What are the benefits of action learning?

At Action Learning Centre, we know first-hand just how beneficial it can be to participate in an effective action-learning set. Every day, we see people relax, unfurl and grow as they explore action learning as a way to develop themselves and to resolve the issues they face in their work.

Individual benefits of action learning

For individuals, action learning is:

  • liberating — it can be creative, inspirational and innovative… there are regular ‘lightbulb moments’!
  • supportive — in a busy work environment, being listened to and having the space to think can be rare
  • invaluable time out — although the issues tackled are real, exploring them away from the work context provides the distance and perspective which can lead to visionary insights
  • confidence-building — individuals watch how the whole group grows and develops, becoming more self-aware, reflective and in control
  • an eye-opener — participants learn to see multiple perspectives on issues faced by a wider group
  • viral — having experienced group coaching in the set, individuals often add coaching skills to their own repertoire
  • transferable — the skills developed during action learning transfer across sectors and roles, and up the promotion ladder
  • surprising — the habits and disciplines of structured reflection and debate often spill over into non-work areas, enriching other aspects of life in unexpected ways.
  • generative – participants find actions and solutions that address their challenges and gain valuable learning about what works and doesn’t

Organisational benefits of action learning

For businesses and other organisations, action learning is:

  • cost-effective — especially when compared to other methods, such as training courses
  • effective — action learning helps to solve specific organisational issues in real time
  • transformational — it helps to embed change and deliver success through better decision and actions
  • visionary — participants develop a renewed sense of direction and possibility, and become more motivated to reach higher
  • creative — action learning develops confident divergent thinkers who know to ask rather than always telling
  • immersive — participants work through their own real issues instead of undergoing generic training
  • collaborative — it develops enhanced communication and teamwork skills
  • relational — action learning brings together leaders and managers creating networks that wouldn’t normally exist
  • accountable participants decide on and implement actions, and then report back on the results
  • a promoter of diversity — sets from different teams, departments and levels help to develop understanding and co-operation.

How might you benefit from action learning?

If you’d like to explore how action learning could work for you or your organisation, call us on 01904 707421 or email us.