This is a call out for expressions of interest from those of you who would like to take part in Action Learning Sets. This is a fantastic, effective development opportunity for experienced volunteer managers.
Intrigued? Then read on…
So what is Action Learning?
Action Learning is a long established and internationally recognised management development technique. A small group of managers (a ‘set’) meets over several months. The group provides challenge and support; individuals each tackle their own work focused issues and implement their own solution. Working on real problems, it is powerful learning by doing, through insightful questioning and reflection – “the opposite of chalk and talk.”
Why experienced Volunteer Managers in particular?
If you’ve managed volunteers for some time you’ve probably exhausted most of the widely available training modules on aspects of volunteer management, but you’d still welcome useful and engaging development for yourself as a manager. Action Learning, with its element of peer support and its emphasis on workplace problem solving, offers real and enriching learning for Volunteer Managers who are often in a busy, isolated role in their own organisation, and probably dealing with a wider range of people and issues than non-volunteering colleagues!
What learning can participants expect?
Different participants will look for and achieve different learning outcomes. But these are some typical areas for development:
- Specific guidance and skills eg “how to… plan/implement/evaluate/troubleshoot
- Compare and try out different ways of working and managing
- Being a leader – what does it mean in my workplace? What does it mean for me?
- Operating effectively in your organisation
- Decision making
- Growing as a manager and an individual
How will it work?
There are many ways to deliver Action Learning. We are offering:
- A ‘set’ of six to eight Volunteer Managers plus a facilitator, which will meet five times, at intervals of about five weeks. It’s important that you commit to attending all meetings.
- During the set meeting, each participant has equal ‘air-time’ – the chance to outline a real work based issue or opportunity that s/he wants to do something about. Through a process of questioning and reflection, s/he is supported by the group to decide on a course of action.
- Between set meetings, participants apply their actions and learning in the workplace, then report progress at the next meeting.
Simple? Yes, essentially it is – but it can have a powerful and positive impact.
Sounds like something for you?
We aim to have the first set meeting in Autumn 2015; meetings will take place in central London.
To encourage you to sign up, we will offer the following options to find out more:
- A short ‘taster’ session which will include some speedy Action Learning
- Further written information
- The opportunity to contact the facilitator with queries
If you’re an experienced volunteer manager, and this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please email us by 31st August with:
- your name
- the name of your organisation
- the amount of time you’ve spent in a strategic volunteer management role
- phone number
- email address
- and Linkedin profile (if you have one!)