Action Learning is a structured process of peer support based on open questioning, reflective practice and personal empowerment. Working with 6-8 peers in a group (set), normally for a minimum of 6 sessions, action learning provides:
Support and challenge from peers
The opportunity to learn from good practice and to develop different solutions
The opportunity to develop listening and diagnostic skills
The chance to reflect
A safe environment to explore strengths and weaknesses
Time to problem solve, think “outside the box” and plan ahead
The opportunity to develop strong working relationships and reduce any isolation
Time to think about you
After an introductory taster session, a programme of 6 sessions will be scheduled, normally every other month or quarterly. At the beginning of the processes a basic understanding of the history and theory of Action Learning will be given. At the end of the 6 sessions the progress of the set will be reviewed to determine next steps. Should a set wish to continue, it may be that it is confident enough in the process to become self sustaining.
Action Learning is a subtle process that can have a really powerful and positive impact on those involved in a set.
How could this work for you?
For organisations, action learning can be contracted in with a focus on:
AL for teams or projects
AL for leaders
AL for organisational change
Cross team/department learning
It’s important to make sure that participants in each set are at the same experience level but they can be within different teams and have different knowledge. It is also important to make sure that participants can commit to all 6 sessions for there to be consistency in learning.
If you are an individual interested in AL, I sometimes run AL sets that individuals can book onto. Please watch this space.
Feedback from the last time I did this (through a programme entitled Focus), includes:
“Focus has provided me with skills to approach things differently. It has made me realise things about myself e.g. I tend to jump in with advice rather than help people come to their own conclusions. The tools are such that you can use them in every area of life and whilst work was the reason to be part of the group the impact is much broader”.
“Presenting and working through some of my preoccupations with the group offered different ways of approaching and thinking which I found positive and provided lots of food for thought”.
“Focus is about learning a set of skills which help a person to consider issues differently both within the world of work and should you choose, more generally in life”.
“The programme has showed me the value of listening to others when working with them to problem solve and the power of silence, also it has shown me the importance of reflecting on your work when aiming to drive yourself forward. It has given me more confidence in my ability to talk about my past work and my ideas for the future”.
“Jane’s course is a fantastic programme for any professional aiming to shape a more productive future for themselves. Whether you work for an organisation in a team or you are an independent trader this opportunity will build your skills in leadership and strategic thinking. This course is a must for professionals who want to think intensely in preparation to act resourcefully.”
“Thanks for a really stimulating, generous process which I value and from which I will continue to benefit.”