"Learning is the most valuable benefit we can offer employees, and our ability as a company to learn faster and better than compeitors is our most valuable competitive resource. Working Wisdom is about how to help people and organizations get smarteror wiserevery day. No management-speak here; just time-tested strategies for mentoring people and accelerating learning. Nowhere have I found such a thoughtful, practical approach." —Douglas McKenna, general manager, executive and management development, Microsoft Corporation
"An opportunity to gain an insight into the pragmatics of organizational learning. Aubrey and Cohen go beyond the fashionable to show why organizations pursuing this course are gaining competitive advantage in global markets." —Patrick Canavan, corporate vice president and director of global leadership and organizational development, Motorola, Inc.
"A powerful, profoundand most often ignoredview of the process of attaining wisdom. Aubrey and Cohen take the basic learning model and translate it into a practical guide for leaders. This thoughtful, readable, and energetic book was, for me at any rate, the missing link: what I had not previously found in so many discussions of learning organizations and learning networks. Bravo!" —from the foreword by Tom Peters
"Here is indeed a wise book that advances the 'new wave' of thinking about the theory and practice of adult educationthe creation of learning organizations and, in fact, a learning society. It is loaded with real-life examples of the strategies available for applying working wisdom in the workplaces. It's new. It's different. It's a treasure chest." —Malcolm S. Knowles, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Adult and Community College Education, North Carolina State University
Management consultant Aubrey and Cohen, the editor of the Tom Peters Group newsletter, believe that wisdom is an essential attribute for managers in today's organizations, where continuous learning is emphasized and maintaining employability is a necessity. Wisdom is defined, in part, as "a personal capacity acquired through experience and thinking [and] the ability to create learning experiences for others and manage learning processes in an organization." The authors identify five aspects of wisdom-accompanying, sowing, catalyzing, showing, and harvesting-and illustrate how individuals in selected organizations have successfully used them. They also look at the role of wisdom in the development of learning strategies for organizations and include illustrations from contemporary settings. Despite the breadth of their topic, the authors have delivered a concise, well-organized, and useful book, which will be of interest to those who want to develop either individual mentoring skills or organizational learning strategies. Recommended for business collections.-Mark McCullough, Heterick Lib., Ohio Northern Univ., Ada
The concept of the "learning organization" as conceived by Peter Senge in his "Fifth Discipline" (1990) is a popular one in management literature today. Building on Senge's framework, Aubrey and Cohen emphasize the role of "practical wisdom" and examine ways for both the individual and the organization to take advantage of this resource. They examine developments that are changing the nature of work, tactics to produce effective learning, and strategies for implementing learning. Aubrey is a Paris-based management consultant and author of "Savoir Faire Savoir" ("Knowing How to Know"), winner of the French Dauphine prize for best business book in 1991. Cohen edits the Tom Peters Group's newsletter "On Achieving Excellence". Together they collaborated on rewriting this book, which originally appeared in French and was written by Aubrey and Bruno Tilliette.