Science & Leadership

A book that had significant influence on my perceptions of reality was required for a graduate management class: Leadership and the New Science: Learning About Organization from an Orderly Universe by Margaret Wheatley. It utilized the scientific discoveries and concepts of quantum physics, self-organizing systems, and chaos theory and applied them to management — written in clear, brain-expanding terms. She wrote about how information needs to flow freely, and that what appears chaotic at a micro level really does, on a macro level, have a pattern. We need to learn to see from that perspective. She also spoke of space fields — space as not being empty, but comprising invisible, non-material structures that are the substance of the universe. I know, it’s esoteric for 1:09 a.m., but it’s really cool stuff. Trust me.

From the book:

Self-organizing systems do not simply take in information; they change their environment as well.

Stasis, balance, equilibrium — these are temporary states. What endures is process — dynamic, adaptive, creative.

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One Comment on “Science & Leadership”

  1. Denny Says:

    A classic! Very thought-stimulating stuff!