When you consult to a system who is your client? How do you know if you are doing the right thing? What constitutes doing good here and who decides? You cannot please everyone all the time. There is a difference between a reflexive action, changing the mood of a conversation through a comment or smile just because it feels to be going in an unhelpful way and a deliberate one such as considered reflection on events
A Simpler Way–a brief meditation on organizations as living systems. The book was born from our years long deepening exploration into the implications of living systems theory for social systems. If our organisations are not machines, but alive and subject to the same dynamics as all life, what would be possible? How would we understand what we are seeing and experiencing in institutional life? What would we do if we were working with the dynamics of life, rather than against them?
The story of Pixar on the surface but really the learning journey of how a geek learned to lead one of the world’s most successfully creative businesses.
What is justice, where does it come from, who decides? If work is to be meaningful it needs to be just. Worth exploring.
Viktor Frankl was an Auschwitz survivor. This harrowing tale shows how when almost everything else has been taken from you, nobody can take away your generosity- and the generous survive.
This is the key text on what it means to be in flow, how flow is created and maintained.
The work that spawned ‘Nudge’ and the study of heuristics, a way of looking at the patterns in our brains and how they can lead us into advantage and disadvantage.
Can hierarchies serve human and organisational goals? Why not explore how the design and development of organisations can release human potential.
Now over 60 years old, Festinger’s work still generates subtle, non-obvious predictions about persistence and change in attitudes and beliefs.
Bohm’s idea of an implicate order is phenomenally deep and the product of an outstanding physicist’s brain in consort with a deep level of personal awareness. A classic that will make you think.
The dialogues between J. Krishnamurti and Physicist David Bohm look at the nature of existence. The transcripts of this dialogue are written here.
The dialogues involving the Dalai Lama and scholars of buddhist thought with Jeremy Hayward, Eleanor Rosch, Francisco Varela and other Western scientists are captured in the book ‘Gentle Bridges’.