Seminar Participant Comments:
got more than I expected from the Model Building Seminar,
including a sense of clarity I didn't have before on the conceptual
foundations of the work I do. Definitely a lot of bang for
my developmental dollar."
Executive Director, Center for Organizational Learning
Society for Organizational Learning
"Through this course I developed a habit of mind around
model building. In my work with clients now, there is a part
of me always reflecting on why I do what I do."
Co-Director, Center for Leadership and Learning Communities
“The seminar provided multi-angled exploration of my
practice and highlighted the distinctiveness of what I bring
to my clients. I’m a stronger consultant for having
"Being around your wonderful appetite for learning and
for helping others learn and enhance their lives was inspiring."
Independent scholar and consultant and founding member, Integral
"Your authenticity and continual quest for learning is
Northern Lights Consulting
Reflective Practitioner seminars are available in two
Occasionally Grady offers open-enrollment seminars. None are planned in the immediate future. [more...]
for intact groups of professionals
Seminars designed for intact groups draw upon
all the features of the public offerings while accommodating specific
needs. See a sample description of a public offering below.
Customized Seminars for Professional Groups
The basic goals and support structure of the public
seminar can be tailored to the needs and circumstances of intact
groups of professionals. Such arrangements have the potential to
deliver collective benefits that go beyond individual learning.
For example, professionals responsible for delivering a consistent
set of products and services can build upon the personal model-building
efforts of individual team members to assess the alignment of individual
models with one another and with the organizational mission/vision.
To discuss whether a tailored seminar would be helpful
to your group [contact Grady ...]
The Reflective Practitioner:
Moving Toward Mastery by
Building a Model of Your Professional Practice
Sample Year-long Public Seminar for Seasoned Professionals
What this seminar will support you in accomplishing:
- Clarify the key beliefs and assumptions that guide your practice
(or a component)
- Take stock of the core methods, tools, and practices that characterize
- Deepen your understanding of the ways in which your personal
profile shapes your approach to your practice
- Articulate your vision of your professional practice
- Increase the alignment among your vision, beliefs and assumptions,
methods/tools, and your personal profile
- Clarify how you will continue to grow in support of the ongoing
development of a practice model that uniquely leverages your vision
and personal profile
How the seminar will help you do
The seminar will provide a support structure for
a group of seasoned professionals committed to in-depth reflection
on their practice. It will extend over one year, with two-day meetings
at the beginning, middle and end:
- The first meeting will orient participants to concepts
and tools for model building and create subgroups to provide ongoing
support throughout the year.
- The second meeting will focus on what participants
have produced by that time, enabling them to get feedback and
to recalibrate and refocus their efforts.
- The final meeting will review and celebrate achievements
and prepare participants for continued model building on their
Support between meetings will consist principally
of meetings among subgroups (virtual or physical), one-on-one consultations
with the seminar leader, an e-learning curriculum of structured
questions and readings, and periodic teleconference calls among
all participants. These basic elements are summarized and elaborated
Twelve months, with three two-day meetings to be held at the beginning, middle and end of that period.
The three meetings will be held in Wellesley, Massachusetts (near
Boston) at the Babson Center for Executive Education, a highly professional
and well-supported conference center with excellent food and comfortable
Up to 15 highly experienced professionals committed to in-depth
reflection on their practice. The primary audience is consultants
and human resource professionals. However, professionals from other
areas are welcome.
- Three 2-day face-to-face meetings in Boston at the
beginning, middle, and end.
- Monthly 90-minute conference calls to provide an
ongoing forum between meetings.
- An online discussion group in which individuals
pose questions, report dilemmas, and share emerging models.
- Subgroups of varying sizes, based
on synergistic criteria (e.g., similar focus for their model building),
will support one another in their work
- The seminar leader will provide one-on-one coaching
to each participant in follow-up to each of the first two meetings
to support them in setting goals for their reflection, and as
needed throughout the seminar.
- The seminar leader will also provide feedback on
draft models in connection with the mid-point meeting.
- Structure in the form of questions, exercises and
readings will be offered via the internet.
Additional Resources offered:
- Annotated bibliography of readings relevant to model
- Examples of products created by the seminar leader
and others in the course of their model building
The seminar will require a significant investment of
time and energy beyond participation in the three meetings. Each
participant will be expected to:
- Create a draft written product constituting an articulation
of his/her model by the second meeting, and a “final”
draft for the third.
- Read and comment on drafts and final versions of
the models of others in their subgroup.
Seminar Tuition and Registration
Prospective participants are invited to contact Grady
to arrange a conversation to discuss what they would hope to gain
through model building, to ensure a good fit between their learning
goals and the seminar format.
Prerequisite: A minimum of
10 years of professional practice in the area on which you intend
to focus your model building.
For further information [contact Grady].
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