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Over the past 20 Years, WIAL’s Action Learning approach has elevated the performance of hundreds of organizations worldwide.
The organizations includes Caterpillar, Booz Allen Hamilton, Boeing, Samsung, LG Electronics, Alcoa, US Departments of State, Energy and Agriculture, Hong Kong Transit, National Institutes of Health, Singapore Airlines, IBM, Nokia, Constellation Energy, Siemens, Posco Steel, International Labor Organization, and SulAmerica Insurance.
Many universities around the world have also incorporated the WIAL model into their curricula and learning methodology, including the Singapore Institute of Management University (UNISIM).

Elevated the performance of organizations through Action Learning

Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft has been using WIAL Action Learning since 2008 and has incorporated Action Learning into their High Potential Leadership and Business Conference all over the world. WIAL Singapore’s Choon Seng and Jayan had been involved in leading Action Learning for Microsoft in Seattle, New York, Dubai, Beijing and Singapore.

Singapore Institute of Management

The Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) is a leading provider of higher education and professional training in Singapore. It was founded in 1964 as a not-for-profit management institute, a spin off of the Economic Development Board. SIM accomplishes its mission of education and lifelong learning through three distinct educational arms, each catering to a specific market segment of learners.

In 2012, SIM embarked on a 3 month Action Learning journey to develop its leaders and work on key business initiatives. The SIM core competencies for leaders are embedded into each Action Learning session to enhance the skills of SIM leaders.

Fraser and Neave

F&N is a leading Pan Asian Consumer Group with core expertise and strong standing in the Food and Beverage, Property and Publishing & Printing industries. Leveraging its strengths in marketing and distribution; research and development; brands and financial management; as well as years of acquisition experience, it provides key resources and sets strategic directions for its subsidiary companies across all three industries.

In 2011, F&N launched its corporate wide initiative “Innovation thru Action Learning” Action Learning Teams are formed to work on innovative initiatives and ideas to be implemented across different business units. So far, more than 50 Managers were trained as Action Learning Coaches.

National Community Leadership Institute (NACLI)

NACLI use Action Learning to help grassroots leaders work with residents to their solve their community issues through the use of Action Learning.

NACLI firmly believe in the WIAL Action Learning process and has sent 8 of their senior management staff to be certified as Action Learning Coaches.

Action Learning is also part of the leadership program undertaken by grassroots leaders.

Singapore Police Force

The Singapore Police Force has equipped its in house facilitators with the Action Learning skills to facilitate their leadership forums within the SPF.

Action Learning is also used as an OD intervention to support the land division to create better team synergies and effectiveness.

Singapore Prison Service

Action Learning is part of the leadership development program of the Singapore Prison Service. Action Learning is taught to senior leaders as part of the Basic Officers Course and the Superintendent Leadership Program. Action Learning has been used to develop teams within the various institutions.

Ministry Of Education

As schools embark on the Professional Learning Community (PLC) journey, one of the processes it as adopted is the Action Learning process. Action Learning is aligned to the 3 big ideas of PLC, namely :Ensuring Students Learn, culture of Collaboration and focus on Outcomes.

The Action Learning process is used to help Learning Teams (LT) determine the research question and the root cause of the problem in order to enhance student learning. The AL structure leverages on the small group structures of PLC and together with other facilitation processes, teachers work collaboratively to meet the PLC objectives.