Think4Purpose

Deliverables

We AMPlify performance and motivation by increasing Autonomy (self-directed learning), enabling Mastery (of critical thinking) and aligning Purpose (cognitive, socio- and moral reasoning) - inspired by Daniel Pink.

Our greatest source of Resilience is how quickly

we can learn. We understand the mental models

that support this and can accelerate the process.

Deliverables

We deliver increased productivity and innovation through:

  • Increased cognitive versatility and social agency for solving “hard” problems; read more 

  • Adaptable multi-disciplinary teams that cope well in “wicked learning environments” - see below

  •  Purposeful leaders who model and facilitate a critical thinking culture

  •  “Uncertainty readiness” for individuals and collectives through interconnecting people and ideas

"Adaptive Learning is about Coping. Generative Learning is about Creating

and requires new ways of looking at the world". - SENGE 1990

Challenges We Meet

Engineers & scientists struggling to “join the dots” between technical & regulatory requirements.

Solution: Integrative Thinking

Individually well-qualified staff yet teams delivering less than the sum of their parts

Solution: Calibrating Social Dynamics

STEM professionals driven to find “right answers” rather than holistic solutions.

Solution: Unifying Risk Literacy 

Uncertainty derailing the openness & collaboration needed to get ahead of change.

Solution: Unblocking Innovation

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Our Response

We need to prepare STEM professionals for a new world of work. 

 

A core skill for evolving and regulated settings is that of sound Contextual Judgement. By helping to reframe the work context, we can improve this capacity.

We achieve this through our multifaceted approach with each of the following being interdependent:

Integrative Thinking

We enable interdisciplinary work by helping scientists think more like engineers, engineers like scientists and both to understand the benefits and limitations of each. 

Our approach is to create a shared conceptual framework that allows each discipline capitalise on a broader range of “ways to know”.

We ensure all STEM professionals have a grounding in methods of scientific enquiry and useful engineering heuristics and principles.

Unifying Risk Sensibility

The evaluation of standards and guidances is subjective and requires a heuristics-and-biases approach.

 

We impart the principles of logic, rhetoric and hermeneutics through our Problem Based Learning approach. These are foundational to understanding risk and support the interpretation of regulations as these evolve. 

Constructing a Rationale to support positions is as important as the technical solutions that are developed. 

Calibrating Social Dynamics

The work environment for STEM professionals is complex with many integrated systems and functions. We empower collectives to overcome any barriers to collaboration such as remote working or multicultural differences.

 

Our standardised profiling tools help individuals to understand their preferred team role identifications and cognitive settings. The latter determines perceptive and rational functions helping us measure and predict responses to change and risk. 

Unblocking Innovation

We help collectives to achieve the mental models and work spaces that can support openness to learning as an engine for innovation. Creativity is not the preserve of the few. All are capable of contributing to innovation, for example through application of the 'Beginners Mind'.

 

We use a Socratic approach to equip all stakeholders with the questioning techniques and listening approaches that help to create knowledge. Our group exercises demonstrate how social biases affect collective decision making and how to leverage ambiguity and uncertainty.

What are “Wicked” Learning Environments?

The past can sometimes repeat itself sufficiently for us to rely on solutions that were successfully employed before. This is characterised as a “kind” learning environment yet with increasing complexity and ambiguity, this is less likely.

 

Wicked learning environments involve complex interactions with many variables, inputs, and systems. This reduces the “correlation between outcomes and specific decisions or actions” so there are no hard and fast rules and we can struggle to make future plans without clear and short feedback loops.

 

We are dealing more often with the non-routine and novel as situational patterns are not repeating as expected. Hence, we help organisations and teams embrace discontinuous as well as continuous improvement. This is achievable with the right mindset and toolkit.

"Day by day what you choose what you think and what you do is who you become" – Heraclitus

Our Services

Consulting
& Learning
Programmes

All our programmes are holistic and supported with e-learning modules and/or remote delivery. Delivery is through workshops, thinking puzzles, group problem-solving exercises, role-plays and case study discussions.

Executive Advice
& Coaching

Evolution does not consciously guide the development of organisms & nothing evolved for a specific purpose. Individuals are supported to find their purpose through one to one or group coaching.

Keynote
Speaking

Fiona is a prolific writer of articles and these topics are convertible into guest-speaking sessions of various duration. Popular topics include "7 Habits of a Resilient Person” and "What are the Soft Skills we need to solve Hard Problems?"