Building on Wheatley's trailblazing Leadership and the New Science, this book examines the impact of the Evolutionary Paradigm, a theory generated by modern biology and physics, on our notions about work, organization, and change. Crafting engaging metaphors with literature, spiritual teachings, and personal experiences, Wheatley and Kellner ...
Building on Wheatley's trailblazing Leadership and the New Science, this book examines the impact of the Evolutionary Paradigm, a theory generated by modern biology and physics, on our notions about work, organization, and change. Crafting engaging metaphors with literature, spiritual teachings, and personal experiences, Wheatley and Kellner-Rogers guide readers toward a simpler and more experiential way of viewing and structuring their endeavors based on Evolutionary tenets. 40 photos.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-08-19 Addressing readers who perceive their lives as nearly unmanageable, the authors, business consultants and cofounders of the Berkana Institute, elegantly suggest a new way to view endeavor. Are we governed by static images of the world as a great machine, they ask, or do we see the world as an ever-changing, creative, living organism? The authors present material from myriad academic disciplines to shore up their fundamental propositions that the universe is a creative experience, that life self-organizes, that organizations are living systems. Even light bulbs "have exhibited a breathtaking tendency to self-organize when wired together with other bulbs," the authors observe. Organizing, they maintain, is a "deep impulse" and not one just found in living beings. Self-organizing calls us to partner with the world's creative forces, for life, Wheatley and Kellner-Rogers aver, has the capacity to invent itself. The advice here is more inspirational than particular or hands-on. It represents a vigorous, path-breaking application of findings from the cutting edge of science to inner questions about how to live a life, however, and so should find a ready readership among those who cotton to Chopra, Capra and the like. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.)
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