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 Margaret J. Wheatley is president of the Berkana Institute, a nonprofit education and scientific research foundation supporting the discovery of new organizational forms, and an internationally acclaimed speaker and writer. She is also the author of several books including Leadership and the New Science, a groundbreaking international bestseller (over 350,000 copies sold, translated into 18 languages).




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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; First Edition edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605098205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605098203
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Wheatley, Ed.D.

Margaret Wheatley writes, teaches and speaks about how we can organize and accomplish work in chaotic times, sustain our relationships, and willingly step forward to serve. Since 1973, Meg has worked with an unusually broad variety of organizations: Her clients and audiences range from the head of the U.S. Army to twelve-year-old Girl Scouts, from CEOs and government ministers to small town ministers, from large universities to rural aboriginal villages. All of these organizations and people wrestle with a common dilemma--how to maintain their integrity, focus and effectiveness as they cope with the relentless upheavals and rapid shifts of this troubling time. But there is another similarity: a common human desire to find ways to live together more harmoniously, more humanely, so that more people may benefit.

She has written several best-selling books. Her new book, published October 2012 is
So Far From Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World.
Her other books are:
* Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey Into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, co-authored with Deborah Frieze.
* Perseverance
* Leadership and the New Science (18 languages and third edition)
* Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future (seven languages and second edition)
* Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time.
* A Simpler Way (co-author Myron Kellner-Rogers)

Meg earned her doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University, and a masters in Media Ecology from New York University. She also studied at University College London, U.K. She has been a global citizen since her youth, serving in the Peace Corps in Korea in the 1960s, and has taught, consulted or served in an advisory capacity on all continents (except Antarctica). She began her career as a public school teacher, and also has been a professor in two graduate management programs (Brigham Young University and Cambridge College Massachusetts).

She is co-founder and President emerita of The Berkana Institute, founded in 1991. Berkana has been a leader in experimenting with new organizational forms based on a coherent theory of living systems. We have worked in partnership with a rich diversity of people around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions and environment

Meg has received several awards and honorary doctorates. In 2003, The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) honored her for her contribution "to workplace learning and development" and dubbed her "a living legend." In April 2005, she was elected to the Leonardo Da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking for her contribution to the development of the field of systems thinking. In 2010, she was appointed by the White House and the Secretary of the Interior to serve on the National Advisory Board of the National Parks System; her primary responsibility is to support the growth of a 21st century culture of adaptation and innovation throughout the system.

She returns from her frequent global travels to her home in the mountains of Utah and the true peace of wilderness. She has raised a large family now dispersed throughout the U.S. and is a very happy mother and grandmother.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Wolff on September 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Several years ago when I was writing IN SWEET COMPANY: CONVERSATIONS WITH EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ABOUT LIVING A SPIRITUAL LIFE, I had the great good fortune to interview Margaret Wheately for the book. Meg is recognized on five continents as one of the foremost organizational consultants of our time. She is smart; sharp. She is deeply perceptive and compassionate. She sees to the heart of things and easily opens herself in service to the Greater Good. Meg wants to make the world a better place.

Though her writing and consulting on organizational management continue, Meg's latest book speaks to the heart of human striving. PERSEVERANCE is a pocket-size prize that offers guidance on how to daily, consciously, choose to keep on keeping on. It is a handsome, richly textured little volume. Inspiring quotes from various world traditions, graceful watercolor images, and handwrought calligraphy enhance Meg's thoughtful essays on what trips us up and what paves our way, and elicit ways of looking at a situation that, in themselves, help lift us above the fray.

Finding fresh perspectives is foundational to Meg's approach to perseverance, to all her work "When we are overwhelmed and confused," she says, "we reach for the old maps, the routine responses, what worked in the past ... To navigate life today, we definitely need new maps ... The maps we need are in us, but not in only one of us. If we read the currents and signs together, we'll find our way through."

To that end, PERSEVERANCE takes a bold look at these currents, the ties that bind, what impedes us -- guilt, anger, fear, blame, boredom, loneliness -- as well as what supports our journey -- steadfastness, choosing, clear seeing, and play.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Phil Cass on September 30, 2010
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Starting with "Leadership and the New Science" and onto "Turning to One Another" and "A Simpler Way" Margaret Wheatley has informed and helped to transform my leadership and my life over the past 15 years. With the writing and production of this beautiful little book "Perseverance" Meg takes us to yet another whole level of appreciation for who we are and what we are capable of. Start on any page and you will find yourself (ourselves) in all of our ordinariness and all of our majesty. This book doesn't beg us to be anything but who we fully are and in that understand that we are worth something. When reading this book (actually using this book) one experiences not being alone. We immediately know that we are in the presence of another person who truly understands what it means to fully live in our common human dilema of simultaneously being alone and together.

This is one of those books that we refer to as a treasure and like treasures we want others to appreciate it but to please return it. We want to use it as a resource and also just look at it and know that we are holding something special. We may even want to display it as an invitation to others to join us in an inquiry about what we deem important in our lives.

I have already purchased 10 copies of "Perseveranc" as holiday gifts for my loved ones. I will probably purchase more as gifts. This is that kind of book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Kanigan VINE VOICE on December 24, 2011
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This is a short book at 168 pages consisting of ~70 vignettes - each opening with a quote followed by 1-2 page essay. The book is centered on the daily struggle of how "to stay, not be dissuaded, not lose focus, not be overwhelmed, not succumb to exhaustion or despair." Essays cover a wide range of topics including Fear, Failure, Blame, Laziness, Grief, Death, Choice. While it is "Short" - I did not find it to be a quick read or simple. It took me several days to finish as I found the writing to be DEEP and highly introspective. This book is not what I expected. It certainly is not a 7-step how-to guide for getting rich.

I would find myself dismissing some of the recommendations out-of-hand one minute...mumbling to myself that this is fantasy land...impractical...not grounded in the real world...more meditation (which I believe in, but haven't accomplished)...zen...where's-the-sutra-ohm-type stuff. And then after putting the book down...I found myself saying...she might have a point. And then later upon deeper reflection asking do I possibly move from my current place - from here to there.

This book is certainly not for everyone. Yet, for +/-$8.00, I received considerable value from it. I'm confident that 10 or 15 years ago, I would have found this book to be full of zen-mumbo-jumbo. Today, many passages in this book stop me in my tracks and I continue to reflect on them. I believe that this introspective activity is a mark of a great self-help book that has made a difference. However, you must be in the time of your life to be able to appreciate it. I'm "almost" there - and therein lies the reason for my 4 out of 5 Amazon rating.

This book is kindle/e-reader friendly. Save a tree and buy it on Kindle. (I also need to buy a hard copy...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura on October 26, 2010
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Perseverance is superb! This little gem offers much for inspiration, introspection, and setting intention. This contemplative work could have only been written by someone who has traveled deep into their heart to find places of comfort, hope, wonder, and sustenance for a full and meaningful life. Perseverance is a book of grace for the mind, spirit and soul.
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