Dancing at the Edge

Dancing at the Edge : Competence, Culture and Organization in the 21st Century

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In his 1980 essay, The World of Tomorrow and the Person of Tomorrow, the psychologist Carl Rogers contemplated the future. He described those who would usher in this new era as people with the capacity to understand, bring about and absorb a paradigm shift. He added: "I have an uneasy feeling about this chapter... It is a beginning, an outline, a suggestion... I believe that what I am saying here will some day be fleshed out much more fully, either by me or someone else." Maureen O'Hara and Graham Leicester are uniquely qualified fleshers-out. They draw on their own extensive research and practical experience observing some of today's most successful cultural, political and business leaders to explore the competencies that can best help us navigate the 'blooming, buzzing confusion' of the 21st century. They conclude that these are innate and within reach of all of us - given the right setting, plenty of practice and some gentle guidance. But they are seldom seen because they are routinely undervalued in today's culture. That must change, the authors insist, and this book is intended to begin that change. Theodore Hesburgh, President Emeritus of Notre Dame University, once said that leadership demands certainty: "You cannot blow an uncertain trumpet." On the contrary, argue Leicester and O'Hara, we must all learn to play the uncertain trumpet like virtuosos. It is an image that conveys the subtle discipline required of 'persons of tomorrow.' "They are the people already among us who inhabit the complex and messy problems of the 21st century in a more expansive way than their colleagues... They dance at the edge."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 11mm | 279g
  • Bridport, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 colour
  • 1908009985
  • 9781908009982
  • 690,004

Table of contents

Introduction: Persons of Tomorrow The World of Tomorrow Culture and Competence Beyond the Limitations of 20th-Century Competence 21st-Century Competencies Recognizing the 21st-Century Competencies in Practice Start Where You Are Part One: The Contemporary Context Chapter 1: Powerful Times Powerful Times Foretold Disturbing the Psychosphere Culture Matters Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish, Don't Settle Chapter 2: Growing With The Times Defensive Denial The Growth Response How We Grow Getting Beyond the Neurotic Response Chapter 3: Competence in the 21st Century The Full Development of the Human Personality The Neurotic Pursuit of Competence Nudging Ourselves to Competence There Is No Hierarchy of Needs Defining Competence Part Two: 21st-Century Competencies Chapter 4: Enabling Conditions for 21st-Century Competence Psychological Literacy Competence in Practice Enabling Conditions Chapter 5: Being a Person of Tomorrow Four Pillars of Learning Being Humility Balance Faith in the Future Chapter 6: Cultural Leadership and the Person of Tomorrow Being Together The Importance of Culture Cultural Literacy Navigating the Cultural Landscape Cultural Leadership Changing Cultures Chapter 7: Knowing Like a Person of Tomorrow The Enlightenment and Beyond Containing Multitudes Expanding Our Ways of Knowing Knowing and Feeling Knowledge in Motion Maps and Compasses Chapter 8: Organizing Persons of Tomorrow The Setting: Places To Grow The Promise of Adhocracy And Its Dangers The Producer Robust Adhocracy Money at the Margins Chapter 9: Developing 21st-Century Competencies Becoming Through Doing What Kind of Action? Messy and Complex Hopeful and Wise Patient and Reflective The Master of Go Theatres for Action Learning Rehearsal Spaces Chapter 10: Conclusion Why Last Chapters Disappoint Blowing An Uncertain Trumpet
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About Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara PhD is Professor of Psychology, National University, USA; President Emerita, Saybrook University, San Francisco; and Director, International Futures Forum-US. A licensed psychotherapist in practice for over three decades, she worked closely with Carl R. Rogers in La Jolla, California - facilitating encounter groups, large group events and training psychotherapists in many countries. Her recent work explores the present and potential future impacts of global cultural shifts on psychological development and emotional well-being. Graham Leicester is Director of the International Futures Forum. He previously ran Scotland's leading think tank, the Scottish Council Foundation, served as a diplomat in HM Diplomatic Service, specialising in China and the EU and was senior research fellow with the Constitution Unit at University College London. He has also worked as a professional cellist, including with the BBC Concert Orchestra, is a senior adviser to the British Council and has worked with OECD, the World Bank Institute and other agencies on the themes of governance in a knowledge society.
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