Changing our behaviour and habits just does not happen because somebody tells you to do so.  We learn by trial and error with a heavy emphasis on reflection and sense making. People need to feel safe in order to take the risks associated with growing as leaders.  So we have an unshakeable commitment to experiential development.

The single largest element in our work is almost always reflection and sense making – our expertise in facilitating after ‘action reviews’ sets us apart.  Although we are not short of opinions on countless aspects of leadership, our teaching ‘inputs’ are always going to take the least amount of time.

There are several unavoidable implications of working this way. It takes time and time is a limited resource which must therefore be prioritised.

1.It takes time and time is a limited resource so development must either be prioritised or its anticipated benefits minimised
2.Participants must be well informed and prepared in advance of a programme about what it will take for them to contribute to their own development and the growth of their course colleagues
3.Participants must have the dedicated time to find out about themselves, how they function and effect the people around them under pressure
4.They must have the time to build trusting relationships with course colleagues so that they will accept and absorb feedback from them
5.They must have the time to try out new ways of behaving and being in a challenging yet safe environment
6.They must have the support of highly trained and dedicated facilitators to enable them to translate their course learning into ‘real life’ application
7.They must continue their learning in the workplace, using the routines for personal and group development from the course

“‘Subordinates’ need to challenge in order to follow, and ‘superiors’ must listen in order to lead.”

Hirschhorn & Gilmore, HBR May 1992

“Leading does not mean coming up with the answers, it means having the humility to grasp that you do not yet understand and then to ask the right questions.”

Jim Collins, Good to Great

“My captain is the man with the ball.”

Sir Clive Woodward, rugby coach

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