Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World

Leadership and the New Science Discovering Order in a Chaotic World We live in a time of chaos rich in potential for new possibilities A new world is being born We need new ideas new ways of seeing and new relationships to help us now New science the new discoverie

  • Title: Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World
  • Author: Margaret J. Wheatley
  • ISBN: 9781576753446
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • We live in a time of chaos, rich in potential for new possibilities A new world is being born We need new ideas, new ways of seeing, and new relationships to help us now New science the new discoveries in biology, chaos theory, and quantum physics that are changing our understanding of how the world works offers this guidance It describes a world where chaos is naturWe live in a time of chaos, rich in potential for new possibilities A new world is being born We need new ideas, new ways of seeing, and new relationships to help us now New science the new discoveries in biology, chaos theory, and quantum physics that are changing our understanding of how the world works offers this guidance It describes a world where chaos is natural, where order exists for free It displays the intricate webs of cooperation that connect us It assures us that life seeks order, but uses messes to get there.Leadership and the New Science is the bestselling, most acclaimed, and most influential guide to applying the new science to organizations and management In it, Wheatley describes how the new science radically alters our understanding of the world, and how it can teach us to live and work well together in these chaotic times It will teach you how to move with greater certainty and easier grace into the new forms of organizations and communities that are taking shape You ll learn that Relationships are what matters even at the subatomic level Life is a vast web of interconnections where cooperation and participation are required Chaos and change are the only route to transformationIn this expanded edition, Wheatley provides examples of how non linear networks and self organizing systems are flourishing in the modern world In the midst of turbulence, Wheatley shows, we create work and lives rich in meaning.
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    • Natasha says:

      This book gave me an epiphany on practically every page. I learned about both leadership and science. I think studying them together helps improve understanding of both disciplines. The notes I’ve posted below generated a lot of fodder for discussions in classes I taught. Wheatley compared “strange attractors” to having a sense of purpose. (Strange attractors draw chaotic matter in and pull the system into its shape.) A sense of purpose gives increased individual freedom. Your sense of pur [...]

    • Krista says:

      Reading this for work. So far, I'm not finding it to be deeply inspiring. I agree with the premise, but I think there's a generational difference in my response - I've always known that we need to start in our communities, do what needs to be done, even if we don't know how to do i.t

    • Will Burns says:

      I blame myself for not reading an excerpt before buying this book. I assumed it was about using data to lead in an increasingly data heavy world. Instead it is about the similarities between quantum physics and leading an organisation. The author contorts herself in all kinds of directions to draw parallels that could be read the opposite way in each case. Margaret Wheatley seems to exult in being as vague as possible and shies away from giving any real usable advice. It is literary masturbation [...]

    • Suzanne says:

      Two sides of the coin. On the one hand, she is a big thinker and cites science (and Karl Weick) to support her statements that everything is part of a system, that we are in a time of paradigm shift, and that leadership is about giving people the power to self-organize and accomplish work. Leadership is not strategic planning, but strategic thinking. On the other hand, much of this is her own biases, it seems to me, bending and swooping to cherry pick quotes to support herself. I agree with much [...]

    • Shelley says:

      Leadership and the New ScienceMargaret WheatleyWheatley's book continually challenges us to rethink our metaphors of organization, leadership and change. She encourages us to step back to see things whole, to be curious and to be vividly aware of relationships at the heart of how things work. She argues that people do not need to be "motivated;" each of us has a deep longing for "community, meaning, dignity, purpose and love." If we could invite everyone and connect with that longing, we would r [...]

    • Stephen says:

      This is one of the worst books I've ever read. I wish that I could have that time back. The author doesn't understand the science to which she refers, constantly choosing fringe researchers (example: Bohm, for quantum mechanics), incorrectly explaining the principles, and focusing on only the few disciplines that support her views. The writing is excessively flowery, to the point that it obscures what she is trying to say. I read all of the one-star reviews on , just to check whether I was missi [...]

    • Jeff says:

      Leadership and the New Science is in my top five books of all time. I've read it several times over the last decade. Reading it for the first time was a validating experience for me. I had always felt I was a misfit for not buying into what I can now term as, "the newtonian" philosophies of other business owners. I go back to it now to remind me to stay the course. This book will change the way you think about the world and about business.

    • Linda says:

      If a person really put the ideas in this book to work, it could change their world. I read this book on a recommendation from the CEO of Nikewho used this as inspiration to re-structure his creative team. I wasinterested. Loved the book. Gave it as a gift a couple of times but I guess I liked the book more than my friends did!

    • Chris Waddle says:

      Her take on the Science, I found I disagreed with much of her interpretations. It sparked the imagination but I would not particularly recommend this book because her take on the science I could not agree with.

    • Alethea says:

      So far, this book has been tiresomely repetitive and the author is overly impressed by her personal 'voyage of discovery.'

    • Tara says:

      I just couldn't get into this book. Too "out there" for me. Maybe I'll give it another try once I've had a longer break from school(probably not).

    • Dave Moyer says:

      Loves Wheatley's take on the inter-relatedness of things. Still relevant today for those interested in leadership theory.

    • Elizabeth says:

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    • Amber at Fall Into Books says:

      I found this book to be a bit ridiculous, and if you don't fully understand the physics behind something, then you really shouldn't use the concepts/graphs/etc. in your academic work.

