Inquiring into and honoring what works spreads good parenting and good practice. It reduces fear and anxiety. It builds energy for the hard conversations.
Implementing this practice in an agency, can be as simple as taking 15 minutes at a team meeting each week to inquire into some work a practitioner is proud of having done or work that has impressed a supervisor. We believe it’s important to have these processes firmly in place before starting any training program in order to best honor existing practice while creating new energy for learning and practicing new skills. Having one or more recorded interviews of each involved practitioner’s best existing contribution to their team provides a clear positive message about the importance of each practitioner’s existing skills and talents. We can lead some of these interviews and collect some of this information while simultaneously training agency leaders to complete the remaining interviews.