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Move from stuck to started and enjoy the ride of self-employment

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Use the power of an Action Learning group to keep you motivated and enjoying what you do

  • Discover new energy and ideas to keep your business moving forward
  • Lift the burden of isolation
  • Make like-minded business contacts
  • Support during growth and change
  • Hone skills in problem-solving and communication
  • Affordable and fun (there’s homemade cake, too)

Experience peer support at its best.  Come and try out a half-day taster session with Open to Question.  See for yourself how being part of a small group of committed colleagues – in a supportive and confidential environment – can help you feel more energised and clear about developing your business.

What current group members say about Open to Question:

‘A valuable adjunct to the freedom of being self-employed, which can seem a lonely pursuit sometimes’

‘I have been very grateful for the support of the group, which has given me the courage and motivation to expand my business.’

‘I have discovered, and am discovering fresh ideas for my future.’

* Autumn taster details in Stroud at Spacehoppers Co-working TBC *

To find out more including how to book, contact me here.

I look forward to hearing more about you and your business!

Bonnie

‘My experience of Open to Question has been really positive. It is really useful to have a forum for open and honest discussion of issues with people I trust and who are so supportive. The process of asking open questions and not imposing our own opinions on others in the group has been powerful and on a number of occasions people have had moments of realisation where things they thought were important turned out not to be. Bonnie has been excellent at guiding us through the process and gently keeping us on track.’

The magic of marginal gains – or how to create major excellence through small steps

Should we all be looking for marginal gains? asks the BBC Magazine, when contemplating – amongst other things – the successes of Team GB and Team Sky in cycling. You could judge Sir Dave Brailsford, who has headed up both, as an obsessive. But the results simply speak for themselves. In reading this article, I couldn’t help but admire him for scrutinising all the elements that might affect performance, testing assumptions, experimenting with small changes.  All of these small shifts added up to big success.

From my own life and in the experience of the people I work with, I see everyday how making small changes can make a huge difference to someone’s experience and the results they create. Testing assumptions and being willing to try innovative things to see what works are also hallmarks of the Action Learning process. There is always learning to be done, and that is what can keep life and work fresh and exciting for us, if we choose to keep our eyes and ears – and minds – open.

Why ‘Open to Question?’

rsz_doorI love questions – both asking and answering them. Questions signal interest and curiosity – and both are good fun!  I’m thinking here of questions posed from a sense of care and respect as well as sincere interest.

Good questions open doors onto new things we hadn’t seen or understood before.  In fact, good questions sometimes show us that these doors even exist in the first place.

Beautifully sparse open questions are at the heart of the action learning process.  They allow the presenter of an issue to unpack their thinking and assumptions at their own pace. Open questions leave lots of delicious space for the other person to swim around in, so that they can feel their own way to an answer.  Open questions create space and freedom for new learning to emerge.

Remaining open to new growth and learning is essential if we want to be engaged and alive.  In an Action Learning group, being open to others’ questions – and discovering what emerges through the answering of them – is the first step on an eye-opening journey.

I’m open to your questions about action learning and looking forward to seeing how conversations on this website develop!