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8 Leading from the Emerging Future: Now

Scharmer, Otto Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

We have entered the age of disruption. And we’ve taken you on a journey through some of the most inspiring projects we know in the world. In closing, we will invite you to explore how you can apply these 4.0 principles to your own life, close to home, and to the emerging journey and movement we all participate in on earth.

At the outset of this book we posed three questions:

1. In the face of disruption, how do we lead from the emerging future?

2. What evolutionary economic framework can guide our journey forward?

3. What strategies can help us to function as vehicles for shifting the whole?

In exploring these questions, we laid out three big ideas. The first is that there are two fundamentally different modes of learning: learning from the past and learning from the emerging future. In order to learn from the emerging future, we have to activate a deep learning cycle that involves not only opening the mind (transcending the cognitive boundaries), but also opening the heart (transcending our relational boundaries) and opening the will (transcending the boundaries of our small will). The U process of learning from the emerging future follows three movements: “Observe, observe,” “Retreat and reflect: allow the inner knowing to emerge,” and “Act in an instant.”

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Appendix: Empirical Research into Leadership

Leheney, Mark Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Clearly, leadership means many different things to many people. There are countless models, theories, and ideas. Depending on what you have experienced, a pithy quote or great story might seem to powerfully capture what leadership is all about, to you, at that moment.

At the same time, it is important to look at the topic from the perspective of exploring what really works, sustainably and over an extended time. The intention is to broaden any of our individual frames and grasp what, over the long haul, and across many different situations, seems to matter most. Here, we turn to data and empirical research.

Of all the contemporary research efforts in leadership, few if any can match the rigor and power of statistical findings presented in the following works:

The Extraordinary Leader, by John Zenger and Joseph Folkman

Good to Great, by Jim Collins

Working with Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman

The Leadership Challenge, by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.

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6 On Mattering: Lessons from Ancient Wisdom, Literature, and the New Sciences

Pearson, Carol S. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Barbara Mossberg

The new sciences, especially chaos and complexity theories, show us that everything affects everything else, which undermines the notion that any one country, any one kind of people, or any one set of ideas is central while others are at best tangential. This realization also can free you up from any remaining fear that only certain leaders—at the top of countries, global corporations, or international agencies—have power and the rest of us are nobodies without the means to make a difference. In the final essay in this section, Barbara Mossberg demonstrates how ancient wisdom, literature, and modern science combine to affirm that we all do matter—and hence how important it is that each of us steps forward to make a difference. Her essay is, thus, a call to you to assume responsibility for your own part in making the difference needed today. In the process, she also urges you to take the time to understand complexity, beginning with your own.

To believe … that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men,—that is genius. Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense…. A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within…. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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RSM Eramus University

Aspen Institute,, The Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF

A Closer Look at:

RSM Erasmus University

Rotterdam, Netherlands http://www.rsm.nl/portal/page/portal/RSM2/Programmes/MBA

WHAT THE SCHOOL SAYS:

RSM Erasmus University develops an appreciation of social and environmental stewardship among its students throughout the MBA programs. The school sees stewardship and the awareness of individual responsibility as key in creating sustainable businesses that go beyond being environmentally or socially neutral to being agents for positive change.

A QUICK LOOK

NOTE: All information is self-reported data submitted to the Center for Business Education

COURSES*

Accounting (1)

Business & Government (2)

Business Law (1)

CSR/Business Ethics (7)

Entrepreneurship (1)

Finance (2)

HR Management (3)

International Management (1)

General Management (3)

Marketing (9)

Organizational Behavior (1)

Operations Management (2)

Quantitative Methods (1)

Strategy (6)

KEY CONCENTRATIONS

International Business

Business & Society

Management

ACTIVITIES*

Speakers/Seminars (30)

Orientation Activities (5)

Internship/Consulting (2)

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11 Figuring Out the Present Status of a Theory

Swanson, Richard A. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

THE BULK OF THIS BOOK has been an effort to detail and illustrate the use of the five-phase General Method of Theory Building in Applied Disciplines. This chapter demonstrates another way of using the method—as a tool for assessing the status of theories. Specifically, this chapter will

• summarize the method’s holistic utility,

• describe how the method can be used to assess theories, and

• illustrate the use of the method to assess applied discipline theories.

Theory building is challenging work. Deep thinking and consistent examination of an integrated set of relationships takes time. Plus, there are many barriers to theory building in applied disciplines. Gaining access to organizations with their fickle short-term financial views and organizational politics are two barriers. In addition, measurement and assessment criteria can provide challenges. Even so, the struggle to arrive at “knowing” something offers inspiration that motivates practitioners and scholars to solve complex problems.

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