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Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future Paperback – May 26, 1993
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One of the most important concepts in the book is what Barker calls "paradigm pliancy": "the purposeful seeking out of new ways of doing things. It is an active behavior in which you challenge your paradigms [ie the status quo, assumptions and premises] by asking the Paradigm Shift Question: What do I believe is impossible to do in my field, but if it could be done, would fundamentally change my business?" Have you asked this question? Do you realize that one or more of your competitors may have already asked that question?
Although the book's subtitle is "The Business of Discovering the Future", the fact remains that (back to Drucker) the challenge is to identity and then measure the degree of probability of various contingencies...many of which may have already occurred or are now in process.
Barker asserts that every organization must anticipate and then innovate to achieve excellence in an age during which change is the only constant.Read more ›
If you have never heard of a paradigm, this book is a good introduction to the subject. Basically, a paradigm is a thought process that simplifies our thinking incorrectly. After we become familiar with the paradigm, we have to develop a new and better paradigm to deal with the issues that the paradigm does not sufficiently address.
The book focuses on how to anticipate changes in paradigms, who to look to for such new paradigms, and how to take advantage of this anticipation.
Of particular value is the section where Barker shares many examples of stalled thinking. These are brilliantly conceived, and make it easier for you to appreciate what a stall is.
My hat is off to Barker, and I am honored to have referenced his excellent contributions in The 2,000 Percent Solution.
If you are committed to overcoming stalled thinking to achieve exponential success, this book is a prerequisite.
Drawing essentially from the pioneering work of Thomas Kuhn, who wrote the classic, The Theory of Scientific Revolutions, in the 70's, this author has very artfully expounded the concept of paradigm shifting in the world of business, in contrast to the world of science. From a strategic exploration viewpoint, this is an excellent guide book.
Understanding - and mastering - your paradigms is one important thing for making progress in life and in business, but I personaly feel that the real essence of this book is succinctly captured by the author in the five strategic exploration tools outlined in the book. The five tools are intended to help you to enhance your anticipation skills. They are the real gems of the book. [Bear in mind that the author is a process futurist, unlike most other futurists who write books & who are primarily content futurists. The five specific tools mentioned in the book are the exact process tools to aid & enhance your strategic exploration. Do not get carried away by the content part of the book pertaining to some perceived trends illustrated by the author.]
In addition, the author defines the concept of paradigm very well & also elaborates at length on its key characteristics & effects, with illuminating examples.
He highlights the importance of paradigm shift & anticipation.Read more ›
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This book came in as represented; in good condition. This is an excellent book for a business study, entrepreneur, or anyone interested in expanding their point of view. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L.R.
Not what you think. Skip this book and go to read Thomas Kuhn the structure of Scientific Revolution. Read morePublished 4 months ago by @TiTi
Good book, was a requirement for a course but I enjoyed it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was advertised as new. It had a damaged spine with cover scrapping. It also had a stain on the page edges other than the overstock marker linePublished 9 months ago by Harry
Barker has always had a way of shining new light on old habits to illuminate fresh perspectives and re-energize the road ahead. This book is not just a way to think "WOW! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pete
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If you don't know the paradigm guy, you are in for a real learning opportunity .Published 16 months ago by N. Overstreet