Change is everywhere these days-at times it seems like barely controlled chaos. Yet within this turmoil are the seeds of a higher order. When a new system arises from the ashes of the old, science calls the process "emergence" By engaging it, you can help yourself and your organization or community to successfully face disruption and emerge stronger than ever.
In this profound book, Peggy Holman offers principles, practices, and real-world stories to help you work with compassion, creativity, and wisdom through the entire arc of change-from disruption to coherence. You'll learn what to notice, what to explore, what to try, and what mindset opens new possibilities.
This work can be challenging but also tremendously rewarding. It enables new and unlikely partnerships and develops breakthrough projects. You become part of a process that transforms the culture itself.
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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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INTRODUCTION FROM CHAOS TO COHERENCE
Excerpted from "Engaging Emergence"
Copyright © 2010 Peggy Holman.
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Table of Contents
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
About the Author 240
What People are Saying About This
“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)
“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)
“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)