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What is Pelevation?

Pelevation RoundTables for Experienced Managers are for people with current managerial responsibilities. This includes formal managerial roles within organisations, and also people with other jobs that involve a significant amount of management and leadership. Examples of the latter might include a medical clinician with responsibility for a team of colleagues, a business consultant managing clients and associates in order to deliver a service, a social activist organising community members in pursuit of a campaign.  


Pelevation RoundTables for Experienced Managers enable participants to re-frame and re-orient towards their most pressing managerial challenges and opportunities. The focus is principally on these challenges and opportunities and the personal capacities of each participant.

An iteration of Pelevation RoundTables for Experienced Managers may focus on a specific theme deemed relevant. Examples might be ’social inclusiveness’, ‘innovation’, ‘one planet business’. It may include participants from several organisations, a few, or just one. In each case the aims may differ; a programme for one organisation may focus on organisational goals such as entering a new market, process improvements or culture change.

Pelevation RoundTables for Experienced Managers may include some theoretical input where relevant to the theme and to the challenges and opportunities presented by participants. However, this should never exceed 20% of the scheduled time overall. 


Facilitators and faculty should be well versed in peer learning approaches and values.Pelevation RoundTables for Experienced Managers bring diversity and diverse perspectives to contemporary managerial work, and aim to increase inclusiveness and access to managerial authority. 


 Faculty and Facilitator teams should be formed with respect to, and enhancing, equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

The following is a list of core criteria:      

  • ‘Use work, not make work’: Focus on real current challenges and opportunities at work.

  • ‘5 mindsets’: the schedule and methods designed to work on these challenges and opportunities in reflective, analytical, collaborative, worldly and action mindsets.·       

  • Learning amongst peers in pairs, triads, small groups and plenary, and through various activities, should be the main learning process. ·       

  • Seating should be around tables (preferably circular) in flat room (not tiered amphitheatre)·      Frequent (at least daily) and substantial ‘reflection’ sessions.·       

  • ‘50/50 rule’. Any formal teaching should include 50% of the time on issues raised by participants, relating to their current managerial challenges.·    

  • Observation of ‘how management is accomplished’ via shadowing executives or sustained observation of managed operations.·       

  • Attention to the cognitive and emotional aspects of managerial work via ‘attentive listening’ to facts and feelings.·       

  • Structured group discussion, analysis and interpretation of the challenges and opportunities faced by participants. Methods include CoachingOurselves, Friendly Consulting, drawing and sculpting.

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