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About the Author

Margaret Wheatley is president of The Berkana Institute and an internationally acclaimed speaker and writer. She has been an organisational consultant and researcher since 1973. Her clients and audiences range from the head of the U.S. Army to twelve-year-old Girl Scouts, from CEOs to small town ministers

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 3rd edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576753441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576753446
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Recent grad on February 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
I'm an undergrad who was required to read this for a learning complex organizations class and despite the negative top reviews from students, I hope that this review will offer a different insight.

I agree that Wheatley's book doesn't offer any "new" insights especially when if you read this along with Senge, but she offers a very interesting and dynamic way of looking at these key concepts. I don't have a background in science, but I think that anyone who has a physics background will have a greater appreciation for the references that she makes. That being said, by no means do you need a science background to understand her connections because she does a good job or summarizing her points.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan K. Hanson on July 3, 2014
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I have had this book on my shelf since its original publication; recommended reading from numerous and varied teachers working to help me answer my questions about......everything.....but whose guidance I was unable to comprehend and make my own at that time.

In the intervening 20+ years, life has provided me with numerous.......opportunities.......to cultivate a personal readiness to both hear the message of Ms. Wheatley's book and embrace the "chaos" wherever it takes me.

This is an important book and should be central to any discussion on the evolving role of leadership in a world defined by self-organizing networks versus highly structured command and control organizations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bas Vodde on May 23, 2014
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In "Leadership and the New Science", the author explores 'new' science and asks herself what implications that would have on the way we think about leadership and organizations. She claims that organizations are influenced by old 'newtonion' Science but that science has moved on and organizations need to make the same leap. The book is short (about 150 pages) and consists of eight chapters. In each of the chapters, the author explores a type of 'new' science and tries to map that to organizations. Most of the time she asks more questions than provides answers. The questions that she asks are thought provoking.

The first couple of chapters dive into quantum physics and show how that changes the way science looks at the work. It changed it from a reductionist view where we can explain things in isolation and build up the whole from all parts to more relational thinking where things do not exists without the relationships between them. It continues with this with field theory and how things relate to each other in fields and how that is similar to visions or directions which can influence companies. From there is moves to chaos and complexity theory and how everything is related to each other and how information should be open. The last chapter summarizes the difference between 'old' and 'new' science and the impacts explored in the book.

I found the book interesting and thought provoking. It mostly asks questions and tries to give some answers based on existing 'modern' management techniques. Though the purpose is mostly to get you to think and see what is possible. Recommended for people who like to have something to think about, but not for people who want something ready and concrete or new. So, 4 stars.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Rick on November 30, 2008
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I had to buy this book for a college course and I wouldn't have read it otherwise. The author tries to lull the reader into a passive state by hitting them with a bunch of science at the beginning. Its sort of like a Certs commercial...it has Retsyn, so it must be good.

Once you trim away her fancy lingo, her leadership ideas offer nothing new. She says things like information must be shared by all parties, complacency is bad for organizations and communication is important. Anyone who does not know this should buy a book on common sense instead.

If you think fortune cookies have a lot of wisdom to offer, then you will love this book. If you want some real leadership guidance, you may want to buy Schein or Bolman and Deal instead.
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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Johnson on June 25, 2010
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I was required to purchase the hardcover edition of this book for a graduate school leadership class some years ago. At $23 for 151 pages of widely spaced text, it clearly was going for the quality over quantity market, but did not deliver. To the contrary, I was left with the conviction that I had been scammed. As I read the positive reviews on this book, the image that comes to mind is that of the populace oohing and aahing over the vivid colors and delicate textures of the Emperor's new clothes.

As other negative reviewers have commented, Wheatley's efforts to analogize from "new science" principles to management theory would be better served by a more accurate understanding of those principles. Though I'm no scientist, I've read enough to know that her descriptions of those principles were driven by the need to fit them into whatever flowery metaphor she had in mind.

I have a theory that the more often a writer uses the words "we" and "our" to define the social or cultural conditions being discussed, the more incoherent, irrational or actively anti-rational his or her ideas will be. According to Wheatley:

On equilibrium: "In a universe that is on a relentless road to death, we live in great fear. . . . In venerating equilibrium, we hide from the processes that foster life.. . . . Can we dump these thermodynamics and get to the heart of things?"

On Newtonian principles: "In our day-to-day search for order and prediction, we are driven crazy because of non-local causality. . . . The now-you-see-it, now-you-don't quality of these [elusive, fuzzy-world] boundaries will continue to drive us crazy a long as we try to delineate them. . . .
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