Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity

Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity

by Peggy Holman

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ISBN-13: 9781605095219
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publication date: 09/13/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 893,159
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Peggy Holman is founder of the Open Circle Company, a management consultancy for business, nonprofit, and governmental organizations; cofounder of Journalism That Matters, an initiative that supports pioneers in the emerging news and information ecosystem; and coauthor of The Change Handbook.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: From Chaos to Coherence 1

Part I The Nature of Emergence 13

1 What Is Emergence? 17

2 What's the Catch? 28

Part II Practices for Engaging Emergence 43

3 Step Up: Take Responsibility for What You Love 47

4 Prepare: Foster an Attitude for Engaging 58

5 Host: Cultivate Conditions for Engaging 68

6 Step In: Practice Engaging 79

7 Iterate: Do It Again … and Again 100

Part III Principles for Engaging Emergence 113

8 Welcome Disturbance 117

9 Pioneer! 122

10 Encourage Random Encounters 128

11 Seek Meaning 135

12 Simplify 143

Part IV Three Questions for Engaging Emergence 151

13 How Do We Disrupt Coherence Compassionately? 155

14 How Do We Engage Disruptions Creatively? 164

15 How Do We Renew Coherence Wisely? 171

In Closing: What's Possible Now? 181

Summary of Key Ideas 191

About Emergent Change Processes 201

Notes 213

Glossary 219

Bibliography 223

Acknowledgements 227

Index 230

About the Author 240

What People are Saying About This

Ronald and Marty Linsky Heifetz

“Provides practical advice for orchestrating conflict and moving through discomfort to reach a new coherence.”--(Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky, cofounders of Cambridge Leadership Associates and coauthors of Leadership on the Line and The Practice of Adaptive Leadership)

Margaret J. Wheatley

“A dance manual for how to move gracefully with the disruption, uncertainty, and mystery that are part of life’s rhythms, how to welcome interruption and discontinuity as opportunities for creativity, community, and greater capacity.”--(Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science)

Peter Block

“Very useful in giving structure and form to ways of dealing with the unpredictable and volatile way the world comes at us. A powerful antidote to the change management illusion that the future can be driven, engineered, managed, and drilled.”--(Peter Block, author of Community)

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