Especially noteworthy is his model of whole-leader development using real-time, real-world problems, firmly grounded in crucial components of emotional intelligence. -- Training Magazine, July 2004
Marquardt, expert on action learning process, details exactly how methodology works and how it can be used for important problems. -- Soundview Executive Book Summaries, August 2004
People with an interest in knowing details of action learning will find the answer to their prayers in this book. -- getAbstract, June 2004
The book uses the experiences of thousands of managers in hundreds of organizations as a foundation. -- T&D Magazine, June 2004
From the Inside Flap
Sweeping across the corporate landscape, action learning is one of today's most powerful and cost-effective tools for solving problems, developing leaders, building teams, and transforming organizations. And Michael Marquardt is leading the way. For more than a decade, he has helped organizations and governments around the world revolutionize the way they face the challenges of change. Now he calls on his pioneering experiences and the fundamentals introduced in his best-seller ACTION LEARNING IN ACTION to deliver the next-generation tools and techniques to make action learning successful each and every time, in any organization.
Moving action learning from good to great, OPTIMIZING THE POWER OF ACTION LEARNING zeros in on the skills needed to apply its six critical components: the problem; group diversity; a reflective inquiry process; action strategies; individual, team, and organizational learning; the all-important participation of a well-trained action learning coach; and step-by-step procedures for introducing, implementing, and sustaining action learning. Using twenty best-practices examples--including Dow Chemical, Whirlpool, and Deutsche Bank--this comprehensive guidebook builds on the real experiences of thousands of managers in hundreds of companies, explores recent innovations in the field, and demonstrates how the power of action learning can help any organization thrive in today's fast-changing global marketplace.