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Action Inquiry by William R. Torbert

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INTERLUDEAction Inquiry: The Idea and the Experience

Summaries and Exercises for Chapters 1, 2, and 3

Chapter 1—Fundamentals of Action Inquiry

In Chapter 1, we introduced action inquiry at the personal scale as a kind of super-vision in the midst of action that simultaneously learns about the developing situation, accomplishes whatever tasks appear to have priority, and, if necessary, invites a re-visioning of the task (and potentially of your own self, as in Steve Thompson’s case after he began reexamining his experiences in that North Sea storm).

We focused on how action inquiry begins within ourselves, as an effort to become aware of four territories of experience. The story of Steve Thompson in the North Sea illustrated how, in order ...

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