By Mike Pedler

ISBN-10: 1409418413

ISBN-13: 9781409418412

Prior versions of motion studying in perform demonstrated this authoritative evaluate of motion studying all over the world. during the last decade the movement in the direction of action-based organizational studying and improvement has sped up, and motion studying is now a longtime a part of the schooling and improvement mainstream in huge and small companies. totally revised and up-to-date, this fourth version covers the origins of motion studying with Reg Revans' rules, and appears at their improvement and alertness this day. motion studying is self-directed studying via tackling company and paintings issues of the help of comrades and associates. a qualified and numerous staff, attracted, motivated and constructed during this method is extra in a position to deal successfully with the turning out to be complexity and pressures of operating existence. because the limits of traditional education and improvement develop into extra visible, leaders are more and more interested in action-based methods to studying whilst looking greater results and returns on funding.

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It is a grave mistake to confuse these two roles, even if the same individual may, from time to time, occupy them both. But the true leader must always be more interested in what he cannot see in front of him, and this is the mark of the wise man; the expert’s job is to make the most of all that is to hand. To search out the meaning of the unseen is the role of action learning; to manipulate to advantage all that is discovered is the expression of programmed teaching. Action learning ensures that, before skills and other resources are brought to bear in conditions of ignorance, risk and confusion, some of the more fertile questions necessary to exploring those conditions have been identified: there is nothing so terrible in all human experience as a bad plan efficiently carried out, when immense technical resources are concentrated in solving the wrong problems.

Students interested in semantic equivocation are invited to compare the current literature on management development with any of his early papers. These are now being made available (The Origins and Growth of Action Learning, ChartwellBratt, 1982) by a number of top British executives who believe that an understanding of what Revans has so long been saying is vital to our economic recovery. (xvii) The original thinkers who developed the practice of action learning on the basis of their experiences of the GEC programme are represented here by Bob Garratt The Power of Action Learning, David Casey Set Advising and David Pearce Getting Started.

But the little child, David, proved himself the greatest among them; he was a child who had no experience of armour and could see that the search for the bigger and stronger Israelite was misconceived, so that Goliath had to be dealt with in some other fashion. ’ No question was ever more important to the denizens of this Sceptred Isle; somebody should launch a campaign to change its patron saint to David from Saint George. We must not give the impression that it is only traditionalists such as the soldiers who have trouble in changing their conceptions; on the contrary, many of the greatest inventions are the products of conflict, for then we are obliged to think to save our skins.

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