Understanding Action Learning

By Judy O'Neil; Victoria J. Marsick | Go to book overview

CHAPTER TWO
Co-Designing an Action Learning
Program to Ensure Results

“If one learns but does not think, one will be bewildered. If one thinks
but does not learn from others, one will be imperiled.”

—Confucius

“The best learning happens in real life with real problems and real people
and not in classrooms.”

—Charles Handy

Co-design in Action Learning (AL) means that an AL consultant, either external or internal, the human resource or organizational development client within the organization, and the field organization are all involved in bringing specific knowledge and support to the design of the AL program. There are seventeen steps in the co-design process that we’ll discuss in this chapter although not all the steps are needed for each program.

The Berlex Corporate Development Program demonstrates the importance of the involvement of the three key player groups in the codesign process.


Berlex Corporate Development Program
Bob Ward, President, Leadership Bridge

The program was developed jointly with Partners for Learning and Leadership, Berlex HR Department, and the CEO and Executive Committee members. Several critical success factors occurred during the development of the program that proved to be essential in setting the stage for its overall effectiveness. First was the involvement of the

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