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Action Learning Process and Programs
The group-based, Action Learning process has become a standard tool used around the world for personal, professional and organizational development. The free videos described on these pages will describe the Action Learning process, how to customize it for various applications and outcomes, and how to integrated the process into a high-quality program.
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About This Series
Free Videos Series to Learn Action Learning
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I'm Carter McNamara, the presenter in each of the series. I first read about Action Learning in the early 1980s, when I developed two Action Learning groups. Our firm has learned a great deal since then, about successfully customizing the process for a wide variety of outcomes and applications.
A primary value of our firm is to provide free, highly practical resources to expand learning and productivity for people around the world. For example, our Free Management Library is one of the world's largest collections of well-organized, free resources for personal, professional and organizational development.
I invite you to get to know me even better by watching the video
Thank you, and I hope you'll enjoy -- and greatly benefit -- from our series.
Make Action Learning More Available and Accessible
Authenticity Consulting is one of the world's leaders in customizing Action Learning programs for a wide variety of outcomes and applications around the world. We're pleased to bring the process to so many people. Accordingly, we're providing this free series to make the process even more available and more accessible.
We recognize that many people are extremely busy, and cannot afford the opportunity to attend workshops over several days. So we've designed this series to include short, practical and focused videos, each about an important aspect of the Action Learning process and Action Learning programs. Each video ends with suggestions to yet more resources.
Explain Larger Contexts of Action Learning Process
Readers might gain even more appreciation of the Action Learning process if they understand the larger context within which the process emerged as such a powerful approach to solutions and learning. They also might benefit from understanding the larger context within which the Action Learning process operates -- in programs that are carefully planned, developed, operated and evaluated. This series explains both contexts.
Encourage Openness to Variety of Configurations, Models and "Schools"
There is a wide diversity of perspectives on Action Learning, and a wide variety of Action Learning models to apply. While this is a significant benefit to people and organizations, it's also causing some confusion about what "Action Learning" really is, as practitioners naturally refer to their own model as "Action Learning." We all can benefit even more from the process when we acknowledge -- and mention -- the rich diversity of configurations, models and schools of Action Learning. We try to do that in this series.
On These Aspects of Action Learning
On Guidelines, More Than Theories
There is a wide diversity of audiences who are very interested in Action Learning, ranging from strong theorists to practical practitioners. The Action Learning process encompasses many aspects of adult learning, problem solving and group theory. Consequently, there is vast range of information about various theories associated with Action Learning. Our videos are focused primarily on guidelines to do Action Learning programs, rather than on various theories.
On Overviews to Acquaint Viewers
The videos are not at a level of detail sufficient to guide the viewer through every step of planning, customizing, developing and operating a program -- not even an Action Learning book is not sufficient to do that. Perhaps the best way to establish a program is to take an Action Learning approach: do what you can with what you have -- and learn along the way. Each of our videos helps you develop your program.
On General Action Learning Process, Not On Any One Model
The Action Learning process is a general framework that can be modified in many ways according to the values and beliefs of practitioners, and to the particular application for which the process is being used. As the process has grown in popularity, so has the number of different perspectives on the process and the specific models derived from them. While we've tried to recognize a wide diversity of views, some practitioners might disagree with certain points in our videos, depending on their particular perspective and model.
We've designed the videos to appeal to a wide range of audiences, including:
The best way to learn Action Learning is do to it. However, until that occurs for you, please consider the following suggestions:
Segment -- Overview of Action Learning
The videos in this section will be useful, especially for those new to Action Learning or even to those who are briefly acquainted with it. People should know why Action Learning is so popular -- there's many reasons for it and those are described in this section. As the process has grown in popularity, so has the different perspectives on the process-- which can cause a lot of confusion. So the video on different perspectives, below, tries to clear that up. The videos also give an overview of the different results that Action Learning can be used for -- some very common, and some not so common.
After you've finished the above five videos, it would be useful to watch some Action Learning meetings, by searching for "Action Learning" in YouTube and watching some of those meetings. Keep in mind, though, that each video is very likely of only one meeting, and that Action Learning typically occurs within the context of an overall program, which includes numerous Action Learning meetings. The nature of each meeting depends very much on the purpose of the Action Learning program and on any specific model chosen by the program, so the videos of meetings might differ somewhat.
Segment -- Elements of Action Learning
The hallmark of Action Learning is its very intentional focus on actions and learning. Once you've got a good impression of what the Action Learning process is, from having watched the videos in the previous section, then see the following overviews of each of the components and how they combine to focus on actions and learning.
After you've finished watching the above video, "Coaching and Questions in Action Learning," it would be useful to watch some coaching sessions to get a feel for the nature of a coaching conversation. Search for "coaching" in YouTube and watch some coaching sessions. Keep in mind, though, that the nature of a coaching session depends on the purpose of the coaching program and on the particular model of coaching that the coach uses in his or her coaching.
Segment -- Designing and Developing Action Learning Programs
The Action Learning process usually occurs within the broader context of an Action Learning program. Ideally, a program starts with some careful planning, and then a training or two, followed by a series of Action Learning meetings. The design and activities in the program depend very much on the particular purpose and application of the program. The following videos share an overview of how to develop an Action Learning program using a planned, systematic approach.
Segment -- Implementing and Evaluating Programs
Once a program has been developed, then certain activities need to occur in order to maintain high-quality meetings and results. The following overviews describe how to administer a program, including to conduct regular evaluations and address any issues that they find.
Segment -- Future of Action Learning
We've been collecting various ideas and suggestions to enhance Action Learning and to make it even more accessible to more people. We'd love to hear your ideas, as well.
The following links will help you to learn even more about Action Learning
What is Action Learning?
Action Learning Components and Programs
This video tells more about our many resources for Action Learning, including:
General Resources for Action Learning (4 minutes)
We've learned a great deal about Action Learning over the past decades and we want to thank those who contributed to our learning. The entire list would go on for many Web pages, but here's some of the key people. Thanks to you all!
We'd appreciate your feedback about this series, including your reactions, suggestions, concerns, questions and suggested additional materials. You can send email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you!