Praise for Mike's Work


“Michael is comfortable with international, as well as American, audiences. He has the ability to quickly establish rapport.”

Dr. Janis McFaul
General Motors Corp.
Detroit, MI

Co-author of “What We Learned in Organizations”


“You communicate more clearly and more concisely than anyone I know. Your work is excellent!”

Doug Griffin, Ph.D.
Organizational Learning & Performance
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


“Mike’s style is engaging and thought-provoking. His real-world experience provides clients with real-world solutions.”

Michael J. DiPaola
Polo Ralph Lauren


“Mike is of great value in learning and change efforts! In the demands of today’s business environment, where change is constant and time is critical, Mike provides useable ideas that are applicable at all levels. His insights and techniques contribute greatly to our efforts to move the organization forward.”

Chris McSwain
Coca-Cola Bottling


“I have participated in many sessions with Mike as the facilitator. He uses personal examples, humor, and two-way communication to bring concepts to life. Dr. Beitler fosters an environment of teamwork, and inspires with his expectations of excellence.”

Richard A. Rorrer, MBA
Tyco Electronics Corporation
Global Automotive Division


“Leaders and their organizations will benefit immeasurably from Michael’s work.”

Nido R. Qubein, CSP, CPAE
President, High Point University
Chairman, Great Harvest Bread Co.


“If you're an external consultant or trainer passionately concerned about -- not only organizational development and learning -- but your own personal and professional career, knowledge, and growth in the early 21st century, 'Strategic Organizational Learning' and 'Strategic Organizational Change' are absolutely essential reading. Michael Beitler excels in weaving 'insightful nuggets of academia' in with the nuts-and-bolts of practical consulting experience. The resulting mix, and benefit for the consultant, is a goldmine of tips, guidelines, and knowledge to be found on the pages of both texts.”

Robert Davies
Cross-Cultural Facilitator
Cross-Cultural Management Company
Bangkok, Thailand


“I have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Beitler here in Germany. I find his ideas about organizational change and learning to be insightful and practical.”

Dr. Lars Reichmann
BASF
Ludwigshafen, Germany


“I already use what I learned from you in my work at Lorillard. I have quickly learned, by being involved with senior management, your ideas about organizational learning and change are valuable even at the top of a billion-dollar corporation.”

Ronald L. Ervin, Jr.
Lorillard


“Mike takes complex subject matter and makes it easy and enjoyable.”

Paul Gerhardt
Leadership Consultant
Seattle, WA


“We have benefited substantially from Dr. Beitler’s workshops in recent years. I have found his examples and exercises about how to understand the ‘dark side’ of our Myers-Briggs Types to be especially helpful in team-building. Mike has exceeded our expectations with his workshops.”

Dr. Catherine Holderness
Associate Director-MBA Program
The Bryan School of Business
University of North Carolina at Greensboro


“Thank you for the three-hour workshop you did for my Master of Science in Management class. As you know, the working adults in my classes want practical ideas that they can apply to their jobs. You delivered many career-building ideas that I am sure my students will use. They left the session energized and excited to implement the new ideas you gave them for their 'toolbox.' It was also a treat for them to actually meet the author of the book we use in the class! Thanks again for a wonderful session! I hope we have an opportunity to work together again soon.”

Dr. Tammy Hall
Troy University
Norfolk, Virginia


“Thank you so much for the experience of learning from such a dynamic professional. I have learned a great deal and I have already started using some of the principles you taught this summer.”

Will Greene
President & Founder
The Illumination Youth Empowerment Foundation


“Thank you very much for your part in making our supervisors retreat very successful. It was my pleasure to work with you on this endeavor and I appreciate you being so accommodating during the process. The evaluations show you are an excellent trainer (I already knew that!).”

Elizabeth A. Stafford
Sr. U.S. Probation Officer
United States District Court
Middle District of North Carolina





Praise for "Free Markets" Radio Show


“I was recently a guest on 'Free Markets With Dr. Mike Beitler.' The show has become very popular because it serves an information need that is not served by mainstream media. The show is a meeting place for advocates of free markets and limited government.”

John Allison, Chairman
BB&T Bank Corporation


“Amidst ever-increasing calls for more government regulation, 'Free Markets With Dr. Mike Beitler' offers a fresh perspective. Dr. Beitler and his guests challenge the conventional wisdom that government is the only solution to our problems, and provide a principled defense of free markets and individual rights.”

Paul Sherman, JD
Staff Attorney
Institute for Justice
Washington, DC


“I was recently a guest on 'Free Markets With Dr. Mike Beitler.' The format was geared for a comprehensive yet interesting discussion of the deep issues driving the news today. People who want to get beyond the buzzwords and one-liners should definitely check out Mike Beitler's show.”

