‘The quality of everything we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do first’.
Organisations can sometimes inadvertently ‘lock-out’ the talents of their staff and in doing so, undermine the potential of what might be achieved together. But by creating the right conditions for reflection, fresh thinking and new solutions are generated and increased creativity and intelligence are accessed. The Art of Possibility seeks to tap into this thinking as a means of creating greater impact. (See also My Next Chapter for Organisations)
From 2014 Bev has been the ‘Critical Friend’ for Cultural Spring which involves supporting the programme through a process of coaching, facilitation and feedback with the Cultural Spring team, Steering Group and evaluation team. Facilitated sessions are designed around a specific theme or purpose as a means to support the effective running and impact of the programme.
Action Learning Facilitation and Peer Learning
Action learning and peer learning are two of the facilitation tools delivered by The Art of Possibility. From 2014-2016 Bev was running action learning sets with social enterprise organisations all over the North of the UK and Northern Ireland in her role as the Peer Learning Facilitator for UnLtd’s Lead the Change Programme in addition to running larger peer learning group events. Both of these forums provide peer learning environments to 13 partner organisations as a means to support social entrepreneurs more effectively.
Clore Leadership Programme – Bev was a member of the Clore Short Course team for over nine years on their leadership residentials, working as facilitator, coach, also contributing to developing the facilitator role and session delivery.
Clore Social Leadership Programme – another key client since the organisations inception in 2009 work has included facilitating My Next Chapter one-day sessions, coaching Fellows and facilitation on residentials.
Coaching specifically designed to ‘Hatch’ ideas, these facilitated coaching sessions are 1:1, for teams or organisations. Each session is specifically tailor-made with no two the same. The coach gets under the skin of the motivation, purpose and impact of the idea and asks all those important questions – often a tricky thing to do when you are trying to ‘Hatch’ ideas. The outcomes have been new projects, companies and areas of work.
Examples of one-off facilitated sessions for organisations
London Museums Group – Share Academy Think Tank event; commissioned to design and deliver a facilitation session with over 30 organisations including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Arts Council of England, UCL, UAL, AHRC – looking at how Museums and Universities can collaborate more effectively together.
Wings For Life UK – international team facilitation to allow staff to take a step back at what the shared ownership of the vision is, consider important questions and design in success to create a more resilient and sustainable team and organisation.
Bradford NHS A&E Department – one of the largest A&E Departments in the UK. A cross-department collaboration of 35 leaders, ambulance, doctors, nurses, admin staff working together focusing on reconnecting with what is important, identifying what is getting in the way of ensuring this is a priority and action planning the way forward.
Melbourne Primary School – working with the whole staff team including teachers, senior leadership, admin staff on building school resilience; understanding individual and shared realities and pressures, relationships to the organisation, what is shared and important, strengths, divergent values, perspectives and the organisation as a growing ecology.