“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
– Confucius, Chinese Philosopher
People often ask us:
- How can I ensure that I learn from my experiences?
- How can I ensure continuous professional development?
- How can I continually enhance and develop my performance?
- How do I run an action learning set?
- How can we share and develop best practice at work?
Most of us gain much of our learning from ‘doing’. Reflective practice is a way of putting a structure to our experience, ensuring that we maximise our learning.
It’s a key development tool in many professions, including health, social work and education, and is now being increasingly used in sectors such as IT, engineering and manufacturing as organisations recognise the benefits for professional development, innovation and problem solving.
Reflective practice, in its most basic form, is just learning from experience – taking what happens to you in work and life, and reflecting on what works and what could be improved.
Reflective practice has great benefits both inside and outside the workplace, helping develop careers, hobbies, and life skills such as relationships and parenting. Though reflective practice is a key skill for many professionals, it does not always come naturally and needs to be learned and developed in order to be truly effective.
This course is intended to support you in developing your personal and group reflective practice skills, including how to run Action Learning Sets. As well as supporting personal and professional development, what you learn from this course can help you be more innovative and improve your approach to problem solving.