Starting up an Exec Team Action Learning Group

“There is no learning without action, and no (sober and deliberate) action without learning”

Reg Revans

This set of resources has been created to support a decision making process, as you consider setting up an intact Leadership Group Action Learning process.

It aims to:

  • Help you understand the different approaches which are open to you, as group learners.
  • Deepen your understanding of the outcomes and commitments relating to these choices.
  • Understand Action Learning more deeply as you agree together what you want to invest in, and achieve.

Your resources

  • Executive Team Learning Groups – preparation
    15 minutes
  • Action Learning Groups – introduction
    20 minutes

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This will load up your DASHBOARD and you can launch this package from there.

This short course enables

Pre-conversation reflection

The main elements of this pre-work should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.

Beyond that, you can understand more personal reflection and review (especially if you have been participating in 1:1 Leadership Coaching up to this point) IF you wish to – and you will find helpful hints about how to do that.

Different types of media

You will find a mix videos to watch, with material to read.

Plus there are downloadable handouts, worksheets and checklists to print and take away, and keep for future reference.

If you would like to see a little more detail about the contents in each of the lessons in this course, please keep scrolling down.

Executive Team Learning Groups - preparation

As you start to consider whether you want to develop an Action Learning Group, or you are starting one as part of a programme of work - you need to think about the orientation and purpose of the group.  This makes a difference - as there are many different forms of group development, and the contract between you needs to be clear.

This lesson quickly helps you to review your ambition and objectives for your group, prepare yourselves to contract well together, and for those who want it, gives you a route to some personal reflection which can help you identify what you want to work on.

Peer Action Learning and Support Groups - introduction

When we try to develop our learning, unlearn old habits and assumptions and develop new approaches, we are often put in very vulnerable positions.  As leaders especially, showing our ‘learning out loud’ is challenging.

This lesson explores the learning processes, set up demands and positive benefits and opportunities afforded by a well-functioning peer Action Learning Group - which might be part of your programme.  It is an essential introduction for anyone hoping to facilitate or participate in these peer coaching processes as well.