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The authors view large institutions such as global corporations as a new species that are affecting nearly all other life forms on the planet. Rather than look at these systems as merely the extension of a few hyper-powerful individuals, they see them as a dynamic organisms with the potential to learn, grow, and evolve--but only if people exert control over them and actively eliminate their destructive aspects. "But until that potential is activated," they write, "industrial age institutions will continue to expand blindly, unaware of their part in a larger whole or of the consequences of their growth." For global institutions to be recreated in positive ways, there must be individual and collective levels of awareness, followed by direct action. Raising this awareness is what Presence seeks to achieve. Drawing on the insights gleaned from interviews with over 150 leading scientists, social leaders, and entrepreneurs, the authors emphasize what they call the "courage to see freshly"--the ability to view familiar problems from a new perspective in order to better understand how parts and wholes are interrelated.
This is not a typical business book. Mainly theoretical, it does not offer specific tips that organizational managers or directors can apply immediately; rather, it offers powerful tools and ideas for changing the mindset of leaders and unlocking the latent potential to "develop awareness commensurate with our impact, wisdom in balance with our power." --Shawn Carkonen
Read this if you have been on a personal enlightenment journey and want to apply what you've discovered about life to your work life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth R. Correa
It's a great book on the different views of theory U but it has a lot of dialogue to follow.Published 9 months ago by Sunshine
Text book purchase. Some good theories but for the most part it felt like someone had a good conversation and said "Hey, lets write a book about our conversations."Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book portrays very well the challenges faced by organizations today. The examples given are inspiring and give hope for a brighter future not just for organizations, but for... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Burovski
Some books transformed me over and over , with each reading. This is one of them.Published 16 months ago by sylviethiffault
Learning to be present is one of the most facinating experiences of being alive. It is a practice that can amuse, delight and make you crazy all at the same time. Ding!Published 19 months ago by Coach Roy
Senge is the true Systems Thinking guru. This is a very meaty hunk of information, and takes much concentration to digest, but the delivery of content is over-the-top.Published on October 3, 2013 by Laurie Cape
I was expecting more from this book. It started with an excellent reflection and somehow got lost during the reading. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Andre Litmanowicz