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Reflexive Practice: Professional Thinking for a Turbulent World
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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In combination with the other books that I am reading this week, the first by David Perkins, Making Learning Whole: How Seven Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education, the second by Curtis Bonk, The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education, this book I have read in galley form, by Dr. Kent C. Myers [strategist and process historian, a disciple of Russell L. Ackoff] with contributed chapters from a number of other individuals, gives me hope.

This is an extraordinarily diplomatic and measured book, a book that can nudge even the most recalcitrant of know-it-all stake-holders toward the "aha" experience that what they are doing [doing the wrong things righter] is NOT WORKING and maybe, just maybe, they should try Reflexive Practice (or at least begin to hire people that think this way).

This is *the* book that could-should lead to the first-ever Secretary General of Education, Intelligence, & Research, IMHO. THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest, done with Congressman Rob Simmons (R-CT-02) was a proponency book. This book by Dr. Myers et al is a praxis book absolutely up there with the other 6 Star and beyond books that I recommend.

For a magnificent companion book, Will Durant's 1916 doctoral thesis, I strongly recommend Philosophy and the Social Problem: The Annotated Edition. The intermediate books would of course be Buckminster Fuller's Critical Path and Russell Ackoff's Redesigning Society (Stanford Business Books).
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on June 17, 2011
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Dr. Myers challenges leaders to "develop a skill and a taste for change itself." He argues that the culture of professionals is seriously lagging behind the realities of an increasingly complex world. We need to get some distance from our environments, and ourselves within those environments, by increasing our reflective capabilities. Through this reflection we have the opportunity to challenge our beliefs, assumptions and cultural norms so that we can thrive through the emerging complexities of our day. Dr. Myers suggests, as do seminal authors in the field of adult developmental theory (e.g. Kegan and Cook-Greuter) that developing the skill of reflective practice requires individual growth on many levels. Through this growth, we will be better able to identify and solve for challenges that may have never before been identified or solved. Dr. Myer's book is itself a challenging read.
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