Chair, Sea Fisheries Protection Authority
The biggest thing that worked was the challenging us to think—the gentle challenging of our assumptions as well as the developing of critical thinking. Besides that, it was the difference in the approach to learning from anything else that I have done.
I’m always telling people about the program. I think that it’s almost essential for all of us to be doing it, especially people in leadership positions. Sometimes we rush through life and we don’t realize that we are in patterns. We’re so busy doing, inundated with misfounded opinions, that we have lost touch with our ability to think, and especially to critically think. And just taking the time out gives you the opportunity to just say: how am I thinking? How am I doing things? The program made me aware of the fact that I wasn’t actually thinking, and that sounds like a really strange thing to say when you are the head of an organization. But I was actually just rushing around the place doing, and I wasn’t critically thinking at all. It was a course that led to lifelong habit changes.