Robert P. Murphy, Ph.D.
Author of "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism" and
"The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal"


“'Free Markets With Dr. Mike Beitler' offers a refreshing perspective on today's most talked-about issues. This show consistently features engaging and leading advocates of free markets -- something hard to find anywhere else.”

Benjamin Stafford
Director of Programs
Foundation for Economic Education


“I have been on many radio and television shows during my almost five-decade long career as a libertarian economist; I have also appeared on Mike Beitler's 'Free Markets' internet-radio show. As a result of that experience, I can say that Mike is one of the best hosts in the media for a free market I have ever experienced. Go, Mike, go!”

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.
Senior Scholar, The Mises Institute
Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics
Loyola University New Orleans


“I was a guest recently on Dr. Mike Beitler's 'Free Markets.' The show has become increasingly popular because it provides real information about how markets and politics can work together, or fall apart. Every week Dr. Beitler brings up some new topic, and many of them provide information you won't find in the mainstream media. I listen myself, whenever I can.”

Michael C. Munger, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Political Science
Duke University
2008 North Carolina Gubernatorial Candidate


“Twice I have been a guest on 'Free Markets With Dr. Mike Beitler,' a show that always digs deep into the causes of our national problems. Mike's discussion of issues with his guests is enlightening because it takes listeners into a realm of ideas they'll never get from the mainstream media. For anyone who wants a talk program that goes way beyond 'the conventional wisdom' this is one you won't want to miss.”

George C. Leef, J.D.
Book Review Editor, The Freeman Magazine
Vice President for Research
The John William Pope Center


“It was an honor to be a guest on 'Free Markets With Dr. Beitler.' Mike's archived show list reads like a Who's Who of leading libertarians, liberty republicans, and free-market advocates.”

Charles W. Baird, Ph.D.
Columnist, The Freeman Magazine
Professor of Economics, Emeritus
California State University-East Bay


“I was recently a guest on 'Free Markets With Dr. Mike Beitler.' I found Dr. Beitler to be a very well-informed and incisive commentator, with an excellent understanding of free market principles.”

David Gordon, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, The Mises Institute


“It was a great experience being on 'Free Markets With Dr. Mike Beitler.' The show digs into issues of concern to libertarians in a way that the mainstream media is not willing to do and so should be on the list of key resources for anyone interested in the cause of freedom.”

Andrew P. Morriss, Ph.D., J.D.
H. Ross & Helen Workman Professor of Law & Business
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Co-Author of "Regulation by Litigation"





Praise for "Strategic Organizational Change"


“I highly recommend Strategic Organizational Change to all leaders, executives, entrepreneurs and managers grappling with the confusion of running a 21st Century company. I was pleasantly caught off guard when I sat down - assuming I was about to read a pedantic business book - only to realize 2 hours later that Strategic Organizational Change read like an intensely crafted mystery novel. Professor Michael Beitler drew me in with his stories from over 30 years in the trenches as a CFO and business consultant. This is not a book that quotes theory - this is a hands on, tried and tested primer for any leader who wants to make a difference. ”

Brad Szollose
Author of "Liquid Leadership"


“I recently purchased your book, 'Strategic Organizational Change,' and find it to be a very useful combination of theory and practice, with a valuable dose of tools. I was glad to see your acknowledgment of the value of Kurt Lewin's change theory and how his force-field analysis persists in its utility. Moreover, your additional incorporation of systems perspectives and process consulting was a welcomed tact that I have not seen replicated.”

Henry Hornstein, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant, Change Management
CGI IT & Business Process Consultants
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


“Every manager should read this book!”

Dale Jeanes
Executive Vice President
BB&T Bank Corporation


“Change management is one of the most important tasks of managers today. Dr. Beitler's book provides helpful guidance for managers who are planning and implementing change. His book is easy to read, and is filled with useful information.”

Dr. Thomas Peuntner
Manager, Industrial Relations
John Deere Corp.
Mannheim, Germany


Strategic Organizational Change is a must read for every leader who wants to learn how to make a sustained difference in his or her organization. Mike’s wisdom is concise and practical.”

Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP
Author of “The Diversity Advantage”


“This book has been such a valuable resource to my executive students that several commented that they plan to keep it as a working resource in their offices. In addition, Beitler's writing style is real and natural, not stuffy or overly academic. I reviewed several books on organizational change for my MBA class and felt that Beitler's Strategic Organizational Change was my personal favorite.”

