BraveHeart is an international leadership development and coaching company, specialising in The Thinking Environment®, a process that generates the best independent thinking from people. At BraveHeart, we embolden people to think for themselves and we teach them how to help others to think: independently, creatively and with courage.

Through our courses people learn how to create Thinking Environments in their organisations, their teams and their lives. We also provide accreditation programmes for coaches, facilitators, Thinking Partnership teachers and consultants.

We work with individuals, companies, universities, schools, human resource organisations, coaching organisations, government departments, NPOs, voluntary organisations and social innovators.

About Trisha Lord
Trisha LordWith more than 30 years experience of working with individuals, teams and organisations in developing the potential of their human resource, Trisha Lord has, as the foundation of her work, the following core observations:

Who we are being speaks much louder than what we do or say. To create an environment in which people flourish and can bring their full self-expression to their endeavours, it is essential for us to understand that the personal is not separate from the professional. What we think and how we feel about our selves, our colleagues and our environment shapes and influences our participation, our actions and our results more than anything else.

Relationships are the source of results. How we treat each other, and are treated by others around us is the single biggest differentiating factor in our ability to be at our best, and bring forth our potential.

The culture we aspire to create is made or broken by integrity. Integrity is not a moral issue – it is a function of consistency: what we say and what we do either lines up or it doesn’t. A culture that can face what needs facing, continually challenges the assumptions upon which actions are taken, and can treat a mistake as an opportunity to learn and grow will have integrity.

Vulnerability is a key leadership resource. Perfectionism kills creativity and innovation. People do not feel safe when they are being lead by people who cannot admit to their own limitations. Leaders need to be able to be human, value support from those around them, and acknowledge when they do not have the answers. People respond best to leaders who encourage them to take responsible risk, and who enjoy their team’s successes without needing to claim all the glory for themselves.

Your Courageous Life

Despite their best intentions, parents are often responsible for eroding the confidence of their children to think for themselves. In an effort to safeguard their children from mistakes, parents focus on instructing, lecturing and controlling their children instead of encouraging them to think for themselves.

Add to this the failure of most educational systems and structures to truly champion the fully independent thinking of students, in favour of “right answers” and conformity, and it is not surprising that many of us have lost faith in our ability to generate our own best ideas to create the lives that we want.

Thinking Partners are people who are able to offer a quality of attention that ignites courageous thinking.  Attention of this nature is catalytic – it enables the human mind to reclaim its ability for independence, for flair, for insight and creativity.

A Thinking Session is a time in which a person can think for themselves, fully, with confidence and grace. During Thinking Sessions, the trajectory of fully independent thinking is fuelled so that a person can move beyond internalised limiting assumptions to generate new ideas and solutions, thereby releasing their innate capacity for courage and growth.

If you would like to book a Thinking Session with Trisha, please email us and we will be in touch to schedule a suitable time.

Trisha Lord

Trisha Lord
Over many years working in the field of developing human potential, Trisha has noted that much of what we consider “helpful” in the helping professions can, in fact, impose serious limitations on a client’s courage to think for themselves. Perhaps unwittingly, coaches and consultants often end up cast in the role of saviour………caught in a co-conspiracy with clients that fosters dependency – an externalising vs. internalising of expertise.

Having spent the last 13 years of a 30-year career, specialising in the work of Nancy Kline’s Thinking Environment™, Trisha has proven repeatedly to both herself and her clients, that nothing an external facilitator or coach can do replaces, for its power and validity, this extraordinary structure in which clients can think for themselves, thereby generating genuine solutions with inherent longevity and efficacy.

Courageous Learning Journey

Getting Started
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein –

The quality of everything we do, everything, depends on the quality of the thinking that we do about it first. The quality of the thinking that we do, depends on how we are being treated by the people we are thinking with, including ourselves.
– Nancy Kline –

A Thinking Environment journey begins with one of two programmes:

Trisha is scheduled to run Foundation Courses and Thinking Partnership Courses in Cape Town and Johannesburg on the following dates:

Foundation Course Dates
Cape Town
27, 28 September 2018

2018 course dates in Johannesburg have already taken place. Please email us if you would like us to let you know when the next course is scheduled.

Thinking Partnership Course Dates
Cape Town
17, 18 September, 16 October 2018

13, 14 & 20 August 2018

Sign up here to book your place or click here to learn more about the Foundation Course or The Thinking Partnership course.

Trisha Lord

I remember it being a significant turning point in my life when I realised that “this isn’t it” is part of the human condition.  It is a default lens through which we human beings look at our lives.  We think: “When I have the gold star, score the goal at the match, win the love of the class’s most popular girl or boy, get the degree, get the job, get the promotion, get the house, the life partner, the car, the kids………..then that will be it!  Then my life will have turned out!”, only to discover that as soon as each new goal is accomplished, the satisfaction lasts for a while (sometimes a scarily short while given how much has gone into achieving the thing that was going to make us feel successful) and then is replaced by – “this isn’t it……..it will be it when……….”

