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Leading organizational change using action learning (English Edition) [Formato Kindle]

Arthur M. Freedman , H. Skipton Leonard

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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. Organizations must also learn from their experiences in creating such solutions: high potential managers must acquire executive-level knowledge, skills, and attitudes; problem solving team members must learn how to develop high performing teams; team members must learn how to deal with problems among interdependent subsystems and between their organization and its various stakeholders. These are the areas in which action learning makes a powerful and enduring impact.
This book is intended for leaders at all organizational levels who are contemplating leading, planning, and managing complex systems change using action learning. It has two parts. In part I, the authors use a series of questionnaires to enable organizational leaders to make informed decisions about the kinds and types of consultants they might engage to assist them in leading transformational, unprecedented organizational change and leadership development programs. The types of consultants considered are contract employees (extra-pairs-of-hands), trainer-educators, technical experts (techsperts) and subject matter experts (SMEs), consulting organizational psychologists (COPs) and organization development and change (OD&C) practitioners, task or process facilitators, and action learning team coaches. The authors encourage leaders to avoid all or nothing choices and to consider, instead, employing a mix of types of consultants to be deployed where each type is best suited to be of assistance. Multidisciplinary consulting teams are encouraged.
Part II focuses on the requisite infrastructure for action learning projects and the role responsibilities that leaders must assume to assure the success of these efforts. The authors provide a detailed description of the essential elements of an effective action learning project. These are:
1. Compelling, important, urgent, complex, unprecedented problems
2. The action learning team
3. The questioning and reflection process
4. The commitment to taking action
5. The commitment to learning
6. The action learning team coach
For each element, the authors provide detailed descriptions of essential leadership functions and the common issues that emerge. We provide advice to leaders on actions they can take to solve emerging project management problems and to learn from the experiences. The contributions of action learning to the process of developing a learning organization is also explored.

L'autore

Arthur M. Freedman, MBA, Ph.D. is a licensed consulting organizational psychologist specializing in action learning coaching, executive coaching, leadership development, organization development, and planning and implementing complex organizational change. He has consulted throughout the world. He is an Adjunct Professor in the MBA Program, Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University and Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania. He received many awards: 1994 RHR International Award for Excellence in Consulting Psychology; Elliott Jaques Award for the outstanding Consulting Psychology Journal article of 1997; 2007 Levinson Award for Exceptional Contributions to Organizational Consulting Psychology; Hall of Fame Award from the National Hispanic Institute in 2011; 2012 Distinguished Psychologist in Management award from the Society of Psychologists in Management. Skipton Leonard, Ph.D. is a social and organizational psychologist. He is Principal and Managing Director for Learning Thru Action, LLC, providing action-based solutions for developing people and organizations. Skip was a Vice President and Executive Consultant with Personnel Decisions International (PDI). Over the years, Skip has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, NGOs, and US government agencies and institutes. He is an adjunct professor, Carey School of Business, Johns Hopkins University. He is a licensed psychologist in Virginia. Skip is a Member of the American Psychological Association, Past-President and Fellow of the Society of Consulting Psychology, and founding editor of the Consulting Psychology Journal. He received such awards as the Chairman's Award for Innovation (PDI), The Founders Award by NYU, and a special commendation for leadership from the Society of Consulting Psychology. Drs. Freedman and Leonard have many books, book chapters, articles, and professional presentations including: Leonard, H.S., Lewis, R., Freedman, A.M. & Passmore. J. (Eds.) (2013). The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Leadership, Change & OD. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Marquardt, M., Leonard, H.S., Freedman, A.M., Hill, C. (2009). Action learning for developing leaders and organizations: principles, strategies, and cases. Washington: American Psychological Association Press. Hill, C., Leonard, H.S., and Sokol, M. (2006). Action learning guide: real learning, real results. Minneapolis: Personnel Decisions International Press.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 1457 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 132
  • Editore: Reston, VA: Learning thru Action (21 maggio 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00CXXWBWM
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5.0 su 5 stelle Years of experience summarized 2 agosto 2013
Di Jayan - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
Arthur and Skip have years of experience leading change projects in organizations, they have distilled their rich experience and condensed them into a few pages. The book is a great resource for anyone who is planning to lead a change initiative. The book clearly starts on challenging the role and the value of an external consultant - what do we expect of her and how do we make a decision about the 'right' consultant. The consultant's mindset and the approach to change comes under scrutiny, in light of the needs of the organization. Skip and Arthur had been direct and forthright in calling out blind spots and mistakes one need to avid in making this important decision. The authors build a business case for Action Learning as a preferred tool for change considering, learning is as important as getting the work done. The authors clearly illustrate the process and the benefits of Action Learning and how it helps build internal capabilities within the organization rather than benign dependent for ever on external consultants.

