Working with Wisdom
Timeless Skills and Vanguard Strategies for Learning Organizations
The notion of the learning organization--popularized by management thinkers and extolled by leaders of today's most progressive companies--is finally made practical for modern managers in Working Wisdom. Robert Aubrey and Paul M. Cohen offer a unique blAnd of historical context and contemporary examples from such worldwide companies as Dun & Bradstreet, LifeScan, Spectra-Physics, and Raychem to demonstrate how the new role of manager as learning guide can help build the capacity for competitive advantage. The authors show managers how to use existing resources and the age-old skills of providing capable guidance and nurturing personal experiences to make the learning organization a reality. Through a wealth of case studies--from international businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations--and a grounded historical perspective in adult learning and personal development, the authors identify five tactics that wise managers use to trigger and enhance learning experiences at work. They also guide leaders through the organizational initiatives essential to supporting the new role for managers, demonstratating how to establish learning leadership, leverage the wisdom of middle managers, build learning networks, use technology, tackle public policy issues, and create learning alliances.
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"Learning is the most valuable benefit we can offer employees, and our ability as a company to learn faster and better than compeitors is our most valuable competitive resource. Working Wisdom is about how to help people and organizations get smarter--or wiser--every day. No management-speak here; just time-tested strategies for mentoring people and accelerating learning. Nowhere have I found such a thoughtful, practical approach." --Douglas McKenna, general manager, executive and management development, Microsoft Corporation "An opportunity to gain an insight into the pragmatics of organizational learning. Aubrey and Cohen go beyond the fashionable to show why organizations pursuing this course are gaining competitive advantage in global markets." --Patrick Canavan, corporate vice president and director of global leadership and organizational development, Motorola, Inc. "A powerful, profoundand most often ignoredview of the process of attaining wisdom. Aubrey and Cohen take the basic learning model and translate it into a practical guide for leaders. This thoughtful, readable, and energetic book was, for me at any rate, the missing link: what I had not previously found in so many discussions of learning organizations and learning networks. Bravo!" --from the foreword by Tom Peters "Here is indeed a wise book that advances the 'new wave' of thinking about the theory and practice of adult education--the creation of learning organizations and, in fact, a learning society. It is loaded with real-life examples of the strategies available for applying working wisdom in the workplaces. It's new. It's different. It's a treasure chest." --Malcolm S. Knowles, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Adult and Community College Education, North Carolina State University