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Action Learning Sets

The Scottish Council on Archives is again pleased to announce that we are partnering with STAR CiC to deliver leadership and development training tailored to the archives and records management professionals. Based on feedback received from attendees at earlier workshops, this training has been created to specifically support and nurture the sector. No previous training is needed to attend, and as it is grant-based, it is only £15 (for SCA Members, £20 for non-members) including lunch and all refreshments. 

Please note, that attendance at the earlier workshop is not required, this workshop is open to everyone.

Introduction and Overall Aim

The Workshop will enable archive and heritage sector leaders in Scotland to set up and run Action Learning Sets.  This is a proven and powerful way of working with your peers to overcome workplace challenges, achieve objectives, develop new skills and learn about yourself and about others.  We believe that Action Learning Sets are the most cost effective approach to learning and development.  They are especially valuable in the current climate as they help to overcome many of today’s common challenges, for example…

  • “We have so many things to deal with at the moment, with so little time to work on them!”
  • “These days, we have very little support within our organisation”
  • “We have no money for formal training courses anymore”
  • “It is really useful just to have time to think through and discuss problems and opportunities”

Goals of the Workshop

You will leave the workshop with the following:

  1. Insight to the concept and process of Action Learning Sets
  2. The skills and mind set to take part in – and facilitate – Action Learning sets
  3. Specific actions to overcome challenges and/or achieve objectives,
  4. Enhanced listening and questioning skills and commitment to further personal development
  5. Commitment to a plan to set up and run Action Learning Sets with your peers in the future

Style of Workshop

It is very difficult to develop Action Learning Set skills and thinking simply by listening to, concepts – you have to do it!  So, during the workshop you will take part in real Action Learning Sets (i.e. working on real issues that you have identified).  At various stages we will pause and reflect on what is working well and what needs to be improved.  In this way you will learn how to take part in and facilitate effective Action Learning Sets and leave with the insight and actions that you have discussed during the ‘practice’ sessions.

What do we need to prepare before the workshop?

Simply come along to the workshop with…

  • Some challenges / goals that you want to work on and that you are happy to share with the group
  • A willingness to work with and support your peers, and the awareness that you are not always right!

A commitment to personal development, self-awareness…and honesty!

The workshop will run in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Details are below.

WHEN: Wednesday 29 March 2017, 09:15-16:45
WHERE: General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YT (click here for map)
BOOKING: Registration for this event closes on 15 March 2017. Click here to book.
COST: £15 for SCA members, £20 for non-members. Includes all materials, lunch and refreshments.

WHEN: Thursday 30 March 2017, 09:15-16:45
WHERE: Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN (click here for map)
BOOKING: Registration for this event closes on 15 March 2017. Click here to book.
COST: £15 for SCA members, £20 for non-members. Includes all materials, lunch and refreshments.

Workshop Programme

  • 09:15 – 09:30  Arrive, refreshments and networking
  • 09:30 – 09:45  Introductions, warm-up / self-awareness exercise
  • 09:45 – 10:15  The concept of Action Learning and Action Learning Sets
  • 10:15 – 11:00   Action Learning Sets Round One: Understanding Each Other
  • 11:00 – 11:15  Break and refreshments
  • 11:15 – 12:45  Guided Action Learning Set practice and reflection
  • 12:45 – 13:30  Lunch
  • 13:30 – 13:45  Recreating your energy!
  • 13:45 – 15:00  Action Learning Set practice (self-facilitated) and reflection
  • 15:00 – 15:15  Break and refreshments
  • 15:15 – 16:00  Action Learning Set practice (self-facilitated) and reflection.
  • 16:00 – 16:45  Setting-up and managing ongoing Action Learning Sets
  • 16:45                 Close and depart

Workshops Facilitators:

Steve Wood is an Organisational Coach, NLP Practitioner and Facilitator, with a 20-year track record helping individuals, teams, organisations and partnerships achieve improvement, innovation and resilience.  Steve has supported literally hundreds of leaders and teams from a wide variety of sectors, especially within the culture and heritage sector.  He has worked extensively within the heritage sector, including projects for The National Archives, Scottish Council on Archives, CyMAL, the MLA and many heritage service providers.

After a successful 30-year career as an actor and writer for stage and television, Graham Wyles became a Leadership Development Coach, working at all levels within and outside of organisations.  He specialises in supporting people to become more effective and resilient, using a unique fusion of acting and performance, behaviour change and leading-edge personal development techniques (e.g. Mindfulness).  Since 2008, Graham has worked extensively within the culture and heritage sectors across the UK.  This includes delivering unique workshops on Influencing and Advocacy, Creativity, Harnessing Charisma, Mindfulness, Personal Confidence & Energy and Peer-Supported Improvement.