Selected Journals


Leading Organizations from the Inside Out: Unleashing the Collaborative Genius of Action-Learning Teams

by Bruce LaRue, Paul Childs, and Kerry Larson
John Wiley & Sons, 2006

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Bruce LaRue, PhD and Robert Ivany, Major General, U.S. Army Retired with Bruce’s book “Leading Organizations From The Inside Out”


This innovative book is designed to drastically shorten the time needed to effectively implement change initiatives by helping readers understand both the behavioral and operational aspects of organizational change. The authors demonstrate how, through Action-Learning Teams, organizations can accomplish tangible business objectives while creating superior workforce development. They show leaders how to overcome resistance to change by involving critical stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, and cross-functional teams, in the design and deployment of change initiatives, resulting in drastically shortened time horizons for the successful implementation of change.

What others are saying about

“Leading Organizations from the Inside Out”

The leader of the past knew how to tell. The leader of the future will know how to ask. As a member of the Board of the Peter Drucker Foundation, I had the opportunity to listen to Peter eloquently outline the new world of leadership. He was describing today’s world of knowledge workers. They are people who know more about what they are doing than their managers do! It is hard to tell people what to do and how to do it when they already know more than we do. The process involved in Action-Learning Teams (ALT) carries this concept of asking to a new level. The ALT model assumes that great knowledge of the team is translated into action that makes a real difference for the organization. The process described in this book is something that almost any organization or team can use. Don’t just read it – apply it! You may be amazed at how quickly this process can make a positive difference.”

—Marshall Goldsmith, Listed in Forbes as one of five leading executive coaches

“Leading Organizations from the Inside Out gives companies and their leaders critical tools and perspectives that enable them to deal with the fast pace of business in today’s world. This book offers an effective way to initiate change and develop your people at the same time. Don’t just read this book, but apply its principles.”

—Admiral Bill Owens, U.S. Navy, Retired, Vice Chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff; President and CEO, Nortel Networks

“Action-Learning Teams built on a foundation of trust, honesty and a dedication to true excellence  will soon become the hallmark of all successful organizations. The volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous leadership environment that we all face demands the speed, adaptability and flexibility that these teams embody.”

—Major General Robert Ivany, U.S. Army, Retired, Former President, U.S. Army War College

“Leading Organizations from the Inside Out is a great gift to leaders from all three sectors, leading the teams that could transform the enterprise. Action-Learning Teams and After Action Review inspire language and action that can mobilize leaders and teams to build the viable, relevant, and successful organization of the future.”

—Frances Hesselbein, Chairman, Leader to Leader Institute

“I have had the opportunity to work with small and large organizations. It is amazing to me to see how small organizations work through tough cross-functional issues. In effect small firms are Action-Learning Teams. Something happens to an organization as it matures. ALTs give way to traditional corporate hierarchy. Medium and large organizations would be well served to read and adopt the practices outline in Leading Organizations from the Inside Out. I know from experience that the practices outlined in this book can positively impact the culture of any organization.”

 —Steve Hooper, General Partner/Founder Ignition Partners (Venture Fund)

“Action-Learning Teams fill the gap between the basics of team dynamics and unleashing talent in a collaborative aligned effort to achieve measurable results. If you need people to work together to solve a problem, improve a process, or create a new product, then this research-based approach provides the ‘how to’ for attaining the best from having people work together.”

 —Richard Schuttler, School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix