My fellowship on the Clore leadership programme has entered a new phase. Iâ€™m taking six months out of my job at The National Archives to focus fully on the fellowship â€“ Iâ€™ll not be back until the end of July.
There wonâ€™t be any time to twiddle my thumbs. Iâ€™ll be doing two work placements in different organisations, going on various training courses, researching and writing a paper on an aspect of leadership, attending a two-week residential course with the other Clore fellows (the sequel to our first Bore Place experience), and much else besides.
Iâ€™m immensely lucky to be able to make the most of the fellowship by spending time away from work. Not all the fellows are doing the same. Yet whereas the six-month hiatus felt like a long time when I thought about it in advance, it now seems to be speeding by at an alarming rate.