Creating Critical and Reflexive Leaders

How We Do This?

"in your head" uses several methods ...

These are formal academic inputs or Master Classes on a range of topics and themes. Our preferred style is to conduct these sessions as 3-hour seminars or as shorter inputs to learning sets rather than lectures, and to encourage students to take a full part (Friere's problem solving model) and to contribute from their own experience. The aim is to help students learn from unashamedly academic ideas and to apply these to their work environment in a practical way. We work in this way at NQF level 8 but our approach can readily be adjusted to level 6 or level 7.

Large and small group learning sets

These are action learning sets focusing on new learning (rather than on issues at work). These are spread across the learning period so they service as glue to the whole learning experience. Something we strongly advocate.

Our approach is very different to what many understand action learning sets to involve. Our focus on new learning means that we get individuals to explore how new ideas can make a real practical contribution in a business context. The principle aim is to help students learn from each other, share issues and problems, gain confidence in their own abilities and provide a foundation for future learning.

We do this by making short learning inputs (either from a menu based on a range of topics; leadership, emotions in the work place, change, culture, philosophy, research methodology; or bespoke from students own suggestions) and then leading discussions in which we introduce and encourage critical thinking and reflexivity.