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Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges

Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges

Author: C. Otto Scharmer
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Ten years ago, Otto Scharmer invited us to see the world in new ways and in so doing discover a revolutionary approach to leadership. Now Scharmer has revised, updated, streamlined, and enhanced his seminal text. 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. This is what Scharmer calls our blind spot. 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. This second edition features a new preface in which Scharmer identifies five transformational social trends he's seen emerge in the past decade and describes how practitioners around the world have adapted and applied the U process to an amazingly diverse number of innovation projects in business, government, and civil society. There are also eight color 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 organizations to shift awareness, connect with the best future possibility, and gain the ability to realize it.

Author description

C. Otto Scharmer is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the founding chair of the Presencing Institute. He is faculty chair of MIT's IDEAS program; visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing; and a cofounder of the Global Wellbeing and Gross National Happiness Lab, which links innovators from Bhutan, India, China, Brazil, Europe, and the United States to prototype profound innovations in government, business, education, and civil society. He is the coauthor of Leading from the Emerging Future and Presence. Foreword author Peter Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning North America and the coauthor of the bestselling book, The Fifth Discipline.

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General Fields

  • : 9781626567986
  • : Berrett-Koehler
  • : Berrett-Koehler
  • : 0.002
  • : August 2016
  • : 88mm X 69mm X 13mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : C. Otto Scharmer
  • : Hardback
  • : 2nd edition
  • : English
  • : 658.4
  • : 592