Action Learning for Federal Agencies—How to Make Action Learning Work for You

Thursday, November 12, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Patrick Malone, Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Action learning is an innovative problem-solving methodology that promotes the use of reflective questioning and processes in addressing organizational problems while developing individual leadership competencies. By using action learning, agencies harness intellectual power in building integrated teams that put forth carefully conceived, practical action plans for real-time challenges. Action learning teams hone personal leadership skills and build an interconnected fabric of professionalism that enhances the performance and learning culture of the agency.

This webcast will feature three federal executives who have successfully used this tool in their organizations. Attendees will:

  • Understand the value of the use of action learning for organizational problem solving and personal development.
  • Identify potential organizational problems that may be addressed using action learning.
  • Hear from practicing federal executives who have had success utilizing action learning.
  • Recognize the value of action learning as a tool for organizational culture change.


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Patrick Malone
Patrick Malone

Director of Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

Patrick Malone is the director of key executive leadership programs at American University in Washington, D.C. He is a frequent guest lecturer on leadership and organizational dynamics and has extensive experience working with government leaders domestically and on the international front. Patrick’s research, teaching, and scholarship includes work in public sector leadership, executive problem solving, organizational analysis, ethics, and public administration and policy. He is a retired U.S. Navy captain, having spent 22 years in a number of senior leadership and policy roles. His most recent publications include “Thinking Up,” “Selfies in the Workplace: Narcissists and the Public Manager,” and “Making Assumptions? Try the Power of Inquiry.” 


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