I often get asked which course people should start with if they want to learn more about the Thinking Environment. I've made a short video (above) which will hopefully answer some of your questions but please get in touch so we can discuss your particular needs.
In summary, there are 2 introductory courses you could start with::
1. The Thinking partnership course
2. The Foundation course
The Thinking partnership course:
Best for: people that want to use the Thinking Environment 1:1 (coaches, therapists, counsellors, doctors, GPs, people in leadership roles); people that want to understand the power of assumptions and how to use incisive questions to replace these.
It's a 3 day (2+1), small group (6) workshop.
You'll learn how to listen so effectively that other people thrive in your presence. You'll leave knowing how to truly think for yourself and how to create the conditions for other people to do so, free of limiting and untrue assumptions. This course is often described as 'life changing'.
Organisational outcomes can include: improved team effectiveness through the development of constructive team behaviours; an improved ability to deal with critical issues by encouraging diversity and fresh perspectives; an enhanced ability to ask exceptional questions; higher levels of engagement as people are more empowered and equipped to solve their own problems; heightened understanding of communication skills which underpin high performance teams; reduced conflict and an improved ability to manage and handle change.
Individual outcomes can include: an increased awareness of individual behaviours and how they impact on others and the impact of personal leadership on team effectiveness; highly improved listening skills; authentic goal setting; empowered problem solving and improved creative thinking; improved relationships and higher levels of personal leadership.
The Foundation course:
Best for: people that want a broad overview of the Thinking Environment and who are interested in how this can apply to everyday interactions.
There's more of a focus on groups and teams.
It's a 2 day, relatively small group (8-10) workshop.
Great for people that have to facilitate or attend meetings and want to improve these (consultants, facilitators, board members, head teachers, governors, parents).
By attending this highly interactive and practical course you'll understand how to run effective & engaging meetings that deliver better results in less time and which people look forward to attending.
You'll have the confidence to chair meetings which allow all participants to contribute.
You'll significantly improve your own communication and listening skills; be able to positively affect performance through everyday conversations; unleash the creativity of those around you and create a highly constructive culture within any team or group.
So, if someone asks which course to start with my questions to them are:
· What environment do you generally work in? (If 1:1 or in coaching I'd recommend the Thinking Partnership/ If you work more with teams/in groups the Foundation course)
· Are you most interested in coaching (Thinking Partnership) or facilitation (Foundation)
· Are you interested in better understanding the power of assumptions and use of incisive questions (Thinking Partnership)
If you did want to go on and qualify then it's important to note the Thinking Partnership course is a pre-requisite for the Time to Think Coach Course & the Foundation course is a pre-requisite for the Time to Think Facilitators course.
To see what other people have to say about the courses have a look here: https://www.thethinkingproject.co.uk/testimonials/