Colin Forrest writes on how the #APConnect programme has supported Advanced Practitioners in taking their collective appreciation of practice into their organisations to foster positive change.
Redefining Advanced Practitioners
In his summary of reflections on the programme, titled Redefining Advanced Practitioners, Colin writes:
“From such insights and from being on the periphery of many discussions within the #APConnect programme my admiration for those undertaking such roles has grown significant during round three of the programme. APs are immensely skilful problem solvers; they are champions of others and have a deep understanding of audience. APs are very good at boundary spanning, environmental scanning as well as quality planning.
However, exemplifying these characteristics in organisations may come at a personal cost and this is where the real power of the AP Connect programme lies. The impact of the safe spaces and structures that have supported enhanced resilience and mutual support has been immense. Core principles and values underpinning practice have been made explicit and participants in the programme have grown well beyond how AP type roles were originally conceived three years ago.
In redefining their roles, APs have developed as Appreciative, Agile, and Action Practitioners but perhaps the time has come to flip how these roles are presented. Have APs now become more PAs, ‘Principled Activists’, in leading change?”
You can read Colin’s blog in full here
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