February 13, 2007
For many years, Margaret Wheatley has written eloquently about how to create resilient and adaptive organizations where people are seen as the blessing, Not the problem. She has led the way in demonstrating how perspectives about chaos, networks, and relationships as described in new science, can be applied to organizations. Like all living systems, human organizations can function as creative, self-organizing systems, rather than the more common hierarchical control mechanisms that lead to disengaged and demoralized workers.
In short, Margaret Wheatley is one of the most innovative and influential organizational thinkers of our time who has tested her ideas and perceptions in many different settings and cultures. Finding Our Way is a collection of her practice-oriented articles, where she focuses on themes she has addressed throughout her career and details the organizational practices and behaviours that bring them to life. “The pieces presented here,” she writes, “represent more than ten years of work, of how I took the ideas in my books and applied them, in practice in many different situations. However, this is more than a collection of articles. I updated, revised, or substantially added to the original content of each one. In this way, everything written here represents my most current views on these subjects.”
Provocative, challenging, poetic, and often deeply moving, Finding Our Way sums up Wheatley’s thinking on a diverse scope of topics, from leadership and management, to social change, to our personal role in these turbulent times; from provocative social commentary to specific organizational practices and more.
Margaret (Meg) Wheatley writes, teaches, and speaks about radically new practices and ideas for organizing in chaotic times. She has worked in virtually every type of organization and on all continents (except Antarctica), and his being a dedicated global citizen since her youth. She has been an organizational consultant and researcher since 1973, a professor of management in two graduate programs, and serves as president of The Berkana Institute, a global charitable leadership foundation. She received her doctorate from Harvard University and holds an M.A. in systems thinking from New York University. She is the author of three other books: the path breaking bestseller, Leadership and the New Science; Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future; and A Simpler Way (co-authored with Myron Kellner Rogers). Who work can be accessed at: www.margaretwheatley.com.