Our Guiding Principles
“A principle is a clear statement of belief on which you intend to base all your subsequent thoughts and actions.” ~Dee Hock, founder and former CEO of VISA
The core values and beliefs that guide our work are:
Building and Elevating Strengths
The essential task of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths in ways that make a systems’ weaknesses irrelevant. ~Peter Drucker, Writer, Professor, and Management Consultant
When organizations are working in ways that build on strengths and engage the imagination, greater things are possible. We focus on the energizing task of appreciating the best of the past, and build on those strengths and lessons rather than the de-energizing task of repairing weaknesses and avoiding threats.
Reframing Challenges into Opportunities
The appreciative approach is not about denying that part of reality exists. It is about the ability to reframe it for a great view of the future. By framing reality in a new and positive way, people open their minds to seeing new connections between ideas, people or situations. ~Tojo Thatchenkery, author of Appreciative Intelligence
There is no challenge that can’t be helped through discovery, imagination and focused action. Depending on what you choose to focus on, any challenge can be seen as either a problem or an opportunity. Using our strength-focused approach we will work with you through the sensitive task of finding the opportunity in even the most difficult of challenges and contribute to the creation of culture of curiosity, inquiry and learning.
Targeting the Future
Play, questioning, and – perhaps the most important – imagination, lie at the very heart of arc-of-life learning. ~John Seely Brown, independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge.
Success depends entirely on the ability to create a detailed and shared image of the future, and then design and implement realistic means of achieving that image.
Working Toward Common Goals
We have reached the end of problem solving as a mode of inquiry capable of inspiring, mobilizing and sustaining human system change. The future belongs to methods that affirm, compel and accelerate learning while including the voices of all the people who will be affected by the change. ~David Cooperrider, Professor, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
In our client relationships, and in our internal operations, we consider all those who we work with to be our partners. We see our success and our clients success as linked, and we align our practices to ensure that needs are explored and met. We believe strongly in the principle of co-creating with our clients to meet their objectives. We begin with the end in mind and plan, design and facilitate accordingly so that every intervention or project is a ‘customized’ solution. This results in high integrity, trusting relationships and robust project management practices.
What enables us to innovate, problem-solve, and be happy, smart, resilient human beings? Our ability to PLAY. ~Stuart Brown, author of PLAY: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
When talking about serious subjects, it is easy to forget that life is an adventure. We strive to embody the play principle at all times because play is an essential strategy for learning and embracing change in our complex, inter-connected world.
Stimulating Growth Through Interaction
To increase innovation, we will need to transform our organizational culture to be more open and dynamic. ~Jing Xirui, CEO, Beijing-Fanuc Mechatronics
We believe strongly in the principle of trial and learning, and believe that growth is both a process and a goal. Sharing knowledge transparently, meaningfully and openly is a key to all organizations’ ability to flourish and grow.