Action learning

Sometimes in the workplace we find ourselves with problems that have no easy answer. However, as an experienced professional you know that somewhere in all your past experience you must have learned enough to help you to solve it. Action Learning Groups (ALGs) provide you with a forum to reflect on your past experience in order to explore solutions for forward action. Action learning is just that: learning through action, rather than just taking advice, you provide the solutions for action yourself. Being part of an ALG gives you set time to explore problems and an opportunity to support others in the group, to reflect on their own experience to create solutions.

Using this toolkit, you will be able to understand the foundation for action learning and explore how action learning differs from other formal learning methods. You will understand the value of this method of learning and prepare yourself to become an effective member of an action learning group.

  • What defines action learning
  • What you use action learning for
  • How to participate in an ALG.

Action learning flyer

This is an overview of the Action learning toolkit ? what the toolkit is about and what you will learn from it. Sometimes you will strike a work problem that has no easy answer, but you know that somewhere in your past experiences you must have learned enough to help you to solve it. Action Learning Groups (ALGs) provide you with a forum to reflect on your past experiences in order to explore possible solutions.

Action learning

This is the main component of the Action learning toolkit. 'Action learning' is just that: learning through action. Rather than just taking advice, you provide the solutions for action yourself. Being part of an ALG allows you to explore problems and support others in the group to reflect on their own experiences to create their own solutions.

Action learning handout

This is a component of the Action learning toolkit: Your roles as the presenter and participant.

More powerful action learning questions

This is a component of the Action learning toolkit: Great questions to ask in an Action Learning Group (ALG). Krystyna Weinstein says that helpful questions are those that assist a presenter to "open the doors in the mind...to think more deeply, to test their beliefs and assumptions, to really explain what they mean, to explore why they do things - and what stops them." She says they "uncover what we don't know" (Weinstein, 1995).

Case studies

Prioritising your challenges

This case study is a component of LDC's toolkits: Action learning and Emotional and social intelligence. It provides LDC alumni leadership experiences. You can use the case study to help think about your own leadership practice.

Staying true to values

This case study is a component of LDC's toolkits: Action learning and Emotional and social intelligence. It provides LDC alumni leadership experiences. You can use the case study to help think about your own leadership practice.

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