Common Purpose
Meridian
Bristol

Meridian is a programme for senior leaders who work with multiple, diverse stakeholders

As leaders become more senior, they find themselves delivering complex change with ever more diverse stakeholders. More than ever, they need to be able to collaborate with different people and understand the wider context in which they operate.

Meridian develops leaders with the skills, networks and understanding to make an impact in their organization and across their city. The programme uses a real-world experiential approach. We convene leaders from every corner of the city who share open accounts of their leadership challenges. We take participants to places and organizations where they can explore how leaders approach complex change in different contexts. On each programme, we guarantee a diverse mix of leaders from the private, public and NGO sectors.

Chris Benson, Director of Patient Care, St Peter’s Hospice

“A unique course, very eclectic group, but all with a drive to develop their own leadership role. Very thought provoking, encouraged a lot of self-reflection which continues, and I don’t think any other type of course could give you the insight into so many different leadership styles.”

Who is Meridian for?

Leaders operating at a senior level, where they have to deliver complex change with ever more diverse stakeholders—both in their organization and across their city.

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External Stakeholders


Internal Stakeholders


Peers


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Leading Beyond Authority

Our learning framework: Leading beyond Authority (LBA), underpins the participants’ leadership learning. People who lead beyond their authority can produce change beyond their direct circle of control.

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Learning outcomes

Common Purpose Meridian develops leaders who can deliver complex change beyond their circle of authority.

Approach

Become better able to build strong relationships that lead to successful collaborations

 

Strategy

Become better able to develop strategies that produce change

Impact

Become better able to have an impact in unfamiliar contexts

 

Behaviours

Become better able to inspire others through your leadership style

Impact: on Individuals
Senior Leaders 

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92% of senior leaders say our programmes have helped them gain broader networks 

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90% of senior leaders say our programmes have helped them develop as leaders

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89% of senior leaders say our programmes have helped them make better decisions 

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90% of senior leaders say our programmes enable them to drive bold innovation

Susannah Shaw, CEO, Curzon Cinema & Arts

“The Meridian course represents time spent learning with others about valuable aspects of leadership that are often elusive in the headlong rush of day to day business. I don’t know of a better method of developing leadership skills.”

The programme

Online learning and group exercises

(One hour)

Our online accelerator allows time-poor participants to maximize their face-to-face experience at their own time and pace. The accelerator introduces participants to the Leading Beyond Authority learning framework, which will underpin the learning throughout the programme.

Month 1 Month 2 Month 3
Leading Beyond Authority Collaboration Leading change
Immersion 1 Immersion 2 Immersion 3
Learning Group 1 Learning Group 2 Learning Group 3

(Equivalent of five days over three months)

Three full-day modules allow participants to explore leadership themes as part of a diverse, cross-sector group. We convene senior leaders from across the city to share open accounts of their own leadership challenges and the ways they overcame them.

Half-day immersion experiences allow participants to experience leadership and decision-making in different contexts. Common Purpose facilitates immersion experiences in a range of different places including prisons, hospitals, schools, businesses and community organizations. Participants attend two immersion experiences from a choice of three.

Learning groups enable participants to deepen their learning as part of a small but diverse group. Each month, a different participant hosts a three-hour learning group at their workplace. Here they work on their own leadership challenges.

Online: Adapting to a new environment

Practices are short tasks or challenges to complete in between the face-to-face elements of the programme. Practices allow participants to extend their learning and gain further leadership insights during the programme.

360 Connect events  360 Platform

Participants connect with other Common Purpose Alumni through our online 360 platform and at 360 Connect events. As Alumni, they can continue their learning in a community of over 65,000 leaders worldwide.

Programme details

Cost

£4590 + VAT. Multiple applications are welcomed. Part-fee and bursary places are also available for those genuinely unable to meet the full fee. If you feel that you cannot pay the fee, fill in the section on bursary support on the application form. 

Who participates?

Participants come from diverse backgrounds and sectors, such as:

  • Wessex Archaeology
  • St Peter’s Hospice
  • University of the West of England
  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • Foot Anstey
  • First West of England

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When

Bristol and West of England Meridian March 2018

Core Day 1: 14 March 2018
Immersion 1: 22 March 2018

Core Day 2: 18 April 2018
Immersion 2: 2 May 2018

Immersion 3: 16 May 2018
Core day 3: 6 June 2018 

Bristol and West of England Meridian September 2018

Core Day 1: 5 September 2018
Immersion 1: 19 September 2018

Core Day 2: 3 October 2018
Immersion 2: 17 October 2018

Immersion 3: 7 November 2018
Core day 3: 21 November 2018

Applying for Meridian

Please fill in the online application form, choosing the date and location you want. 

If you have any questions on how to apply, or want to find out more about Meridian, please contact bristol@commonpurpose.org.uk

John Bradford, CEO, High Tech Bristol and Bath CIC

“The lived experience of the guests was incredibly informative and challenging. Their openness to share those challenges was a testament to the trust within which Common Purpose is held.”