From strategic planning to project facilitation, from individual mentoring to organisational change, Creative Practice offers dynamic processes that engender collaboration, exploration, clear thinking and sustainable results.
Creative practice sows the seeds of innovative thinking, opening pathways to change and improvement.
Through creative practice you can transform your projects and your organisation by engaging your people in open, collaborative exploration and enquiry.
As an individual you can tap into your own creative capabilities and become a more empathic and inclusive leader.
You can enrich your life and work through creative practice and get more from yourself and from those around you.
Creative practice produces results, often very innovative results. Innovation occurs when creative ideas are developed to the point where they can be put into action.
This takes practice and persistence, time and patience. Making progress is iterative and incremental. We take many different tacks in search of new perspectives and different solutions.
“Logic will get you from a to b. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
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Creative facilitation with groups and teams gets participants engaged, energised and taking ownership.
The prerequisite of originality is the art of forgetting, at the proper moment, what we know. Arthur Koestler
Engage your team. Get your team on the path to creativity and make every project an innovative one.
“Whether someone is the “right person” has more to do with character traits and innate capabilities than with specific knowledge, background or skills.” Jim Collins, Good to Great.
Become a courageous and empathic leader. The challenge for leaders is to tap into their feelings, emotions, intuitions and creativity. It takes courage to let go, temporarily, of your drive, decisiveness and control, yet that is the risk that must be taken to make a creative leap.
“Leadership is of the spirit compounded of personality and vision; its practice is an art. Management is of the mind, more a matter of accurate calculation, of statistics, of methods, time tables, and routine; its practice is a science. Managers are necessary; leaders are essential.” William Slim.
Creative mentoring challenges you to think ‘outside the box’, to expand your thinking and clarify your decision making.
Transform yourself. Enrich your life with creative practice. Regular creative practice is an opportunity to explore, stretch and discover more about yourself and your innate capabilities.
Here are just some of the Creative Practice activities:
- Mantle of the Other – Play Out (more in-depth than role play)
- Exploring metaphor, analogy, archetypes and image
- Developing prototypes
- Freeing the mind with associative activities
- Parallel thinking to increase breadth of perception
- Connecting and building ideas
- Accepting ‘left field’ ideas
- Going for quantity and withholding judgment
- Collaborative conversations
- Reflection and listening
Examples of work
“From our very first meeting, Richard has provided outstanding support and guidance to me and the Good Life Farm. The many hours Richard has spent guiding us through what is needed to set up the Good Life Farm as a sustainable and successful not for profit has been amazing.
There is no way known that Liz and I could have continued to both run our programs for youth at risk as well as spend the amount of time required sourcing board members, networking, setting up committees, etc. We would not have the time or expertise at this stage to keep the business moving forward.”
– Lesley Porter. CEO Good Life Farm
“Since meeting Richard he has challenged me to critically examine the next steps for AIPFCC. He has been able to clearly articulate what is needed for AIPFCC to increase our impact beyond awareness raising about patient centred care. I had already begun to think about how we should structure the next phase of our development when Richard stepped in with a vision of making this sustainable.”
– Dr Catherine Crock, Executive Director, Australian Institute for Patient and Family Centred Care
“Richard’s approach to helping organisations build effective leadership teams is bold, human, empathetic, challenging, engaging and highly unconventional. Richard creates lasting change in organisations that are hungry to get out of their comfort zone.”
– Carolyn Tate, Founder Slow School of Business, Melbourne
“Richard organised and ran a Strategic Planning Workshop for the ATA. The facilitation on the day was outstanding. In my opinion a great combination of creativity and focus on a valuable outcome. We now have tangible results to take the organisation forward. Very impressive!”
– Ralf Thesing, President, Alternative Technology Association ( ATA), Melbourne
“Richard has been involved in a corporate mentoring and support role for our company. He has provided excellent support in helping define issues, determining strategy and helping to drive and monitor the implementation of those strategies. Well worth while!”
– Mick Harris, Managing Director, Envirogroup
“I certainly learned a few things, particularly about group dynamics in creative endeavours. Richard, thanks so much for the excellent workshop.”
– Genevieve Sword
“You did a good job prepping everyone before the session and made clear the agenda and the purpose of the workshop. Everyone was engaged and prepared to participate. Overall, a great job and thanks for all your effort. If it was seamless it was because of all your hard work. I know these workshops can be difficult.”
– John Bailey, ATA board member, Melbourne
“I’d have to say this is probably the best workshop I’ve ever been involved in.”
– Simon Harman, Co-Learners