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What Are Authenticity Circles Peer Learning Groups?
Leveraging the Power of Peers(sm)
Authenticity Circles - Guidelines to Customize Coaching Programs
Numerous Formats of Coaching Programs
In a coaching program (peer, group or team coaching), one, some or all can
get coached in a meeting. Similarly, one, some or all can do the coaching. Also,
the nature of the coaching itself can vary greatly, depending on the nature
and needs of the members in a meeting. Coaching might be done in-person or via
telecommunications. Facilitation might be done by a professional facilitator
or the tasks in facilitation might be shared by the group members themselves.
Members of the group might be required to participate in the program or participation
might be voluntary. The number of meetings and the length of each might vary
widely as well. For more information, see
Authenticity Circles is a Set of Guidelines, Not a Specific Program Design
Most Important Requirements for Successful Development Programs
The most important requirement in any form of long-lasting, successful human development is that all people participate authentically – they participate wholeheartedly, respectfully and tactfully in the moment with themselves and others. For that to occur, everyone must be engaged at all times in the development program -- they must continually attend and participate. For that to occur, they must continually feel that they are getting their true needs met in the program, whatever those needs might be.
The second most important requirement in any human development experience, whether an ongoing program or an event, is that the true goals of the experience continue to be met. For that to occur, every participant must continue to take responsibility for voicing their own needs as well as addressing whether the experience is meeting their needs or not.
Authenticity Circles Makes Sure Requirements Are Met
Authenticity Circles is a time-tested set of guidelines for customizing peer, group and team coaching programs to always have the ongoing authentic and responsible participation of all participants in the programs. Thus, the Circles are not one specific format of coaching. Instead, Circles ensure authentic and responsible involvement all of participants in a variety of ways, for example, to ensure:
Authenticity Circles Used Around the World
Authenticity Circles have been customized for a wide variety of different applications and outcomes, and can suit any type of culture, organization and model of coaching. Circles have been very successfully customized in numerous countries around the world.
Authenticity Circles is based on the overall Action Learning process founded and developed by Reginald Revans. You can learn more about Authenticity Circles by learning more about the Action Learning process explained below.
Action Learning: Some Definitions
"Definition" from Original Developer of Action Learning, Reginald Revans
Revans did not offer a definitive statement of Action Learning. He explains that "it is more than tricky and time-consuming to communicate an idea by word and by argument when the central quality of that idea is that verbal exchanges are themselves extremely poor at communication." Revans added that "It may, in essence, be no more than learning by doing, but it is learning by posing fresh questions rather than copying what others have already shown to be useful ...."
Definition from the Canadian Chapter of
what they are doing and in their changed interpretations
of their past experiences."
-- Reginald Revans, original developer of Action Learning
Our firm believes that the strongest outcomes from the Action Learning and coaching processes is hardly ever mentioned at all! That outcome is authenticity. We believe that authenticity is critical for the long-term success of any form of human development. To us, authenticity means wholehearted participation, that is, to participate:
Members of our firm believe that without practice, there is no knowledge. We realize that Action Learning is doing -- and learning at the same time. Consequently, our firms work to ensure that our Authenticity Circles peer coaching group process always keeps focus on participants getting things done and learning from those actions.
While problem solving is certainly a major application of the Action Learning process, it is not the only application. The process can be used in a wide variety of other applications that are too often ignored in Action Learning literature, for example:
Our Authenticity Circles can be customized for a wide range of applications.
It helps to review others' points of view about Action Learning. The following links are to additional descriptions of Action Learning posed by other writers and practitioners.
-- Krystyna Weinstein, in "Action Learning: A Practical Guide"
shortsighted leaders and quick-witted experts."
-- Reginald Revans, founder of Action Learning
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