Action learning is a powerful method of learning that is fast gaining popularity at Sussex.
A group of 5 - 8 members of staff (sometimes called an action learning set) meets on a regular basis - often every six or eight weeks - with a facilitator.
At the meeting, each set member is allocated some time to describe a problem or issue they have at work. The set then works together to question and coach that person until they are clear about what steps they need to take towards solving their problem. There is no prescribed subject matter, so set members can bring any issue to the set as long as it is work-related. Set members at Sussex have worked on (amongst other things):
issues of staff management
improving difficult working relationships
the complexities of steering through organisational politics
issues of self-management (organising oneself, time management etc)
plans to tackle challenging tasks or pieces of work
We have supported and facilitated sets made up from School Administrators; from managers across the campus; and from senior women.
If you are interested in forming or joining a set, please contact Janet Aspley on ext 7713 or email@example.com