Not Knowing: The Art of Turning Uncertainty into Possibility

Not Knowing: The Art of Turning Uncertainty into Possibility

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By (author) Steven D'Souza, By (author) Diana Renner

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  • Publisher: LID Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 14mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 9 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1907794484
  • ISBN 13: 9781907794483
  • Illustrations note: illustrations (black and white)
  • Sales rank: 33,247

Product description

In order to thrive in these worrying times, this fascinating book proposes we head, uncomfortably, towards the unknown, rather than away from it. By developing a unique relationship with Not Knowing we discover a new way of living, working and succeeding in our modern world. This book re-frames the concept of Not Knowing, from being in a fearful place of weakness and ignorance, moving to something we must engage with personally. It introduces us to a new paradigm, where Not Knowing becomes an exciting opportunity, where we are no longer limited by what we already know and our habitual reactions to things that life throws at us, so that deeper knowing can emerge, full of rich possibilities and wisdom. Learn: Why your hard-won knowledge may be holding you back. How to recognise when you are entering your real learning zone. Lessons from people who thrive in the unknown. Powerful ideas that will help you experience joy and possibility, rather than uncertainty and worry.

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Author information

Steven D'Souza and Diana Renner have over thirty years experience between them working globally with clients from corporate, non-profit and public sectors. They met at the Harvard Kennedy School's The Art and Practice of Leadership Development Program. Steven and Diana consult, coach, facilitate and train on a diverse range of leadership and management development programs. Steven is based in London, UK and is the Director of Deeper Learning Ltd. Diana is based in Melbourne, Australia and is the Director of Not Knowing Lab. For more information visit

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By Mark LeBusque 27 May 2014 5

Why is it that we look up to those who have the most knowledge? When did we lose our natural inclination to be curious? How can we find the courage to simply realise that it is better at times to not know? What distinguishes the great leaders from the "smartest person in the room?" Steven D'Souza and Diana Renner have lifted the lid on the importance as a leader to be open to the possibility that you may not know. They cleverly illustrate throughout the book examples of courageous leaders who have displayed their vulnerability to achieve results that are almost unimaginable by letting go of the notion that they have all the answers.

From Peter King's ability to be open to truly trusting others and their desire to "do good" in the story of Energeticos to Marco Antonio's sudden blindness that forced him to "imagine constantly...expand my reality.....and build and design all the time" D'Souza and Renner provide insights into those who have overcome barriers and adversity through letting go. They also share powerful personal story's of their own challenges of living on their own edge of not knowing.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is continually challenged by the notion that they are most powerful when they "know". After reading this book it is clearer to me that the real power to improve oneself comes from stepping into a space where curiosity, vulnerability, experimentation and letting go of what you know creates endless possibilities to become a better person and leader.