Returning from a couple of weeks of leave, revived and refreshed, and with a ‘Scottish tan’ as the ConnectGroups team called it – it means I have a few more freckles! - I delivered a workshop for our Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed conditions groups on ‘How to Engage Members’. We explored the principles of human interaction, Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Agility, the importance of building your network, and we even used the Chinese concept of Guanxi to share what our own networks look like. Finally, we looked at the subtle art of delegation vs empowerment of our Support Group members; as a way to develop talent and support to share out some of the group activities and tasks.
The power of connections has always been at the heart of ConnectGroups' success. Over the years, we have built strong networks, fostered meaningful relationships, and cultivated a shared history and purpose with our members that binds us together. These connections are the lifeblood of our organisation, enabling us to collaborate, innovate, and overcome challenges with unwavering determination. As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of our sector, I am reminded of the profound impact that our collective efforts can have. And this is where I am calling out to all of our members to have a think about where you could make an impact, make a difference and be part of the future; in short, feel empowered.
Firstly, we are calling for expressions of interest in joining our Board of Management as a member representative. If this is something that is of interest, please reach out via [email protected] and I’ll be delighted to share further information and insight into what the role involves.
Secondly, I would like to take a moment to emphasise the importance of making a difference in the upcoming referendum. This decision is not merely a formality but a crucial step in our collective journey forward. It signifies our commitment to unity, progress, and a shared vision. A Voice to Parliament offers an opportunity for a brighter future and an ability to achieve new heights of success together. At ConnectGroups we support the ‘yes’ vote and would urge you to rally behind this pivotal moment. It is through our collective purpose that we will shape our future.