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Optimizing the Power of Action Learning: Solving Problems and Building Leaders in Real Time Hardcover – Jan 31 2004


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey America (Jan. 31 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891061916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891061915
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #878,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael J. Marquardt, Ed.D., an internationally noted educator and consultant, is professor of HRD and Program Director of Overseas Programs at The George Washington University, president of Global Learning Associates, and director of the Global Institute of Action Learning. Author of 15 books including Building the Learning Organization, Action Learning in Action, and Global Teams, he is the recipient of ASTD's International Practitioner of the Year Award and an honorary Ph.D. from The International Management Centre at Oxford, England for his work and writings in the field of action learning.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kramer on March 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
With this book, Marquardt has created the most exciting and practical model for executive development I have ever seen. Warren Bennis recently asked, poignantly, "Is there a future for leadership?" Marquardt is leading all management educators into the future of leadership. As director of an executive Master's program at American University, I am astonished at how powerful Marquardt's model is for developing "leaderly learners," in the magical phrase coined by Peter Vaill. Action learning is perfect for leaders who want to learn and learners who want to lead. Marquardt's chapter on the role of "action learning coach" is, by itself, worth a shelf of books of leadership. My executive participants are raving about how action learning has transformed their individual mindsets, allowing them to surface take-for-granted assumptions, as well as helped them begin to transform the culture or collective mindsets of their organizations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
Optimizing The Power Of Action Learning: Solving Problems And Building Leaders In Real Time by educator and consultant Michael J. Marquardt (Professor of HRD and Program Director of Overseas Programs, The George Washington University), is a "user friendly" guidebook to an effective learning technique for facing increasingly intimidating and complex organizational challenges, especially with regard to global business concerns. Impressing the power of "action learning" to respond to the need to create new products, improve service quality, and transform organizational cultures, Optimizing The Power Of Action Learning is a confidently recommended success guide complete with a well-thought-out process for introducing and sustaining action learning among groups to the reader's particular and maximum advantage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli on June 2 2004
Format: Hardcover
People with an intense interest in knowing all the details of action learning will find the answer to their prayers in this book. Author Michael J. Marquardt writes with the zeal of a revival tent preacher, filled with the sincere belief that action learning can help solve any problem, meet any challenge or achieve any aspiration. As he clearly explains, action learning is intended to build both knowledge and leadership. He sets out the steps your organization should pursue to implement action learning, and to use it well. He includes questions, checklists and extensive examples. All he omits are any caveats or cautions about this approach. He's a booster and an expert, just so you know where he's coming from. We recommend his manual to human resource professionals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TAEBOK LEE on March 8 2004
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Overall, this book is invaluable in that it provides readers with great insight into the ¡°what,¡± ¡°why,¡± and ¡°how¡± of action learning. It explains key components and principles of action learning in great detail. In addition, the author explains how to apply the components and principles covered in this book by giving specific examples and procedures. The usefulness of this book is illustrated by the questions and checklists, which are very practical. I believe this book will surely serve as an action learning manual for HRD practitioners for years to come.
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