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Theory U : leading from the future as it emerges : the social technology of presencing

Author: Claus Otto Scharmer
Publisher: San Francisco, California : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., a BK Business Book, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"With the release of THEORY U almost ten years ago, Otto Scharmer set in motion a revolution in thought. Scharmer explained that what we pay attention to and how we pay attention is key to what we create. What prevents us from attending to situations more effectively is that we aren't fully aware of and in touch with the inner place from which attention and intention originate. This is what Scharmer calls our blind
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claus Otto Scharmer
ISBN: 9781626567986 1626567980
OCLC Number: 944179658
Description: lxv, 471 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1. Bumping into our blind spot. Facing the fire --
The journey to "U" --
Fourfold learning and change --
Organizational complexity --
Shifts in society --
Philosophical grounding --
On the threshold --
Part 2. Entering the U field. Downloading --
Seeing --
Sensing --
Presenting --
Crystallizing --
Prototyping --
Performing --
Part 3. Presencing: a social technology for profound innovation and change. The grammar of social field --
Individual actions --
Conversational actions --
Organizational actions --
Global actions --
Catching social reality creation in flight --
Principles and practices of presencing --
Epilogue: u.school : awareness based systems change.
Responsibility: C. Otto Scharmer.

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"With the release of THEORY U almost ten years ago, Otto Scharmer set in motion a revolution in thought. Scharmer explained that what we pay attention to and how we pay attention is key to what we create. What prevents us from attending to situations more effectively is that we aren't fully aware of and in touch with the inner place from which attention and intention originate. This is what Scharmer calls our blind spot. By moving through Scharmer's U process, we consciously access the blind spot and learn to connect to our authentic Self--the deepest source of knowledge and inspiration--in the realm of 'presencing, ' a term coined by Scharmer that combines the concepts of presence and sensing. Now, ten years later, Scharmer revisits the phenomenon THEORY U has become and updates and reports on the progress and evolution since initial release."--Provided by publisher.

"We live in a time of massive institutional failure that manifests in the form of three major divides: the ecological, the social, and the spiritual. Addressing these challenges requires a new consciousness and collective leadership capacity. In this groundbreaking book, Otto Scharmer invites us to see the world in new ways and in so doing discover a revolutionary approach to learning and leadership. In most large systems today, we collectively create results that no one wants. What keeps us stuck in such patterns of the past? It's our blind spot, that is, our lack of awareness of the inner place from which our attention and intention originate. By moving through Scharmer's U process, we consciously access the blind spot and learn to connect to our authentic Self--the deepest source of knowledge and inspiration. Theory U offers a rich diversity of compelling stories, examples, exercises, and practices that allow leaders, organizations, and larger systems to cosense and coshape the future that is wanting to emerge. This second edition features a new preface in which Scharmer identifies five transformational trends and describes U process case stories around the world. There are also eight color drawings by Kelvy Bird that capture U journey applications and illustrate the concepts in the book, as well as new resources for applying the principles and practices."--Publisher's description.

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