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1 Co-creating time and space for productive reflection in the working environment: implications for practice Wednesday 25 th April 2012 John Driscoll

2 Before we start…. …perhaps this sums up reflection and reflective practice….? 2

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4 Key workshop aims are to…. ‘rethink’ ways in which reflection is (or can be) used in practice….. ….enhance YOUR own work as leaders and managers through more ‘productive reflection’ at work

5 Today we can address some or all of the following…. Consider the challenge of thinking for oneself Think about the components of a thinking environment at work Consider the changing face of reflection and reflective practice What is meant by productive reflection at work? Perhaps you are doing it already….. applying productive reflection in busy work environments How can productive reflection support the development of the new N&M strategy? Other…….? Consider the challenge of thinking for oneself Think about the components of a thinking environment at work Consider the changing face of reflection and reflective practice What is meant by productive reflection at work? Perhaps you are doing it already….. applying productive reflection in busy work environments How can productive reflection support the development of the new N&M strategy? Other…….? 5

6 Thinking for yourself is challenging! How many of you spent your childhood… and much of your teen years learning ‘how to fit in’ rather than think for yourselves? What authorities do we look to for what to think? Is doing what everybody else does….. and thinking what everybody thinks rewarded? How many of you spent your childhood… and much of your teen years learning ‘how to fit in’ rather than think for yourselves? What authorities do we look to for what to think? Is doing what everybody else does….. and thinking what everybody thinks rewarded? 6

7 Finding the time to think…. …as well using reflection in our work situations as leaders and managers!

8 What sorts of conditions support a ‘Thinking Environment’…….? (Kline 2004) Activity 1: The 10 components of a thinking environment 8

9 The Thinking Environment Attention Incisive questions Equality Appreciation Ease Attention Incisive questions Equality Appreciation Ease Encouragement Feelings Information Place Diversity Encouragement Feelings Information Place Diversity 9

10 From thinking to reflection….what’s the difference? Reminding ourselves what we mean by reflective practice Activity 2 Reminding ourselves what we mean by reflective practice Activity 2

11 11 Reflection described…. (not a new idea)….key elements? …..we do not learn by doing….we learn by doing…..and then realising what came of what we did….. (John Dewey 1929 p367) …..we do not learn by doing….we learn by doing…..and then realising what came of what we did….. (John Dewey 1929 p367) ….. a process of internally examining and exploring an issue of concern, triggered by an experience, which creates and clarifies meaning in terms of self, and which results in a changed conceptual perspective…. (Boyd & Fales 1983 p113) ….. a process of internally examining and exploring an issue of concern, triggered by an experience, which creates and clarifies meaning in terms of self, and which results in a changed conceptual perspective…. (Boyd & Fales 1983 p113)

12 Why the need for reflective practice at work….examples? To become more aware of what we do….through support and feedback To lessen the gap between what we say we will do and what we actually do Prior solutions may not work even if similar….our emphasis on similarities rather than differences Other reasons….? To become more aware of what we do….through support and feedback To lessen the gap between what we say we will do and what we actually do Prior solutions may not work even if similar….our emphasis on similarities rather than differences Other reasons….? 12

13 13 The changing face of reflective practice…beyond the reflective practitioner!

14 14 Organisational ……not just individual approaches to reflection......

15 15 Critical reflection Public reflection Productive reflection Organising reflection

16 Defining productive reflection …..reflection is far from being an isolating act of solely personal benefit….it is a key to learning to improve production and to making working life more satisfying (Cressey & Docherty 2006 p2) 16

17 Key features of productive reflection (Cressey et. al 2006) Organisational rather than individual intent and collective rather than individual orientation Contextualised within work and connecting learning to work Multiple stakeholders and connects players Generative rather than instrumental Developmental in nature Open and unpredictable process that changes over time Organisational rather than individual intent and collective rather than individual orientation Contextualised within work and connecting learning to work Multiple stakeholders and connects players Generative rather than instrumental Developmental in nature Open and unpredictable process that changes over time 17

18 18 How is productive reflection being applied…or could be applied to your own work as leaders and managers? ….. Activity 3

19 And finally….why the need to reflect in organisations? W3zmZwI0 W3zmZwI0

20 References Boud, D. (undated) Relocating reflection in the context of practice: Rehabilitation or rejection? [online]: d.pdf accessed12/3/12 d.pdf Boud, D. Cressey, P. Walker, D. (2006) Productive Reflection at Work Routledge: Abingdon, UK. Kline, N (2004) Time to Think Listening to Ignite the Human Mind Cassell Illustrated: London. Raelin, J. A. (2002) I Don’t Have Time to Think!’ versus the Art of Reflective Practice Reflections [online]: leader.org/Reflective%20Practice%20Article.pdf accessed 10/4/12www.global- leader.org/Reflective%20Practice%20Article.pdf Vince, R. Reynolds, M. Organising Reflective Practice [online]: www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/wbs/conf/olkc/…/Contributi on115.pdf accessed 4/4/12 Boud, D. (undated) Relocating reflection in the context of practice: Rehabilitation or rejection? [online]: d.pdf accessed12/3/12 d.pdf Boud, D. Cressey, P. Walker, D. (2006) Productive Reflection at Work Routledge: Abingdon, UK. Kline, N (2004) Time to Think Listening to Ignite the Human Mind Cassell Illustrated: London. Raelin, J. A. (2002) I Don’t Have Time to Think!’ versus the Art of Reflective Practice Reflections [online]: leader.org/Reflective%20Practice%20Article.pdf accessed 10/4/12www.global- leader.org/Reflective%20Practice%20Article.pdf Vince, R. Reynolds, M. Organising Reflective Practice [online]: www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/wbs/conf/olkc/…/Contributi on115.pdf accessed 4/4/12 20


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