Action Learning

Action Learning solves problems and develops leaders simultaneously because its simple rules force participants to think critically and work collaboratively. Action Learning is a process that involves a group or team working on real problems, taking action, and learning as individuals, as a team, and as an organization. It helps organizations develop creative, flexible and successful strategies to pressing problems. The method is particularly effective for solving complex problems that may appear unsolvable. It elevates the norms, the collaboration, the creativity, and the courage of groups. The Action Learning coach assists group members in reflecting on the advancement of their group functioning, rather than on their problem solving. In this way, Action Learning participants become effective leader-coaches as they solve difficult problems.

Mies de Koning

Mies de Koning is the owner of ActionLearningNewYork.com and is a Senior Certified Action Learning Coach. He recently won the 2018Global Coaching Excellence Award at the Global Conference of TheWorld Institute for Action Learning in The Netherlands. Mies is an expert in Social and Organizational Learning Methodologies. Fascinated by leadership theory and group dynamics Mies started his career as a group therapist in Child Psychiatry. As a Program Director in Higher Education (at Avans University for Applied Sciences in the Netherlands) he ledcurriculum development and staff for a Bachelor in Socio-Educational work for 10 years.He has two Masters degrees, in Social and Community Studies from De MontfortUniversity (UK) and in Advanced Change Management at the prestigious SIOOnter-university (NL). Mies currently works as the Associate Director for Talent Development at The New York Public Library.

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Leadership Developer Mies de Koning finds a job at The New York Public Library. He discovers how American libraries are closely associated with freedom, democracy and equality. He raises the question if the Dutch system takes these values somewhat for granted? Mies ends the talk by sharing his best advice for Leadership and Organizational Development in Public Libraries: Bring your organization to the cutting edge!