Great book for consultants and leaders of all stripes. Also provides a nice history of organizational development. Marv Weisbord's fluid writing style makes the content easy to absorb. I wish more leaders and managers would read this, it is an important counterbalance to default styles of management if people have not had good models in their professional development.
Reading the first edition of Productive Workplace had a major impact on my career, should I say, on my life. This 25th anniversary edition with much new material renewed my interest. Weisbord shares with the reader his intimate knowledge of the evolution of organizations' management over the last century. Relying on in-depth research, personal relationships with key actors in the field and his own experienced as manager and consultant, he presents many case studies, key principles, values and methods at the core of successful organizational transformation projects. As a Strategic Planning consultant, I have used his "whole system in the room" Future Search process for years to the great benefit of my clients. Like this book, Future Search is a process that makes a difference on the lives of organizations and their members.
To this so stimulating content, add testimonies from forty consultants, managers, and community leaders from all over the world who relate the impact earlier versions of this book had on their work, their career. Powerful! Beware, once you start reading Productive Workplaces, you won't be able to put it down.
Marv has done it again. He has managed to write about management and organisation development in a way that reads like an interesting novel. I am so amazed how the stories of management and organisations can be so compelling, and can contain both the theory/principle and practical tips. Kurt Lewin's "There is nothing so practical as a good theory" rings loud and clear throughout the book. I have read the previous two editions of the book, and the first edition was an eye-opener and life-changer for me. This 25th anniversary version is having the same impact on me, as the context and content of the book has grown and developed since 1987. I would give this book more than 5 stars if I could, and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the field of OD.