Action learning involves working in a group – but it is not group work.  An individual joins a group to deal with his or her own issues at work. The beauty of doing this in a group is that you have the group supporting you throughout the process and encouraging you to go beyond your comfort zone and to find solutions which may have been eluding you for a long time.

Action Learning has been a well-regarded method of learning since Reginald Revans introduced the concept in the 1950s. It is a method of collaborative learning where a group of between 6-8 high level peers meet regularly to present their real work challenges to group members in order to gain insight and solutions. Its basic philosophy is that the most effective learning takes place when we are faced with a real problem to solve.

Some of feedback from one Action Learning Set was –

Jess – ‘Working in the group has given me permission to think things through and I’ve decided to go a different way from what I had intended. I don’t feel so chained up by my original ideas now or by other people’s expectations. It’s great!’

Annie – ‘It’s been such a luxury to think properly about my project and a real relief to share my concerns with others’.

Annabel – ‘I knew a lot of what I needed to do, but I was scared of doing it and so felt vulnerable. Now I feel much more motivated and energised – people have managed to draw the answers out of me and I’ve got lots to go off and do – yes!’

Coaching can also be used to generate individual learning and support between sessions.

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