We have an excellent track record in the delivery of high quality action learning. This empowering and inclusive approach improves performance, and can lead to significant cultural change in organisations: ‘The whole is underpinned by the proven assumption that people learn most effectively with and from colleagues in the same position.’ The ABC of Action Learning (Revans, 2011).
Action learning is a simple yet powerful process, which builds participants’ confidence, problem-solving skills and reflective capacity. Set members frequently report transferring their learning to other challenging situations and to those they supervise or manage. The process also frees up professional time and energy by reducing dysfunctional anxiety “It’s not just me then”, and promotes a search for solutions and growth, drawing on the collective wisdom of set members.
Action inquiry is an approach, which focuses on first, second and third person inquiry (the personal or individual, the inter-relational and group dynamics, and the wider system). Your engagement with Mindful Practice will lead you and your organisation into inquiring practices, which are intended to encourage wise action. We also regularly use appreciative inquiry, to draw out and work with the strengths and positive qualities of a situation, which may have gone unnoticed.
The growing popularity of ‘mindfulness’, based on first person inquiry practices, is one way of describing the development of awareness in the moment, and with it, the potential to make conscious choices based on accessing more subtle data and information than the objective facts. In front line practice, intuition, occupies a similar position, and sits alongside more conventional evidence about a child’s development and family functioning.
We equip managers and leaders to access a diverse, rich range of soft data, ways of knowing and seeing beyond our conventional limitations, assumptions and cognitive constructions. We do this rigorously, by encouraging first person inquiry practices which are then examined through second person inquiry e.g. individual coaching or mentoring or through action learning set membership.