For many years, Margaret Wheatley has written eloquently about how to create resilient and adaptive organizations where people are seen as the blessing, not the problem. She has led the way in demonstrating how perspectives about chaos, networks, and relationships that come from the new sciences can be applied to human organizations. Such organizations become creative, self-organizing living systems, rather than the more common highly controlled mechanistic systems that only create robotic behaviors.
In short, Margaret Wheatley is one of the most innovative and influential organizational thinkers of our time who has tested her ideas and perceptions in many different settings and cultures. Finding Our Way is a collection of her practice-focused articles, where she applies themes she has addressed throughout her career to detail the organizational practices and behaviors that bring them to life. "The pieces presented here," she writes, "represent more than ten years of work, of how I took the ideas in my books and applied them in practice in many different situations. However, this is more than a collection of articles. I updated, revised or substantially added to the original content of each one. In this way, everything written here represents my most current views on these subjects."
Provocative, challenging, poetic, and often deeply moving, Finding Our Way sums up Wheatley's thinking on a diverse scope of topics, from leadership and management, to social change, to our personal role in these turbulent times; from provocative social commentary to specific organizational practices and more.
About the Author
Margaret (Meg) Wheatley writes, teaches and speaks about radically new practices and ideas for organizing in chaotic times. She has worked in virtually every type of organization and on all continents (except Antarctica), and has been a dedicated global citizen since her youth. She has been an organizational consultant and researcher since 1973, a professor of management in two graduate programs, and serves as president of The Berkana Institute, a global charitable leadership foundation. She received her doctorate from Harvard University and holds an M.A. in systems thinking from New York University. She is the author of three other books: the pathbreaking bestseller, Leadership and the New Science; and Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future; and A Simpler Way (coauthored with Myron Kellner-Rogers.)
An Invitation to the Reader
There is a simpler, finer way to organize human endeavor. I have declared this for many years and seen it to be true in many places. This simpler way is demonstrated to us in daily life, not the life we see on the news with its unending stories of human grief and horror, but what we feel when we experience a sense of lifes deep harmony, beauty, and power, of how we feel when we see people helping each other, when we feel creative, when we know were making a difference, when life feels purposeful.
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