Actualized codevelopment Action Learning: to progress towards an innovative, learning organization!

Actualized Codevelopment

Actualized  Codevelopment Action Learning (CAL): an approach more relevant than ever to progress towards an innovative, learning organization! (Sabourin, Paquet, Lafranchise, 2023): 

A must-read article (in French) in the special edition on the learning organization in HR publications –  Revue RH of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines du Québec


Sept- Oct 2023

Here is a summary of the article in English . 

Read this article with this question in mind : how will you dare to implement Codevelopment Action Learning (CAL)?


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This article, written by coach and author – Nathalie Sabourin – and the team of pioneering researchers – Maxime Paquet and Nathalie Lafranchise-  presents aligned and actualized Codevelopment Action Learning (CAL) as a significant means to build a collaborative, innovative and learning culture.

For the first time, the text presents the scientific results of research carried out in various contexts. The benefits and impact of CAL as well as the conditions required for its implementation are illustrated.

What is Codevelopment Action Learning (CAL)

Codevelopment Action Learning (CAL) is a group of 5 to 8 people that come together over a pre-determined period (in person or online) with a common purpose: progress collectively and individually, co-create solutions and open up to new possibilities by learning from each other.

Watch this video on CAL (Codevelopment Action Learning)

CAL’s Impacts: Co-Create.  Accelerate.  Grow.

The article presents how CAL builds collaborative, creativity and learning capabilities, as well as human and T-shaped skills such as leadership.  Research by M. Paquet and N. Lafranchise show:

  • 91% of CAL group participants report achieving their objectives.
  • 85% of participants report transferring what they have learned to their day-to-day work.
  • CAL stimulates self-efficacy at work (see graph).

An updated, aligned approach

The authors describe how CAL has evolved to better meet the needs of companies and organizations seeking to innovate, stimulate teamwork and build a learning culture.

"The " Learning " component of Codevelopement Action Learning[...] aligns with the most recent practices and knowledge suggesting that learning is the main driver of other successful factors in all companies, in all business sectors and in all industries. [...] Codevelopement Action Learning has also given a new dimension to the understanding of the motto "no action without learning, no learning without action". To this purpose, emphasis is being placed on key issues such as accountability to management through measurable results, and greater sharing of personal development objectives between participants." (3)

Dare to implement Codevelopment Action Learning

« Experience CAL and adopt it».  You will gain the benefits: Accelerate goals/projects.  Co-create solutions.  Grow and Learn.

Don’t hesitate to contact The Co-Leadership Group to implement CAL in your company, or to set-up a team of in-house facilitators.

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Are you looking to better influence and act with more intention and impact?

Explore Gallup's new tool to understand your leadership style.

In today’s complex reality, do you wonder how to better influence and act with more intention and impact? Do you sometimes feel like you don’t have enough authority or real, legitimate power to effectively influence decisions and engage stakeholders to achieve your bold goals? Who should you team up with to help you through the complementarity of strengths?

Do you know your leadership approach?

You are not alone. Leadership is not merely a title; it involves making a positive impact on both situations and individuals, with influence being a crucial skill to refine for achieving success.

Source : Gallup®

You have the strengths within you to dare to do things differently. To influence with more impact and intention, the first step is to better understand yourself, your strengths, and potential blind spots.

To do this, Gallup has identified four leadership and influencing styles based on strengths to help you understand the approach that aligns with your strengths. Because they are based on CliftonStrengths® 34, these leadership styles reveal how you can make a significant impact using your natural leadership talents, rather than imitating someone else’s style.

Take, for example, Eric, a leader responsible for implementing significant changes. As a process-focused leader with an action-oriented approach, he faced difficulties in mobilizing diverse people and gaining their buy-in. It was time to prepare the ground, build trust through relationships, and create spaces for co-creation to involve all stakeholders. Slowing down to go fast paid off. Eric realized that ideas from various people affected by the change would lead the transformation in the right direction.

The CliftonStrengths® for Leaders Report

Your strengths can propel you forward. But, as in Eric’s case, they can also trip you up if you only operate on autopilot. Understanding your sphere of influence and leadership style allows you to act with more intention and adapt to a specific situation. This may involve reducing the intensity of certain strengths or identifying partnerships for success.


Whether you already know your CliftonStrengths® or are ready to discover them for the first time, the new CliftonStrengths® for Leaders report is a tool to provide you with a clearer and more precise idea to strengthen the effectiveness of your influence and impact.

