Pathways for Organisations

A three-day programme (2+1 days) for leaders who recognise that their primary objective is to facilitate leadership in those around them, or anyone whose job requires them to listen and get the best out of others, including parents, teachers, medical practitioners, coaches, and counsellors.

A two-day day learning journey into the application of the Ten Components of a Thinking Environment to group work for anyone who ever chairs or participates in any kind of meeting, or for people who are interested in developing the ability to facilitate group discussion effectively.

A one-day, in-house programme to help teams generate their finest thinking in meetings, for anyone who wants to transform the experience and effectiveness of the meetings they chair or attend.

A two-day group programme with quarterly half-day workshops & monthly sessions for Mentor & Mentee.

As Time To Think Coaches, we act as a potent Thinking Partner who offers Generative Attention: attention which helps to catalyse the most creative, bold, independent and courageous thinking in another.

We offer coaching to individuals as well as to organisations.


Thinking Partnership Course

A three-day programme (2+1 days) 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

What you will learn

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 elegant expertise. Along the way you will explore all Ten Components of a Thinking Environment.

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 Programme therefore forms the basis of the Coaching Course and is a pre-requisite for becoming an accredited Time To Think Coach.


Foundation Course

A two-day day learning journey into the application of the Ten Components of a Thinking Environment to group work

·      Do you need a structured, efficient way to enable people to think independently, generate new ideas and develop in the moment?

·      Are you striving for equality, productivity and diversity, but lacking a process that reliably makes these concepts a reality?

Who should attend?

Anyone who ever chairs or participates in any kind of meeting, either periodically or regularly. People who are interested in developing the ability to facilitate group discussion effectively. HR practitioners, consultants, facilitators, business and community leaders whose job requires them to be able to create group thinking spaces in which people think well together.

What will you learn?

  • Transform 1:1 and group interactions in simple yet profound ways
  • Access your own best, innovative, freshest thinking
  • Tap into the collective wisdom of a peer group
  • Present in a way which unlocks exceptional new insights for your audience
  • The Foundation Course introduces you to the Ten Components of a Thinking Environment and their many applications. You will explore Thinking Pairs, Dialogue, Rounds, Open Discussion, Meetings, the Time To Think Council, Presentations and Facilitation. Any of these applications will help you turn groups and organisations into Thinking Environments.

This course is a prerequisite for the Facilitator Qualifying Course.

Maximum number of participants: 10


Transforming Meetings

A one-day, in-house programme to help teams generate their finest thinking in meetings

People in organizations spend more than two-thirds of their time in meetings. Leading productive meetings and ensuring the contribution of everyone has, therefore, become a serious responsibility for a leader.

The programme’s experiential design means that whilst learning how to create and sustain the Thinking Environment, throughout the day participants are also thinking about real-time topics they are needing to progress together.

Teleconferencing, video conferencing, and face to face meetings can all be transformed when led in this way.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to transform the experience and effectiveness of the meetings they chair or attend.

What will you learn?

• To apply the Ten Components of a Thinking Environment to the step-by-step running of meetings.
• To use Thinking Pairs, Dialogue, Open Discussion and Rounds in a real-time Transformed Meeting
• To craft Agenda Questions
• To experience impressive levels of engagement of each person in the meeting, to generate their finest thinking
• To learn how to shorten meetings and produce better results
• To ensure robust, un-interruptive, creative conversation to deliver decision-making of exceptional quality.

Maximum number of participants: 8 - 16


The Mentoring Programme

A two-day group programme with quarterly half-day workshops & monthly sessions for Mentor & Mentee

When Mentoring relationships weaken or fail, it is often because the Mentor takes over the sessions, doing most of the talking and thinking for the Mentee rather than helping the Mentee find their own answers and insights. The Thinking Environment Mentoring process turns this around.

With this Mentoring approach the Mentee is in charge and is the focus, using the session to do their own superb independent thinking. They also use this process to learn from the Mentor in ways that keep the Mentee in charge. Both parties find the sessions deeply rewarding.

When Mentoring Pairs can learn this process together and meet quarterly for a few hours to advance their skill, share their experiences and consider interesting issues, as a group, the Mentoring experience is enriched even further.

What will Mentoring Pairs learn?

• As Mentee, to have the unusual experience of truly being in charge of the mentoring relationship.
• As Mentor, to help the Mentee to think for themselves about issues important to them.
• To produce a non-infantilising structure for the Mentee to ask for and receive the Mentor’s knowledge, experience and wisdom.
• To learn the skills of a Thinking Environment.
• To increase learning through discussion with several Mentoring pairs.
• To acquire the skills of the Transforming Meetings model and the Time To Think Council which can be applied more widely in their organizations.


Time to Think Coaching Sessions

Can it be that thinking for yourself produces your finest coaching outcomes?

As Time To Think Coaches we act as a potent Thinking Partner who offers Generative Attention: attention which helps to catalyse the most creative, bold, independent and courageous thinking in another.

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, as coaches trained to be Thinking Partners we can reliably manage the perennial pitfalls of transference and unconscious infantilisation that so often trip up the best-intentioned helping professionals.

We offer coaching to individuals as well as to organisations.