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Finding our way : leadership for an uncertain time

Author: Margaret J Wheatley
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Putting a revolutionary thought leader's ideas into practice. Margaret Wheatley is one of the most innovative and influential organizational thinkers of our time. For years, she has written eloquently about humanizing our organizations and helping people work together more effectively and compassionately. She has shown how breakthroughs in chaos theory and quantum physics can enable organizations to function as
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret J Wheatley
ISBN: 1576754057 9781576754054 9781576753170 1576753174
OCLC Number: 173390562
Description: x, 297 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: [pt. 1]. Opening : ancient Thera, modern teacher --
[pt. 2]. Organizing : there is a simpler way --
The new story is ours to tell --
The irresistible future of organizing --
The promise and paradox of community --
Relying on human goodness --
The best in art and life --
[pt. 3]. Leadership : we make the road by walking --
Goodbye, command and control --
Relying on everyone's creativity --
Bringing life to organizational change --
Working with life's dynamics in school systems --
When change is out of our control --
Leadership in turbulent times is spiritual --
The true professional --
[pt. 4]. Obstacles : where the road gets hard --
The real work of knowledge management --
The uses and abuses of measurement --
Name, connect, nourish, illuminate --
Transforming aggression into creativity--
Seven hundred years to go --
[pt. 5]. Personal : attending to our footsteps --
Living our interconnectedness --
Willing to be disturbed --
Reclaiming time to think --
Listening --
Raising our children --
Ending our silence --
Everything has a deep dream --
[pt. 6]. My own footsteps --
Consumed by either fire or fire --
Maybe you will be the ones --
America's dark night --
Beyond hope or fear --
Dreaming world --
A parting blessing --
Notes --
Where these essays were first published --
Bibliography --
Permissions and photo credits --
Index --
About the author.
Other Titles: Leadership for an uncertain time
Responsibility: Margaret J. Wheatley.
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Putting a revolutionary thought leader's ideas into practice. Margaret Wheatley is one of the most innovative and influential organizational thinkers of our time. For years, she has written eloquently about humanizing our organizations and helping people work together more effectively and compassionately. She has shown how breakthroughs in chaos theory and quantum physics can enable organizations to function as responsive, self-organizing living systems where creativity and commitment flourish, rather than cold mechanisms of control. Provocative, challenging, at times poetic, and often deeply moving, Finding Our Way touches on all the topics Wheatley has addressed throughout her illustrious career, showing how she has applied the ideas in her books in many different situations. "The pieces presented here," she writes, "represent ten years of work, of how I took the ideas in my books and applied them in practice in many different situations. Everything written here represents my current views on the subjects I write about."--Page 4 of cover.

Though management expert Margaret J. Wheatley works with an unusually broad variety of clients, from Fortune 100 CEOs to ministers, she points out that they all struggle to maintain integrity, humanity, and effectiveness in a relentlessly fast-paced, technology-driven world. Credited with establishing a fundamentally new approach to leadership based on living systems theory - or, as she puts it, "how Life organizes"--Wheatley shares her first-ever compendium of essays about her real-world experiences helping clients introduce more authentic, life-affirming practices into their organizations. Essays cover a wide scope of topics including leadership strategies, raising children in turbulent times, and the role of communities in the lives of organizations. Finding Our Way is filled with a wealth of practical advice on applying the ideas in Wheatley's groundbreaking books and has particular relevance for managers, administrators, and leaders who are trying to run their organizations in more progressive, egalitarian, and effective ways. - Publisher.

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