’s an opportunity to unwind, slow down, take stock of the past year, learn how to use some of the influencing, leadership and coping tools and create a personal development plan for the year ahead.

Developing ourselves is so often seen as a luxury, but it is essential for career progression and becoming better at one's job.

And learning about ourselves needs time. DLF 2016 stretches over two days (11-12 April). Time for presentations is reduced to allow more space for participants' own reflection, discussion and facilitated thinking and planning.

If you've had a mentor or a coach, you will know what these two days will feel like. While many of us haven't got much time to think about how we operate in the workplace beyond pure delivery, when we allow ourselves to do it, we learn a lot about self and how others perceive us. And this is an important learning when thinking about how we build trust and maintain relationship with colleagues.

The day will be facilitated by Brani with the support of Pheona Croom-Johnson, leadership mentor and coach, and Guillermo Rogel, organisational development consultant. Sessions will focus on discussion and exercises which will provide participants with tools to help them develop their (digital) leadership and influencing skills.

Why two days?

In previous three years we realised that we need to slow down and allow more time to drill into topics and give participants enough space for reflection and discussion. That’s why this year DLF will stretch over two days 11-12 April and focus on four themes:

  • Learning about yourself as a leader, connecting with others on the course and identifying main challenges for you in the next year
  • Managing up with integrity
  • How to have difficult conversations
  • Developing personal resilience

New for 2016

Digital Leadership Forum participants who are also thinking of joining ECF 2016, will have an option to try out 60-minute leadership coaching sessions on the first day of ECF (13th April).

Who is DLF for?

If you've been to DLF 2015, this year's forum will be building on those discussions and your experience since. Plus you will be working with a different group of people so the experience will be different.

Digital Leadership Forum is an opportunity for Digital Leads (a person in an organisation who leads on Digital, therefore can be at any level in an organisational hierarchy), their managers and anyone working closely with Digital teams to gain deeper understanding of each other's professional motivations so they can build better working relationships.

This is the forth year of the Digital Leadership Forum so it is still new to the ECF community. If you have any questions/thoughts/feedback, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Duane or Brani

Draft Agenda

Sun. Apr. 10

Arrival Day for some participants

19:30 Dinner: pre-training dinner, Get to know the other training participants over food and drink. Informal and location to be determined by those wishing to join. Dinner not included in training price.

Mon. Apr. 11

Digital Leadership Forum Day One:

Getting support from peers and Managing up with integrity
08:45-09:00 Check in: grab your name tag and say hello! You also might want to grab a cup of coffee or tea
09:00-11:00 Session1: Working together: Getting to know each other as leaders, identifying challenges and working together to resolve them
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-13:00 Session 1 continued...
13:00-14:00 Lunch (included) & table discussions
14:00-15:30 Session 2: Managing up: How to manage your managers with integrity
15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-17:30 Session 2 continued...
17:30 End of day one
19:00 DLF dinner & table discussions
21:00 Pub: Who ever feels like it can join us in the pub.

Tue. Apr. 12

Digital Leadership Forum Day Two:

Having difficult conversations and Personal resilience
08:45-09:00 Check in: grab your name tag and say hello! You also might want to grab a cup of coffee or tea
09:00-11:00 Session 3: Having difficult conversations: How to plan for and conduct discussions with people who have different experience and perspectives
11:00-11:30 Identifying challenges we want to get into grips with
11:30-13:00 Session 3 continued...
13:00-14:00 Lunch (included) & table discussions
14:00-15:30 Session 4: Developing personal resilience: How to progress despite obstacles and pressures facilitated by Guillermo Rogel
15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-17:30 Session 4: continued...
17:30 End of DLF day two

ECF Open Space Briefing

This informal pre-dinner session will offer those with experience of ECF or other peer-exchange or Open Space type events
  • A chance to share ideas and tips on successful Open Space groups
  • Review the potential agenda topics and themes that emerge from the participant questionnaires with a fun topic-sorting exercise
  • Help start to shape the ECF agenda.
Open to all, though a working knowledge of Open Space methodology will be assumed.
19:30 Pre-ECF Dinner & table discussions
21:00 Pub: Who ever feels like it can join us in the pub.

Wed. Apr. 13

Join ECF 2016 Day One


ECF 2016 Day One

60 minute leadership coaching only for DLF participants (optional, requires ECF Day 1 or Day 2 booking)

Thu. Apr. 14



ECF 2016 Day Two

About the Workshop Organiser

Branislava MilosevicBranislava Milosevic (former Save the Children and CAFOD Digital Manager) has been spending the last few years working with senior managers and digital managers to develop their capabilities to work together, to seize digital opportunities and to help NGOs spread digital best practices throughout the organisation.

by Duane Raymond