Your Guide to Philanthropy’s Reflective Practices

Learn about four reflective practices used by your colleagues in philanthropy.

Pretty Good Tools: Talking About Evolutions

Your organization’s strategy is evolving every day. Use this reflective practice tool to encourage an explicit conversation about where you are now and want to go.  It works with staff, board and other stakeholders and can even be used to track your personal strategy.

Use Poetry as a Reflective Practice Prompt

Foundation leaders and team members share poems and how they use them to encourage sense-making and deeper dives into difficult situations.

Asking Open and Honest Questions

By asking open and honest questions, you can help unearth new insights, deepen relationships, and ultimately achieve greater impact in your work.

Understanding Role

By more thoroughly understanding role, you can better inventory what skills and strengths you uniquely bring to any situation to allow yourself to better manage your best self within a given context.

Third Objects

This audience-friendly facilitation tool inspires associative thinking and disrupts conditioned patterns of thoughts to better access creative conversations and solutions.

Five Easy Reflective Practices

This short list of simple exercises, which includes an activity on what’s “beneath the waterline,” helps to slow down mental processes to allow new information and possibilities to emerge.

Active Listening

Structured tips on how to listen well and a pair-sharing exercise in reciprocity or “constructivist listening.”