Meridian is a programme for senior leaders who work with multiple, diverse stakeholders
© Alastair Fyfe
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.
As the head of a large ambulance service the challenges I face on a day to day basis are complex and cross both internal and external boundaries. I need to be able to work with a range of stakeholders, who have very different priorities and perspectives. The Common Purpose programme gave me a broader appreciation of the context in which we operate and an understanding of key players and leaders who operate there. The programme allowed me to build working relationships quickly with peers from across a broad spectrum of key organisations, who I would have not normally come across, and I still work with now.
Common Purpose Meridian develops leaders who can deliver complex change beyond their circle of authority.
Become better able to build strong relationships that lead to successful collaborations
Become better able to develop strategies that produce change
Become better able to have an impact in unfamiliar contexts
Become better able to inspire others through your leadership style
Impact: on Individuals
“Common Purpose programmes take our leaders out of their familiar environments and expose them to new people, new thinking and new opportunities.”
Online learning and group exercises
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 75,000 leaders worldwide.
£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.
Participants come from diverse backgrounds and sectors, such as:
Manchester & Lancashire Combined Meridian April 2019
Core Day 1: 25 April 2019
Immersion 1 (Manchester): 08 May 2019
Core Day 2: 21 May 2019
Immersion 2 (Lancashire): 06 June 2019
Immersion 3 (Manchester): 11 June 2019
Immersion 4 (Manchester): 26 June 2019
Core Day 3: 09 July 2019
Manchester & Lancashire Combined Meridian November 2019
Core Day 1: 07 November 2019
Immersion 1 (Manchester): 20 November 2019
Immersion 2 (Lancashire): 28 November 2019
Core Day 2: 16 January 2020
Immersion 3 (Manchester): 23 January 2020
Immersion 4 (Lancashire): 05 February 2020
Immersion 5 (Manchester): 12 February 2020
Core Day 3: 26 February 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“I gained a great deal from my own attendance and encouraged senior colleagues to attend Meridian. It has been a great investment in their personal development and has a very positive return for our organisation in terms of our leaders’ renewed confidence in their own capacity to lead and inspire others, the new contacts and relationships they brought back which led to new partnership opportunities and the wider perspective they acquired on internal changes, which helped them motivate others more effectively.”