The Philosophy

SWAN Consulting exists to serve Leaders and Organisations to create an environment where all can be great.

SWAN Consulting believes in values based leadership.  The foundations of our work are the values that are SWAN.


The SWAN vision is to be known as a collective that fosters generative possibility


Accessing Creativity through Leadership Learning Sets

NEW Service!  Accessing Creativity through Leadership Learning Sets

 Complexity and ambiguity form the context for today’s Leaders . SWAN’s Leadership Learning Sets are designed to create a deeper awareness of the possibilities for future actions and solutions. 

What is a Leadership Learning Set? 

It is a group of people who come together regularly to explore real and live business issues, which they don’t have an answer to. The starting out place then for participation in a Leadership Learning Set is- NOT KNOWING THE ANSWER! 

SWAN’s Leadership Learning Sets are action learning at its best. They involve a group of Leaders coming together (from the same or different organisations) to tackle the real issues and challenges emerging in their business environment. 

Facilitated by our experts in action learning, the dynamics created by the group act as the incubator for innovation and creativity. Learning Spiral© is utilised to enable accelerated results and Return on Investment, which is tangibly experienced back in the workplace. 

A Leadership Learning Set is an ideal environment to expand the capacity for self development and also learn from Leaders in other sectors and/or disciplines. 

How do SWAN’s Leadership Learning Sets operate? 

Participation in a Leadership Learning Set is voluntary, that is to say Leaders self select to join a Learning Set. When a learning set first comes together, the SWAN facilitator orients the participants to the Learning Spiral©, which is a strengths-based dialoguing tool. Each Leader then brings their presenting issue to the group, and through the Learning Spiral©, gets the opportunity to explore their current paradigm in relation to their issue, and discover new insights. Learning Spiral© also enables each Leader to access the knowledge and wisdom of the group members; which results in commitments to action being made. 

Typically a group of 5-8 Leaders will embark in this highly experiential approach to learning for a period of 9-12months, and meet for ½ day every quarter. The intervening weeks between each meeting enable each Leader to put into action the commitments made during the session. At the next session each Leader uses their Learning Set journal to share insights and outcomes with the other group members. Then a new Learning Spiral© is initiated. 

The benefits of SWAN’s Leadership Learning Sets 

  • Develops an individual’s capacity for appreciative dialogue; advocacy and inquiry skills
  • Expands self awareness and self reflection leading to insights and breakthrough thinking
  • Develops communication and relating competencies
  • Ensures ideas get tested and applied
  • Develops systems thinking, creativity and ‘out of the box thinking’
  • Makes accountability for taking action ‘real’
  • Develops the dynamics for a coaching culture
  • Highlights the importance of self-directed learning
  • Is the basis for innovation
  • Cost effective development intervention
  • Can be used as an integral part of a Talent Development strategy
  • Can be the ‘engine room’ for culture change and organisational transformation
  • Develops co-operation amongst peers and collaboration amongst partners