Spot Practices, Record Experiences, Reflect & Track Progress of Outcomes

Practice Spotting™

Practice Spotting is an observation and sensemaking tool that helps to:


What is Practice Spotting™

  • Record stories to see what is happening in the environments we work in
  • Reflect, unpack and do sense-making on the behaviours to widen perspectives
  • Widen and gain multiple perspectives using lenses
  • Move implicit or unseen practices to make these explicit practices
  • Record the observations onto a Practice Card with exercises to insert meaning into what you do
Seven steps to do Practice Spotting™
Identify a unit of analysis

Uses stories to help observe, unpack, and understand what’s happening within and around you.

Use relevant lenses

To advance potential and widen perspectives in work cultures.

Practice Spotting explicit and implicit practices

Acquire knowledge about what is under the surface and make practices explicit by recording them on a Practice Card.

Write a Practice Card to connect and contextualise

Identify and extract a practice to record on a Practice Card. 

Take ownership and practice

Pairing with another person to gain diverse perspectives and to practice together. 

Reflect with a buddy

The “Make Meaningful Work Guided Practice Journal” helps to record, apply, reflect and track progress of practices and meaning outcomes.

Get support and support others in the global “Meaning Maker Community”

Facilitators you can turn to practice and improve over time.

Practice Spotting™

Practice Spotting is an observational and sense-making tool.


What is Practice Spotting

  • Is an observational and sense-making tool to uncover implicit  learning opportunities
  • Enables you to widen and deepen multiple perspectives and challenge your assumptions using lenses
  • Move implicit or unseen practices to make these explicit practices
  • Record the observations onto a Practice Card with exercises to insert meaning into what you do.

Make Meaningful Work™ Guided Practice Journal

Roles & Responsibility Map

Helps you see the connections between the roles you play, the values & outcomes you seek and the Character Traits and Practices relevant for you and any Practice gaps you may need to address over time.  This applies to both individuals and teams.

Character Cards

Helps you build your character by enabling you to add dimensions and depth, reflect and project forward the qualities you want for your character.

Note Cards

Used to take notes and make observations as you listen to stories and record keywords or key practices you observe in stories.

Spotting Cards

Helps you take the key observations from the notes and story cards and to help you apply lenses to spot the meaningful practices and outcomes that can connect and contextualise into what you do.

Practice Cards

Are like a recipe card that describes a practice, relevant exercises for that practice, and the behavioral benefits that can result from adopting a practice individually or as a team.

Story Cards

Reveals what is happening under the surface of each role, or character, in the story and  where their real behaviors and motivations.

Progress Cards

Helps to track your exercises and how these are being applied in your own work contexts.

Meaning Canvas

To record the people, places and practices that have meaning to you and the community with.

Learning Portfolio

To collect all your reflections and to summarize those practices and other topics you would like to learn and what you would like to teach over time.

Make Meaningful Work™ Guided Practice Journal

Reflect and record learnings individually, with a buddy or team.

Micro Exercises to Apply Immediately into your work

Use the Practice Cards to record micro exercises to apply immediately into your work. The Practices are derived from stories and the exercises help to connect and contextualise the practice into your work, move from words to actions and build character to insert meaning into what you do.


Sustain with the Make Meaningful Work™ Global Community

We have a range of Global facilitated and non facilitated learning and development Adventures and Events based on a range of outcomes to suit your practice needs. 

Learning Adventures

Learning Adventures