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Action Inquiry

UK Professional Business Management / Business


Published: 9th June 2004
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“Action inquiry” is a fresh approach to learning leadership in the midst of action. This highly accessible process takes each of us beyond muddling through daily dilemmas to exercising transforming power at key moments and more timely action in general. Bill Torbert and Associates lead you through more and more sophisticated “action-logics”—strategies for analyzing the world and reacting to it—until you are able to practice action inquiry continually. Speaking to everyone from new managers to CEOs to world leaders, real-life stories of leadership and organizational transformations show how action inquiry increases personal integrity, relational mutuality, company profitability, and long-term organizational and environmental sustainability.

"Buckle up your seatbelt and enjoy the ride. Torbert is an original and his ideas about life, learning and leadership will rattle your brain and stir your soul."
--Charles Derber, author of Corporation Nation, People Before Profit, and Regime Change Begins at Home

"In Action Inquiry, Bill Torbert and his colleagues take on a question as old as Socrates: how to translate human understanding into right action. They argue that we must develop the capacity not only to anticipate consequences, but also to reevaluate our goals and to challenge our deepest assumptions in response to changing contexts and diverse perspectives. Their model of self-critical learning offers a much-needed alternative to views that mistake self-assertion for agency and brute force for power."
--Morris Kaplan, author of Sexual Justice: Democratic Citizenship and the Politics of Desire and Professor of Philosophy, SUNY-Purchase

"We all suffer from a lack of understanding of how to work and live together. Action Inquiry offers the kind of questions and practical ideas we need in order to search for effective truth in our own work and in our life with each other."
--Jacob Needleman, author of Money and the Meaning of Life and Time and the Soul

"In this path breaking book, Torbert and his team report back from the leadership frontier that each of us faces. Through lively cases, they illustrate how the demand action inquiry makes on you grows your capacity for leadership. Torbert's work is unique. No one else combines such erudition with such evidence and such a sense of immediate applicability."
--Jay Ogilvy, Partner, The Monitor Group of Companies; co-founder, Global Business Network; and coauthor of China's Futures

"Bill Torbert understands something that few students of leadership ever comprehend. The essence of leadership is the capacity to learn in real time. In this marvelous book he not only articulates the principles of action learning, he gives us practical tools. He helps us develop a potent skill. If you wish to differentiate and distinguish yourself as a contributor of the highest caliber, read this work. It will enlarge your mind and expand your capacity."
--Robert E. Quinn, Professor, University of Michigan Business School, and author of Building the Bridge as You Walk on It: A Guide for Leading Change

"In Action Inquiry, Bill Torbert makes a major contribution to the emerging conversation between academia and the world of affairs. This conversation is essential as our global society faces extraordinary new problems of sustainability of the global ecosystems and justice for all humanity. Torbert's vision and practice of inquiring, collaborative leader- ship offers an important key to how we can address these urgent issues at individual, organizational and societal levels."
--Peter Reason, Director, Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice, University of Bath

"For years now I have watched intense personal and sometimes organizational transformations take place as participants in Boston College's Leadership for Change Program experiment with the ideas that Bill Torbert presents in this book. This book dramatically illustrates how action inquiry can be a path to self- and other-awareness, insight, and positive changes of the sort that can shape a world in the future that we will all want to live in."
--Sandra Waddock, author of Leading Corporate Citizens

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: The Promise and the Power of Action Inquiryp. 1
Learning Action Inquiry Leadership Skills
Fundamentals of Action Inquiryp. 13
Action Inquiry as a Manner of Speakingp. 24
Action Inquiry as a Way of Organizingp. 38
Interlude: Action Inquiry: The Idea and the Experiencep. 55
Transforming Leadership
The Opportunist and the Diplomat: Action-logics you probably resort to, but don't want to be circumscribed byp. 65
The Expert and the Achiever: The most common managerial action-logicsp. 78
The Individualist Action-Logic: Bridge to transforming leadershipp. 91
The Strategist Action-Logic: Developing transforming powerp. 104
Transforming Organizations
Transforming Meetings, Teams, and Organizationsp. 121
Facilitating Organizational Transformationsp. 133
The Social Network Organization and Transformation Toward Collaborative Inquiryp. 148
The Quintessence of Collaborative Inquiryp. 162
The Ultimate Spiritual and Societal Intent of Action Inquiry
The Fresh Action Awareness of Alchemistsp. 177
Creating Foundational Communities of Inquiryp. 194
Concluding Scientific Postscript on Methods of Inquiryp. 209
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9781576752647
ISBN-10: 157675264X
Series: UK Professional Business Management / Business
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 9th June 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 14.66  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.37