For them, organizational learning requires a shift from "downloading" (operating with habitual ways of knowing and doing) to "presencing" (awareness of the present moment). The specifics of the shift are found in success stories--like the creation of Visa in the 1960s--and in the moving stories of the authors. For example, Senge's story about an Afrikaans businessman who wept as he rejected apartheid or Scharmer's memory of his childhood home destroyed by fire. In addition, Scharmer and Jaworski's innovative research with 150 thought leaders, such as Francisco Varela, a Chilean born Buddhist biologist, add rigor to "The U Process": a seven capacity model for deep individual and collective change.
The authors also draw on a diverse supporting cast including Martin Buber, Goethe, Lao Tzu and Carl Jung to illustrate their core concepts of intention, self-reflection, and awareness of the whole. On occasion, too many voices and examples can blur the clarity of these bold, juicy ideas about self and system. That said, readers who follow the conversations will be richly rewarded with the understanding of what it means to be an authentic agent of change. --Barbara Mackoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I found this book impossible to read in one sitting.
A very original book, that is both thought provoking on the theoretical/philosophical side and also on the practical side as well.
I was glad to see the work that The Society for Organizational Learning is doing to expand upon this form of change management.
I have read the books I previously ordered from you with great interest and inspiration. I am a Swedish architect and in the -50th I spent two years in the US (even a short period... Read morePublished 21 days ago by lars danielsson
this is a must read book for anyone who determined to grow. it is beautifully written, in a language that is comprehensiblePublished 3 months ago by Mokhethi Moshoeshoe
Good book, deep ideas, sometimes tiring.
It includes deep & interesting ideas,
in some parts it is difficult to follow.
I was excited at the thought of reading a really profound book (based partly on other reviews and Peter Senge's involvement), but I was really disappointed. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Aaron U. Bolin
The book has been very helpful for me as background information in an extended planning process in which I am involved. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sister M. Fest
The central theme in this book is to present a new theory - the U movement - around how collective change occurs. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Omar Halabieh
And that is probably all the information you need. This book has changed lives and will continue to do so.Published 24 months ago by Peter Monbailleu
I really like "Presence" because it is part of the "how" of doing leadership differently. There are way too many books on theories, which are all fine and nice, but how do you get... Read morePublished on December 26, 2010 by Cynthia Drumheller Hoag
Whilst I really enjoyed exploring pround change (rating of 4), I thought this book was a follow up and was excited to read it. Read morePublished on November 7, 2010 by Louise