Building Your Influence Capabilities

Get to know your dominant strengths to better understand your leadership and influence style. So, you know who you are, how to use your strengths, and minimize the impact of your weaknesses.

As leaders, you often have common goals and a desire to achieve the same results. However, by acting with more intention and in partnership with people whose strengths complement yours, you will achieve it in a way that is unique to your strengths and style.

To read the full article on the CliftonStrengths® for Leaders report and the four leadership domains, click the link below.

Still want to go further? Checkout this podcast series:

New – Strength-based self-coaching mobile app – e2grow

Trend to inspire you: A Strengths-Based Mobile App

Today’s companies face major challenges, including:

  1. Amplify engagement, talent self-development and continuous learning at a rapid pace.
  2. Accelerate teamwork – collaboration, autonomy and synergy of strengths.
  3. Equip team leaders to have effective, relevant and inspiring coaching conversations.

To meet these challenges, the strengths approach is a concrete and effective solution. Gallup’s research shows that teams who feel at their full potential and use their strengths at work are more productive, customer-focused and committed.

This has a direct impact on retention and performance.

A strength-based self-coaching mobile app

And now, Gallup’s strengths approach comes to life with a new, user-friendly and innovative strengths-based self-coaching mobile app- e2grow.

Leaders and team members can access a variety of online activities to discover their strengths and reach their full potential, right from their cell phone, tablet or computer.

The e2grow strengths-based self-coaching mobile app allows you to develop continuously, easily connecting with colleagues online to get to know them better, work better together and learn from each other.

As an accredited Gallup partner, e2grow leverages the Gallup CliftonStrengthsâ to take teams to another level by bringing the strengths approach to life on a daily basis.

Improve teamwork – collaboration, autonomy and synergy of strengths. As an accredited Gallup partner, e2grow leverages the Gallup CliftonStrengths to take teams to another level by bringing the strengths approach to life on a daily basis.

Improve teamwork – collaboration, autonomy and synergy of strengths.

The e2Grow self-coaching mobile app is a very useful tool to amplify team potential. It enables you to:

  • Easily connect with colleagues online to get to know them better and learn together.
  • Find ways to better work together.
  • Collaborate more effectively with your leader-coach.

The strengths-based application enables all team members to develop their strengths and learn from each other.

Profile customization enables teams to develop better collaboration through regular online tips and activities.  Team members have access to various activities and information to help them adapt better to the people they have to work with.

Increase engagement, self-development and continuous learning

The e2grow app becomes a powerful engagement leverage by offering online self-development and continuous strengths-based learning activities.  Team members are in charge of their own progress and career development!

With the e2grow app, team members are better equipped to build their plan for success and amplify their full potential (vs. simply their development plan to mitigate their weaknesses).  They are also better equipped to initiate coaching conversations about their development with their managers, coach or mentor.

"Instead of wasting time on 'candy crush' on the subway, I'm going to do my e2grow activities"  Participant in a young leaders' coaching journey

Participant in a young leaders' coaching journey

The nudges sent out on a regular basis on the platform enable teams and their members to use their strengths to achieve their goals. They choose their weekly goal and focus on the most important activity that will have the greatest impact.


Equipp team leaders to lead effective, relevant and inspiring coaching conversations


With e2grow, team leaders can nurture 4 individual coaching conversations:

  • Rediscover strengths and needs
  • Align strengths with objectives
  • Build a plan for success
  • Identify potential partnerships to accelerate achievement of full potential.


Because today, to mobilize and retain talent, team managers must become leader-coaches.  But how? And with what tools?  Using the e2grow application, managers can discover the strengths of each member of their teams.  They learn to appreciate their unique contribution, their sources of motivation and their needs. The Gallup

 Cliftonstrengths® 34 report now online also reveals areas of vulnerability and potential sources of demotivation.

With e2grow, managers can set up a personalized online coaching program for their team. The application enables team managers to:

– Contribute to their team’s full potential

– Provide real-time coaching on the application

– Bring the strengths approach to life in the team, to build a culture of collaboration, commitment and learning.


As a result, team leaders are better equipped to lead effective, relevant, and inspiring coaching conversations.



Find out more

To find out more about the strengths-based self-coaching e2grow mobile application, contact The Co-Leadership Group, your e2grow certified partner:

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