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Action Inquiry by William R. Torbert

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THREEAction Inquiry as a Way of Organizing

In Chapter 1, we illustrated how we can each practice first-person action inquiry within ourselves. This is action inquiry in which we seek the attentiveness—the presence of mind—to begin noticing the relationships among our own intuitive sense of purpose, thoughts, behaviors, and effects. In this way we gradually generate increasing integrity within ourselves.

In Chapter 2, we examined some up-close illustrations of how we can practice second-person action inquiry in our conversations with others. In this action inquiry, we seek to interweave framing, advocating, illustrating, and inquiring to better name what is occurring from all players’ perspectives. Thus we gradually generate greater mutuality ...

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