Senior people in organisations are under so much pressure, they often feel that it is hard to have the time and space to think properly, hence the idea of a ‘Thinking Partner’.
I work with a number of individual clients for whom I take on this role – a blend of coaching, consulting and mentoring. We meet using Zoom, phone and occasionally face to face.
The heart of being in a “thinking partner” relationship is to co-create a space for thinking ‘out loud’. Our conversations are a kind of rehearsal space in which leaders can both reflect on experience and try out new ideas, arguments or perspectives. I give feedback and challenge. I throw stimulus, frameworks and tools into the mix. I may also help design specific meetings or events, or processes.
Above all these people say they particularly value the fact that I have no particular angle or agenda – and tell me this is hard to find.
If this sounds attractive please contact me for a conversation in which we could explore the possibilities and see if this might work for you as well.