The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
“All value is co-created.
It is the outcome of collaborative enterprise.
It is formed in and from relationships.”
Chris Whittington will be speaking at Norwich cathedral on 'Leading from the Centre – Awareness, Humility and Transformative Leadership’ at the diocese’ annual Headteachers' Conference.
In his session, Chris will talk about the development work he undertakes with leaders and leadership teams, which is rooted in a “collaborative anthropology” and the belief that transformative leaders:
- Possess a depth of self-awareness;
- Embody a rare combination of humility and focussed resolve (attention); and
- Are collaborative and other-centered.
Speaking about his leadership work and forthcoming talk, Chris commented:
“We are interdependent beings who flourish (individually, socially, corporately) when we live and organise ourselves in ways that reflect and embody this. As organisations increasingly understand this, leadership is transitioning from hierarchical structures to more flexible, team-centric models that support collaboration and empowerment.
Yet we continue to find this transition hard.
Unfortunately, many aspects of our culture promote a strongly individualistic anthropology. We are encouraged to view others as if they are largely or entirely separate from us, to live at a conceptual distance from each other, whether this “other” is another person, a group of people or the environment. And so, it is no great surprise that we frequently organise our lives and places of work in ways which reflect this, which encourage rivalry and competition over collaboration and friendship, and which an increasing number of people say they experience as dislocated and dislocating.
But it doesn’t have to be like this.
I believe that through the cultivation of a deeper awareness of our interconnected, interdependent nature and the alignment of our lives to this, the communities in which we live and work can be transformed. That if we better understand how we are constituted and in and through our relationships with others, we might have a better chance of living and organising ourselves in ways that reflect and support this - which must always mean our flourishing together.
We are not self-made, as people, as leaders. We are part of an interrelated whole. We are who we are because of this whole. We are intimately connected to everyone, to everything. Which means that our actions have direct influence and impact, beneficial or otherwise, on this whole.
To really take this on board, to really embrace this, requires us to hear a very clear call to tread lightly and reverently as leaders, to be mindful of what an extraordinary privilege and responsibility it is. The decision to cultivate the awareness and attributes for truly collaborative leadership is in many senses profoundly counter-cultural.
Leadership is an extraordinary privilege and gift. Not something to be grasped and worshipped but acknowledged in self-forgetful service and compassion.”
Chris is a partner and head of education at Anthony Collins Solicitors, working with leaders and leadership teams across the country. He was introduced to awareness practices at 19 while living at a Benedictine monastery, studied at the Dalai Lama’s monastery in India and has been COO of an international organisation teaching awareness practices in over 70 countries.
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
The Court has confirmed that a party cannot withhold its consent in order to re-write the original bargain.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, building safety continues to be a key concern for social housing providers and their residents.
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