1. What inspired the creation of SWCRO?
Three years of global economic turbulence with centralized funding
has had enduring fallout of reducing regional public funding with
its harsh effects on public services and diminishing procurement opportunities.
Supply chains have been decimated, swathes of people made redundant
increasing inequity and resulting in a general degradation of well-being
for people and places. This demonstrates the need for regions to become
more resilient; the key to resilient regions is the organization and
use of the specific resources that operate within its boundaries and
2. What's the relevance of the word SWCRO?
The word SWCRO is a play on words. Firstly, it is an abbreviation
for: Serving Wales by Creating Resilient Organizations. Secondly,
the SWCRO programme is inspired by the Welsh word SWCRO which literally
means to succour, but like many Welsh words it has far more
warmth and charisma than its English counterpart. In Welsh, the word
conjures up an image of caring and embracing - of providing warmth,
comfort, security and sustenance. For this reason it is the perfect
descriptor for what is being offered by van Helsing Limited, a fully
supportive programme delivered in a way to achieve sustainable results.
3. What does SWCRO aim to do?
SWCRO is to serve the people and organizations of a distinct economic
region in an interconnected world. SWCRO is Wales' very own instantiation
of van Helsing's global participative research programme - a programme
geared to creating Resilient Organizations.
the emphasis is on Wales and in particular on organizations in Wales
whether they be large or small, in the public, private or voluntary
sector. SWCRO aims to co-create a more resilient Wales
4. What is resilience?
Resilience is the ability to recover from stress (whether that be
environmental, social or economic) in the way a healthy ecosystem
does. Resilience is the ability to absorb and adapt to change and
to shocks. It is about developing new means of supporting the well-being
of people and place.
There is a worldwide
recognition that we cannot persist with business as usual, politics
as usual or paradigms as usual. Every region in the world needs
to be smarter about region-specific strategies for resilience.
5. How is SWCRO delivered?
The focus of the offering is the trusted Critical Friend, someone
you can rely on to tell you it as it is - in a constructive and diplomatic
way. The Critical Friend operates either on a 1-1 basis or as a non-executive/
independent advisor acting as a trusted sounding board. A friend who
listens and supports, who challenges and critically analyses, acts
as a coach and/or mentor as appropriate, plays the part of the devil's
advocate, one who builds confidence and aspiration.
you have a friend with whom to iteratively:
****Create organizational capital,
********Envision new futures, to
************Devise new strategies,
into tactics, to
************************Keep your organization
in the running to
6. Why Van Helsing?
Helsing is the person you bring in when there's a knotty problem!
The SWCRO programme was conceived by van Helsing Limited in 2009.
It is the culmination of 31 years participative research while working
in and with public and private sector organizations (as an employee,
manager, consultant, non-executive director, adviser) observing
what works and what doesn't.
We have the
tools and processes to do the job - to have the courage to envision
and then make that vision reality.
We all know
that policies and strategies are not enough; they are necessary
but not sufficient.
an organization needs the right vision at the front end and the
tenacity to deliver throughout the organization. How often does
officialdom get in the way of delivery? For that reason the SWCRO
programme is apolitical. Furthermore, engaging with SWCRO has minimal
overhead and is not fettered by bureaucracy.
pricing policy ensures that there should be no
barrier to participation.
bringing visions to reality boosts confidence and fires aspiration.
By engaging in SWCRO you will be buying into a virtuous circle of
success generation and ever-increasing resilience for your organization.
7. How is SWCRO different?
It is a flexible and scaleable offering, allowing your organization
to bootstrap its Return on Investment. Packages of support commence
at a nominal fee and can develop at a pace to suit your organization.
8. Where might we start on our SWCRO journey?
That depends on your individual organizational characteristics and
where you perceive there to be an area that requires external independent
people are best placed to know its requirement - we can help you
tease out those requirements.
With SWCRO you
can develop resilience for your organization and its people. We
look forward to considering whether SWCRO is the right journey for
you and your organization. Please contact us at: email@example.com
to arrange a preliminary complimentary discussion.
The programme for organizations in Wales and those with an interest