Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership / Edition 1

Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership / Edition 1

by William R. Torbert, Susanne Cook-Greuter, Dalmar Fisher, Erica Foldy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 157675264X

ISBN-13: 9781576752647

Pub. Date: 06/09/2004

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

"Action inquiry" is the process of transformational learning that individuals (and even whole organizations) can undertake to better assess current dangers and opportunities, act in a timely manner, and make future visions come true. Through short stories of leadership and organizational changes in the areas of business, politics, health care, and

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"Action inquiry" is the process of transformational learning that individuals (and even whole organizations) can undertake to better assess current dangers and opportunities, act in a timely manner, and make future visions come true. Through short stories of leadership and organizational changes in the areas of business, politics, health care, and education, this book illustrates how this process can increase personal integrity, improve relationships, and lead to company profitability and long-term success.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576752647
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/09/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
818,451
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: The Promise and the Power of Action Inquiry1
Part 1Learning Action Inquiry Leadership Skills
1Fundamentals of Action Inquiry13
2Action Inquiry as a Manner of Speaking24
3Action Inquiry as a Way of Organizing38
Interlude: Action Inquiry: The Idea and the Experience55
Part 2Transforming Leadership
4The Opportunist and the Diplomat: Action-logics you probably resort to, but don't want to be circumscribed by65
5The Expert and the Achiever: The most common managerial action-logics78
6The Individualist Action-Logic: Bridge to transforming leadership91
7The Strategist Action-Logic: Developing transforming power104
Part 3Transforming Organizations
8Transforming Meetings, Teams, and Organizations121
9Facilitating Organizational Transformations133
10The Social Network Organization and Transformation Toward Collaborative Inquiry148
11The Quintessence of Collaborative Inquiry162
Part 4The Ultimate Spiritual and Societal Intent of Action Inquiry
12The Fresh Action Awareness of Alchemists177
13Creating Foundational Communities of Inquiry194
AppendixConcluding Scientific Postscript on Methods of Inquiry209
Bibliography229
Index237

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