Using Coaching…to facilitate Action Learning Sets
At its simplest, Action Learning is many to one coaching. If you work with people who want to reflect and take action, Action Learning is an efficient and supportive way to do that. It is a useful tool to develop listening and questioning skills in others.
Learning how to facilitate Action Learning sets will enable you to start sets in your workplace or the organisations where you work.
Our simple and effective one day course provides an excellent introduction for those new to Action Learning and development for those with some experience. We run it as a set (maximum 6 people). Some participants will have done some coaching skills training with 3D or another provider. Others will be completely new to Action Learning. This mixture of experience replicates what you will experience when you start a set yourself.
“I wanted to learn the practice of facilitating an action learning set. Theory is fine but nothing beats observing and then actually conducting a session. I appreciated the excellent facilitator who maximised the learning for everyone in the group – a day isn’t long but she ensured we all had a turn to be lead facilitator and to receive detailed feedback. The hands-on practice, obviously. Meeting and working with colleagues from other walks of life. ” Chris Holding, Ministry of Justice
“I felt this workshop set out to meet the needs of the participants and to serve the higher aims of Action Learning Sets and put both of these objectives before the commercial interests of 3D Coaching. As a small group we had a real experience of Action Learning and learnt a great deal. Masterful facilitator.” Gill Smith
If you want to really add value to the work that you do as a Facilitator, we recommend that you consider some kind of external supervision. As you develop your skills and your understanding of contexts, your set members will grow and that will affect the performance of your organisation.
Download the slides from our talk to the International Federation of Action Learning about using supervision to help develop facilitators: