Optimizing the Power of Action Learning: Real-Time Strategies for Developing Leaders, Building Teams and Transforming Organizations 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1904838333
ISBN-10: 1904838332
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Editorial Reviews


"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

"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, South Africa

"A must-read for anyone who wants to improve the effectiveness of people and organizations."―Doug Bryant, Director of Organizational Development, Honeywell Transportation Systems

"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 brilliant compendium of key action learning techniques that produce extraordinary results. This book is a masterful must-read for any organization that aims to optimize its creativity and resilience amid rapid shifts in this changing world."―Meliha Dzirlo-Ayvaz, Manager, Risk and Financial Advisory, Deloitte & Touche

"Action learning is a powerful cross cultural tool to improving effectiveness and efficiency of groups in corporate settings."―Dr. Mohammed Asad Al-Emadi, Chairman, Asad Holding, Qatar

"Action learning has become part of our culture and helped us be much more successful in our actions."―Howard He, Assistant Vice President, Aviva-Cofco Life Insurance

"The third edition of Optimizing the Power of Action Learning is a great, practical "How To" book for those looking to understand and apply the power of action learning."―Bea Carson, Master Action Learning Coach; President, World

"In this third edition, the four co-authors share priceless new insights and strategies to build leaders and organizations through action learning. If you're ready to fully unleash the power of creativity in your organization, buy this book!"―Bill Thimmesch, Founder, US Government Action Learning Community of Practice

"The best approach to solving complex problems in complex organizations. A tool that is invaluable for any leader in an organization."―Tom Gronow, Chief Operating Officer, University of Colorado Hospital

About the 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.

Product details

  • Paperback : 228 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1904838332
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1904838333
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
  • Publisher : Nicholas Brealey; 2nd Edition (February 16, 2011)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 22 ratings