Dr. Kevin Narramore
Los Angeles, CA


"Mike's book contains valuable insights and systematic procedures we can use in our organization."

Steve Anderson
Vice President
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp.


“I found it to be an ideal text for my class. It covers all the essentials and gets to the heart of the matter quickly, without a lot of peripheral materials. Students appreciate this approach, and so do I.”

Donald Hall, Ph.D.
Carleton University
Ottawa, Canada


“This book’s straight-forward, practitioner-oriented approach provides a great deal of clarity compared to other titles I’ve read on the subject. It takes the mystery out of organizational change and development.”

Jonathan McCraw
Wachovia Bank Corporation


Strategic Organizational Change is the only book that shows consultants and managers how to do organizational change. Believe me, after 20 years of consulting, I have read them all!”

Tom Moore
Organizational Change Consultant


“I have been using your book, Strategic Organizational Change, during our Call Center Initiative Project, part of our overall business improvement process. Your book serves as my personal 'Bible.' It is a 'must read' because organizational change is inevitable.”

Dot Latimer
Piedmont Natural Gas


Strategic Organizational Change is an extraordinary guide for leaders and managers who are responsible for leading change.”

Phil Bowers, CEO
Professional Skills Development, Inc.


“An enjoyable and educational read, not two words that go together very often.”

Capt. Ellen L. Dorey
United States Air Force
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio


“This book is easy to read, well-researched and very thorough. The author effectively balances research, tips, and anecdotes throughout the book, covering a broad spectrum of advice for anyone - managers, consultants, students - wanting to learn more about how to smoothly orchestrate and implement organizational change in the modern-day workplace. The book is smart, interesting, and full of useful advice for readers. The subject is specialized and focused, but still has a very broad appeal - especially in this day and age, when corporate mergers and budget- and staff-cutting policies are everyday occurrences. The author's writing style is tight, clean, straightforward and informative.”

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Amazon Reviews for "Strategic Organizational Change"

"This [Strategic Organizational Change] is necessity for any personal library! I am a PhD-ABD (doctoral candidate) and have done vast research on organizational change over the past four years. Dr. Beitler's writing covers the topic expansively and thoroughly. His books are not filled with the usual dry-academic and mundane language found in similar books, but is amazingly very interesting, filled with sound theory and application--yet, backed with supporting academic literature tucked away for verification and further reference. His writing style is very comfortable, easy to process, yet academically thorough and sound.

If you want to know more about how organizations work, how to motivate people or how to be a more effective leader, this book is for you! I use it regularly as a reference as an instructor in my own college classes I teach. Likewise, I have also found it quite helpful in my own research work as a doctoral scholar.

I highly recommend picking up a copy of Dr. Beitler's work. It will be one of the best investments you can make in a book."

Dr. Paul Gerhardt, Jr.
"The Organizational Doctor"
Seattle, WA


"Being experienced in the chaos that poorly managed change can create within organizations, I fully appreciate the concise and insightful approach to managing change that Dr. Beitler takes in his book [Strategic Organizational Change]. Morale, productivity, and service all suffer when change adversely affects an organization. From the start, Dr. Beitler takes a strategy driven approach and helps the reader to understand obstacles and resistance change agents will encounter.

My favorite part of the book is "Write down everything you don't know". Wow! This is a powerful concept. Performance Appraisal ranks a close second. Honestly appraising the performance of an employee may be uncomfortable at times, but it is essential to managing change effectively.

Having completed countless change projects, I found myself nodding my head and laughing in places at the accurate, real world examples that Dr. Beitler uses. There were Aha moments too when he described incidents that helped me understand my own experiences more fully.

I highly recommend this book for any person who is or aspires to enter the field of management. As managers, we are all agents of change. Strategic Organizational Change prepares the manager for what inevitably lies ahead."

Richard A. Rorrer
Burlington, NC


"After 30 years of organizational change (as an executive, and as a consultant), I didn't think we needed yet another book on Organizational Change...

I had read (and met) most of the organizational change gurus: Beckhard, Argyris, Burke, Schein (both Edgar and Victoria), Kotter, Drucker, and others. Nobody doubts that their contributions are classics.

Admittedly, I was convinced that it had all "been said." When I first saw Michael Beitler's book, I wasn't the least bit interested. But then, I took a look at the Table of Contents. Ultimately, I read it from cover to cover.

I was surprised and impressed. "Strategic Organizational Change" offers a systematic approach to organizational change. A systematic approach is the book's major contribution to the field. Many books offer inspiring insights into particular aspects of organizational change (such as the works of the writers listed above). But, "Strategic Organizational Change" offers the only systematic approach.

