- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2 edition (August 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626567980
- ISBN-13: 978-1626567986
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Scharmer’s Theory U model of how to open our mind, emotions, and will to moments of discovery and mutual understanding is profound and much needed.”
—Edgar Schein, Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management
“The impact of the Theory U method on our organization is remarkable, but even more important is the amazing personal growth many leaders have experienced. Scharmer’s work has allowed them to experience a new approach to the world.”
—Marcia Marsh, Chief Operating Officer, World Wildlife Fund
“Theory U offers a unique integral perspective combined with a practical approach to addressing the megaissues facing our world today.”
—Jack Jacometti, Director, Institute for Integrated Economic Research
“This book is an inspiration. It gives definition to the mystery of the creative process.”
—Eileen Fisher, founder and Chief Creative Officer, Eileen Fisher Inc.
This newly updated and revised edition of the classic (60,000 copies sold) celebrates the global growth of the THEORY U phenomenon and its evolution in multiple industries worldwide.
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I see the book about Theory U as probably the most valuable book about leadership, strategy, change and transition in the last ten years.
It is not just interesting when it comes to theory and methods. What makes it special is the mixture of theories and the authors own thoughts, experiences and break through thinking. This combination of theory and anecdotes is stimulating for reflection and starts journeys in my mind.
To be more precise, what I found so interesting about this book:
- Blind Spots - our inability to see our own weaknesses, what we do not understand and what we hide from. And, what is even more interesting: How to illuminate thr Blind Spot and make it clear to us how it stands in our way of dealing with life in a constructive way. We all have these Blind Spots - and we are unaware about them. Otto Scharmers openness in reveling his own Blind Spots through true life anecdotes made me see some of my own Blind Spots and gave me the will, the commitment and the power to face them. Facing them and seeing how they stand in the way of my True Self gave me the Willpower and Leverage to Confront them without hesitation or fear.
- Behind the Blind Spot lies possibilites to understand what we may be - what kind of a future we can create - in our Full Potential. Otto Scharmer calls this Presencing, which is a good descrption for the process the book led me into.
If you are working with development of organsizations, employees or leaders this book gives you the understanding of the limited outcomes of "Downloading" - which is the most common way of teaching - and what you get out of bringing people through experiences of opening, mind, heart and start to presence the possible future.
This book is a milestone for understanding more of how teaching, laerning happens and that there is more to working with of people, organizations and social systems than we have understood so far.
Second, it is very dense and very much a book that asks you to look into yourself every five seconds. I appreciate that it is supposed to give you a taste of what and how to look into yourself to be a better leader and really a better person, but I felt like the way it was described to me was more than I could absorb. I had trouble focusing in on anything because so many things were thrown at me at once. My classmates are very split on this. Some feel as I do and feel like the book is just too high level without enough description of what he is really trying to say, while others are feeling enlightened and feel super connected to it. I guess it just depends what kind of person you are, but I say good luck to you (especially to the fellow student who doesn't have a choice) because this book has really bored me. A lot of the insight makes connects to Senge and I found Senge to be a much more engaging writer.