A three-day program which provides the knowledge and skills to become a Thinking Partner®
What is a Thinking Partner?
A Thinking Partner is someone who, through the quality of the attention they offer, helps to catalyse another’s thinking. This attention is generative in nature, and enables the Thinker to access their most creative, bold, independent and courageous thinking.
Who should attend?
Leaders who recognise that their primary objective is to facilitate leadership in those around them, and who wish to build Thinking Partnerships and the Thinking Environment approach into their lives and organisations
Anyone whose job requires them to listen and get the best out of others, including parents, teachers, medical practitioners, coaches, and counsellors
Anyone who is needing time to think about issues which matter profoundly to them
The Thinking Partnership Session® is a step-by step-process for liberating the human mind to think for itself with unprecedented clarity, originality and rigour. It produces breakthrough independent thinking. This highly participatory course teaches this process in depth. You will participate both as Thinker - considering topics of your choice - and as Thinking Partner practising this expertise . Along the way you will explore all Ten Components of a Thinking Environment.
You can expect to:
- Learn about the Thinking Environment theory and the 1: 1 Thinking Partnership process that underlies this powerful approach to listening
- Spend a significant amount of time practising listening and being listened to in this way, rather than solely digesting theoretical models
- Explore a current personal or professional challenge
- Continue a lifelong practice of swapping 1: 1 listening sessions with the global thinking partner community
Have a lived experience of why human skills are critical to cultivating new thinking and thriving workplaces and communities in a technological era.
The Thinking Environment’s contribution to the work of Coaching
The Thinking Environment is one of the finest ways in which coaches can hone their ability to provide generative attention: attention which catalyses the thinker’s thinking.
Given the commitment and promise of coaching to provide a place in which clients can access their own best solutions to the issues they bring to their coaching sessions, coaches who train themselves to be Thinking Partners can reliably manage the perennial pitfalls of transference and unconscious infantilisation that so often trip up the best-intentioned helping professionals.
The Thinking Partnership Program therefore forms the basis of the Coaching Course and is a pre-requisite for becoming an accredited Time To Think Coach.
Led by: Candice Smith
“I have had my knowledge, understanding and capability taken to another level in this program. I was challenged and supported in an environment that created ease. The participants and Candice as facilitator gave me the ease and safety to learn through my own issues being clarified through the Partnership practice. The practice of the breakthrough questions was exceptional and Candice was potent in her teaching and facilitation. For anyone wanting to deepen their listening and thinking partnership practice this is a must!” John.
’I’ve had the amazing opportunity to attend a number of Candice’s programs over the last year and have come away each and every time not only having explored and expanded my thinking in new ways but in quickly forming deep and enduring connections. Candice’s embodiment of a true ‘thinking environment’ creates the conditions for transformative experiences, enabling thinkers to explore their thoughts with curiosity and sometimes vulnerability, often revealing unanticipated insights and understanding. If you’re a leader who wants to encourage more expansive thinking in your organisation or a facilitator/coach interested in supporting the creation of the necessary conditions for truly independent thinking, I highly recommend Candice’s programs. “ Bridget