Welcome to the Action Learning Centre. This is a new venture for us – and we’re excited.

September 20, 2012

One of the things we, Janie and Fiona (that’s me), are really passionate about is Action Learning (AL) and coaching. To put it another way we are passionate about helping people develop, change and fulfill their potential. We are also passionate about helping businesses and organisations improve their performance through unleashing creativity in their people and enhancing how they work together.

We want people to love going to work, to feel like they are really making a difference – a contribution, and developing as human beings. That’s why we do what we do. The Action Learning Centre (ALC) is all about helping people and businesses grow and develop.

What inspired us?

Janie and I have worked together for a few years now. We met six years ago through ALF (Action Learning for Facilitators) which we still run today. More recently we’ve delivered a number of Action Learning facilitator training programmes and AL programmes together. We like working together and our clients like our work too.

The ALC was Janie’s brainchild. One day she said “What if we set up a centre specifically on AL? And, what if we bring together a team of facilitator and coaches we really admire and would love to work with?” So that’s what we’ve done.

As coaching is at the heart of a lot of the way we work and underpins our approach to AL we’ve incorporated that too. We know these tools and methodologies are powerful when used well. They really help people focus on what’s important, finds solutions, make decisions, learn from it – and grow and change as individuals.

We have been influenced by the work of Lynda Gratton who’s latest book, The Shift, looks at the future of work. We believe we are in a major time of transition, uncertainty, changing priorities and complexity. And its also a time of opportunities, new beginnings and frontiers; of shedding the old ways that no longer are appropriate and finding new, more sustainable ways. We know humans are naturally creative, resourceful and whole and that Action Learning and coaching tap into and harness these inherent attributes.

Working collaboratively is paramount for us. We believe it’s where you get the best results.  To support this we have brought together a team who bring a wealth of experience as facilitators and coaches in developing people and business. We’re delighted they accepted our invitation to join us as each and every one of them is brilliant.

Our Plans

Our aim is to support businesses and organisations with impactful programmes that create real change and businesses fit for the future. To fulfill this our plan is to make Action Learning accessible to more people and businesses.

We are doing this through offering open AL Sets. This means anyone can benefit from joining a Set. If you work for yourself or an SME, are between jobs, or you want to invest in your own development you can.  You don’t have to wait for your company to set one up. Small businesses and enterprises can just buy a place without the commitment to a whole programme.

We are also utilising virtual technologies such as telephone conferencing and VOIP such as Skype. This allows us to offer Virtual Action Learning (VAL). The advantages to this mean people don’t have travel costs, they save valuable time not traveling, plus they get to work with other people and widen their networks that maybe wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do so before.

We plan to spread the word and our passion and knowledge by providing information and resources about AL and coaching through our blog and website. Plus keep you informed of events and workshops we think are relevant.

We hope you’ll join us along the way, whether that’s as a Blog follower, a client, a supporter.



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admin October 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Hi Hossein, thank you for your comments. It was written by ourselves – in fact my first ever blog. I’m glad our website was of use to you. Good luck with your new scheme. And keep reading the blogs.
regards Fiona, Action Learning Centre


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