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Webinar: The secrets of action learning – what makes it so powerful?

We’re often asked what distinguishes action learning from other forms of professional development training, and what makes it so effective. So, we’ve decided … More

Just published: White paper: Evaluating action learning

Author: Mandy Hetherton, Senior Associate at Action Learning Associates Title: Evaluating action learning: tick box exercise or powerful change process? In this white … More

TOPSHOTS A woman hugs a baby wrapped in an emergency blanket as refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 1, 2015. The UN refugee agency UNHCR said it expects 700,000 migrants and refugees to reach Europe via the Mediterranean this year and projected at least the same amount again in 2016. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

Christmas 2015 donation to Positive Action in Housing

Some of you may recall we chose to make a donation to our chosen charity Positive Action in Housing in lieu of Christmas … More

Visiting Ugandan prison officers with the patron of the African Prisons project Lord Ramsbotham.

Action learning aids radical changes for Ugandan Prison Services

Action Learning Associates is working with pioneering charity the African Prisons Project running action learning sessions for five senior Ugandan prison officers who … More

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Lancashire Fire & Rescue use action learning to tackle Employee Engagement

Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service is currently setting up a programme of action learning sets for Watch Managers as part of their Employee … More

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These are the latest extracts from our blog, a rich commentary on the world of action learning and its applications in the real world. You can explore this in full by following this link: Our blog

Webinar: The secrets of action learning – what makes it so powerful?

Sonja Antell writes...

We’re often asked what distinguishes action learning from other forms of professional development training, and what makes it so effective. So, we’ve decided … More

Objectives vs. outcomes – how far can action learning take your people?

Sonja Antell writes...

The success or failure of any organisation relies to a great extent on the skills, talents and personal attributes of its people: How … More

Philippines, Tacloban, Leyte Province; 5 December 2013

A distribution of relief items by Philippine Red Cross to families in Tacloban who have been affected by the disaster. The storm surge that accompanied the typhoon left many of these families homes under water.

In Tacloban, one of the areas worst affected by Typhoon Haiyan, thousands have been left homeless. Providing shelter in the immediate and longer term is a priority.

Photo: Stephen Ryan / Irish Red Cross

Action learning without face to face contact – can it work?

Sonja Antell writes...

One of the overriding benefits of action learning is to bring together peer groups to work with each other face to face, exploring … More

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Tackling the “wicked” problems of social disadvantage – action learning supporting network for change

Sonja Antell writes...

Often our work means we get to support organisations which are looking to solve “wicked” problems (in Reg Revan’s language) and many of … More

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Embedding learning in your business – business driven action learning

Sonja Antell writes...

This article explains how training action learning facilitators to work within their own organisation can provide a sustainable resource for leadership development, and deliver a considerable ROI on investment. More

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Action learning facilitator training, delivered virtually

TBC  – Booking now

Facilitator training for individuals

7-9 June 2016  – Fully booked

Evaluating action learning – CPD Masterclass

Tuesday 21st June 2016  – Booking now

ILM endorsed professional development day

Friday 1st July 2016  – Booking now

Facilitator training for individuals

12-14 July 2016  – Booking now

Facilitator training for individuals

20-22 September 2016  – Booking now

Applied action learning for experienced facilitators

Thursday 29 September  – Booking Now

ILM endorsed professional development day

Tuesday 4th October 2016  – Booking now

Facilitator training for individuals

8-10 November  – Booking now

ILM endorsed professional development day

Wednesday 16th November  – Booking now

Facilitator training for individuals

6-8 December 2016  – Booking now

Virtual action learning for experienced facilitators (CPD)

TBA  – Booking now

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Webinar: The secrets of action learning – what makes it so powerful?

We’re often asked what distinguishes action learning from other forms of professional development training, and what makes it so effective. So, we’ve decided … More

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Sandvik Coromant

Using action learning to deliver projects and build a team – Sandvik Coromant

Sandvik Coromant UK (part of a Swedish based global engineering company of real standing in their market) commissioned ALA to deliver a programme of project based action learning sets to help build on the success of a major new sales route as well as improve cohesion within the national sales team. More

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Changing the social care system with action learning

Lankelly Chase Foundation works to bring about change that will transform the quality of life of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage. The ‘Promoting Change Network’ (PCN) has been set up by Lankelly Chase to foster learning, and supports 40 or so organisations which receive funding from the Foundation. More

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Using action learning for mergers

Cancer Research UK is a good example of how action learning can contribute to the organisational issues that arise following a merger. This … More

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Action learning for people who use mental health services

Action learning sets have a long pedigree of being formed for professionals, academics and managers across a range of sectors and in particular … More

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Independent evaluation of the Leadership Facilitation Skills programme

Facilitating Leadership through Action Learning: The case of the Creative & Cultural Industries Summary This is an account of a novel approach to leadership … More

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Action learning enabled emerging leaders from the British Red Cross to face challenges more effectively and with confidence.  Read how our virtual action learning programme was exactly suited to the needs of the Red Cross.... 
Photo: Stephen Ryan / Irish Red Cross.

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