And so I learned that life really isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey, and that one day that journey will end and until it does there will always be new horizons, new outcomes, new dreams, and big lessons along the way.  That was when I realised how important courage is to this endeavour of being a human being living a human life.  I realised that life – in the form of circumstances beyond my control, and other people’s expectations that I never actually signed up for or agreed to – will keep coming at me.  I learned that I needed to cultivate the courage to stand for my own values, not just the ones I was told were the right ones to have, but the ones I really do have.  That I needed to learn to listen to both my heart and my head.  That I needed to be ok with getting it wrong and making mistakes.  That I needed to develop enough self-esteem to value myself deeply even in times of darkness and failure.

In all the theory, concepts, ideas and distinctions I have come across in my life, Nancy Kline’s Ten Components of a Thinking Environment stand out as a blueprint for living a courageous life, one in which I keep learning, every step of the way.

Become a Courage Expert

Journeying further

Do you want to be a Time To Think Facilitator? A Facilitor who is qualified to teach and deliver Time To Think group courses without the formal building of Incisive Questions?

Your pathway to qualification would look like this:
Foundation Course > Facilitator Course + Practicum

Do you want to be a Time To Think Coach?
Your pathway to qualification would look like this:
Thinking Partnership Course > Coaching Course + Practicum

If you think you may want to learn the group applications as well as the one-to-one applications, we recommend that you start with the following:
Foundation Course > Thinking Partnership Course > Coaching Course + Practicum

Further to accreditation as both a Time To Think Coach and a Time To Think Facilitator, practitioners wishing to become accredited as Consultants, can enter the Thinking Partnership Teacher Programme (TPTP) and The Consultant Programme (TCP).

Trisha is scheduled to run the Time to Think Facilitator Programme and Time to Think Coaching Programme in Cape Town and Johannesburg on the following dates:

Cape Town
Time to Think Facilitation Programme
1, 2 November, 3 December 2018

Time to Think Coaching Programme
29, 30 October & 26, 27 November 2018

Time to Think Facilitation Programme
15, 16 November & 6 December 2018

Time to Think Coaching Programme
12, 13 November & 4, 5 December 2018

Sign up here to book your place or click here to learn more about the Time to Think Facilitation Programme or the Time to Think Coaching Programme.

Trisha Lord

If you connect with the Thinking Environment through one of the “entry” programmes: The Thinking Partnership and/or The Foundation Course, and you find your Self reflected in what you learn, you may decide to aim for mastery.

Mastery is a beautiful thing.  Malcolm Gladwell’s research suggested that it takes 10,000 hours.  I worked that out to be around three years of working hours.  And that for you to achieve mastery, you needed to be using every one of those hours to be dedicated to the practice of whatever you are wanting to master.

I have been teaching and learning the Thinking Environment for 14 years now, and from that, I have had one clear realisation.  The fourth learning step of Unconscious Competence might not be applicable to being a practitioner of the Thinking Environment.  This might require Conscious Competence always.  It is that level of mastery!  The mastery of being awake to how I am being towards myself and others, the mastery of staying conscious about that.  But it is a mastery worth living for, and the fruits of the labour are so worth it.  So very worth it.

Create Courageous Culture

Ever since the dawn of organisational culture, the issue of power has been central to the dynamic of human behaviour inside of organisations of all kind.

Power differentials between people are reality. The human experience of having more or less power is created around many criteria: position, experience, knowledge, education, longevity, gender, race, looks, physical size, where you live, who you know, to name but a few.

Power, and the privileges it bestows, becomes largely invisible to those who have it, unless they have learned to be conscious and aware of how to use their power wisely. The differential is always experienced most by the person who feels they have least power in any given situation.

This dynamic gives rise to a range of behaviours amongst people that can, and often do, erode the presence of a Thinking Environment. If we recognise that the quality of people’s actions, and results, is shaped and influenced by the quality of the thinking people are engaged in before and during their activities, then it surely becomes a core question for leaders in organisation to figure out how to create the conditions under which people can think for themselves, rigorously, with courage, with clarity, boldly and imaginatively.

These conditions are encapsulated in the Ten Components of a Thinking Environment. Organisational cultures that learn these behaviours, and commit to them, are organisations in which innovation, a climate of responsible risk-taking, and courageous adult relationships can thrive and bear fruit in the form of unprecedented results.

We offer a range of programmes to assist organisations and groups to transform their human culture into a Thinking Environment:

Trisha Lord
I have worked in organisations, and with teams and individuals for the last 31 years.  In that time I have delivered literally thousands of interventions, from one-to-one coaching through team building, conflict resolution, leadership development and the development of high performing teams.  In all my years of working in the field of developing human potential, I have come back to these observations again and again:

  • Vulnerability is a key leadership competency.
  • Who you are being speaks louder than what you are doing.
  • There is often a significant disconnect for people between what we are saying and the message they are actually receiving.
  • When people are free to be themselves in a climate of genuine interest, with clear agreements and boundaries, people, for the most part, want to grow, develop and make a contribution.
  • It is in our nature, inherently, to develop our potential provided we have the right environment in which to thrive.
  • Relationship is the source of results.  What matters most in terms of producing results is how we are treating each other.
Each of these core beliefs underpin my work when I am partnering people to create a courageous culture in their work life.  The Thinking Environment is the “HOW” to achieve a culture in which these core beliefs can flourish, make traction, and yield results.