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.

Key Features

Bridges the gap from the theory to the practice of learning organizations Demystifies the organizational learning principles Explains the leadership skills required to create a learning organization


Senior managers and executives

Table of Contents

Part 1 - The Vision: Chap. 1 -The Premise and Promise; Chap 2 -The Dilemma. Part 2 - The Journey: Chap 3 -The Compass; Chap 4 -The Pragmatist's Path; Chap 5 -Debriefing Bert's Story; Chap 6 -A Visionary Voyage; Chap 7 -Debriefing Iva's Story; Chap 8 -The Double Loop. Part 3 - Leadership: Chap 9 -Leadership; Chap 10 -Reflections on Leadership. Part 4 - Mapping: Chap 11 -The Adaptable map; Chap 12/Epilogue.


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About the authors

Iva M Wilson

Affiliations and Expertise

Consulting member and former president of the Society for Organizational Learning. Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.

JoAnne Wyer

Affiliations and Expertise

Former member of MIT's Center for Learning Organizations; Member of the Society of Organizational Learning. Ph.D. in Communications; and EDM in Educational Media.

Bert Frydman

Affiliations and Expertise

VP at Nortel Networks; former VP of Service Policy and Quality for Pacific Bell. MBA in Finance and Statistics.


"This book is a fascinating tapestry of different perspectives facing the common challenge of transforming organizations. These are exactly the types of differing worldviews that characterize most management teams. When the differences are honored, synergies can develop . . . .You will find yourself drawn in, taking sides, agreeing strongly with one and disagreeing strongly with the other. You will then discover that what you are really finding out about is yourself: The author's passions evoke your own. You are a party to the conversation. The circle of reflection is expanding." --From the Foreword by Peter Senge