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Publisher's Summary

Recent discoveries in quantum physics, chaos theory, and biology have transformed the way we think of the "orderly universe." But did you know that the "New Science" can also be applied to the way we organize work, people, and our lives? Author Margaret J. Wheatley shows us how our new understanding of science and the meaning of life can lead to a powerful new view of the business world. Wheatley believes that, just as our world has become nonlinear and filled with constant transition, we must change many of our outmoded management methods. Her book examines conflicts between order and chaos, autonomy and control, structure and flexibility, and planning and innovation, inviting us to transform our way of thinking and adapt ourselves - and our companies - to the 21st century.

Recording (P)1996 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1992, 1994 by Margaret J. Wheatley

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"Margaret Wheatley pushes our thinking about people and organizations to a new dimension." (Kenneth H. Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager)

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This audio book only covers the first 4 chapters, in the actual book there are about 15 chapters. Had I known that I would have never purchased this version.

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NOT THE WHOLE BOOK

Needed this for a doctoral class... Audible is a huge advantage for me as I am an audible learner, anytime I can listen to a book I have a distinct advantage... I was let down only to have a portion of the book. Credit wasted.

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Outstanding Insight

As CEO, I gained great insight how and why new management styles such as Participative Management or Total Quality Management are more efficient than the conventional "Command and Control" style. I was able to follow through and change my company over to Total Quality Management. The results were awesome. Elated customers, happier workers, higher profits and vastly improved profit sharing results.

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I wish it was the full book.

I bought the book then got this and realized 2 pages in that it was the abridged version. lame!

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Only because it was required

What disappointed you about Leadership and the New Science?

The author argues that leadership must adjust as society, culture, and technology changes. The old leadership styles (vaguely defined as not current stuff) relied on the culture and society to define how to lead. New technology, culture, and society requires that leadership be based on those difference.

I think the author missed the mark on defining "leadership" and how the "new science" changes leadership or requires change to leadership. Leadership isn't stagnant, nor is it simply a followed formula employable by everyone. Leadership has different styles and methods which can be applied independently or jointly, and dependent on the audience.

The author's analysis does not offer a better understanding of the subject.

The Commandant of Marine Corps should remove this from his reading list.

Has Leadership and the New Science turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, it hasn't. I've read and listened to other books analyzing leadership. This one is not worth the time or money.

What didn’t you like about Margaret J. Wheatley’s performance?

Ms. Wheatley does not have a voice for audiobooks. For me, the performance sounded like a scripted lecture with little room for emotion or engagement.

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The sound quality sounds like I am talking to someone on the phone and there was no Energy in the reading making it really difficult to follow

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oh my gosh so rich and thought-provoking

I absolutely loved this book and I just finished it only after a few days of listening and I'm about to play it again because the wealth of knowledge in this is so great!

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THIS ISNT THE WHOLE BOOK

waste of money. this isnt the whole book. very dissatisfied. will be returning it for a refund.

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A clear and concise exploration into the organizational development frontier of chaos and complexity theory.

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I was assigned to read this book for a class and this is certainly not a book that I would choose to read on my own. It took me awhile to get what this author was trying to say but near the end I had a few ah-ha moments. It's certainly goes out into left field, in comparison to what I'm accustomed to.
The recording quality is horrible too. Very muffled.

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  • jane leonad
  • 02-19-19

interesting and challenging

interesting concepts and a deep dive into leadership and organisations.
I had to listen to the book twice to really get the concepts

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  • Katherine May
  • 01-29-17

Brilliant

Margaret Wheatley has somehow managed to put the impossibly tricky ideas from new science into a language and "real life" context. I have been dipping in and out of this book for several years and it has been a great friend in making sense of tough times, in shaping my identity as a leader and keeps taking me to some interesting places. I would never have thought that losing the ability to feel bored in leadership and management in social sciences could be possible and that a book on scientific theory would be responsible for this. I wish I had found this summary a long time ago.