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Action Learning Set for New Managers

Are you new to a management role?

Would you like to support and learn from others in a similar situation?

If so, our new Action Learning Set could be for you.

What is an Action Learning Set?

‘Action Learning is a continuous process of learning and reflection, supported by colleagues, with an intention of getting things done.’ (McGill & Beatty, 1992)

An Action Learning Set (ALS) follows a structured format of peer support with an external facilitator, taking place at regular intervals over a pre-arranged length of time, with the same people attending each time. The purpose and intention of the set is to focus on work challenges and learn from the process. Set members present and explore live work issues in turn with support from other members in a facilitated and safe environment. The emphasis is on action and reflection.

How can Action Learning benefit me?

An ALS is powerful in itself for both issue holders and set members; the practice and process of exploration and reflection is also often very helpful outside the set, for example, practising asking open-ended questions rather than advice-giving, which tends to empower and enable. This in turn brings benefit to our own teams, service users, and the sector in general.

What is the commitment?

This set, of 5-6 people, will meet along with the facilitator monthly, for 2.5hrs. During the session, set members will be encouraged and supported to ask and develop asking exploratory questions of each other. This is an active process, so all set members are required to commit to the process, eg: turning off phones, actively listening, reflecting on the process, being open with each other. The sessions will be held online to start with but there is a possibility that they could move to face to face meetings if all participants and if it is safe to do so.

The group will be facilitated by Isabel Emerson. Bela has a wealth of experience as a facilitator and mentor in a range of settings: community, arts, and social enterprise. Since completing her Action Learning Set facilitator training in 2020, she facilitates ongoing AL sets in the community arts sector.

Sessions will be monthly on  Thursdays at 9:30am-12pm starting from the 15th of July

There will also be an initial session where we will discuss the format, and make a group agreement together to make sure we feel safe to share and feel comfortable in the group. The date for this session will be agreed once we have confirmed places.

The set will cost £225 per place

More information?

Please email Fabia Bates

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