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Leading Organizations from the Inside Out: Unleashing the Collaborative Genius of Action-Learning Teams, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-77167-8
204 pages
December 2005, ©2006
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With this innovative book, readers will discover how to effectively implement change initiatives by gaining a better understanding of both the behavioral and operational aspects of an organization. The new second edition continues to show them how, through Action-Learning Teams, they can accomplish tangible business objectives while creating superior workforce development within their organizations. New material integrated throughout the book will help them facilitate these teams in a virtual environment. It also clearly shows them how to design and deploy significant organizational initiatives and change processes.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: THE DESIGN AND DEPLOYMENT OF STRATEGIC CHANGE.

1. Getting Started.

2. Inquiry - Discovering Gaps that Impede Effectiveness.

3. Design - Innovating the Roadmap Forward.

4. Deployment - Transformation in Action.

5. Integration - Aligning Core Systems.

PART II: ACTION-LEARNING TEMAS: AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY.

6. How Can Action-Learning Teams Benefit Your Organization?

7. The New Strategic Imperative.

8. Leading Effective Action-Learning Teams.

9. Action-Leaning Teams and Knowledge Worker Development.

10. The Action Context as Learning Environment.

PART III: SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS.

11. The Transformation of the U.S. Army Through Action-Learning Teams.

12. Executive Mastery - Cyberspace and the New Frontiers of Executive Education.

13. Corporate and Higher Education Practices in an Action-Learning Context.

References.

About the Authors.

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Author Information

Bruce LaRue, Ph.D has focused much of his career on the emergence of the knowledge economy and its implications for the development of leadership competencies in complex organizations.  As a consultant and professor, Bruce has worked with managers and executives from industries such as aerospace, telecommunications, network technologies, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, financial services, and the non-profit sector.

Paul Childs has served as a senior advisor in computer technology, telecommunications, investment banking, and media industries.  He has provided strategic and investment planning for the film and television, computer and wireless industries.  Paul has developed unique methodologies and workshops for creating dramatic, impactful and sustainable change in corporations all over the world, many of which appear in this book.  His workshops for senior executives and entrepreneurs have been taught worldwide.

Kerry Larson, Ph.D, is an experienced senior executive with an extensive background in organizational development and executive coaching.  As a senior executive he helped create powerful work environments at AT&T Wireless, McCaw Communications, Teledesic, and Avia International.  He has been on the faculty of three universities and has consulted with a variety of organizations from industries as diverse as telecommunications, financial services, biotechnology, and manufacturing.

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New to This Edition

-Readers will discover how to effectively implement change initiatives by gaining a better understanding of both behavioral and operational aspects of an organization.
-The new second edition coninutes to show readers how, through Action Learning Tems, they can accomplish tangible business objectives while creating superior workforce development within their organizations.
-New material integrated throughout the book will help facilitate these teams in a virtual environment.
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The Wiley Advantage

-Provides four stages of development of stratefic inititaives, including the tools, procedures, and leadership qualitites needed for aligning organizational core systems in each deployment phase.
-Outlines the creation of innovatiev ALT's as fluid constructs with minimal need for traditional management controls
-Clarifies how training, policy, communication and structural changes ma be required to manage the emerging adaptive system, including the alignment of process with front line support and reward systems.
-Identifies key stakeholders to make transition work; key questions to explore; tendancies to avoid; leadership styles and communication tips for each phase of the project and organizational alignment. Practical examples and proven theories are distilled to foster an ongoing culture of innovation that attracts and retains top talent.
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Reviews

"Leading Organizations from the Inside Out is a great gift to leaders in all three sectors, leading the teams that could transform the enterprise. Action-Learning Teams and After Action Review inspire language and action that can mobilize leaders and teams to build the viable, relevant, and successful organization of the future."
Frances Hesselbein, Chairman, Leader to Leader Institute

"Leading Organizations from the Inside Out gives companies and their leaders critical tools and perspectives that enable them to deal with the fast pace of business in today’s world. It offers an especially effective way to initiate change and develop your people at the same time. Don’t just read this book...apply its principles."
Bill Owens, President and CEO, Nortel Networks

"I have had the opportunity to work with small and large organizations. It is amazing to me to see how small organizations work through tough cross-functional issues. In effect, small firms are Action-Learning Teams. Something happens to an organization as it matures. ALTs give way to traditional corporate hierarchy. Medium and large organizations would be well-served to read and adopt the practices outlined in Leading Organizations from the Inside Out. I know from experience that the practices outlined in this book can positively impact the culture of any organization."
Steve Hooper, General Partner/Founder, Ignition Partners (Venture Fund)

"Action learning and leading have come of age, thanks in no small part to the authors of this vital book. If the top military and commercial programs are using these concepts to breakthrough traditional barriers, we should all sit up, take notes, and experience excellence in action."
Ken Shelton, Editor of Leadership Excellence

"Action-Learning Teams built on a foundation of trust, honesty and a dedication to true excellence will soon become the hallmark of all successful organizations. The volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous leadership environment that we all face demands the speed, adaptability, and flexibility that these teams embody."
Major General Robert Ivany, ret., Former President, U.S. Army War College

"Action-Learning Teams fill the gap between creating the foundations of team dynamics and unleashing talent in a collaborative aligned effort to achieve measurable results. If you need people to work together to solve a problem, improve a process, or create a new product, then this research-based approach provides the "how to" for attaining the best from having people work together."
Richard Schuttler, Center for Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix

"Leading Organizations from the Inside Out is a must read as it clearly articulates solid, user-friendly processes for helping teams create strategic results. As an Executive Coach and former U.S. Navy Test Pilot and squadron commander, my experience is that concepts like Soft-Focus help leaders distinguish what is most important in the midst of complexity, overload and constant change."
Linda Shaffer-Vanaria, President, Enterprise Coaching of Carlsbad

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