Synchronicity : The Inner Path of Leadership

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Synchronicity is an inspirational guide to developing the most essential leadership capacity for our time: how we can collectively shape our future. Through the telling of his life story, Jaworski posits that a real leader sets the stage on which "predictable miracles, " seemingly synchronistic in nature, can - and do - occur. He shows that this capacity has more to do with our being - our total orientation of character and consciousness - than with what we do. Leadership, he explains, is about creating - day by day - a domain in which human beings continually deepen their understanding of reality and are able to participate in shaping the future. He describes three basic shifts of mind required if we are to create and discover an unfolding future - shifts in how we see the world, how we understand relationships, and how we make commitments - and offers a new definition of leadership that applies to all types of leaders.
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  • Paperback | 213 pages
  • 187.96 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 158.76g
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1576750310
  • 9781576750315
  • 340,331

About Joseph Jaworski

Joseph Jaworski is a founder and the chairman of both Generon International and the Global Leadership Initiative and is the founder of the American Leadership Forum. In the early 1990s, he led the Shell International scenario team in London. He is a coauthor of Presence.
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“A deeply personal and moving narrative that opens up new vistas on compassion, commitment, and connectedness—and hence on leadership.”
—James MacGregor Burns, Pulitzer Prize–winning presidential biographer and Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government, Emeritus, Williams College

“An insightful, profound, and readable contribution to understanding the personal side of leadership.”
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and author of SuperCorp

“An unusually thoughtful exploration of the ‘inner’ aspects of leadership, particularly in the business arena, surfaces in Joseph Jaworski’s Synchronicity. Eschewing easy answers and ten-point plans to success, presenting the insights he has garnered from forward-looking thinkers including David Bohm and Rupert Sheldrake, Jaworski offers a searching and wise brief that deserves to be read in boardrooms everywhere.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Synchronicity is an intensely personal and compelling book. As I reeled from Jaguars to mountaintops to oil companies and a rare window on history, I was grateful that Joe Jaworski let us travel with him on ‘the inner path of leadership.’”
—Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO, Leader to Leader Institute

“From seemingly simple early chords, this book develops into a prophetic symphony by its conclusion.”
—M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled

“Synchronicity is a book that anyone serious about leadership will have to read.”
—Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline

“Synchronicity illustrates that leadership is about the release of human possibilities, about enabling others to break free of limits—created organizationally or self-imposed. Although this book describes the author’s personal journey, it contains profound messages about organizational learning and effectiveness.”
—Phil Carroll, President and CEO Emeritus, Shell Oil Company

“Written from the heart as well as the head, Synchronicity is the story of one man’s journey toward the place we all must go in the century ahead. Jaworski’s life demonstrates that the immense cultural and institutional change that a livable future demands can begin anytime, anywhere, in anyone, even those who have benefited greatly from the old order of things.”
—Dee W. Hock, founder and President and CEO Emeritus, Visa International

“Jaworski’s personal search for insight and inspiration is told so compellingly that the reader hardly notices how deep is the philosophy of leadership it conveys—and how broadly relevant to leaders in every domain.”
—Harlan Cleveland, former President, World Academy of Art and Science

“I’ve spent my life writing about a new way to think and to be. Joe Jaworski has spent his living it. His deeply personal vision of Servant Leadership, nurtured by a courageous openness to love, to pain, and to his own and others’ experience, is told with a profound simplicity. Synchronicity touched deeply both my head and my heart.”
—Danah Zohar, coauthor of Spiritual Capital

“No other book is like this one. Its gripping life stories punctuate a how-to on managing toward ‘predictable miracles’ by exploring your ‘cubic centimeters of chance.’ What a wake-up call!”
—Tom Brown’s Top Ten Business Books of 1996

“Joseph Jaworski pinpoints the astonishing encounters that manifested in his life when he followed his inner compass. Wise guides rose spontaneously; fate cleared blockages; love was caught in an airport passing; even an ermine communed eye to eye. Jaworski’s life story teaches us how to recognize and respond to our own moments of inner knowing and how these personal shifts can reverberate in the world.”
—Lois Farfel Stark, American Leadership Forum Fellow and President, Stark Productions, Inc.
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