WHY SHORT ENCOUNTERS?

There are times when a short one-off session is required to address a specific issue which has arisen in a leadership training programme, to engage members in a shared learning experience, or to bridge a gap in longer-term programmes.

Short Encounters are stand-alone sessions designed to meet various organisational and people needs with a range of ideas in a variety of formats about key topics about business, economy and society.

Each Encounter with a Key Idea is aimed at refreshing thinking for organisations and associations in the business, social and public sectors.

Short Encounters can be used in many ways in organisations:

Training in How to Think about the issues (not telling people What to Think)
Promoting team-building through shared understandings of ideas
Starting productive dialogues among colleagues to enhance genuine collaboration
Helping to identify people with the potential, interest and commitment for pursuing adult mind development and leadership growth

Also incorporating SEs into a wider leadership or management training programme, where there is a need to grow minds rather than just work at the behavioural level of techniques and skills, will bring an innovative and stimulating dimension to the programme.

WHAT IS A SHORT ENCOUNTER?

How to Think is the critical skill for organisations seeking to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world.

With the focus on How to Think, rather than what to think, a Short Encounter is a participatory exploration of a key idea and its use to understand an important issue.

Taking a highly engaging approach for participants, it will help to strengthen the faculty of thinking and the power of judgement of participants.

Short Encounters are also suitable as an element for Corporate Talks & Events.

See our wellspring of ideas
WHO WOULD BENEFIT?
Organisations interested in and committed to

  • Supporting a Personal Professional Development programme;
  • Improving personal effectiveness through clearer thinking with ideas;
  • Renewing thinking about career development;
  • Growing people’s leadership capabilities;
  • Strengthening how people work together;
  • Bringing an innovative and stimulating dimension to the programme.
HOW IS A SHORT ENCOUNTER DELIVERED?

A variety of formats and range of ideas are used to deliver specific themes. Check SE Portfolio of Ideas below.

We can also co-design other Short Encounters with you to meet your specific needs.

Deliverable at Company Training Facilities in morning, afternoon or evening sessions or other suitable locations around Ireland as well as at The Keynes Centre , Cork.

CPD/Tax: may be eligible for CPD accreditation and tax deduction as training expense.

WHO WILL DELIVER THIS PROGRAMME?
Group Think

The serious dangers of this widespread problem are well-known – many an organisation has ended up in crisis or decline due to the pervasive tendency for people to fall into line or be pressured into doing so. Yet How to Think Together is a crucial factor for success so the dilemma must be resolved.

This SE will increase awareness about how collective decision process can result in undesirable unintended consequences and explore how leadership thinking can help avoid the trap.

DETAILS

Format: Introductory Case Exercise, Video Case (50 minutes), Guided Discussion

Duration: 2 hours

Participants: 6 – 18

Who for: Ideally suited for refreshing thinking at mid-career and for identifying high-potential leadership, and growth-potential minds

Equipment: Wi-Fi Connection, Computer, Screen Projector and Sound System

Individuals Matter

Short explorations of a series of real situations in which individuals were the ‘difference that made the difference’.

Participants will be encouraged and supported to surface their own insights about the idea of ‘leadership minds’ with a view to pursuing their own long-term development.

DETAILS

Format: Short Video and Text Cases with Guided Discussions

Duration: 2 hours

Participants: 6 – 18

Who for: Ideally suited for those at mid-career seeking to refresh thinking about vision, purpose and long-term career development

Equipment: Wi-Fi Connection, Computer, Screen Projector and Sound System

Leadership Moments

Examples of well-known and less well known people in crucial situations are used to support an exploration by participants of the idea of ‘leadership’.

On this basis participants can begin to develop their own model of ‘leadership’ for their further professional development.

DETAILS

Format: Short Video and Text Cases with Guided Discussions

Duration: 2 hours

Participants: 6 – 25

Who for: All career stages; Ideally suited for those seeking to refresh their thinking about what Leadership is and should be about

Equipment: Wi-Fi Connection, Computer, Screen Projector and Sound System

Words Matter for Thinking

Although language governs our thinking, many are quite dismissive of this major idea. As a result too little attention is paid to this issue although it is also recognised of central importance in the practice of leadership under, for example, labels of ‘communication’.

“Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.”

Benjamin Lee Whorf, U.S. Linguist

DETAILS

Format: Text Cases with Guided Discussions

Duration: 2 hours

Participants: 6 – 18

Who for: All career stages; Ideally suited for those interested in improving their opinions and conversations with others

Equipment: Computer and Screen Projector

We Think with Metaphors – How Fresh are Yours?

The role of metaphors in thinking and its major effects on business thinking in particular is seriously underestimated with serious consequences for Leadership thinking and professional development.

This SE opens up this powerful aspect of relating to others and how to have effective and successful relationships.

DETAILS

Format: Text Cases with Guided Discussions

Duration: 2 hours

Participants: 6 – 18

Who for: All career stages; Ideally suited for those interested in improving their opinions and conversations with others

Equipment: Computer and Screen Projector.

What We See Depends on How We Think

Our minds work with ‘images’ which govern our behaviours. To change behaviours we must change our ‘libraries of images’.

In this SE the role of this ‘library’ is explored to raise awareness so that participants may undertake a reflective audit with a view to choosing how they wish to think about their role in their organisation.

“A concept is stronger than a fact.”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, U.S sociologist, Writer, Social Reformer

DETAILS

Format: Text Cases with Guided Discussions

Duration: 2 hours

Participants: 6 – 18;

Who for: Ideally suited for refreshing thinking at mid-career

Equipment: Computer and Screen Projector

Regarding the Place of Others

Relating to others – a fundamental element in leadership – requires a capacity for placing oneself in the place of another. This in turn requires ‘training ones imagination to go visiting’.

Participants will practise working with this idea using some tools drawn from various aspects of business and human affairs.

DETAILS

Format: Text Cases with Guided Discussions

Duration: 2 hours

Participants: 6 – 18

Who for: All career stages; Ideally suited for those seeking to understand and relate better to others

Equipment: Computer and Screen Projector

The ‘Company We Keep’

The Power of Judgement is a critical faculty for Leadership. While presumed to be available to all people, it is easily observable that this faculty is not fully developed in all and is poorly developed in many people. Yet leadership training cannot achieve traction and long-term benefit without this aspect being addressed.

Using the idea that our judgements ‘depend upon our choice of company’ participants will practice how to grow this faculty more effectively.

DETAILS

Format: Short Presentations with Guided Discussions

Duration: 2 hours

Participants: 6 – 18

Who for: Ideally suited for those seeking to refresh thinking at mid-career and enhance judgment-making capabilities

Equipment: Wi-Fi Connection, Computer, Screen Projector and Sound System.

Tacit Knowledge – Source of Insights

Insights are essential for both long-term organisational growth, which requires growing the minds of its people, and for Adult Mind Development, which involves increasing meaning-making capacity. Somewhere inside each of us is the source of the insights that are the transformation moments in How We Think.

The idea of ‘Tacit Knowledge’ is that “we know more than we can say”. Working out this knowledge is the challenge facing people leaders and this SE addresses this challenge.

DETAILS

Format: Short Presentations and Guided Discussions.

Duration: 2 hours

Participants: 6 – 18

Who for: All career stages; ideally suited for refreshing thinking at mid-career

Equipment: Computer and Screen Projector.

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