Third Edition of the field-defining book!

by Michael Marquardt, Shannon Banks, Peter Cauwelier and Choon Seng Ng
Originated by Reginald Evans in the 1940’s, the Action Learning Model was refined and then reintroduced in 1995 by lead author Michael Marquardt to organizations globally as a powerful tool for improving organizational performance. Today, Marquardt is widely considered to be the modern “father” of the Action Learning approach. For this new edition, Marquardt has teamed up with three Action Learning experts from Asia and the UK who bring a broader global approach to what has become THE seminal book in the field.
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
Each chapter has been updated for alignment with today’s practice and implementation of Action Learning in organizations. In addition, new material, including case studies have been added to most chapters and outdated ones replaced. The authors have added more examples of great questions in Chapter 4 (Questions & Reflections), more discussion of virtual Action Learning in Chapter 3 (The Group) and completely new content in Chapter 7 (The Action Learning Coach), specifically on how to begin Action Learning sessions and how to become a Certified Action Learning Coach.

Leading with Questions: How Leaders Find the Right Solutions by Knowing What to Ask (New Edition)

By Dr. Michael Mardquardt

In this thoroughly updated new edition of his business classic Leading with Questions, internationally acclaimed management consultant Michael Marquardt shows how you can learn to ask the powerful questions that will generate short-term results and long-term learning and success. Throughout the book, he demonstrates how effective leaders use questions to encourage participation and teamwork, foster outside-the-box thinking, empower others, build relationships with customers, solve problems, and much more. Based on interviews with successful leaders who “lead with questions,” from such organizations as DuPont, Alcoa, Novartis, and Cargill. Marquardt reveals how to determine which questions will lead to solutions in today’s complicated business world. Step-by-step, he walks you through the process of learning the art of questioning and shows how to use the techniques of active listening and follow-up, presenting guidelines for using questions in myriad situations with individuals, teams, and organizations.

Optimizing the Power of Action Learning

By Dr. Michael Marquardt

In Leading with Questions, globally acclaimed management advisor Michael Marquardt shows how you can learn to ask the powerful questions that will generate short-term results and long-term learning and success. Throughout the book, he demonstrates how effective leaders use questions to encourage participation and teamwork, foster outside-the-box thinking, empower others, build relationships with customers, solve problems, and much more. Based on interviews with twenty-two successful leaders who lead with questions,this important book reveals how to determine which questions will lead to solutions in today’s complicated business world.

Leading Organizational Change Using Action Learning

By Arthur M. Freedman PhD and H. Skipton Leonard PhD

Organizations in all sectors and in all industries are and will continue to be confronted by the challenge of multiple changes in their external environments. For example, creation of disruptive technologies, fluctuating economies, increasing or decreasing governmental regulations, demographic shifts, human and natural disasters, expanding globalism, and aggressive competition. As the environmental landscape changes unpredictably along many different dimensions, organizations must recognize and adapt to the discontinuous threats and opportunities that these changes create. This calls for organizations themselves to change in ways that their unique histories have not prepared them. Thus, organizations today need effective tools to enable them to quickly create solutions for complex, systemic, important, unprecedented problems.

Great Solutions Through Action Learning: Success Every Time

By H. Skipton Leonard PhD and Arthur M. Freedman PhD

This book fills a conspicuous gap in the Action Learning literature – providing specific principles, strategies, and recommendations to coaches for developing the questions that are the foundation of effective Action Learning. Many other books provide the theory of Action Learning as well as recommendations for setting up Action Learning projects. In addition to this information, this volume provides the specific information that the coach needs to ensure the success of the Action Learning project. While the principles, strategies, and recommendations discussed in this book are based upon the methods developed with others at the World Institute for Action Learning, the authors provide many new practice principles and models which will be appreciated by experienced Action Learning coaches who want to be considered expert Action Learning coaches and who want to ensure the success of their Action Learning practice.