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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (487 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret J. Wheatley Narrator: Margaret J. Wheatley Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Recent discoveries in quantum physics, chaos theory, and biology have transformed the way we think of the orderly universe. But did you know that the New Science can also be applied to the way we organize work, people, and our lives? Author Margaret J. Wheatley shows us how our new understanding of science and the meaning of life can lead to a powerful new view of the business world. Wheatley believes that, just as our world has become nonlinear and filled with constant transition, we must change many of our outmoded management methods. Her book examines conflicts between order and chaos, autonomy and control, structure and flexibility, and planning and innovation, inviting us to transform our way of thinking and adapt ourselves - and our companies - to the 21st century. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Grant | 2/18/2014

    " A must-read book on leadership for new leaders at the knowledge worker, management, executive, or entrepreneurial levels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Roberts | 2/12/2014

    " Well written, and poignant, as Wheatley always is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aunt_Cindy Wood Stott | 2/2/2014

    " My introduction to chaos theory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 1/19/2014

    " "In motivation theory, attention is shifting from the use of external rewards to an appreciation for the intrinsic motivators that give us great energy. We are refocusing on the deep longings we have for community, meaning, dignity, purpose, and love in our organizational lives. We are beginning to look at the strong emotions of being human, rather than segmenting ourselves by believing that love doesn't belong at work, or that feelings are irrelevant in the organization. There are many attempts to leave behind the view that predominated in the twentieth century, when we believed that organizations could succeed by confining workers to narrow roles and asking only for very partial contributions. As we let go of the machine model of organizations, and workers as replaceable cogs in the machinery of production, we begin to see ourselves in much richer dimensions, to appreciate our wholeness,, and hopefully, to design organizations that honor and make use of the great gift of who we humans are." (p. 14) "The reduction into parts and the proliferation of separations has characterized not just organizations, but everything in the Western world during the past three hundred years. We broke knowledge into separate disciplines and subjects, built offices and schools with divided spaces, developed analytic techniques that focus on discrete factors, and even counseled ourselves to act in fragments, to use different 'parts' of ourselves in different settings.' (p. 29) "Many former planning advocates now speak about strategic thinking rather than planning. They emphasize that organizations require new skills. Instead of the ability to analyze and predict, we need to know how to stay acutely aware of what's happening now, and we need to be better, faster learners from what just happened. Agility and intelligence are required to respond to the incessant barrage of frequent, unplanned changes. Jack Welch, legendary CEO of General Electric, says that in this modern world of constant flux, 'predicting is less important than reacting.'" "We need fewer descriptions of tasks and instead learn how to facilitate PROCESS. We need to become savvy about how to foster relationships, how to nurture growth and development. All of us need to become better at listening, conversing, respecting one another's uniqueness, because these are essential for strong relationships. The era of the rugged individual has been replaced by the era of the team player. But this is only the beginning. The quantum world has demolished the concept that we are unconnected individuals. More and more relationships are in store for us, out there in the vast web of life." (p. 39) "We need all of us out there, stating, clarifying, reflecting, modeling, filling all of space with the messages we care about. If we do that, a powerful field developes -- and with it, the wondrous capacity to organize into coherent, capable form." (p. 57) "When we concentrate on individual moments or fragments of experience, we see only chaos. But if we stand back and look at what is taking shape, we see order. Order always displays itself as patterns that develop over time." (p. 118) "The leader's role is not to make sure that people know exactly what to do and when to do it. Instead, leaders need to ensure that there is strong and evolving clarity about who the organization is. When this clear identity is available, it serves every member of the organization. Even in chaotic circumstances, individuals can make congruent decisions. Turbulence will not cause the organization to dissolve into incoherence." (p. 131) and so much more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/17/2014

    " Didn't get through every page but interesting ideas about chaos in the world and needing to collaborate in our time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/14/2014

    " Excellent! Quantum theory applied to organizations. Very smart, organic, natural. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 1/14/2014

    " The strength of this book is challenging ways that we see organization by the use of viewing it though various disciplines of science. It certainly does invoke the reader to think through new ways of managing and organizing. However, the book certainly does lack in examples. Often Wheatley will make comments of organizations that have done something similar but fails to actually give these examples. The times that examples are given, they are often lacking depth or analysis. If a reader has a strong interest in science and organizational thought then this is a great book. For me, the science was a little too much but that can mostly be to my minimal interest in the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo McAlpine | 12/25/2013

