Saturday 19 September 2020

Solving Workplace Problems using Action Learning

Problem Exploration using Action Learning

This autumn EMC will be hosting and facilitating virtual sessions for officers across local government, providing a focused opportunity for individuals who want to make progress, perhaps exploring work challenges where they feel stuck, or need space to be able to refocus and move forward.  The sessions will enable those involved to reflect on where they are now, and actions to create change and movement. 

Over the last few months, we have experienced a rapid pace of change, effecting both our work and home environment.  This change has meant that we have been required to constantly react, plan and do at a speed that can be both overwhelming and all consuming.

An action learning set will provide an opportunity for individuals to reflect on where they are now, and what they have learnt from the experience.  It focuses on areas where individuals want to make progress, exploring work challenges and problems.

What are the benefits of being part of an action learning group?

  • Acquiring long-lasting problem-solving skills
  • Development of individual listening and diagnostic skills.
  • Provides an opportunity for individuals to reflect on their current challenge
  • Helps to evolve fresh ideas
  • Forms effective plans for immediate implementation
  • Achieves desired results in a constructive way
  • Provides a supportive and simultaneously challenging environment – both warmth and light! Challenges assumptions and deepens fundamental understanding of what might be done differently.
  • Provides a pattern of working that enables set members to work productively together on solving problems and challenges
  • It is transferable to the workplace so the individual and organisation can continue to benefit from progress and success.

How will the Virtual Action learning programme work?

EMC has developed a virtual action learning programme, comprising of 4 parts;

Part 1 - Introductory workshop, 24 September 9:30 – 10:30.  This hour introductory workshop will explore how action learning can support you, the methodology behind the sessions and will give those taking part a taster to how the virtual sessions will work.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions too.

Pre reading and complete a problem brief – after the introductory workshop we’ll provide some additional background information and a guide to help focus your thoughts on what you would like to work on during the programme of action learning sessions. 

Part 2 - Three hour virtual Action learning session, 8 October, 9:30 – 12:30.  Each person will have time to work on their own problem, the group will decide how they use the time.  Individuals will identify their own actions they will take.

Part 3 - Three hour virtual Action learning session, 18 November, 9:30 – 12:30.  Individuals share progress and learning since the last session.  Each person will have time to reflect and or work on their own problem, the group will decide how they use the time.

Part 4 - Three hour virtual Action learning session, 7 January, 9:30 – 12:30.  This final session in the programme will again enable individuals to share progress and learning since the last session.  Each person will have time to reflect and or work on their own problem, the group will decide how they use the time.  There will be time to reflect on learning from the entire programme.

Programme dates

  • 24 September 9:30 – 10:30
  • 8 October, 9:30 – 12:30
  • 18 November, 9:30 – 12:30
  • 7 January, 9:30 – 12:30

The programme will be delivered virtually using MS Teams.

Costs

  • £190 plus VAT for a member of EMC.

Costs are based on attendance at all sessions.  Numbers are limited to 6 per programme.  Please note that all local authorities in the East Midlands are members of EMC.

How to book

To book a place please use the online booking form below. 

For any questions you may have the facilitator contact details are;

Lisa.butterfill@emcouncils.gov.uk

Kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk

Who are the facilitators?

Lisa Butterfill is the HR and Development Manager at East Midlands Councils.  Lisa undertook the Postgraduate Certificate in Action Learning Facilitation in 2009 to ILM 7 level standard.  Lisa has facilitated action learning sets in the region and within authorities and also designed and delivered the action learning facilitators programme within the East Midlands Region and for organisations in Dorset and Cambridge.

Lisa has several years’ experience of direct training and facilitation skills delivery across a range of personal and management development areas with a particular interest in psychometrics, coaching and team development.

Kirsty Lowe is the Learning and Development Adviser at East Midlands Councils. Kirsty completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Action Learning Facilitation in 2009 and has been facilitating action learning sets across local government since.  Kirsty has facilitated several action learning sets within authorities to complement their development programmes as well as facilitating regional sets.  Kirsty has been instrumental in the design and delivery of this action learning facilitator’s programme both within authorities and across the region.  An accredited coach, Kirsty also leads on the Coaching Network in the East Midlands.

Should you have any questions at all about Action Learning and the information and/or process described please do get in touch at any time.

 

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • 24/09/2020 - 24/09/2020
  • 09:30 - 10:30
  • Sun 20 Sep 2020
  • Virtual workshop using MS Teams, ,