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The 'Assumptive Dive' Workout


Transforming How You Think

What we think is important.

Even more important is how we think.

And although how we think governs conduct in all realms of life – from everyday behaviour to making judgments and expressing opinions – people are often blind to the silent shapers within their thinking. These shapers are the deep-down senses of ‘how the world works’ and make up the fundamental assumptions of a person’s thinking across all personal experiences.

This ‘blind spot’ hampers a person’s ability to operate effectively in a complex world that demands continuing development of how we think throughout adulthood. ‘Development’ requires releasing ourselves from the current limits imposed on us by our ‘silent shapers’ as, in effect, they have us thinking through others rather than doing our thinking for ourselves.

The difficulty of escaping old, deeply lodged ways of knowing is that it usually requires undertaking a conscious effort to discover what ‘silent shapers’ we are working with and how they hold us.

The purpose of the ‘Assumptive Dive’ is to provide a catalyst for exploring our implicit, hidden assumptions about ‘how the world works’ through readings, dialogues, and reflections for development. This is not about acquiring new skills or information. It is a Developmental Workout where you can engage in your own personal development and growth in a supported environment.

The Workout will be conducted online over four months, in seven one-and-a-half hour sessions at fortnightly intervals, beginning on October 19, 2020.

This highly engaging experience draws on current understandings to transform how we think about our sources of beliefs about key matters in human affairs.

‘The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones'

John Maynard Keynes

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but what direction we are moving”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Explore how to uncover the sources of your beliefs about social processes relating to key aspects of your personal, professional, and public lives, including in business, politics, and society.

Become aware of how hidden assumptions operate across all your life and how you use them to make meaning of your experiences.

Improve how you think to better meet the demands of the increasingly complex world in which you live and work.

Clarify your preferred ‘Assumptions Set’ so that you can become more aware of and alert to what shapes your thinking.

Assumptive Dive - Next Round

Next round of The ‘Assumptive Dive’ Workout will run Monday evenings at 7.30-9.00pm. Start date TBD.

  • Dates TBD
  • Fee:  €375

Intimate small group setting of Virtual Sessions.

Online over four months in seven one-and-a-half hour sessions at fortnightly intervals.

The book selected as well as other readings and developmental resources are supplied and included in the fee.

Early booking advisable as places are limited to provide the best opportunities for all to participate.

Please make enquiries to

The Keynes Centre ‘Assumptive Dive Workout’ is eligible for CPD recognition for maintaining general professional standards.

Expressions of interest about this programme are always welcome.

The ‘Assumptive Dive Workout’ can also be co-designed and delivered in-house for company team development. Please inquire as to how the transformative ‘Assumptive Dive Workout’ can be right for you and your organisation.

The Keynes Centre


University College Cork, Ireland,