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Leading Systems : BERRETT-KOEHLER - BARRY OSHRY

Leading Systems

BERRETT-KOEHLER

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9781576750728
Number Of Pages: 216

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For over 30 years, Barry Oshry has examined core truths about how we operate in large organizations through the Power Lab, an experiential programme. In this volume, he reveals the lessons he has derived from these experiences. He maintains that the next evolutionary challenge for human beings is to recognize ourselves as systems creatures, see how systems processes shape our experiences, and develop the knowledge and skills to master these processes rather than be victims of them. Drawing on his Power Lab experiences, he reveals the possibilities of systems leadership and how effective leadership can provide the basis for creating sane, healthy, effective social systems. Challenging conventional thinking, Oshry shows the limitations of consensus, the importance of unilateral action, and the restrictions that our values - such as egalitarianism, liberalism and conservatism - can place on power. He reveals how the problems we often believe are personal or peculiar to our system or circumstances are in fact systemic, limiting the possibilities of both individuals and the system as a whole -and he demonstrates what it takes to break out and elevate ourselves and our systems to higher levels of possibility. He sheds light on everything from organizational dysfunction to the conflicts that occur along lines of race, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity.

The Power Lab is an experiential programme into how we operate in large organizations. In this book its developer reveals the lessons derived from these experiences. He asserts that the next evolutionary challenge is to recognise ourselves as system creatures, to see how system processes shape our experiences, and to develop the knowledge and skills to master these processes rather than be victims of them. He explains how effective leadership can help create sane, healthy, effective social systems and illustrates the restrictions that our values - such as egalitarianism, liberalism and conservatism - can place on power. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how systems work and how to practise enlightened leadership. (Kirkus UK)

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologue: Ants, Bees, Termites, and Usp. 1
Introduction: The Power Lab and the Search for System Leadershipp. 4
Lessons from the Insidep. 13
The First Encounterp. 14
You Bet a Bus, I'll Raise You an Airplanep. 22
One That Got Awayp. 29
Begging with Barryp. 39
Leadership Lessons from the Insidep. 48
Lessons from the Outsidep. 55
System Story I: The Predictable Lives of Tops, Middles, and Bottomsp. 56
Last Hope, Lost Hope: Part Ip. 70
Last Hope, Lost Hope: Part IIp. 96
Seeing and Leading the Wholep. 109
Exhilarating Conceptsp. 110
Processes of the Whole: What Does IT Do?p. 113
Politics and Preferencesp. 120
Systemic Imbalancep. 125
High-Octane Processes and the Challenge of Robust Systemsp. 137
Lessons from and for the Cosmosp. 143
System Story II: Righteous Warfare between Culture and Counterculturep. 144
System Story III: The Terrible Dance of Powerp. 153
System Story III (cont.): The Dominants and the Othersp. 159
"I" and "US"p. 165
Epilogue: An Experiment That Did Not Failp. 175
Notesp. 191
Indexp. 195
About the Authorp. 202
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ISBN: 9781576750728
ISBN-10: 1576750728
Series: BERRETT-KOEHLER
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: BERRETT-KOEHLER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.4  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.3