The Power of Collaborative Leadership: Lessons for the Learning Organization

The Power of Collaborative Leadership: Lessons for the Learning Organization

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Overview

The Power of Collaborative Leadership: Lessons for the Learning Organization helps business leaders realize the promise of organizational learning by sharing the lessons, insights, and best practices gained by two veteran managers and organizational learning pioneers. The book makes organizational learning principles and concepts more concrete by grounding them in the practical experiences of two major companies.

The Power of Collaborative Leadership helps business leaders realize the promise of organizational learning by sharing lessons, insights, and best practices gained by Bert Frydman and Iva Wilson, two veteran managers and organizational learning pioneers. Together with JoAnne Wyer, a professional learning analyst, they show that in order to be effective leaders of business organizations, we must transform an organization's methods of absorbing new information and its ability to transform it into knowledge and wisdom. This book offers some provocative and practical ways to overcome many commonly held assumptions and practices that can actually impede learning and the improvement of the organization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780080514260
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date: 09/18/2000
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

Forewordxv
Prefacexxi
Acknowledgmentsxxv
Introduction: Talking Revolutionxxvii
Part 1The Vision1
Chapter 1.The Premise and the Promise3
A Learning Organization: A Practitioner's Vision3
The Five Disciplines of Organizational Learning4
Awakening5
The Well-Traveled Road10
Is There a Different Path?19
Chapter 2.The Dilemma23
Three Additional Arguments27
Current Reality32
The Problem of Measurement37
The Crossroads40
Part 2The Journey43
Chapter 3.The Compass47
Action Science as a Framework for Interpretation48
Breaking Free of Model I56
The Deep Organizational Learning Vision: Implications for Leaders57
Chapter 4.The Pragmatist's Path: Bert's Journey63
Backdrop: The Squeeze64
A Vision of How It Could Be67
The Journey Resumes70
The Second Project: A Major Success77
In Search of a Strategy: The Challenge of Diffusion81
The Third Project: A Failed Collaboration85
The Fourth Project: A Moment of Truth86
Chapter 5.Debriefing Bert's Story93
The Organization's Learning System94
Values as a Source of Vision95
Strategy: Identifying the Wellsprings of Transformation99
Learning and Limitations102
Learning and Leadership106
Learning from Bert's Story108
Chapter 6.A Visionary Voyage: Iva's Learning Journey111
Background112
The Turn-around Strategy114
Looking to the Future120
Turning Inward121
Organizational Learning: A Radical New Commitment122
Chapter 7.Debriefing Iva's Story141
The Organizational Context142
Awakening Aspirations145
A Limited Theory of Change147
Dealing with Resistance148
Engaging the Larger System154
Personal Transformation and Organizational Change: A Crucial Link156
Building a Bridge Between Two Systems158
Chapter 8.The Double Loop: What Have We Learned?163
The Road Divides164
Key Similarities and Differences174
Part 3Leadership179
Chapter 9.Leadership: An Inquiry181
First Learning: Organizational Learning Leaders Are Pragmatic Visionaries182
Second Learning: The Centrality of Values187
Third Learning: Organizational Learning Leaders Are Master Strategists and Tacticians190
Fourth Learning: The Essence of Organizational Learning Leadership Is the Skillful Devolution of Power194
Fifth Learning: Organizational Learning Leaders Are Stewards of Learning199
Sixth Learning: Organizational Learning Leaders Are Learners Themselves200
Seventh Learning: No Single Path202
Chapter 10.Reflections on Leadership207
Learning Leadership: A Debate210
Keeping Your Balance on the Walk Between Worlds214
Leadership, Reflection, and Action222
Failure: The Leader's Learning Edge224
Part 4Mapping231
Chapter 11.The Adaptable Map233
Phase 1Inviting a Learning Journey233
Timing: A Question of Readiness239
Portals for Learning244
Is the Leader Ready?247
Designing the Adaptable Map256
Phase 2Mapping a Learning Journey257
Phase 3Beginning the Journey265
Phase 4On the Journey267
Phase 5Journey's Landmarks268
Chapter 12.A Call to Action275
Index283

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