Timely Transformation of Action Inquiry Leadership

Where to go next to find the latest on Action Inquiry and the Global Leadership Profile?
GLA (Global Leadership Associates)? Amara Collaboration? ActionResearch+? Addventure? The Third Act?

A new generation of Action Inquiry leadership is taking over, as will be evident when you visit any of the links offered above and briefly introduced below. In the past five years, Action Inquiry Associates has “given birth” to a host of new websites and organizations, while I, Bill Torbert, have entered my second retirement (my first, in 2008, was from Boston College).

Global Leadership Associates, led by Elaine Herdman-Barker and Richard Izard, is our new business site, featuring an automated GLP (Global Leadership Profile) ordering and administration process, GLP coach certification workshops, action-inquiry-based consulting, and more.

The Amara Collaboration in Northern Europe (led by Heidi Gutkunst and Jane Allen) and Addventure in Southern Europe (led by Veronica Menduiña and Pablo Tovar) spread the word – and, more importantly, the practices – offering the Action Inquiry and GLP workshops in their neighborhoods (the GLP can be taken in Spanish). Read Amara’s new book “Street Smarts” and come to Alicante’s beach, or any of our venues. for an “Action Inquiry and GLP” workshop

ActionResearch+ (led by Hilary Bradbury) invites you into the kinds of relational action inquiry that generate live friendships, first via webinar, then in the flesh, so to speak, at Eros/Power Workshops (also available through Amara).

The Third Act (led by Ed Kelly) offers programs for those of us beginning to explore how we can generate a creative and meaningful final third of our lifetimes.

My two most recent publications are my 2016 book, with Hilary Bradbury, Eros/Power: Love in the Spirit of Inquiry and the article below -– the first summary of two generations of CDAI (Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry) research and practice, just published in the Integral Leadership Review. This article presents the research behind our claims about the validity and significance of the Global Leadership Profile, as well as the transformational potency of the practice of action inquiry for cultivating leadership development.

The most recent CDAI publication, a November 2017 Integral Leadership Review article begins…

“As shown in this review, fifty years of research on real-world practice, guided by the Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry (CDAI) paradigm of social science and social action, have documented more powerful impacts than any other research and practice approach on leaders’ and organizations’ transformation…

“One study focused on four lead consultants, working with ten different CEOs and organizations in six different industries over an average of four years. Five of the ten CEOs measured at the Transforming action-logic and five measured at earlier, conventional action-logics.

“The study found that there was a correlation, significant beyond the .05 level and accounting for 42% of all the variance, between the CEO’s action-logic and their organization successfully transforming (and improving on conventional indices of performance as well). If one added together the action-logics of the CEO and the lead consultant for each organization, the correlation became significant beyond the .01 level and accounted for 59%.

“Accounting for 59% of the variance means that the quality of the CEO’s and lead consultant’s action-logics, combined, made more of the difference between those organizations that successfully transformed and those that did not than all the other possible influences combined…” (continue reading online or as a pdf.)

See Bill give a brief description of
1) the Action Inquiry & Global Leadership Profile Workshop

2) how the GLP can support your work

3) what Action Inquiry means

4) why action-logics matter in the work world

5) why timing is key to leadership efficacy