Current State

In our rapidly changing world, organizations struggle to meet their ambitious performance and people development goals with the methods they have used in the past.




WIAL Vision

We believe that ambitious organizations need new ways of thinking, doing business, and collaborating to solve their complex problems and achieve their desired results.




WIAL Mission

WIAL coaches elevate team performance through action learning. They support teams in identifying breakthrough solutions to real problems, while accelerating individual, team and organizational development. WIAL’s team coaching leads to more effective organizations, positive business impact and a learning culture.




WIAL Purpose

We transform ambitious organizations into places of continuous learning, making them capable of solving today’s challenges and embracing the opportunities of tomorrow through the promotion and practice of action learning.

wiallogowp The World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL) is the world’s leading certifying body for Action Learning, providing various training & certification programs internationally. It is a rapidly growing international not-for-profit organization supported by WIAL Affiliates around the world. WIAL is a highly capable global organization helping clients rapidly solve urgent and important business challenges. Our clients frequently achieve a substantial Return on Investment (ROI) on their organization, leadership, and team development projects. wialtable WIAL’s Action Learning approach has elevated the performance of hundreds of organizations worldwide including Microsoft, Hong Kong Transit and IBM. For an extended list, check out our Clients. Many universities around the world have also incorporated the WIAL model into their curricula and learning methodology. WIAL members have written numerous books and articles on the subject of Action Learning, including three that are predicted to be classics in the field:
  • Action Learning in Action
  • Optimizing the Power of Action Learning
  • Action Learning for Developing Leaders and Organizations: Principles, Strategies, and Cases

WIAL History



Professor Reginald Revans is the originator of Action Learning. He invented and developed this method in the United Kingdom in the 1940s, working in the Coal Board. He encouraged managers to meet together in small groups, to share their experiences and ask each other questions about what they saw and heard. The approach increased productivity by over 30%.

In 1995, WIAL co-founder Michael Marquardt met Reg Revans, widely recognized as the father of Action Learning. The two men began a dialogue that led to the development of the WIAL model of Action Learning, which focuses on continual learning. After years of testing, research and refinement, the model took final form in the renowned six components and two ground rules of Action Learning.