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In this ground-breaking book, C. Otto Scharmer invites us to see the world in new ways.
What we pay attention to, and how we pay attention is the key to what we create. What often prevents us from 'being present, ' is what Scharmer calls our blind spot, the inner place from which each of us operates. Becoming aware of our blind spot is critical to bringing forth the profound systemic changes so needed in business and society today.
First introduced in Presence, the U methodology of leading profound change is expanded and deepened in Theory U. By moving through the "U" process we learn to connect to our essential Self in the realm of 'presencing' - a term coined by Scharmer. When 'presencing' we are able to see our own blind spot and pay attention in a way that allows us to experience the opening of our minds, our hearts, and our wills. Through this process we are able to shift our awareness to allow us to connect with our best future possibility--and to realize it.
Foreword Peter Senge vii
Part I Bumping into Our Blind Spot
Chapter 1 Facing the Fire 23
Chapter 2 The Journey to "U" 27
Chapter 3 Fourfold Learning and Change 49
Chapter 4 Organizational Complexity 59
Chapter 5 Shifts in Society 81
Chapter 6 Philosophical Grounding 105
Chapter 7 On the Threshold 111
Part II Entering the U Field
Chapter 8 Downloading 119
Chapter 9 Seeing 129
Chapter 10 Sensing 143
Chapter 11 Presencing 163
Chapter 12 Crystallizing 191
Chapter 13 Prototyping 203
Chapter 14 Performing 215
Part III Presencing: A Social Technology for Leading Profound Innovation and Change
Chapter 15 The Grammar of the Social Field 231
Chapter 16 Individual Actions 261
Chapter 17 Conversational Actions 271
Chapter 18 Organizational Actions 301
Chapter 19 Global Actions 327
Chapter 20 Catching Social Reality Creation in Flight 355
Chapter 21 Principles and Practices of Presencing for Leading Profound Innovation and Change 377
Epilogue: Birthing a Global Presencing-in-Action University 443
About the Author 531
About the Organizations 533
Posted February 22, 2010
This is an ambitious book. Leadership consultant and lecturer C. Otto Scharmer provides a theoretical framework for understanding the changes society faces and provides suggestions for institutional and personal transformation. Scharmer explains his process and its goals obsessively, even repetitively, walking you through multidisciplinary examples from his own experience, history and economics. He provides diagrams and breaks down his theories into numbered steps and rules. Still, you may find the book challenging, mainly because Scharmer is dealing with such large issues, but also because his ideas and vocabulary can get mystical. This book requires time and patience aplenty, but if you are open to such reflections, it could be for you. getAbstract recommends it to managers interested in personal change, organizational culture and futurism.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 3, 2009
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I'm a writer and a working hypnotherapist, and one of my highly successful corporate clients recommended "Theory U" because, as she pointed out, it makes the "airy-fairy" of my own world-view seem scientific and valid, and thus more palatable for more ¿left brain¿ types. No one can deny that recent economic events have shined a bright searing spot light on major corporate dysfunction and corruption. "Theory U" gives a road map to recovery and redemption that can help any institution re-evaluate and heal. I had the weird opportunity to spend New Year ¿s Eve in the home of a billionaire, (yes, billionaire!) surrounded by some of the richest people in Beverly Hills. I was stunned, because I have never talked to a group of more miserable people. I wish I¿d had copies of ¿Theory U,¿ for I would have handed them out. They needed this book, and needed to connect with their purpose. I recommend it highly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2010
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Posted May 18, 2010
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