WIAL Caribbean teamed up with the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), Jamaica to demonstrate Action Learning as the springboard from which HR professionals can positively influence their organizations’ success in this century.
MIND’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ruby Brown and Executive Director of WIAL Caribbean, Mr Verieux Mourillon, delivered the session to a well-attended concurrent session of The Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ) Conference 35 on Thursday 19 November 2015.
Dr Brown, a member of the WIAL Caribbean 2016 Advisory Board, introduced the session by sharing with the audience real life examples of how she had used Action Learning to resolve organizational dilemmas in her role as CEO. Verieux Mourillon then invited four members of the audience to form the Action Learning group for the demonstration. One of the volunteers presented a problem which the group helped to resolve through Action Learning. A critical component of Action Learning is the role of the coach. Verieux Mourillon, a Certified Action Learning Coach, ensured that there were three levels of learning while the group was attempting to resolve the problem. Each of the four volunteers reported that they had developed or reinforced selected leadership skills during the demonstration. The group, as a collective, also became smarter and upon reflection at the end of the session members of the group committed to transferring specific learning back to their respective organizations. The problem presenter admitted to a shift that she would take in her approach to the problem as a result of this demonstration session.
During the debriefing session that followed the demonstration, the presenters dealt with questions relating to practical applications of Action Learning and the possible impact of cultural nuances. Participants appreciated the potential of Action Learning as a powerful mechanism for building effective teams, developing leadership skills and achieving breakthrough problem-solving across an organization.
MIND and WIAL Caribbean used this opportunity to introduce participants from the public and private sectors to Action Learning as a build up to their Action Learning Certification workshops planned for April 18-22, 2016 in Jamaica.