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SYNOPSIS: Presence is an intimate look at the development of a new theory about change and learning (personal and organisational). The authors as organisational learning pioneers, introduce the idea of ‘presence’ (a concept borrowed from the natural world that the whole is entirely present in any of its parts) to the worlds of business, education, government, and leadership; that creates an awareness of the larger whole, leading to actions that can help to shape its evolution and our future. Drawing on the wisdom and experience of 150 scientists, social leaders, and entrepreneurs, this astonishing and completely original work goes on to define the capabilities that underlie our ability to see, sense, and realise new possibilities–in ourselves, in our institutions and organisations, and in society itself.
“Theory U-Leading from the Future as It Emerges”(2nd Edition2016)
By (author) C. Otto Scharmer, Foreword by Peter Senge
SYNOPSIS: In “Theory U” Scharmer shows that what we pay attention to and how we pay attention are key to what we create. What prevents us from attending to situations more effectively is that we aren’t fully aware of and in touch with the inner place from which attention and intention originate. By moving through Scharmer’s U process, we consciously access the blind spot and learn to connect to our authentic self – the deepest source of knowledge and inspiration – in the realm of “presencing,” a term coined by Scharmer that combines the concepts of presence and sensing. There are eight colour pages of drawings by artist Kelvy Bird that illustrate and illuminate the concepts in the book and new resources for applying the lessons of the book. “Theory U” offers a rich diversity of compelling stories, examples, exercises, and practices that allow leaders and entire organisations to shift awareness, connect with the best future possibility.
SYNOPSIS: In his trailblazing book Theory U, Otto Scharmer described a powerful process for sensing the future that is emerging so we can align ourselves with it and help it to come into being. One of the key insights of Theory U is that form follows awareness: the quality of the results in any kind of system is a function of the awareness that people in the system are operating from. Scharmer and Kaufer explain in this new book, why actions based on “ego-system” awareness not only result in recurring crises, but doom any attempt to resolve them. Humanity today, is trying to meet new challenges with an obsolete mindset. In “Leading from the Emerging Future”, the authors show the shape of the emerging future, bringing ecosystem awareness to bear on areas such as labor, capital, production, technology, leadership, ownership and many others.
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