“We cannot solve our problems at the same level of thinking that created them”

Albert Einstein


Action Learning Plus

  • Do you have time to learn while you act?
  • Do you reflect and learn from the outcomes of your actions?
  • How often do you take the time to reflect on and learn from the actions
    of others?
  • Are you satisfied with how learning transfers to the workplace?

Action Learning - devised originally by Reg Revans - has become increasingly recognised as a crucial development process. More and more executives recognise the need to take responsibility for their own learning and development - and may not realise that the resources are literally in their own hands!

Action Learning is a process which is at the root of how we learn to do - how did you learn to talk, to walk or ride a bicycle, after all? Observing the impact of what goes on around us, reflecting on the consequences of actions and making changes to what is in our control - is the model. Working with others from either within or outside their organisation helps skilled managers leverage their contribution and accelerate their learning.

Benefits of Action Learning:

  • Action orientation - enabling real progress towards business goals
  • Integrates high level goals with day-to-day actions
  • Adds significant value to work projects
  • Draws on the experience of others
  • Stimulates thinking 'outside the box'
  • Develops coaching skills

It offers a high return on investment.

The model is built around a small group (or 'Set') of managers, with a facilitator. Each individual brings a significant and challenging issue from the workplace. The other members 'coach' that individual - which means they are helping that person to dig deep, to look at things in differing ways, to challenge assumptions and to come up with ideas for action. The individual then commits to specific actions - knowing that they will be back with the group in a month to describe the consequences - both intended and unintended. The reflection on action and consequences is the basis for the next phase of challenging review and action planning.

We offer three different types of action learning set:



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