As well as helping think through what direction to take with your strategy, business or policy, Thinking Practice can help you put into practice what you want to do. Our particular interest is in helping you build the skills, capacity or just confidence to do that, rather than doing it for you. So you won’t, in general, find us doing what might be called project management. (We can recommend some good people though, if that’s what you need.)
Instead, we will use coaching, mentoring and facilitation techniques to help you find your own way to achieve what you want and need.
Mark Robinson is an experienced facilitator and workshop leader, as well as having managed some great people over the last 20 years. He has worked with people of all ages and sorts, as a writer in schools, adult education tutor, university lecturer as well as in his senior roles at the Arts Council and on boards. He has done a lot of coaching at Arts Council, formal and informal, and is currently in the process of accredited training in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring. He is currently facilitating a leadership development programme for Visual Arts UK, a consortium of national visual arts organisations.
He has also been coaching a number of senior individuals, and is keen to explore how individual coaching can be a cost-effective way for leaders and others in the arts to improve performance and maintain motivation, even in difficult times.
Things we’d be really keen to talk about include:
Coaching for you and your staff
Staff or board development programmes
Away day design and facilitation
Facilitation of partnership development processes