Guidance for teaching this competency
Get practitioners to gather feedback from 10-15 different people in their work and life using the framework of the Reflected Best Self process. Specific stories and narratives are gathered, analysed and then develop a clear ‘strengths profile’ that maps unique strengths to work roles and tasks. Facilitate a sharing session so team members can understand each other’s strengths and be aware of each other’s development goals.
- General advice on research assignments
Develop an internal practice of hosting regular market facilitation clinics (using the guide linked above) where practitioners can share specific challenges they are facing and get input, feedback and suggestions from others. These clinics can be structured around different aspects of market systems development work: geography, sector, intervention type etc. Look for opportunities to connect with staff from other programmes to maximise the diversity of experiences. Clinics should be supported/facilitated by an experienced market facilitator.
- General advice on facilitated discussion
Coaching & mentoring advice
- Because this competency can be less visible it is particularly important to notice and reward practitioners who engage in self-learning. Create openings in team meetings for people to share new learning and to discuss videos, reports or other resources they have found helpful.
- Ask practitioners on what aspects of their performance they would like feedback on. Take a few weeks to make detailed observations before sharing your findings.