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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Is Action Learning Really?

Action learning is learning with others through doing and reflecting on outcomes, both intended and unintended. At the heart of action learning is supportive challenge which is designed to enhance self-development and create organization improvement.