Feedback from our customers in the Independent consultants sector
It is an opportunity to refresh your knowledge and practice of action learning … I particularly liked having an open platform for sharing, reflecting and learning.
Claire-Marie Barth Global Development Consultant
What I liked about this masterclass was the pace of delivery and rigour of the content. I left feeling reinvigorated and motivated.
Liz Bacon Pause For
The skills I have developed from both being a set facilitator and a set member have changed and enhanced my work as a coach, a mentor, a mediator and facilitator. And as a process, Action Learning has enabled me to make a more full offer to clients – to continue their learning and support for each other, in their work – sometimes around specific areas of training.
I expect I will be involved with Action Learning as a facilitator and set member for the rest of my professional life and beyond.
As a self-employed facilitator, trainer and mediator back in 2006, I was looking for something to enhance my practice, to give my clients something longer term, and a colleague suggested Action Learning, so we both signed up for the ALA facilitator training course. A few years later, we also took the refresher to achieve the ILM endorsed award.
We began our own set as self-employed facilitators and trainers and met together several times a year for over 5 years. It was an incredibly powerful experience and provided me with a level of support and awareness that I probably had not experienced in my forty years of work. During this time I completed my masters dissertation, wrote a chapter for a book, and developed my mediation practice in new ways. The challenge and critical thinking of the set was a major contributor to all of these accomplishments. Several of us from that first set have recently re-formed a new set with additional members, as we are all taking on new challenges and wanted again the support and critical thinking that the set provided in the past.
During this time I also ran sets for clients, often to carry on learning after being participants on training in mentoring and in conflict resolution, and am currently co-ordinating and running several sets for community workers across the UK, which we are doing virtually using Skype.
Being able to immerse myself in this style of learning really helped me to gain an experiential understanding of its structure and impact. Through this I developed my listening and diagnostic skills, my questioning maturity and my general facilitation skills.
Jane Ralls Independent dance manager
My action learning set continued to meet as a self- facilitated set and was extremely valuable. I am struck that for all of us it changed the way we are, let alone what we do in the world and at work. There is a sense of rootedness and groundedness in each of us that has come from the enhanced sense of our own worth and capacity we gained from working together in an action learning set
Jennie Levin Independent consultant
It’s definitely worth undertaking action learning to broaden one’s horizons, meet new and interesting people in similar roles whilst learning a new technique for solving problems
Peter Spindler Director Peter Spindler Associates
Action learning is a great use of time to develop as a manager, colleague and human being
Rachel Rees Independent Civic & Social Organization Professional
Sonja held the space and the set, she was still, calm, steady and consistent and extremely sensitive to the needs of the group. She gained my trust very quickly, enabled me to be vulnerable, to contribute and thus speed up my learning
Louise Ladbrooke Freelance consultant
I really enjoyed the virtual action learning training and found it really comfortable – being in a space and focusing on what I am hearing. I felt very engaged in every session and experienced it as a really powerful process
Toby Lindsay Lecturer and consultant
At the beginning of the course the idea of facilitating a virtual set would have made me very nervous. Experiencing it has given me the confidence to do it. Virtual action learning is like stepping into another world – a curious but engaging experience”