Action Learning: The Power of Real Work

Dr. Margie Blanchard, past President of The Ken Blanchard Companies who currently heads up the company’s Office of the Future, loves real work problems.  That’s because when you work on real issues instead of hypothetical ones, it really sharpens the process. 

You also solve a problem along the way. 

That’s why we have included real work action learning projects into the leadership development programs we have been building for our clients looking to develop their high potential executives.  By incorporating a real work issue into the process, we’ve found that it increases learning, promotes camaraderie and collaboration, and yields cost-effective results. 

You can get a feel for how this might work in your organization by checking out a recent article in Chief Learning Officer magazine.  The article describes how Dr. Bea Carson led three action learning teams and the results they achieved. 

You can learn more about Blanchard’s approach to leadership development and how we build real work scenarios into the curriculum by checking out the work being done at Skanska, where action learning helped a group of high potential executives grow together while simultaneously solving real work issues that saved their company money and increased revenue along the way.

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