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How do you successfully manage change?

David O'Connor, Course Director, Common Purpose UK talks about how to successfully manage change, and the factors you need to consider in order to approach change in the right way.
CSCLeaders 2014

CSCLeaders 2014 concludes in Delhi this week

Earlier this year 100 leaders from across the Commonwealth gathered in the UK for the global leadership development programme CSCLeaders to debate and work on a globally relevant Challenge; ‘How do you get societal - as well as economic - value out of technological innovation?’ They developed a range of ideas to address the Challenge and then broke out to different cities; Singapore, Toronto and Delhi to explore this Challenge further. The upcoming programme in Delhi (17-20 September) will conclude CSCLeaders 2014.
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5 personal barriers to becoming a leader

Written in 2009, Ethan Ohs' '5 personal barriers to becoming a leader' is as true now as it has always been. In this insightful blog he outlines the 5 personal barriers which may stop you reaching your full leadership potential.
Global Leader Experience Mumbai

How my programme for students helped me to explore the culture of Mumbai

A participant on the recent Global Leader Experiences programme for students in Mumbai, Asmita Goswami, talks about her experiences and how Common Purpose helped her to develop skills and improve her self-confidence.
Ramadan at the Down Cafe

Ramadan at the Down Cafe in Istanbul

Common Purpose Turkey recently hosted an event which brought all of its Meridian graduates and current programme participants together for Iftar, during Ramadan. The traditional Islamic meal was hosted at the Down Cafe, a restaurant run exclusively by the families of young people with Down syndrome.
Common Purpose Student Graduate John Donaghy

My leadership development programme for students

John Donaghy tells us about the two Common Purpose student programmes he attended: Frontrunner for Disabled Students and a Global Leader Experiences programme held in london. Inspired by the programmes, John is now in the process of developing his own social enterprise.
cq test

Are students Culturally Intelligent? - The Results

We launched the CQ test as a way to get students thinking about Cultural Intelligence and what it means to be at a university - surrounded by a multitude of students from different cultures. So far, well over 300 people have completed the test and the results make for interesting reading.
Julika Rollin

Julika Rollin takes the helm at Common Purpose Germany

Julika Rollin, new CEO of Common Purpose Germany talks about cities, diversity and bonfires.
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10 books that will improve your Cultural Intelligence (Part 2)

If you are trying to develop your CQ then you likely have a deep interest in other people. You are engaging with people who are not like you, and are attempting to understand why they are not like you; aiming to understand their Core and their Flex, as well as your own. But which novels can help you on your way? Which novels contain such richly drawn characters - from an array of backgrounds - that it is hard not to explore and mediate other culture's ways of thinking?
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10 books that will improve your Cultural Intelligence (Part 1)

If you are trying to develop your CQ then you likely have a deep interest in other people. You are engaging with people who are not like you, and are attempting to understand why they are not like you; aiming to understand their Core and their Flex, as well as your own. But which novels can help you on your way? Which novels contain such richly drawn characters - from an array of backgrounds - that it is hard not to explore and mediate other culture's ways of thinking?