It is essential that every leader has a conscious Theory of Practice. A Theory of Practice is a set of beliefs, principles and practices that have been developed from a long history of experiences that have informed the leader about what works and what doesn't work. Click here for a quick video review.
Most, if not all people already operate from a set of values, beliefs and past practices, but they may not be conscious of these underlying filters that guide their decisions and behaviors. For some people this works just fine. For many others, they wonder why their actions and decisions work sometimes but not always. Being conscious of your filters allows you to make much more conscious decisions that actually fit the external circumstances. This allows you to be much more effective as a leader, consultant or facilitator.
My theory of practice has been greatly shaped by key systems models such as:
My practice has also been shaped by certain key principles such as:
And finally, my practice also employes proven communication and planning processes such as:
Much more information about Theory of Practice can be found in my book, Leadership Practices for Challenging Times: Principles, Skills and Processes that Work
Diagnosis: From Theory to Practice
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