Facilitating Action Learning: A Practitioner's Guide

Facilitating Action Learning: A Practitioner's Guide

Paperback Published on: 16/01/2013
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Action Learning is based on the simple idea that leaders and managers learn best by working together in a group, helping each other find solutions to real work problems through discussions. Facilitating Action Learning is a clear, concise and straightforward guide to this well-established leadership and management development technique.
The role of the facilitator is to provide guidance in the action facilitation process. In this practical guide, Mike Pedler and Christine Abbott present a new threefold model of the facilitator's role - as initiator, set adviser and facilitator of organizational learning.
Supported by many real life cases and practical examples, this superbly practical book shows you how - as a manager, business coach, trainer or facilitator - you can add to your repertoire of skills and abilities, and enhance your effectiveness as a leader and developer.

Suitable as the course text for ILM Level 5 and 7 qualifications in Action Learning Facilitation.

"A 'must read' book providing a very practical method and approach for all those interested and passionate about helping people help themselves, and in optimizing Action Learning."
Dr Yury Boshyk, Chairman, The Global Executive Learning Network, and the Annual Global Forum on Executive Development and Business Driven Action Learning, Canada

"This book best reflects my lived experience of integrating learning and change in a large complex organisation; reading it was like coming home!"
Mandy Chivers, Assistant Chief Executive, Mersey Care NHS Trust, UK

"This is a superb, well-crafted book. The balance it achieves between conveying the spirit of action learning while providing concrete and practical tools is exemplary."
Bob Dick, independent scholar, Australia

"With this book, Christine and Mike have brought a significant maturity to the field of action learning. This book will go some way in helping action learning advisors improve their craft. An important contribution."
Professor Jeff Gold, Leeds Business School, UK

"Pedler and Abbott have done a masterful job in presenting and analyzing the wide array of roles and responsibilities that one can undertake in facilitating action learning groups."
Michael Marquardt, President, World Institute for Action Learning, USA

"Pedler and Abbot pack lifetimes of experience into this book - which shine through in the depth, breadth, and practicality of its coverage. Reflective tools accompany the reader throughout to help practitioners develop their own thinking and practice of Action Learning. This is a must-have for both practitioner and scholar resource libraries!"
Victoria J. Marsick, Professor, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, USA

"The authors have written a book that is engaging, inspiring and practical - a book to make you think also about learning relationships as constructionist practice; which they put forth as the correct approach and warn against action learning for power, influence and dominance."
Paul Olson

"This is an extremely significant contribution to understanding and developing practices in action learning. It will add value, provide direction and stimulate practitioners and academics in equal measure."
Brian Milsom, University of Hull, UK

  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • ISBN: 9780335245970
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Weight: 358g
  • Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm

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