I’ve just returned from a week-long trip to the Washington, DC area. While I was able to stay long enough to spend time with family and friends, the main purpose for going was to attend the WIAL-USA (World Institute for Action Learning – USA) 2nd Annual Forum held Friday, October 3rd and 4th. Yes, a long trip for a two day conference, but well worth the time and effort. Being among other people passionate about organization development, change management, leadership development and team dynamics was invigorating. Everyone in attendance was either already committed to action learning as a tool for their work, or eager to learn more about it.
As a board member for the international WIAL, I was invited to lead two sessions during the conference and always enjoy sharing my experiences with others. During one session, I shared the work I have done with leadership development programs for companies like Microsoft, Goodwill Industries International, and the National Park Service. We discussed what was similar in each program, what was different, and mostly, that regardless of structure, organization, or purpose, action learning works! Every time, with every person. It is a powerful, life changing development tool and change agent, used time and again with companies around the world. The picture below is a synopsis from the participants on what they gleaned from the session that I co-led with a colleague, Charles.
Between the round table discussions, panel discussions, and networking activities, there was much to be learned and I soaked up every minute! When people sharing the same passion come together, it’s an amazing experience. We all believe so much in the process of action learning and feel blessed each time we use it for the benefit of an organization or an individual. If you are following me on twitter (andlcole), you may have caught some of my tweets about the event. Whatever your passion, be sure to share it with others. They benefit, you benefit, and I’ll bet many others do as well.