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September Newsletter – Connections

We recently held our annual Associates Day and for many it was the first face-to-face interaction. Everyone enjoyed the experience. Find out more … More

July Newsletter – New beginnings

We are in July already! We hope you get to enjoy the summer and for those fortunate enough, we wish you a restful … More

May 2021 newsletter – cross-sector sets

Action Learning Associates is currently recruiting for several cross-sector action learning sets. In these sets, we match groups of five to eight peers who work together on the particular challenges the set members bring. The … More

January 2021 newsletter – The art of great facilitation

In our first newsletter of the year, we shine a spotlight on a skill that has become increasingly important during lockdown – virtual … More

A Christmas message from Action Learning Associates

As 2020 draws to a close, we are reflecting on what has been a difficult and challenging year for many of us.  We … More



Latest Blog Posts

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

Cross-cultural action learning

Nick Wright writes...

How far can action learning be useful in fast-paced and complex humanitarian contexts, in countries as diverse as Bangladesh, DRC, Iraq, Jordan, Malaysia, … More

The Socratic Method

Nick Wright writes...

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the kindling of a fire. Socrates Questions that make you think hard. Socrates, a … More

How action learning is supporting the decarbonisation agenda

Jane Garnham writes...

In November 2020 the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) held its annual Housing Summit.  Attended by a broad range of housing providers and organisations … More

Learning in Action: Action Learning in Humanitarian Fieldwork

Nick Wright writes...

‘Don’t be still. One of the most common mistakes when change is upon us is to take enormous amounts to time to run … More

Challenges of scaling up action learning facilitator training for a global organisation

ALA writes...

This joint article with authors John Heywood, ALA Associate and Sonja Antell, Director of ALA is published at Taylor Francis Online. The focus … More

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Forthcoming Courses

Exp-Joy Partnership Programme – Action learning facilitator training for individuals

This exclusive course has been created for the Chinese market in partnership with Exp-Joy and will be run by Action Learning Associates Founder … More

Action learning facilitator training for individuals

A 3.5 day course in action learning facilitation. Learn about the theory of how action learning works, and practice taking part in and facilitating your own action learning set. ILM endorsed. More

ILM endorsed professional development day

A day for candidates completing the ILM endorsed Professional Development Programme in Action Learning Facilitation or the new ILM recognised Endorsed Programme. Reflect on your learning, share … More

Virtual facilitation skills – in-house course

Managers and team leaders are increasingly being required to direct teams, hold meetings and facilitate groups virtually. For many of us not used … More

How to succeed at virtual facilitation – open course

This short, practical course is designed to give you the knowledge and experience necessary to fulfil the role of virtual facilitator successfully. More

Condensed course – In-house action learning facilitation training for leaders

This short course will give leaders and managers the skills they need to build connections between colleagues who work in different locations. It helps them engage in a powerful form of learning together, in a way that they have not been able to before. They will be better equipped to motivate, support and encourage teams whilst keeping them productive and focused on work targets. More

Doing more with action learning

A rich learning experience and one day practical workshop with Sonja Antell. Spend the day with other action learning facilitators exploring the myriad of applications for action learning, understand when and where to use it and leave with practical ideas for your own practice. More

Virtual action learning facilitator training for experienced facilitators (CPD)

A course for trained action learning facilitators to learn how to deliver action learning virtually to distance learners. Expand your practice to attract clients from further afield. More

Action learning facilitator training, delivered virtually

Learn all the skills required of an action learning facilitator without the need to travel to our London Venue. This distance learning course will take you through the theory of action learning, and you’ll practice taking part in and facilitating your own action learning set. More



Forthcoming Events

Action Learning 101: Back to Basics

We recently ran our Action Learning 101: Back to Basics webinar. During the webinar we discussed: What is action learning? How does it … More

Case Studies


Case Studies

Delivering projects – co-operative teams work better

If you’re in charge of delivering a project, how do you ensure everyone involved is working together, in co-operation with one another, with … More

Sowing the seeds with action learning

Sowing seeds – from a single action learning programme to a Pan-European movement

By Alessandra Gariboldi Head of Research and Development at Fitzcarraldo, Italy 4 years ago, I took part in an international programme called ADESTE. … More

Leading the energy sector’s transformation toward a more sustainable society

Challenge To support senior managers on a talent development programme as they prepare for director roles in an organisation going through significant change … More

How A2Dominion Group transformed management capabilities

Working in the social sector brings with it its own challenges and pressures. Anything that can help managers perform better, feel more confident … More

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

More case studies...

A simple yet powerful tool to instil life‑long problem solving skills

Covid-19 - our response

During this unprecedented time it may be helpful to know that the majority of our courses and programmes are available virtually.

We often work in this way, our methods are tried and tested, and in times like these, virtual working will become more the norm for us all. We can train your managers as virtual action learning facilitators too, embedding an in-house skill that will help them to provide the support, encouragement and team spirit that is needed in these testing times.

Talk to us about how we can make things work for your organisation. For example, we could help you create virtual action learning sets for home workers to address anxiety, to boost motivation and to create a sense of community amongst teams.

We’ve also introduced new courses in virtual facilitation skills, aimed at managers and leaders who have expressed a need to acquire these skills.

Please get in touch to find out more.

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