About Ron Passfield

Ron is currently a Director and an Executive Consultant with Merit Solutions. He also collaborates with Julie Cork and Associates in the delivery of the Practical People Management program to Queensland Government clients. Since 1990, he has consulted as a coach to senior executives in leadership, culture and organisational change. Previously, Ron was a full-time lecturer in human resource management and organisational behaviour at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Griffith University for more than a decade.

Action Research for Organisational Innovation

Action research can generate organisational innovation through the collaborative pursuit of improvement, focus on gathering data in the process of taking action, inbuilt evaluation and encouragement of experimentation in the light of re-thinking of a problem or issue. Action research has evolved since its inception with Kurt Lewin in the 1940’s and its applications have […]

Book Review: Lifelong Action Learning for Community Development

I was recently approached by Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt to launch her latest book, Lifelong Action Learning for Community Development: Learning and Development for a Better World, with her co-author, Richard Teare. The occasion for the launch was the Australasian Conference of the Action Learning, Action Research Association (ALARA) on 24th September 2013.  Ortrun was in South […]

Action Learning: Developing Questioning Insight

In the video embedded in this post, Reg Revans, the Founder of Action Learning, explains the origins of action learning and focuses strongly on the need for questioning insight. He was 83 years of age at the time of this interview and had been using action learning in multiple contexts around the world for more […]

Sustaining a Learning and Development Culture in Times of Resource Constraint

In a recent Breakfast Forum, we continued our discussion of learning and development in times of limited budgets.  One of the key challenges raised in the discussion was the issue of sustainability – sustaining a learning and development culture in times of resource constraint. After sharing their own experience of on-the-job learning and development, participants […]

Developing Mindfulness Through Action Learning

One of the key outcomes of mindfulness is self-awareness – awareness of our own words and actions and their impact on others.  Action learning contributes to self-awareness because it involves working on real problems in real time with a supportive group that is prepared to challenge assumptions, beliefs and perceptions. Action learning thus engenders self-awareness […]

Shaping Team Culture Through Mindfulness

Mindfulness underpins active listening, positive feedback, corrective feedback and congruence – it is an essential skill for shaping team culture. Mindfulness means being present in-the-moment by paying attention in a purposeful manner. In essence, mindfulness is awareness – about ourselves and others.  It’s being aware of our own reactions and tuning into others and their […]

The Hidden ROI of Action Learning: 7 Personal Outcomes

In times of monetary constraint, it is critical to ensure that your organisation achieves a real return on investment (ROI) from training and development activities.  Much has been written about the visible ROI of action learning in terms of improved productivity, increased sales or services, reduced costs and innovation.  However, very little is written about […]

Manager Support During Downsizing

Merit Solutions introduced a Manager Support Forum in September 2012 for managers in the Queensland Public Service (QPS) who were experiencing change and associated staff losses through downsizing of the QPS. We were conscious of the need to support managers who were facing new challenges including major work and job restructuring, staff distress over job […]

Press Release: Merit Solutions Australia Hosts 4th Chinese Delegation

Ms. Anne-Marie Carroll (Managing Director) and Dr. Ron Passfield (Director) of Merit Solutions Australia hosted a visit by a Chinese Delegation on 22 November 2012.  This was the fourth delegation from China to visit Merit Solutions in Brisbane. The visit was in line with China’s National Policy on Education Reform and Development (2010-2020) which aims […]

Christmas, Nature and Downsizing: Happiness through Connections

At Christmas, we tend to take time out to renew our connections with our family and friends, with nature and with what transcends our day-to-day existence.   However, people who have suffered job loss through downsizing may have an abiding sense of disconnection – a loss of connection with their job, their colleagues and their social […]