Friday, October 23, 2009

Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World Review
When Margaret J. Wheatley's Leadership and the New Science was initially published in 1992, it outlined an unquestionably unique but extremely challenging view of change, leadership, and the structure of groups. Many readers immediately embraced its cutting-edge perspective, but others just could not understand how the complicated scientific tenets it described could be used to reshape institutions. Now Wheatley, an organizational specialist who has since coauthored A Simpler Way, updates the original by including additional material (such as an epilogue addressing her personal experiences during the past decade) and reconstructing some of her more challenging concepts. The result is a much clearer work that first explores the implications of quantum physics on organizational practice, then investigates ways that biology and chemistry affect living systems, and finally focuses on chaos theory, the creation of a new order, and the manner that scientific principles affect leadership. "Our old ways of relating to each other don't support us any longer," she writes. "It is up to us to journey forth in search of new practices and new ideas that will enable us to create lives and organizations worthy of human habitation." --Howard Rothman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

"A book like Leadership and the New Science only comes along once in a decade. Margaret Wheatley pushes our thinking about people and organizations to a new dimension. You will never think about organizational life in the same way again."-Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager, Raving Fans, and Empowerment Takes More than a Minute

"If there's a single book that sets the stage for the future of organizations, this is it.... Wheatley makes complex ideas simple, and then shows how those simple ideas can be used as powerful tools." -Stephen E. Ewing, President and CEO, Michigan Consolidated Gas Company

"An extraordinary book. The new physics is opening frontiers of knowledge that are among the most significant of this century. Applying these discoveries to management and leadership is extraordinarily eye-opening." -Marjorie Kelly, Founder and Publisher, Business Ethics magazine -- Marjorie Kelly, Founder and Publisher Business Ethics magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.