Frequently asked questions about Change Within Groups
Peer learning – We focus on sharing between members. The main focus of the group is the supportive questioning, brainstorming and accountability support among the group members. The group can vote to bring in guest speakers occasionally.
It’s structured and collaborative – You share your challenges, the group ask questions to help you work through current issues you are working on and find your own path towards a solution. In the sessions you will get everyone’s feedback, advice and support.
You will be learning whilst doing – We will continually develop our facilitation and coaching skills whilst in the group as we support each member using questioning techniques and we can apply these new techniques to all other areas of our lives. We will also improve our ability to problem solve and quickly get to the root of issues.
Dawn Newton has been facilitating groups in the charity sector since 2009, creating partnerships and connecting organisations is intrinsic to what she does in all aspects of her work. Dawn has been running the Charity Meetup groups for four years and has listened to feedback from members needs and created these groups to foster learning and collaboration.
From experience we often work through blocks, a simple example: Writing might be challenging and you are lacking inspiration, the group might encourage you to try writing a blog post as a start, be a sounding board and help you choose a topic and offer feedback on the draft. Some people may wish to develop their confidence, or get new ideas to inject into their projects.
The agenda belongs to the group and each person’s participation and commitment is key. Your group will give you feedback, help you brainstorm new possibilities, and set up accountability structures that keep you focused and on track. You create a community of supportive colleagues who brainstorm together to move the members to new heights. You’ll gain tremendous insights which improve your business and personal life.
The facilitator curates the group themes, invites and matches members, coordinates the meetings, prepares the materials and agenda, ensures that the meetings are kept on time.
Having a facilitator ensures members get equal time and support, that the discussion stays focused and constructive and follow up actions are agreed.
We will have a shared file area where we can share tools and resources between members. This is also a space where further support between members can be offered.
Reg Revans originated Action Learning in the 1930s in the UK. Today, it’s commonplace in the vast majority of highly effective learning and development programs of organisations around the world.
Here are several quotes that can enhance your understanding of Action Learning.
“…. learning … consists mainly in their new perceptions of what they are doing and in their changed interpretations of their past experiences.”
Reginald Revans, original developer of Action Learning
“Action Learning is a process underpinned by a belief in individual potential: a way of learning from our actions, and from what happens to us, and around us, by taking the time to question, understand and reflect, to gain insights, and consider how to act in the future.”
Krystyna Weinstein, in “Action Learning: A Practical Guide”
Mike Pedler and Christine Abbott wrote “… the acid test is whether people concerned are helping each other to take action on their problems and challenges, and whether they are learning from this work” (Facilitating Action Learning, McGraw Hill, 2013, p. 20).