ethics of leadership
When you consult to a system who is your client? How do you know if you are doing the right ...

The ethics of systems leadership

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By Myron Rogers Just over twenty years ago, Meg Wheatley and I were camped in a friend's cabin in Vermont ...

Myron Rogers – Reflections on A Simpler Way

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The story of Pixar on the surface but really the learning journey of how a geek learned to lead one ...

Ed Catmull: Creativity Inc

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What is justice, where does it come from, who decides? If work is to be meaningful it needs to be ...

Sandel: Justice- What’s the right thing to do?

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Amazon say: A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both ...

Frankl: Man’s search for meaning

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This is the key text on what it means to be in flow, how flow is created and maintained. Amazon ...

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow- The Psychology of Happiness

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The work that spawned ‘Nudge’ and the study of heuristics, a way of looking at the patterns in our brains ...

Daniel Kahneman- Thinking, Fast and Slow

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Can hierarchies serve human and organisational goals? Why not explore how the design and development of organisations can release human ...

Elliot Jacques-Requisite Organization

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Want to do a start up? Want to do it in a systemic way? Read the Tea leaves. Amazon say: ...

The Republic of Tea

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Now over 60 years old, Festinger’s work still generates subtle, non-obvious predictions about persistence and change in attitudes and beliefs ...

Leon Festinger-A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance

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Bohm’s idea of an implicate order is phenomenally deep and the product of an outstanding physicist’s brain in consort with ...

Bohm: Wholeness and the Implicate Order

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The dialogues between J. Krishnamurti and Physicist David Bohm look at the nature of existence. The transcripts of this dialogue ...

The Ending of Time: Where Philosophy and Physics Meet

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The dialogues involving the Dalai Lama and scholars of buddhist thought with Jeremy Hayward, Eleanor Rosch, Francisco Varela and other ...

Gentle bridges

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Extract taken from The New Yorker Researchers have made strides in understanding the human mind, filling the hole left by ...

David Brooks: The Social Animal

social complexity
This book is about collective intelligence: the creativity and resourcefulness that a group or team can bring to a collaborative ...

Jeff Conklin: Wicked Problems and Social Complexity

cesar hidalgo
Amazon say: What is economic growth? And why, historically, has it occurred in only a few places? Previous efforts to ...

Cesar Hidalgo: Why Information Grows

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A short pamphlet on ethics based on Varela's lecture series in Italy, here Varela brings together a mix of Western ...

Varela: Ethical Know-how-Action, Wisdom and Cognition

tipping point gladwell
Amazon say: In this brilliant and original book, Malcolm Gladwell explains and analyses the 'tipping point', that magic moment when ...

Gladwell: The Tipping Point

sand country almanac
(Review from The guardian ten books that changed the world, wrote by Paul Kingsnorth) “There are some who can live ...

Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac

a general theory of love
Amazon say: A General Theory of Love draws on the latest scientific research to demonstrate that our nervous systems are ...

A General Theory of Love- Lewis, Amini, Lannon

The Art of Change Making
(By John Atkinson) An introduction to The Art of Change Making. Curated and Produced by John Atkinson, Emma Loftus and ...

The Art of Change Making

pico iyer art of stillness
The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer ...

Pico Iyer: The Art of Stillness

the comfort of things
How do people live their lives? What are the things that matter? This anthropological study of a South London street ...

Daniel Miller: The Comfort of Things

christopher alexendar timeless way of building
Alexander finds a ‘pattern language’ in buildings from across locations and cultures. Wha is the pattern language for other forms ...

Christopher Alexander: The Timeless Way of Building

isaacs dialogue
Like David Bohm and others, Isaacs studies how we can create generative conversations where something genuinely new emerges from the ...

William Isaacs: Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together

kaplan the insurgents
Kaplan studies the US response to dealing with insurgents and how US policy was shaped by people who followed those ...

Fred Kaplan: The Insurgents

senge : the fifth discipline
How do organisations navigate changes in their environmental conditions to adapt as the world around them evolves? Through becoming a ...

Peter Senge: The Fifth Discipline

the master and his emissary
Amazon say: A fascinating exploration of the differences between the brain's right and left hemispheres and their effects on society, ...

McGilchrist: The Master and his Emissary

fritjof capra
The classic introduction for seeing the world as a whole system from one of the true thinkers, physicist Fritjof Capra ...

Fritjof Capra- The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture

arygris
Still an all-time classic on the relationships between self and groups in organisational settings. Amazon Say: The emphasis on organizational ...

Chris Arygris- Integrating The Individual And The organisation

taylorisim
Amazon say: Frederick Winslow Taylor was an early advocate for applying 'scientific' principles to the management of men, machines, and ...

Taylor: The Principles of Scientific Management

productive workplaces, weisbord
Contains a really felt and sympathetic history of 20th C thought on how work can be social, meaningful and productive ...

Productive Workplaces: Dignity, Meaning, and Community in the 21st Century- Marvin Weisbord

The Tree of Knowledge
If we are to treat human systems as living things then a study of evolutionary biology must be at the ...

Maturana and Varela: The Tree of Knowledge

Schein Process Consultation
If you consult and haven’t read this you’re missing out. Worse than that, your clients probably are too... Amazon Say: ...

Schein: Process Consultation