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What is Action Learning?

Action Learning is an exceptional problem-solving tool that has the amazing capacity to simultaneously build successful leaders, teams and organisations.


It involves a small group working on real problems, taking action, and deliberately learning as they go. It positions inquiry and questions at the heart of organisation culture.


What is Action Learning?


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Action Learning Solves Problems


Action Learning solves problems and develops leaders simultaneously because its simple rules force participants to think critically and work collaboratively.


Action Learning is particularly effective for solving complex problems that may appear unsolvable. It elevates the norms, the collaboration, the creativity, and the courage of groups.


The Action Learning coach helps group members reflect on enhancing their group functioning, rather than on their problem solving. In this way, Action Learning participants become effective leaders as they solve difficult problems.

The WIAL Action Learning process

Action Learning Components

Action Learning is a process of insightful questioning and reflective listening. It tackles problems through a process of first asking questions to clarify the exact nature of the problem, reflecting and identifying possible solutions, and only then taking action. Questions build group dialogue and cohesiveness, generate innovative and systems thinking, and enhance learning results.

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