Leading Organizations from the Inside Out: Unleashing the Collaborative Genius of Action-Learning Teams, 2nd Edition
December 2005, ©2006
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.
About the Authors.
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.
-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.
-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.
—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
—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
—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
—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
—Linda Shaffer-Vanaria, President, Enterprise Coaching of Carlsbad