Pulling It All Together:
Co-Designing Action Learning
for Your Organization
“It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.”
—Henry David Thoreau
“In times of change, learners inherit the earth while the learned find
themselves beautifully equipped to work in a world that no longer
The variety of Action Learning (AL) programs and the considerations to be taken about how they are designed show how challenging it can be to decide whether or not AL is the right intervention for you. In the first chapter you used a questionnaire to decide whether or not AL was the right intervention for your organization’s current needs. We also introduced the AL pyramid to describe different AL schools. In following chapters we discussed implications of choices around the co-design of AL programs. We highlighted what we and others have learned from experience and research about these choices.
In this chapter, we introduce a decision-support tool (Table 53),1 that will help you review the choices you made in chapter 1.2 We reproduce here the Action Learning Pyramid3 to guide this discussion. We then identify and extract key considerations to help you think about how to co-design a program within your organization that will achieve the results you want. We’ll use a review table to help you refer back to relevant sections of chapters in thinking about each consideration.