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Leadership and the new science : discovering order in a chaotic world

Author: Margaret J Wheatley
Publisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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We live in a time of chaos, rich in potential for new possibilities. A new world is being born. We need new ideas, new ways of seeing, and new relationships to help us now. New science - the new discoveries in biology, chaos theory, and quantum physics that are changing our understanding of how the world works - offers this guidance. It describes a world where chaos is natural, where order exists "for free." It  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret J Wheatley
ISBN: 9781576753446 1576753441
OCLC Number: 65205105
Description: xiv, 218 pages, [8] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue : Maps to the real world --
Introduction : searching for a simpler way to lead organizations --
1. Discovering an orderly world --
2. Newtonian organizations in a quantum age --
3. Space is not empty : invisible fields that shape behavior --
4. The participative nature of the universe --
5. Change, stability, and renewal : the paradoxes of self-organizing systems --
6. The creative energy of the universe --
information --
7. Chaos and the strange attractor of meaning --
8. Change --
the capacity of life --
9. The new scientific management --
10. The real world --
Epilogue : Journeying to a new world --
To further explore the ideas and work of Margaret Wheatley --
The Berkana Institute --
Bibliography --
Index --
About the author.
Responsibility: Margaret J. Wheatley.

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We live in a time of chaos, rich in potential for new possibilities. A new world is being born. We need new ideas, new ways of seeing, and new relationships to help us now. New science - the new discoveries in biology, chaos theory, and quantum physics that are changing our understanding of how the world works - offers this guidance. It describes a world where chaos is natural, where order exists "for free." It displays the intricate webs of cooperation that connect us. It assures us that life seeks order, but uses messes to get there. Leadership and the New Science is the bestselling, most acclaimed, and most influential guide to applying the new science to organizations and management. In it, Wheatley describes how the new science radically alters our understanding of the world, and how it can teach us to live and work well together in these chaotic times. It will teach you how to move with greater certainty and easier grace into the new forms of organizations and communities that are taking shape. You'll learn that: relationships are what matters - even at the subatomic level; life is a vast web of interconnections where cooperation and participation are required; chaos and change are the only route to transformation. In this expanded edition, Wheatley provides examples of how non-linear networks and self-organizing systems are flourishing in the modern world. -- Back cover.

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