Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
But this is not by chance – it’s linked to how we work and what we do:
- we help people identify, and build on, their own leadership strengths and draw on global and local leadership examples.
- as we work with clients we also develop intra-personal communication skills since we believe these are key to learning, growth and group cohesion. We help people listen more actively to each other, empathise and learn from each others’ experiences and express themselves assertively, senstively and respectfully.
- Our creative, facilitated tools and processes make for enjoyable sessions which are also filled with meaningful dialogue.
- We help groups become more aware of the dynamics within group processes by offering our observations and inviting their reflection.
- Applied drama and improvisation tools and exercises help us cut to the chase on sensitive issues. At People Zone we believe we are never too old, or too important, to play; and we are constantly reminded in our work about the power of games and playfulness in opening the door to even the most sensitive discussions.
- l.istening to the things people say and realise there are important things they’re not yet able to articulate that need to be surfaced.
- drawing attention to unhelpful behaviours distorting communication.
- taking a coaching and mediating approach – encouraging and supporting people to engage, listen and empathise.
- supporting decision-making by helping groups come to consensus.
We encourage our partners to make the choice for positive change by:
- trusting the process
- surfacing and addressing the dysfunction that’s dragging them down
- engaging in finding practical solutions which address underlying causes.
Who we are
With qualifications in Anthropology, Photojournalism and Public Health Nutrition her career started as a provincial civil servant under the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe in 1995. Then, as a consultant she led disaster impact analyses and programme design, monitoring and evaluation exercises for INGOs, the UN, Red Cross and Government bodies across Africa, Asia, Middle East and the Caribbean.
Her field experience highlighted the very real need to do something about internal challenges that plagued the organisations she worked for. In 2006 she returned to the UK, retrained with a second Masters – in HR – and acquired additional practical skills (coaching, facilitation, mediation) to address this gap.
Lesley collaborates with a number of skilled associates to offer clients flexible and diverse competencies. Below are some of the people she has worked with in the last few years.