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Webinar: Resilience in the workplace – an undervalued asset?

This webinar took place on Thursday 25th May, you can see a recording of the session here. Work isn’t all about money – … More

What’s in a voice? The art of listening – Webinar

With increasing pressure to save time and cut travel expenses, plus give due consideration to the environment, it’s not surprising that we have … More

Live action learning webinar

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take part in an action learning set? Action learning is a powerful catalyst … More

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

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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

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Action learning facilitator training, delivered virtually

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Virtual action learning for experienced facilitators (CPD)

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Action learning facilitator training for individuals

20-22 June 2017  – Booking now

ILM endorsed professional development day

Thursday 14 September  – Booking now

Action learning facilitator training for individuals

18-20 September  – Booking now

Applied action learning for experienced facilitators: Masterclass

Thursday 5 October 2017  – Booking now

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Action learning facilitator training for individuals

28-30 November 2017  – Booking Now

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Webinar: Resilience in the workplace – an undervalued asset?

This webinar took place on Thursday 25th May, you can see a recording of the session here. Work isn’t all about money – … More

What’s in a voice? The art of listening – Webinar

With increasing pressure to save time and cut travel expenses, plus give due consideration to the environment, it’s not surprising that we have … More

Live action learning webinar

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take part in an action learning set? Action learning is a powerful catalyst … More

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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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

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

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

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

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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Founder director, Ruth Cook, explains action learning, it's role in your business and how Action Learning Associates works.

What is action learning?

What is action learning?

Action learning is the process of bringing thinking and action into harmony. Learning is a continuous process and is best achieved with an open, probing mind, an ability to listen, question and explore ideas.

What happens in an action learning set? Through reflection, we gain a deeper understanding of the issues we face. This enables us to manage change more effectively, and meet the challenges we face in the workplace. It’s this ethos that is at the centre of our work.

Through working in action learning sets, we bring together diverse peers or people from within the same organisation to work through issues, share ideas and challenge perceptions in a trusting, supportive environment

Results are tangible and long lasting.

Helped me to sit back, assess, self critique and have confidence in my action planning within a team environment

Benefits

Every organisation has its unique issues and challenges so the benefits you glean from action learning are largely defined by what specific matters you bring to the process. You can expect to experience many positive changes including:

  • Acquiring long lasting problem solving skills
  • Promoting leadership skills
  • Being challenged by the team
  • Learning best practice
  • Evolving fresh ideas
  • Forming effective plans for immediate implementation
  • Achieving desired results in a constructive way

Courses

We have a selection of courses, from in-house customised action learning courses to virtual action learning for bringing people together from remote locations. We also run action learning facilitator training courses for organisations wishing to embed the facility of action learning within their organisation, or for individual L&D consultants looking to add another skill to their credentials. More details can be found on our courses page.

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Why choose Action Learning Associates?

We are the UK’s leading provider of action learning and action learning facilitator training. Our wealth of knowledge and experience comes from a highly talented and dedicated team of action learning practitioners whose work spans many different types of organisations and industry sectors both here in the UK and abroad. Clients choose to work with us because they receive personal, professional, reflective peer group coaching that is tailored to their very specific needs. We work with senior level executives in leading UK and international corporations as well as charities, not for profit organisations, educational establishments, local authorities and the NHS. Take a look at some of our clients’ comments about their own experiences of Action Learning Associates.