Category Archives: SOAR

Do you really want to make a sustainable difference?

It’s over ten years now that I have been using appreciative and strengths-based approaches in individual and organisational development settings. I have been working with a number of coaching clients recently who spend a good deal of time describing the problems and challenges they face and how their organisations tend to respond quite elaborately to these aspects, paying particular attention to the problems and looking for the quickest fixes. This concentration or perhaps over-concentration on the ‘deficit’ view, speaks to the enduring and maturing debate around the merits of taking a strengths-focused approach to change and improvement, compared to the… Read more
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SOARING to new strategic heights

This coming Wednesday is an important day for Optimum Interventions. Back in June – September 2011 I facilitated a series events for a senior management team and the Trustees of an important charity focused on providing services to the members of a ‘blue-light’ public service. The theme of those events was planning for the future of the charity and those who benefit from its services. This week we return to start to refresh the strategic planning process for 2013; we will be using the SOAR framework, as we did in 2011. Why SOAR? Well, across many years the SWOT model… Read more
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The Open Channel – October Newsletter

We are delighted to welcome you to the October 2012 edition of The Open Channel Newsletter. The Open Channel is a venture borne out of a passion for supporting change and our belief in the strength of people and organisations. Janet Dean and Steve Loraine are senior practitioners in public sector service delivery and work collaboratively with private sector, voluntary and community organisations.  Do contact us to find out how we can assist you to manage your change challenges. Led by Janet Dean and Steve Loraine, two highly respected and experienced independent public service advisers, The Open Channel has a… Read more
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The SOAR model for strategic planning

A quick thank you to our readers. We know you are out there – the stats from blogger.com tell us that. It’s good to know our readership is international. It would be great if some comments were made to really develop the strands and themes we pursue. Nevertheless, knowing we are not shouting down a deep pit to hear only our own voices come back is gratifying. Ok, on to business. Thursday was an important day. I facilitated an event for a group of trustees who are the board of a large charity focused on a specific public service. The… Read more
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