Finding Our Way: Leadership in an Uncertain Time

Overview

Though management expert Margaret 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 ...

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Overview

Though management expert Margaret 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 life 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576753170
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 855,565
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Wheatley is president of the Berkana Institute. She is a former professor of management at Brigham Young University. She has a M.A. in communications from New York University. She received her doctorate from Harvard.

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Table of Contents

Opening : ancient Thera, modern teacher 1
The new story is ours to tell 16
The irresistible future of organizing 32
The promise and paradox of community 45
Relying on human goodness 55
The best in art and life 58
Goodbye, command and control 64
Relying on everyone's creativity 75
Bringing life to organizational change 83
Working with life's dynamics in school systems 100
When change is out of our control 114
Leadership in turbulent times is spiritual 125
The true professional 134
The real work of knowledge management 144
The uses and abuses of measurement 156
Name, connect, nourish, illuminate 163
Transforming aggression into creativity 180
Seven hundred years to go 198
Living our interconnectedness 204
Willing to be disturbed 210
Reclaiming time to think 214
Listening 218
Raising our children 222
Ending our silence 226
Everything has a deep dream 230
Consumed by either fire or fire 236
Maybe you will be the ones 245
America's dark night 257
Beyond hope or fear 261
Dreaming world 265
A parting blessing 270
Where these essays were first published 274
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