Facilitate: Building Learning Organisations

Facilitate: Building Learning Organisations

A workshop to support the emergence of new learning organisations capable of the agility and innovation to succeed in new environments. This workshop develops skills and techniques for building new learning and understanding as individuals, as groups and as organisations.

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for team leaders through to executives who are responsible for inspiring others to operate effectively in unknown and unusual environments. From accelerating the learning capacity of recruits to inspiring operational teams to rethink their role and public value, Facilitate is for those who want to be part of the new generation of organisations.

Learning outcomes

  • Create capacity in others through a learner-focused model
  • Create greater engagement and involvement in learning opportunities
  • Practise techniques for raising collective awareness and generating new possibilities
  • Practise techniques for inspiring learning
  • Understand the art of skilful interventions to promote engagement, learning and collective understanding
  • Better identify the barriers, limitations and consequences of our current approaches to learning and change.

“So many changes in policing fail, because their architects do not communicate, consult, collaborate and build consensus around change.” [paraphrased]

Professor Joseph Schafer, Southern Illinois University, at the AIPM 2016 masterclass Creating Adaptable and Innovative Organisations.

Who is this workshop for?

Recruit training
This workshop provides experienced recruit trainers with the skills and confidence to move from didactic training approaches into experiential learning. Building the capacity of recruits for problem solving and ongoing learning prepares them for a career of continuous learning, dialogue and inquiry.

Learning and development
Adult education now extends a long way from the classroom. With increasing demands for support and decreasing time for development and delivery, facilitated learning provides an agile and adaptive approach to education. The complexity of our environments has shifted the focus from codified information towards sharing and understanding tacit knowledge.

Project leaders
Every project is a learning journey. Project plans are great on paper, but leading a complex project requires the ability to create shared learning, understanding and action within the groups involved.

Managers and leaders
Managers and leaders need the ability to enable group-level learning through teams learning together and collaborating.

Senior executives
Senior officers do not have the answers to all the problems confronting an organisation. Good leaders maintain a curiosity to learn about the internal and external environments they operate in. They need to enable organisation-wide learning, fostering learning-supportive cultures, empowering staff and demonstrating leadership around learning.

“An organization that values innovation must also be tolerant of mistakes and willing to celebrate and learn from errors as well as successes.”

Mintzberg, Ahlstrand & Lampel (cited in Flynn and Herrington, 2015, p. 15).

How is the program structured?

The AIPM facilitation model involves facilitating conversations and ideas, drawing out connections and challenging assumptions. Most critically, we create a holding environment where learning can be maximised.

Introduction to facilitation
Facilitation is not just another way of creating learning; it’s another way of seeing individuals, of understanding groups and of seeing possibilities to come. Our traditional reliance on the didactic learning approach is giving way to a more engaging, creative and collaborative experience. Just as we used to ‘train the trainer’, now we are ‘learning with the learners’.

Individual learning styles
If most people can be categorised into one of four different learning styles, why do we tend to have just one educational approach? Understanding how to use the differences in the way people learn to create better group learning can be a powerful collective process.

Anticipating complexity
Contrasting with standard operational procedures are a wealth of individual thought patterns and preferences. Understanding the complexities of conflict and group dynamics can create new learning and increase group effectiveness.

Reading group dynamics
Facilitating learning within a group is akin to conducting an orchestra, requiring an ear for the stories being told, a feel for the rhythm of the group, and an understanding of when an intervention can make the most impact in creating new music.

The art of co-facilitation
Scenarios are recognised for their ability to create productive learning through encouraging participants to investigate alternative and competing visions of the future and discover credible pathways forward.

Adding to the tool belt
Integrated multi-agency programs allow for the diversity of insight from participants and organisations to become powerful learning experiences and create an ongoing networking capability.

Swimming in the fishbowl
The challenge for any developmental opportunity is to encourage changed behaviour in the workplace. Exploring the personal and professional obstacles to this transition is a critical component of the program and its value to the individual.


2 days


AIPM and regional locations

More information

enquiries: collaboration@aipm.gov.au
nominations: education@aipm.gov.au
t: +61 2 9934 4800