Optimizing the Power of Action Learning

Optimizing the Power of Action Learning : Real-Time Strategies for Developing Leaders, Building Teams and Transforming Organizations

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The Third Edition of the field-defining book

Originated by Reg Revans in the 1940s, the Action Learning Model was refined and then reintroduced by lead author Michael Marquardt to organizations globally as a powerful tool for improving organizational performance. Today, Marquardt is widely considered to be the modern "father" of the Action Learning approach.

For this new edition, Marquardt has teamed up with three Action Learning experts from Asia and the UK who bring a broader global approach to what has become THE seminal book in the field. Each chapter has been updated for alignment with today's practice and implementation of Action Learning in organizations, including fresh information on virtual Action Learning, guidance on implementing Action Learning and becoming a Certified Action Learning Coach, and many new case studies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 195 x 234 x 22mm | 410g
  • Nicholas Brealey International
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3rd ed.
  • 1473676967
  • 9781473676961
  • 931,621

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Mike Marquardt is the key thought leader in action learning. In introducing this unique but simple process to our executive leaders, we have garnered huge benefits in problem definition and resolution, as well as in higher-level thinking and the acceleration of organizational learning. -- Helen Goldson, VP Talent Management, Goodrich Corporation A must-read for anyone who wants to improve the effectiveness of people and organizations. -- Doug Bryant, Director of Organizational Development, Honeywell Transportation Systems Action and learning are crucial to sustained organizational success. Mike Marquardt knows this and his book provides proven, practical, and useful thinking tools, techniques, and examples. -- Mike Stonier, Senior Manager, University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science, Johannesburg Marquardt's teachings have allowed Sony Music leaders to realize their greatest potential for solving problems: not by overwhelming a discussion with conflicted answers, but by asking powerful questions and reflecting on one's own leadership skills. That alone has made Optimizing the Power of Action Learning one of the most vital instruments of our leadership transformation success. -- Kathy Chalmers, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Sony Music Entertainment
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About Michael J. Marquardt

Michael J. Marquardt (Author)
Michael J. Marquardt, Ed.D. is professor of Human Resource Development and International Affairs as well as Program Director of Overseas Programs at George Washington University. Dr. Marquardt also serves as President of the World Institute for Action Learning and is the author of 20 books, including Leading with Questions and Optimizing the Power of Action Learning.

Shannon Banks (Author)
Shannon Banks is former director and trainer for top leadership in Microsoft. She is a Master Action Learning Coach, author of several articles and special journal issue on action learning and her company, Be-Leadership, provides executive level training for many global corporations throughout Europe including UK Parliament leaders.

Peter Cauweiler (Author)
Peter Cauweiler, PhD is Director of WIAL-Thailand and WIAL Board Secretary. He is also the editor for 2 WIAL newsletters distributed to over 5000 people.

Choon Seng Ng (Author)
Choon Seng Ng is a Master WIAL Coach and the Director of WIAL-Singapore. He has trained over 200 coaches in 12 Asian countries. He holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development from George Washington University and his company, Idialogue has trained thousands of leaders in public and corporate sectors in Singapore.
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