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Breakpoint and Beyond: Mastering the Future Today Paperback – August 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Leadership 2000 Inc (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962660523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962660528
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Outstanding! The best roadmap I've read for learning to master the revolutionary new ground rules for success in the information age."--John Sculley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A central point of this book is that all systems go through distinct phases of change.
Thomas McNamee
I read this book back in the 90s, after listening to speaker at a summer workshop that I attended.
Guido
The purpose & values are the heart of the vision that will pull organisations into their future.
Lee Say Keng

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Lee Say Keng on September 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
In anticipating the future, three things generally fascinate & intrigue me, & they are: Change, Complexity & Competition. Hence, I am always seeking better understanding - & appreciation - of these critical areas of concern.

In the search of books & resources, I have come across many excellent authors or masters. I have already featured a few in my earlier posts.

In this post, I would like to review one original, thought provoking book, written with warm, passion & clarity as well as mastery of content.

Actually, I had read `Breakpoint & Beyond' during the mid-nineties, when it was first published. At that time, I had just embarked on a journey to play a better game in the second half of my life.

Oftentimes, I have returned to the book to read certain earmarked pages.

In a nut shell, it weaved a compelling story about change by focusing a new & penetrating lens on the master teacher of change, Mother Nature herself. The authors asserted that understanding the invisible forces of natural change would uncover the hidden patterns that could unlock our potential as individuals & organisations.

The authors also showed that natural growth was characterised by long periods of stability, punctuated by "breakpoints" - bursts of explosive change & showed how we could take advantage of the tremendous opportunities that would arise during these exciting periods.

Amidst the somewhat lofty rhetoric - the book was rather heavy to read - I would like to single out one principle from the book - the Principle of Future Pull.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thomas McNamee on February 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Many books tell us things are changing, but this is best one I've read that explores change itself. Change happens constantly, yet the "rules" underlying change are poorly understood. Land and Jarman meet this challenge with examples from the sciences, business, and individual lives.
A central point of this book is that all systems go through distinct phases of change. These phases are visible in rocks and relationships; they govern the behavior of crystals and families and galaxies. Each phase has its own rules for success. This book maps out the phases of change, teaches you how to tell "where the system is", and most importantly, how to adopt strategies that work in the current set of rules.
A must-read for executive leadership, this book has been indispensible in helping organizations understand and implement the process of transformative change.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Guido on July 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
I read this book back in the 90s, after listening to speaker at a summer workshop that I attended. It was a Pennsylvania State Education Association that was trying to get teachers to look at ways to improve their teaching and student performance. The speaker used the book as the basis for the session. I went out an bought the book, read it from cover to cover, underlining many especially important sections.

It certainly opens ones eyes to the way Nature does things, and in turn, the way we should look at moving past those "knock your head against the wall" times. How can I improve, what is the processes that I need to embrace to allow that to happen. As most people do, I bang my head against the wall a couple of times, and then I remember that I should work smarter, or in a different way, rather than harder. I have used it as a teacher, a coach and in my personal life.

I recommend that it should be made required reading. at least twice in one's life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Baker on April 6, 2013
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The systems theory set forth in this book, which I have utilized since reading it the month of its publication, is applicable in all instances. The forming-norming-fulfilling model allows any layman to assess the state of any system, be it a religion, a government, a marriage, a business, and allows that most useful of all tools - predictability - to be brought to bear.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Kelly on February 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
An extremely important book. Packed with the best insights from our greatest minds. Revamps many firmly held beliefs regarding the principals of 'Change'. Especially powerful information for leaders, teachers, and business people.
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