While I see that I have developed an approach to organizational change similar to Beitler's, it took many years (and many painful mistakes) to get there. I wish this book had been available 30 years ago.

I recommend "Strategic Organizational Change" to both managers and consultants."

Tom Moore
Organizational Change Consultant





Strategic Organizational Learning is straight-forward, informative, and practical.”

Professor Thomas G. Cummings
Chair, Department of Management & Organization
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California


Strategic Organizational Learning introduces a sound approach for organizational learning. At last, and long overdue, a complex subject made simple. It's a first-rate introduction for the neophyte, and an excellent comprehensive course for the most experienced executive. ”

Keith Grant, Ph.D.
GM University
General Motors Corp.


“Mike's strategy-driven emphasis is dead-on target. I like his approach in Strategic Organizational Learning. He gets to the point and doesn't mince words. I especially found the chapters on self-directed learning, learning agreements, and corporate universities to be interesting. Mike's experience comes through in every chapter. Strategic Organizational Learning spearheads new thinking in many areas.”

Professor Jim Burns
Okanagan University
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada


“Michael offers easy-to-read, critical guidance to maximize organizational learning and knowledge. He leads the reader through leading-edge research and a plethora of real-world advice. It's a must read for both scholars and practitioners."

Nido R. Qubein
President, High Point University
Chairman, Great Harvest Bread Co.


Strategic Organizational Learning shows how many of the practices associated with individual learning can be linked and strategically focused to benefit the organization. This book is a must-have practical reference guide for your professional growth.”

Cynthia D. McCauley, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
Center for Creative Leadership


“Mike Beitler’s work strikes a perfect balance of theory and practice; both solid research and practical models. Practitioners will appreciate the straightforward, detailed guidance on how to implement effective learning models in their organizations. It’s both refreshing and encouraging to read Mike’s blend of scholarly discipline and practical application.”

Chris Bennett, Manager
Blue University
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina


“Organizational learning has become a fundamental element in striving towards optimal business management in the post modern era, yet few organizations adequately navigate this difficult terrain. Michael Beitler's comprehensive book will demystify this challenge for many.”

Michael Arena, Ph.D.
Director Organizational Effectiveness
Ingersoll Rand Corporation


“Practical! Direct! Knowledge delivered in a concise straightforward manner. Strategic Organizational Learning slices through the fog and gets down to the brass tacks of these cutting-edge concepts. Rarely have I seen so few pages deliver such clear and profound methods for providing sustainable competitive advantage.”

Richard A. Rorrer
Global Automotive Division
Tyco Electronics


“Beitler’s text brilliantly clarifies the decisions a company must make to capture learning and link it to business strategy. One wonders upon what mishmash of concepts modern organizations built their Knowledge Management and Learning programs before Strategic Organizational Learning existed.”

George Smart, CEO
Strategic Development, Inc.


“Solid information. Well documented. An excellent addition to any manager's or consultant's library.”

Dr. Cher Holton, CSP, CMC
The Holton Consulting Group


Strategic Organizational Learning is an easy-to-read guidebook that covers all of the emerging issues in organizational learning and knowledge management. It’s a must read for both managers and consultants.”

Lisa G. Withers
Training & Performance Consultant


"This book is written like a conversation, for this reason it is easy to read. The language of the book is basic and clear. The information about organizational learning, motivation, and performance is very beneficial.

Dr. Beitler stresses the importance of educating the management and professional staff with a variety of learning methods. The information about motivation and motivation theories generates a strong background for the other chapters.

Dr. Beitler's Performance Equation expresses the factors of performance improvement very well. His Performance Equation is quite realistic.

The book shows how to increase education and improve performance in great detail. The chapter on preparing and supporting workers abroad is especially beneficial.

The chapter on self-directed learning (and the use of the SDLRS instrument) was the most helpful to my own work. I have cited Dr. Beitler's earlier publications in my own research publications on self-directed learning.

This book is a beneficial guide for all organizations."

Prof. Dr. Inci Morgil
Hacettepe University
Ankara, Turkey


Amazon Reviews for "Strategic Organizational Learning"

"I appreciated Beitler's 'up-front' approach to strategic learning in organizations, particularly his views and research on traditional learning practices as compared to the new wave of learning including self-directed learning and the future of organizational learning. Mike's focus on the future in the learning arena is refreshing and challenging.

As a professional trainer, I could relate to what Beitler offers in this book. It's true that many trainers still refer to assessment as 'training needs analysis,' which implies a training problem. It has been my experience that managers tend to 'throw' training at every problem, which is a waste of organizational resources. We've largely not considered any other solutions to performance problems.