    " This is must read for anyone in a beginning leadership role....changes your perspective fundamentally... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Behr | 12/13/2013

    " One of the most provocative books I've read in 30 years. It changes how you see "reality" and thus opens doors for more productive doing and being. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francis White | 11/21/2013

    " Enjoyed this, well worth a re-read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/7/2013

    " This was a great read and any leader (no matter their level) who is interested in creating change within their organization should read this book. Wheatley has used great analogies from science to explain the new leadership. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 10/31/2013

    " Changing models, systems now need to focus on all rather than parts; relationships within networks. No longer mechanistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peep Laja | 10/31/2013

    " The book gives a great overview of new scientific development, from quantum physics to chaos theory and talks how businesses and organizations can learn from it. Amazingly written, very insightful and definitely an eye-opener "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 10/8/2013

    " One of my all time favorite books ever. Read this book when I was third grade teacher. Never dreamed of being a principal...the lessons are universal. Not just for "leaders" in the formal sense of the word. Meg wheatley changed my life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alethea | 8/22/2013

    " So far, this book has been tiresomely repetitive and the author is overly impressed by her personal 'voyage of discovery.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexie | 7/17/2013

    " THE book to read, absorb, and enact for anyone who wants to be a wise leader ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lallyiam | 6/27/2013

    " Quantum Mechanics applied. Shows how natures design, the most efficent model we have, can be used in leadership. From buisness to personal development, revolutionary ideas will change the way you think about the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 11/28/2012

    " A fun but fruity application of chaos and systems thinking to management. There is a better, more rigorous, application in a Harvard Business Review article: "A Leaders Framework for Decision Making" By Snowden and Boone, Nov. 2007. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 9/8/2012

    " Found this while working on my doctoral thesis about women's perceptions of leadership. One of the seminal works for my own search for discovering ways to lead and how to share those ways in both print and action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Gubler | 6/21/2012

    " Facinating take on leadership. Part of true leadership is to have a vision of where to lead. This book helps to understand how to find that vision. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kj | 3/24/2012

    " This book formed my ideas about project management and business endeavors, and pretty much everything else I do to hold back the heat death of the universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/13/2011

    " challenges your thinking, not to be read while distracted; new ending added to relevance of text "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kennedy | 4/7/2011

    " This is my favorite book of all time - for the record. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 11/7/2010

    " One of the most provocative books I've read in 30 years. It changes how you see "reality" and thus opens doors for more productive doing and being. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 9/21/2010

    " Didn't get through every page but interesting ideas about chaos in the world and needing to collaborate in our time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 10/15/2009

    " Found this while working on my doctoral thesis about women's perceptions of leadership. One of the seminal works for my own search for discovering ways to lead and how to share those ways in both print and action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aunt_Cindy | 7/16/2009

    " My introduction to chaos theory. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alethea | 11/13/2008

    " So far, this book has been tiresomely repetitive and the author is overly impressed by her personal 'voyage of discovery.' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/28/2008

    " This book is interesting but I have a hard time translating its theories into action.

    I look forward to reading "Finding our Way," which is supposed to be a bit less abstract. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 6/10/2008

    " A fun but fruity application of chaos and systems thinking to management. There is a better, more rigorous, application in a Harvard Business Review article: "A Leaders Framework for Decision Making" By Snowden and Boone, Nov. 2007. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/19/2008

    " This was a great read and any leader (no matter their level) who is interested in creating change within their organization should read this book. Wheatley has used great analogies from science to explain the new leadership. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lallyiam | 3/13/2008

    " Quantum Mechanics applied. Shows how natures design, the most efficent model we have, can be used in leadership. From buisness to personal development, revolutionary ideas will change the way you think about the world. "

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About the Author

Margaret Wheatley is a well-respected global writer, speaker, and teacher. She has authored six books and dozens of articles. She has been working globally since 1966 as a consultant, social activist, non-profit leader and author. Wheatley has worked with nearly all types of organizations and with local communities in diverse countries and cultures.