The blog that discusses a broad range of management issues associated with Not-for-Profits in Australia.
As Principal of OPTIMUM NFP, a business consulting service working entirely with the Not-for-Profit sector I am keen to advance sound management practice within this sector
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Saturday, 31 October 2015
Public Action Learning Question Program - Launch of 2016 Cohort follows Successful 2015 Program
Action Learning International in conjunction with OPTIMUM NFP is pleased to announce the launch of its second public Action Learning Question Program in Sydney in February 2016. The highly successful first Program commenced in mid 2015 and feedback from participants reflected the value that they saw in the Program.
“The ALQ has been a wonderful opportunity to holistically address an organisational issue for me. The supportive environment and being able to access the knowledge and experience of a diverse group of people has been very positive and rewarding. Both the organisation and I have benefitted from the ALQ process.” Anna Buddo, General Manager, Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services who participated in the Program
"David and Richard facilitated an excellent program. As a professional facilitator myself, I had high expectations and they were met on every occasion the group met. They were empathetic and stretched each participant on the program in the right way, so we grew and worked on our 'wicked problem' at our own pace." A Management Consultant who participated in the Program
“The ALQ program is an organisational problem solving process where contributory factors and possible solutions to a problem are defined through a questioning and reflective process with other group members. The guided group discussion offers a rich source of thoughts for consideration, sparking new ideas for dealing with organisational and personal change. The program has influenced my thinking to undertake a deeper process of building organisational strategy that I believe will assist NADO through its transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.” Denise Heath, CEO, NADO Inc
“The ALQ was excellent in providing a framework to help me think through some business development challenges with my consulting business. I found the mixed cohort of commercial and not-for-profit sectors to be quite effective. Input came from a variety of perspectives, which helped to frame some old challenges in a new way. The program was very effective at helping prompt me into new thinking.” An HR Consultant who participated in the Program
This program embraces Professor Reg Revans’ widely accepted proposition that learning is best considered as a combination of programmed knowledge combined with insightful questions generated in groups known as action learning sets. In this manner, action learning is grounded from a proven theoretical practice, is organizational and business driven, aimed at addressing the needs of the organisation by tackling what has been termed ‘wicked’ problems, whilst being action and learning focused.
Within this framework, the ALQ (“Action Learning Question”) program represents a process by which action learning is structured and undertaken within a defined time-period, utilising a range of specifically created tools and resources, with the specific twin objectives of solving organisational challenges whilst developing organisational skills and expertise. This is referred to in the prevailing literature as the Return on Investment Model of action learning, and is to be applied to individual work-based challenges of the participant’s organisation.
The program includes 6 structured sessions, of varying time periods and a mixture of face-to-face and virtual formats, conducted over a 3-month period. Ongoing contact is maintained with all participants by the program facilitators as well as amongst the participants using a Yammer communication platform. Participants are expected to apply various activities throughout the Program within their own work environments, working towards resolving the key issue that they bring to the Program.
The program has been accredited by the Australian Institute of Management towards their Graduate Diploma in Management and their MBA programs.
The Program is scheduled to commence in mid-February 2016 and places fare limited to a maximum of 8 participants.
For further information and to register on-line, visit www.optimumnfp.com.au and click on the 'ALQ Workshops' tab. (In-house ALQ Programs are also currently being run. Contact David Rosenbaum on 0411-744-911 to discuss the applicability of the ALQ Program to your organisation)