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Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership

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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 illu ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 9th 2004 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Denis Vasilev
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Похоже на теорию страт и применение модели AQAL Уилбера к менеджменту. Думаю для большинства менеджеров не слишком практичная книга. Достаточно понимать что менеджеры, как и все люди находятся на разных уровнях осознания
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking but seems hard to put into practice

As an executive coach and leadership development professional, I was looking for new ways to help executives have the kind of influence on the world they are capable of. While the ideas are interesting, they look difficult to put into practice in helping someone develop their leadership capabilities. The methodologies described are very abstract and would seem very challenging to apply at today's pace of business.

Also, the Kindle font is very
Greg S
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Profound insights that require a lot of introspection. I wish the authors would go farther on making the transition to practical application.
Neelesh Marik
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
To live at one's leisure, performing work of value to others, listening into the dark, exercising presencing attention, and loving even what turns from the light in ourselves and others: this is one good way to express what it is in a lifetime of action inquiry that can be named "the secret of timely and transforming leadership".

'Who among us would voluntarily take on the continual suffering of witnessing the gaps among intentions, espoused values, actual practices, and outcomes in ourselves, in
Patrick Walker
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Hard to summarize briefly - worth reading the reviews at Amazon. Torbert is obviously well-versed in integral theory and leadership, but comes at the practice in very straightforward, pragmatic ways, and illustrates easy to understand benefits of cultivating awareness around the process of inquiry in management and leadership. Lots of stories and examples to illuminate his contentions and recommendations, and practical exercises throughout that nicely enable readers to experimen ...more
Sergej van Middendorp
A good introduction to action inquiry, especially for those applying it in practice. Although I better like Personal and Organizational Transformations, as it is a better lay-out of the theory and practice than this book, I believe.
Meg Lightheart
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bit idiosyncratically written, but pretty awakening as to the mindsets needed for real change in organisations and the world. Not just for "managers"... Might form the basis for my (currently imagined) PhD.
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Provides a great framework for analyzing and improving difficult conversations. I try to use the concepts at work quite a bit.
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