Posts Tagged ‘facilitation’

What about the pitfalls and risks of action learning?

I am sometimes asked “what happens when it goes wrong?” and “what are the classic mistakes or pitfalls of action learning?” Careful contracting … More

Do you really listen to what other people are saying? by guest blogger Judith Cross

We live in a world where our lives are lived at such a fast pace, always on the go, always thinking ‘what next?’ We may think we listen to what people to say to us but this takes training, it takes time, and it is exhausting. Listening is an underrated skill but the outcome from doing it right can be extremely powerful. More

The keys to successful self-facilitation in action learning

One of the major benefits of action learning is that an action learning set is able to continue without a facilitator once members have mastered the action learning process. Many sets we work with – whether in-house or as part of a peer network programme – continue in this way. Self facilitation allows them to build longer term peer development networks of real benefit to themselves and at low cost. More

Meeting facilitation challenges using mindfulness

How best can we meet the challenges we face as facilitators? ALA believes using mindfulness techniques can help improve facilitation skills and provide a useful resource to help tackle challenging situations. That’s why we have developed a one day CPD workshop which offers facilitators an experiential introduction to incorporating mindfulness techniques into their practice. More

The richness of different perspectives in an action learning set

In an action learning set you often find members who coach others and value the depth of this one to one work.  Joining … More

When times are tough what value is there in action learning?

In a recession every development activity is challenged.  Its value needs to be proven.  At a recent coaching workshop I heard a quote … More

Building relationships in professional services

Action learning can prove a challenge for people working in professional services where the “right” answers – and providing those answers quickly – are their trade. Some may find it hard not to give advice and to resist the temptation to “solve” the presenter’s problem. Sonja Antell reflects on the benefits that developing open questioning techniques can bring to client relationships for people working in professional services. More

Tackling gender equality using action learning – from guest blogger Frances McAndrew

When I realised that through action learning, small incremental actions would take place that when added together could show real change almost without people realising, I was sold! What better way could there be to overcome the fear of change and failure than through actually achieving successful change? Frances McAndrew reflects on the benefits of using action learning to tackle gender equality issues. More