The book is something that will capture the attention of even the experienced OD consultants since the authors make the point that change initiatives have to be designed with the complete involvement and participation of the staff, leaders and consultants/experts. The authors also emphasize the importance of learning together from the experience rather than being taught about the experience. Action Learning is a long term commitment for an organization and it can double the returns if designed and executed properly. This book provides all the practical thinking points for a team considering organizational change using Action Learning. The book has pictures though not attractive enough, conveys the concepts very well. The language is to the point and simple enough for anyone to comprehend.
4.0 su 5 stelle Arguements for Action Learning to create organizational change 8 luglio 2013
Di avid reader - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
The book has two major sections: the first presents a model for leaders to consider prior to selecting a consultant. It delineates four kinds of problems and helps the reader determine the appropriate consultant to assist with each of these. This section can be useful to leaders who, too often, hire consultants based on recommendations or other criteria without making sure that they have the right skills for the problem at hand. The second section deals with a description of (and advantages of) the particular action learning (AL) model used by the authors. The authors believe that AL is a particularly useful tool for effective organizational change. In their description of AL, they must navigate the tension between a sales pitch for their approach and a more scholarly, less partial perspective. They do make a strong case for their approach to action learning and consultation but the book clearly (and openly) takes a partisan view in promoting a specific model of AL. Their brief summary of the elements and processes involved in AL can be very useful to those who might consider this innovative model to solve problems, develop leaders, improve teamwork and support systems change.
5.0 su 5 stelle An organizational resource for these unprecedented times 15 luglio 2013
Di Joanne Irving - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
The economic landscape is changing at an unprecedented rate and organizations must recognize the threats and opportunities that these changes create or risk disappearing. This means that many organizations must change in ways they are not prepared for. This book is an excellent resource for leaders who are facing such challenges. It begins by helping them assess which type of consultants is best suited for assisting them in addressing these conditions while thriving in the process. It then makes the case for Action Learning as one of the most effective tools for enabling the organization to quickly create solutions for such complex, systemic, unprecedented problems. It provides a superb road map for how leaders can ensure the success of these programs in their organizations. For leaders facing disruptive technologies, fluctuating economies, changing governmental regulations, expanding globalism, or aggressive competition, and for the consultants hired to help them, this is a must read.
Joanne Boyd Irving, PhD., Managing Partner, The Chrysalis Group
4.0 su 5 stelle Pragmatic Action Learning Guidance from Experts 11 luglio 2013
Di Feedback4U - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
Drs. Arthur Freedman and Skip Leonard have specialized in Action Learning and are widely recognized for their work in this area. This book is a practical guide for managers and leaders to apply this important approach to organizational change. Their guidance is direct (e.g., "The first element of an action learning project is a compelling, important, urgent, complex, unprecedented problem....it must be compelling to members of the action learning team." The book is a quick read (132 pages) and filled with straight-forward recommendations and guidance. It is a useful, "how to" guide but also helpful in knowing when you need outside help.

Rodney L. Lowman, PhD
Distinguished Professor,
CSPP/Alliant International University and
President, Lowman & Richardson/Consulting Psychologists
5.0 su 5 stelle Handing over to an Organizational Leader the experience and wisdom from Masters of Managing Change 1 gennaio 2014
Di Povilas Banaitis - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Speaking from the seat of their deep experience, Freedman and Leonard address the one who is ultimately accountable for the success of an organizational change - the executive leader. A simple to understand and follow recipe for success, no hidden ingredients, all perspectives taken into account.
The book can be read to enhance ones programmed knowledge, but more importantly - can serve as a step-by-step guide in setting up a successful complex organizational change project, involving executives, change sponsors, project teams, technical consultants, educators and change coaches.
Action Learning clearly positioned and well explained, with focus kept on the success of the organization first, the method serving merely as a tool.

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