Leadership is lonely at the top
As an executive leading the charge in your organization, you harness the power and the potential to do great things. At times though, it can become a lonely job as we easily forget how important it is to interact with others around us. Recent studies have noted that loneliness has become an under-diagnosed epidemic among rising CEOs. Top executives have reported feeling a sense of isolation that can potentially hinder their ability to do their jobs.
NSWM’s Executive Circle Program brings together a group of senior-level managers and executives who are interested in the opportunity to collaborate and share experiences in a safe space with other human services leaders from around the world.
Join Us for an Executive Circle Check-In Call on Tuesday, July 28th
A Supportive Space for Executives and Managers
It’s been months since our initial stay at home orders. Many of us have worked from home for the first time and have had to pivot our employees and organizations to function remotely.
We’ve had to figure out how to deliver services in a new unique way.
Masks have now become part of our wardrobe.
We’ve navigated and are still navigating through a pandemic and what this means moving forward.
Some of us have returned to the office. Some of us are making plans for our children for the fall who may not be returning to school.
We’ve experienced a twin pandemic of racial justice. We wrote statements, read books, and began making and improving racial equity plans for our organization.
This is a lot. You may feel alone, confused, uncomfortable, or just want (or need) a place to vent, share, and/or maybe receive resources.
Its been over a month since our last Executive Circle.
I hope you can join us.
NSWM is hosting an Executive Circle Check-In Call
When: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am PDT | 1:00 – 4:30 pm EDT
*A registration confirmation email with the Zoom details will be sent to those invited to participate.
- Participants must be on camera.
- Participants will be kept muted and must use the “Raise Hand” function to be unmuted.
- Plan to arrive 10 minutes after the start time. The meeting will be locked and no other participants will be allowed in.
The Executive Circle Summer Cohort meets biweekly via Zoom to:
- Connect nonprofit managers and executives to brainstorm about like challenges and achievements.
- Build a mutually supportive network of colleagues who can enhance each other’s capabilities.
- Create partnerships and share ideas with other top managers and executives in the profession.
Summer Cohort Meetings Schedule
Biweekly on Tuesdays beginning June 9, 2020 at 1:30 – 3:00 pm PDT/4:30 – 6:00 pm EDT
- June 9 & 23
- July 7 & 21
- August 4 & 18
Khush Cooper, MSW, PhD, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs as well as a CEO of Implematix, Inc., an implementation support and coaching practice. Dr. Cooper is a consulting resource for public child welfare systems and private child welfare organizations in the areas of foster care reform, LGBTQ youth in systems, implementation science, and leadership. Dr. Cooper teaches Child Welfare Research, Leadership, Public Policy for Children and Youth, and Macro Practice at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA and is a foster care subject matter advisor to the UCLA Williams Institute, a nationally renowned LGBT research and policy analysis center. She received her MSW (2000) and PhD (2010) in Social Work from Luskin.
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Khush Cooper, MSW, PhD, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs as well as a consultant to public child welfare systems and private child welfare organizations in the areas of foster care reform, LGBTQ youth in systems, implementation science, and leadership. Dr. Cooper teaches Child Welfare Research, Leadership, Public Policy for Children and Youth, and Macro Practice at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA and is a foster care subject matter advisor to the UCLA Williams Institute, a nationally renowned LGBT research and policy analysis center. She received her MSW (2000) and PhD (2010) in Social Work from Luskin.
Her research projects include the California Residentially-Based Services (RBS) Demonstration Project which tested new models for the provision of residential treatment to foster children across four jurisdictions, which models influenced AB 403 Continuum of Care Reform – the largest overhaul of California’s child welfare system in 30 years; the RISE Project, a $13 million, federally-funded 5-year demonstration project which developed evidence-based practices and a rigorously evaluated training curriculum aimed at reducing barriers to permanency for LGBTQ youth in foster care; the Los Angeles Foster Youth Study, the first empirical study to determine the disproportionality of LGBTQ youth in a large urban child welfare system; and the LA LGBTQ Youth Preparedness Scan which used a preparedness framework (as opposed to a cultural competence framework) to analyze the eleven youth-relevant Los Angeles County departments’ capacity to properly serve LGBTQ children, youth and families.
Additionally, as a social entrepreneur and specialist in the study and implementation science, Dr. Cooper’s consulting firm Implematix, Inc. has cultivated long-standing relationships with policymakers, leading practitioners, and consumers to shield and guide California’s child welfare organizations, both public and private, through reform initiatives. Her credibility in the child welfare field is further enhanced by her years of direct practice experience in foster care, residential treatment and community adolescent service settings. She has deployed performance management systems for large multi-site child welfare and mental health provision organizations; designed practical implementation support and readiness initiatives with regard to state and federal legislative mandates (such as the Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project and the Families First Prevention Services Act; and currently is an adjunct member of the Implementation Collaborative within Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago as well as CQI subject matter expert utilized widely by Casey Family Programs.
“The Executive Circle is a necessary and powerful tool for Social Work Managers and one I recommend for anyone wanting peer support and true professional development. It is well worth the investment of time and energy.”
Supporting Articles and Resources for Executives
- Conquering Loneliness at the Top: Almost half of CEOs report feeling alone most of the time. READ MORE
- The Cure for the Loneliness of Command: The phrase “it’s lonely at the top” sounds cliché, but for many top executives, it is a harsh reality. READ MORE
- How to Overcome Executive Isolation: The loneliness that often comes with being a CEO may seem like a small price to pay for the rewards, recognition, and power that come with the job. As the old joke goes, “It might be lonely at the top, but the view is terrific.” READ MORE
- How to Overcome the Loneliness of Being a CEO: Many senior executives say the biggest problem they face is not having someone to talk to about their business. READ MORE
- It’s Time to Acknowledge CEO Loneliness: There are three steps to mitigating loneliness in positions of leadership: READ MORE
- Loneliness: The Executive Challenge No One Talks About: As a CEO you get to shape a company in your image, hire people to work with you, and receive recognition for your accomplishments…It’s also incredibly lonely. READ MORE
- Resources to Lead Effectively Amid COVID-19: This includes advice on how to maintain productivity, collaboration, and learning among teams that may need to work remotely during this crisis. READ MORE