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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Triarchy Press Ltd (October 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908009985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908009982
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maureen O'Hara PhD is Professor of Psychology, National University, USA; President Emerita, Saybrook University, San Francisco; and Director, International Futures Forum-US. A licensed psychotherapist in practice for over three decades, she worked closely with Carl R. Rogers in La Jolla, California - facilitating encounter groups, large group events and training psychotherapists in many countries. Her recent work explores the present and potential future impacts of global cultural shifts on psychological development and emotional well-being. Graham Leicester is Director of the International Futures Forum. He previously ran Scotland's leading think tank, the Scottish Council Foundation, served as a diplomat in HM Diplomatic Service, specialising in China and the EU and was senior research fellow with the Constitution Unit at University College London. He has also worked as a professional cellist, including with the BBC Concert Orchestra, is a senior adviser to the British Council and has worked with OECD, the World Bank Institute and other agencies on the themes of governance in a knowledge society.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Renesch - "The Great Growing Up" on January 12, 2013
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Dancing at the Edge is a comprehensive examination of the times we live in - straddling two paradigms of consciousness, one losing credibility ever more rapidly while a new one is being born but is not yet ready to be embraced by the masses. The authors explore the challenges facing any of us who are trying to midwife this new paradigm, what they call "persons of tomorrow." I love one quote they cite from a Native American woman dealing with the vanishing of the buffalo, which was at the heart of her peoples' culture: "I am trying to live a life I do not understand." Many people might say something like this today. If you see yourself as a leader of change, read this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Allison on November 30, 2012
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So well written it is an easy read, this book brings comfort and hope while not dodging--in fact, explicitly facing--the many challenges confronting individuals, organizations, and everyone on the planet.

O'Hara and Leicester's picture of "persons of tomorrow" is a major contribution, as is their description of competence in the 21st century.

One example: O'Hara and Leicester have convinced me that psychological literacy--"the capacity to reflect on one's experience at a psychological level whilst in the midst of it" (p. 60)--is an essential enabling condition for 21st century competence.

In addition to presenting their own ideas, this book includes a masterful synthesis of other many other important ideas.

Although "Dancing at the Edge" made me feel good, this book does not offer a facile, lightweight, prepackaged "feel good" solution. I recommend it highly.
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By M. Williams on February 20, 2014
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Dancing at the Edge challenged my thinking about leadership in the 21st Century like few books written in this century have done. Stepping out of the linearity of the "old" way of thinking like a lone ranger and seeing the future in terms of collaboration and reflection mean we can no longer expect to accomplish much if we are unwilling to change.

The section on humility and learning was particularly insightful because many of us think because we are "educated" we know how to lead, when in reality educated means humility because we recognize the need for others in our lives to help us continue to learn so we can lead more effectively.
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This is an excellent presentation of the current relevance of the imortance of a solid sense of self that originated in humanistic psychology.
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