Strategic action mentoring

Strategic action mentoring

Strategic action mentoring offers the opportunity for personal and professional growth through a constructive partnership between a mentor and mentee.     Mentoring offers a time and place for reflective conversations that result in exploring practice,...
Facilitation: making things easier

Facilitation: making things easier

If we go to a dictionary and look for the original meaning of the word “facilitate” we will find that to facilitate is “to render easier; to promote; to help forward; to lesson the labour of…” As facilitators we work with groups to make...
Key terms for strategic planning

Key terms for strategic planning

  It is critical that when we are conducting strategic planning we all have a clear understanding of what the key terms mean. Mission describes core business and broad purpose of the organisation Values are the principles by which the organisation works. Values...
Action learning

Action learning

Action learning is a term applied to a formal learning process that is derived from the fundamental way humans learn – from experience.   A classic example of experiential learning is children learning how to speak. They are immersed in a world of language from...
The strategic planning process

The strategic planning process

Strategic planning is an imaginative process underpinned by practical down-to-earth thinking. It allows us to visualise the possible, confirm what is important for us, and do reality checks on dreams. We bring the real world of data to bear on sometimes fantastical...
Fran Peavey’s strategic questioning

Fran Peavey’s strategic questioning

  Fran Peavey’s chapter on strategic questioning is one of the best descriptions and instructions on the questions and the sequence of questioning facilitators can use to get people to think and act imaginatively and strategically. I think this was written in the...
Work mapping and planning

Work mapping and planning

I used to do this activity with some of my coaching clients from time to time. It is certainly something you can do on your own, but also worthwhile adapting this to team planning.         Allow one hour for this activity, so read through the...
ORID: A simple method for reflection

ORID: A simple method for reflection

There are many ways in which one can engage in reflective practice. A useful and structured process is the ORID method – Objective, Reflective, Interpretive, and Decisional. The ORID method is a structure for effective reflection for individuals or groups with or...
Project planning checklist

Project planning checklist

Here is a list of questions that will assist you with project planning. I always tell clients to allow for a significant amount of time for planning and yet people still rush into doing without mapping out all the actions and times. I figure 20% of your total project...
Active listening and the blocks

Active listening and the blocks

Truly listening means truly and wholeheartedly engaging:  leaning in; focussing; responding.           Some years ago in my early days of facilitation, I found myself drifting out of focus in a workshop. Yes, one that I was facilitating! This...
13 principles for authentic learning

13 principles for authentic learning

  I am in the process of designing a program for a client and have developed 13 principles for learning that will guide the design and delivery of the program. Enable learners to negotiate and customise the learning to suit their individual needs and goals...
Transformative learning

Transformative learning

  I have been very interested in the concept of transformative learning (or is it transformational?) for some time, and I am planning to collate all my notes and writings and pull together some piece (an essay, perhaps!) that captures my views and those of...
What is reflection?

What is reflection?

In searching for some definitions for reflection and reflective practice I came across these definitions when I did a Google search. I was reminded that reflection is originally a terms from physics. 1. …the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat or sound...