The Art of Quantum Planning: Lessons from Quantum Physics for Breakthrough Strategy, Innovation, and Leadership

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Overview

Stale ideas, conformity, and lack of imagination stymie strategic planning. Here, Gerald Harris uses seven concepts from quantum physics to pry open minds, eradicate unhealthy groupthink, spur creativity, and revitalize strategic planning.

Explaining Quantum Concepts in Plain Language and using real-world examples, Harris inspires innovation while providing practical guidance for applying these ideas in actual planning situations. Just as light has a dual nature-it can be a wave and a particle-so the needs and wants of a customer can be both discrete and continuous, or the market focus of an organization can be both targeted and many faceted. Likewise, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle-that we cannot know both the position and the speed of an electron-reminds us that it is impossible to be aware of every relevant fact before we make a decision. Planning must be a learning-forward process that continually adjusts to new information. Harris's lessons act as triggers for inquiry, giving you an opportunity to discover more innovative and successful strategies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605092652
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Harris is President of Harris Planning and Strategy, a firm specializing in assisting companies and non-profit organizations in strategic planning.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

Introduction: Planning, Thinking, and Learning 1

1 Learning-Oriented Planning 9

2 From Quantum Physics to Quantum Thinking and Planning 21

3 Thinking Beyond Duality 32

4 Inescapable Uncertainty 42

5 Intentions, Actions, and Reality 52

6 The Illusion of Time and Space (Things and Order) 63

7 Many Worlds: Catalytic and Kaleidoscopic Thinking 74

8 Thinking and Planning in the Field of All Possibilities 84

9 Organizations As Energy Systems 102

10 Personal Growth and Quantum Thinking and Planning 114

Conclusion: Change, Creativity, and Innovation 124

Resource: Scenario Analysis and Applying Quantum Planning 130

Bibliography 143

About the Author 147

Index 149

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