Geography doesn’t need to be a barrier! Virtual action learning can happen in the comfort of your own home or office, saving you time and money. Working as a Virtual Open to Question group over skype is surprisingly effective and brings the same benefits to you and your business. The structure of a virtual group differs only slightly from one that is face-to-face, as this helps participants in the virtual environment feel connected and ready to focus.
I am very interested in this work and passionate about how useful and transformative it can be – even with people who have never met face-to-face. Now it’s hard to believe that I was skeptical at first. See my blogpost about how I was unexpectedly converted to virtual action learning!
If you’d like to give virtual action learning a try, and think you might like to join an ongoing virtual group (more details about how this works below), an interactive taster is the place to start. That way you can experience the process for yourself (I will guide you through the process and also give at least one of you the chance to present a live issue), get a feel for how I work and also ‘meet’ some of the people who might also be part of an ongoing group before you commit.
Email me if you are interested in the next virtual taster at info at opentoquestion.com (replacing ‘ at ‘ with ‘@’) or ring 07931 806243.
How does an ongoing virtual action learning group work?
Just as with face-to-face action learning, a group (or ‘set’) usually agrees to meet monthly, initially for a series of 6 half-day sessions. Towards the end of the series, we review how the process is going and what the group would like to do next. Some groups decide they want to re-contract for more series of sessions. Another possibility is that the group may have enough skills within the group to make a transition to becoming a self-facilitating set. This would usually take a series of 6 sessions once having made that decision for everyone to be supported to build their own facilitation skills and practice with the action learning process.
Costs: Being part of an ongoing set costs £40 per session if you opt to ‘pay as you go,’ i.e. for each session separately. OR pay £220 in advance for the series of 6 for an overall discount of £20. Virtual sets seem to work best with either 5 or 6 participants.
I will be scheduling other virtual action learning tasters in 2016 – check back here for details or ask me to put you on my email list.