I liked Mike's comments on the 'diminishing classroom.' Right on! Ditto for the segment on motivation. Gone are the days when we would herd people into a classroom hoping to improve sagging performance. This approach usually does nothing for performance and builds resentment.

Also, I appreciated Beitler's comments re leadership with emphasis on accountability and responsibility. The real goal for leaders should be to help others become leaders. And that is done by giving them responsibilities through delegation and holding them strictly accountable for results.

I found Strategic Organizational Learning to be a very good read, just like Mike's first book, Strategic Organizational Change."

Richard J. Kildahl
Professional Trainer & Consultant
Madison, Wisconsin


"I could not wait to get Dr. Michael Beitler's newest book. I found his first book, Strategic Organizational Change, to be the most-informative and complete book of its kind.

In his newest book, Strategic Organizational Learning, Beitler gives a clear and realistic view of how adults learn and are best motivated. Beitler shows how organizations ideally should train employees and how organizational learning consultants can get the best results from working with clients. He combines his many years of experience as an academic/practitioner and business professional with his real consulting experience--yielding a book that has the potential of being THE ultimate reference and training guide for consultants.

What I enjoyed most about reading Strategic Organizational Learning is that it made me feel like I was being personally taught all of the "ins and outs" of the subject--through lectures at a university classroom from a MASTER LECTURER. The book is "academic" from the perspective that it provides citations and resources for more in-depth study, but it is written in plain English so that managers, consultants, and students can easily learn practical applications. (Dr. Beitler is a practicing consultant, as well as a faculty member in the MBA program at the University of North Carolina).

This book is another "must have" for every manager, consultant, HR professional, or business student! Beitler has done a brilliant job of researching organizational learning and combining all of the best and most-recent information, while compiling and reporting it in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format.

As a college instructor and consultant myself, I highly recommend purchasing Strategic Organizational Learning because it covers the topics of organizational learning, employee motivation, and knowledge management better than all the others.

Strategic Organizational Learning begins where Dr. Beitler's first book left off, and then goes comprehensively into how to be a better manager, mentor, and/or consultant at any level of an organization."

Dr. Paul Gerhardt, Jr.
"The Organizational Doctor"
Seattle, WA


"As a CLO and adjunct MBA professor, I found Strategic Organizational Learning to be very useful. Beitler's strategy-driven approach to organizational learning is especially relevant as CLOs attempt to become strategic business partners.

The chapter on self-directed learning and learning agreements was especially relevant as all of us are dealing with smaller training budgets. How we now use SDL is critical.

I plan to copy the chapter on knowledge management systems for each member of our senior management team (with Beitler's permission, of course). Beitler's descriptions of the knowledge management systems now being used is written in a style that any manager (even those unfamiliar with KM) can understand.

As an adjunct MBA professor, I plan to use this book in an elective course that I will be teaching this fall. Beitler's writing style appeals to a general business audience. This book's scope is broad but there is depth and new insights in every chapter."

David Jacobs
San Diego, CA


"This is the most insightful work on organizational learning since Peter Senge's Fifth Discipline in the early 1990s.

For all of us who are responsible for organizational learning and knowledge management, managing OL and KM can seem overwhelming. Beitler's strategic approach provides a "lighthouse in the storm."

Beitler includes a chapter on motivation, adult learning, and adult development theory. I found this chapter to be surprisingly helpful. As practitioners we rarely discuss the theory that underlies what we do. Don't skip this chapter.

Beitler includes a chapter on traditional training practices, before discussing the leading-edge practices (which is what I bought the book for). His purpose in the traditional training practice chapter was to remind us that all of the leading-edge OL practices of today are still seem by many in the light of the traditional training models.

I thought the chapter on self-directed learning and learning agreements was the best in the book. Beitler shows practitioners how to use SDL and LAs to maximize organizational knowledge creation.

Chapter 5 on knowledge capture and transfer is worth the cost of the book alone. I have read many books on KM, but found Beitler's explanation of how to use personalization and codification KM systems to be extremely helpful.

The chapters on management development and expatriate training are very insightful for my own organization.

The chapter on corporate universities (CUs) was an eye-opener for me. I did not realize what many leading-edge companies were doing with their CUs. This is the best work on CUs since Jeanne Meister's work.

The chapter on consulting skills should be read by every internal consultant.

The final chapter on the future of OL should be a wake-up call for many practitioners. Beitler's predictions are bold, but I think he is right."

Jeffrey Windham
Denver, CO