    • Jess says:

      "In motivation theory, attention is shifting from the use of external rewards to an appreciation for the intrinsic motivators that give us great energy. We are refocusing on the deep longings we have for community, meaning, dignity, purpose, and love in our organizational lives. We are beginning to look at the strong emotions of being human, rather than segmenting ourselves by believing that love doesn't belong at work, or that feelings are irrelevant in the organization. There are many attempts [...]

    • AnaMaria Rivera says:

      Applying Quantum Physics to organizations I am extrapolating the findings of the book beyond organizations and into families (acknowledged as organizations by many scholars) and parenting What learnings of Quantum Physics can we take as parents for our interaction and "creation" of our children I found a few"The quantum world asks us to contemplate other mysteries as well. It reveals the webs of connection that are everywhere, and tantalizes us with a question: How do influence and change occur [...]

    • TC says:

      While I don't normally tend to dip into the business management side of the book spectrum, this book, upon flipping through its pages, drew me right in.And laid in plain, explicatory language the crossover from the "new science," chaos, self-organization, dissipative structures, ecological feedback loops, etc to the realm of social organizational management that I've been trying to envision myself. Faint but present echoes of the Marxist critique of the modern capitalist imperative in ignoring t [...]

    • Joe says:

      A few things I enjoyed about this book was the narrative style where the author invites the reader to take the same journey she's been on, the tying of what we know as leadership to a Newtonian understanding of the world, the explorations into new science, and presenting a philosophical approach to leadership.I would have appreciated some application pieces throughout the book rather than summarizing multiple themes at the end, and it would have been nice to see a positive example outside of ter [...]

    • Julie Defilippi says:

      Wheatley is very repetitive. The book could be much shorter without loosing any information. Additionally, while I can accept using scientific theories as an analogous base, she claims to use them for validity and acceptability. The problem with this is that her science is not sound. While not outright wrong, her interpretations of the scientific theory are not actually correct either, she is oversimplifying to make her point. You can do that if you are going for analogy, but not validity. The s [...]

    • Helen Park says:

      reciated the perspective she presents, which allows for a more fluid, dynamic model for organizations, i.e the shift from controlling employee population based on the assumption of all variables known to a model that allows for change and information input from organizations and appreciates 'disruptions'. used physics concepts to apply a tangible framework to enable dialogue within the orgnization construct. liked the emphasis toward the end of the book for finding meaning for oneself in the wor [...]

    • Sandra says:

      One of the best books I've read on change and chaos; and life in general - i.e. on a personal as well as business level. Margaret Wheatley is visionary, but grounded. She has done consulting work with many organizations, including the U.S. Army.At the top of the reading list for anyone interested in the 21st century and where we're going.Check out the reviews at - amazon/Leadership-New-Check out her website for current reading and activities - margaretwheatley/

    • Chad says:

      The strength of this book is challenging ways that we see organization by the use of viewing it though various disciplines of science. It certainly does invoke the reader to think through new ways of managing and organizing. However, the book certainly does lack in examples. Often Wheatley will make comments of organizations that have done something similar but fails to actually give these examples. The times that examples are given, they are often lacking depth or analysis. If a reader has a st [...]

    • Minay says:

      Exciting, mind-bending book about the principles of quantum physics applied to everyday life. Caused me to look at life events in a completely new way. Solidified personal belief that science and religion are co-portions of the eteranal knowledge base. Loved it and recommend to all.A few of my friends have been put off by the science aspect. I did not feel it necessary to understand everything completely, only to begin to see things in a new way. Read with an open mind and learn what is there fo [...]

    • Thomas Isern says:

      This book explores the implications of late-twentieth century science for management and organizational theory. The end point is the author’s argument for self-referent, open systems that possess resilience through adherence to core values. Bases for the book include quantum physics, chaos theory, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principal, and the concept of the participative universe. This adds up to a critique of modern management science, which is based on the positivist precepts of Newtonian ph [...]

    • Andrew says:

      A very intriguing and fascinating book that looks at a more dynamic scientific paradigm and how this can contribute to more appreciation of the so-called chaotic nature of the world. Dr. Wheatley emphasizes a shift to a less mechanistic and hiearchical workplace. I enjoyed her refreshing look into the changing nature of leadership and orgznizational efficacy.

    • Devon says:

      This book is amazing, it's got great physics in it (all the juicy stuff) and has a section on chaos theory. It does a good job of tying what we've learned in phyics to business problems. However, this is worth reading even if your not interested in the business parts.Check out the cover as it's a naturally occuring design that occurs in chaos theory. Would make a great tat.

    • Pamela Potts says:

      A seminal work indeed. I don't think I would have "gotten it" when I was younger so I'm glad I didn't happen across this book until I had some experience in building leadership. Brilliant. I loved it. I can't imagine anyone else putting together two such disparate topics and successfully drawing parallels. Only Meg.

    • David says:

      Wonderful religious/philisophical implications from this book whether you find the organizational aspect interesting or not. Discusses how ideas from quantum physics can be applied in the "real" world. Facinating book that increases my interest in learning more about "new science" and how it easily breaks the rules of the very limited world created by our own perception.

    • Tim says:

      Every time I read this book I get something new out of it. Today, I liked the final passage, "after all is said and done, we have the gift of each other. We have each other's curiosity, wisdom and courage. And we have Life, whose great ordering powers, if we choose to work with them, will make us even more curious, wise and courageous."

    • Cindy says:

      One of my all time favorite books ever. Read this book when I was third grade teacher. Never dreamed of being a principale lessons are universal. Not just for "leaders" in the formal sense of the word. Meg wheatley changed my life.

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