It is one thing to master the requisite skill set for effectively coaching an Action Learning team. It is quite another to master and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to plan, implement, and manage a project involving a number of Action Learning teams.
Consider how large Action Learning projects are conceived. Very often, some executive or senior human resource manager reads an article or attends an introductory presentation on Action Learning. They are intrigued by the possibility that this process may help them and their organization to resolve some of their unprecedented problematic situations or conditions. Some of these persons may attend a two-day Foundations of Action Learning workshop (sponsored by WIAL-USA). Having experienced what it is like to participate in an Action Learning team process – as a problem presenter, coach, and team member – they understand when and how Action Learning can help to solve urgent organizational problems while enabling team members to learn about themselves, teamwork, and organizations.
Some of these people decide they want to become certified Action Learning coaches. Some of them want to learn only what they need to know to start and champion or sponsor some Action Learning teams within their organizations. These people hire qualified and WIAL-USA-certified Action Learning coaches to work as consultants to their organizations. After a while, the organizations leaders realize there is a great demand for Action Learning and that it is more cost-efficient to develop their own internal Action Learning coaches than to continue to pay expensive external resources. So, the external Action Learning coaches are hired to train and otherwise develop a cadre of qualified internal Action Learning coaches.
The organizations must develop their internal capacity for planning, implementing, and managing their own Action Learning projects. And, the external Action Learning experts need to know what is needed to help organizations to create and manage the infrastructure they need to support large-scale Action Learning projects.
You can learn the critical skills necessary for planning and managing Action Learning programs by attending a two-day workshop that I am leading October 23rd and 24th in Washington, DC aims to provide the knowledge needed to plan, implement, and manage large-scale Action Learning projects comprised of four or more teams. You can get registration details at the following link and can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.466.3921 if you have any questions about this exciting program.
Arthur Freedman, MBA, PhD
Master Action Learning Coach