Feedback from our customers who participated in Virtual action learning
Participants of virtual action learning take part in action learning sets without travelling to attend. It can help bring peers together from multinational organisations. Our work has reached people in 57 countries across the globe, and we can operate in several languages including French, Spanish and Russian.
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.
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”
Lynda Haddock Education Consultant
Shutting down one of your senses conveys benefits. It has made my hearing work harder and be better
It wasn’t nearly as alien as it sounded on paper. It has been a really interesting experience. VAL is extraordinarily powerful: the silences, the questioning, the process, the fact that it works without having visual identities.
Pauline Johnson Former academic
It is a really effective method of delivering accelerated and sustainable learning
Paul Marvel Head of Fundraising Strategy British Red Cross
Apart from learning the methodology itself, I feel that I have gained confidence in a type of activity (facilitation) that is completely out of my comfort zone.
Macarena Cuenca Deusto University, Spain
An intense experience, challenging and intriguing. I’ve gained a new trust in people’s possibility of ongoing improvement. I feel that I am better in supporting others to achieve their goals.
Alessandra Gariboldi Fondazione Fitzcarraldo, Italy
It has been a really great experience to be working transnational – giving us a bit of an insight of how this kind of work and methods can be implied in different cultural DNAs in quite different European cultures
Solveig Thorborg Salaam Film & Dialogue, Denmark
This has been really useful. Virtual action learning feels a lot less different than I had imagined. I was struck by how quickly the set, with the support of a skilled facilitator, built an intimate rapport. Action learning requires strong listening skills and only having the voice to go on led to us to be strongly focussed. The structure and methodology work even though we are not in the same room