A useful pocket guide for practitioners that distills all of the research and materials found in Otto Scharmer's seminal texts Theory U and Leading from the Emerging Future.
C. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, a Thousand Talents Program Professor at Tsinghua University, and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He also chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation in China and Indonesia. He is author of Theory U and co-author of Presence and Leading from the Emerging Future. Otto earned his diploma with distinction and PhD summa cum laude from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. He received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT (2015) and the EU Leonardo Corporate Learning Award for the contributions of Theory U to the future of management and learning (2016). In 2016 he was also named one of the world's top 30 education professionals by globalgurus.org.
"Scharmer's short version of Theory U is a brilliant analysis and
description of how we can create new ways of seeing, thinking, and
behaving to deal with the new complex, systemic, culturally
interconnected problems of today's and tomorrow's world. This book
provides a new language and teaches us new ways to integrate the
insights of the psychology of mindfulness with the sociology of
groups and the forces of the political and economic system. It is
an incredible tour de force."
--Edgar Schein, Professor Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management, and author of Humble Inquiry and Humble Consulting
"A great and timely book. As more and more people become part of
the global movement around deep systemic change--from social
entrepreneurs to innovators working within large established
organizations to diverse network builders--a new field of knowledge
is gradually taking shape. While a few decades will probably be
needed for this process to coalesce, books like this offer guidance
and perhaps some hope of acceleration along the journey. In the ten
years since Theory U was first published, committed change
leaders in diverse settings have used the tools, been guided by the
ideas, and advanced the theory. Otto Scharmer does a beautiful job
of both explaining this large-scale learning journey and bringing
it to life."
--Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer, MIT, and cofounder of the Academy for Systems Change
"My life and work have changed in no small part since meeting Otto and Theory U through MIT over a decade ago in the founding of the United in Diversity Forum. We have seen an amazing impact of the 'U' based leadership work in Indonesia and China, particularly in terms of how business, government and civil society collaborate to bridge the environmental, social, and spiritual divides."
--Cherie Nursalim, Cochair, SDSN-SEA, and Chair, United in Diversity Foundation "I've experienced firsthand the profound impact of Otto's transformative work -- on our company as a whole, our teams, and individual employees. Thank you for this new book and for laying out the core methods of Theory U in such a concise and accessible way. Now we can all participate more readily in the possibilities for systems change in the world."
--Eileen Fisher, founder and Chairwoman, Eileen Fisher Inc. "This book is the most robust articulation of conscious renewal and reinvention I have ever read. We will forever change the way we innovate and discover the future."
--Marvin Riley, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer