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Rewiring the Corporate Brain by Danah Zohar
Weve all heard that phrase before. Matter of fact weve probably all uttered it a time or two when someone went a little further than we thought was necessary. So, now we have a book by Danah Zohar, a physicist and philosopher. If the rocket science approach to business was overkill, what will the quantum science approach be?
Well, I found Zohars approach to be right on. She shows us how the rocket science approach is but one model for organizationsone that may not give us the right answers today. Indeed business may be more complex today than rocket scienceso new models based on the new science (quantum mechanics, relativity, chaos and complexity) are in order.
Rewiring the Corporate Brain, shows how the
old laws based on Newtonian physics may be failing us and how the new laws
of the new science offer an alternative. Zohar argues that much of todays
management theory was shaped by the thinking of Sir Isaac Newton (remember,
he discovered gravity when he was bonked by an apple). In turn, people like
Frederick Taylor were influenced by Newtons thinking and applied his
mechanical, laws governed thinking to business. The new science, on the
other hand, has discovered a very different world where the old laws dont
fit. The term quantum leap itself implies, A leap from one kind of
reality to another ... from a world we understood and could manage to one
where at first nothing makes sense. That sure sounds a lot like my
Favorite New Term: Quantum
Leader. A quantum leader would cultivate his or her own inner light
and individual potential, but at the same time be always aware that a truly
creative leader draws a great deal of insight and inspiration from the unexpressed
qualities of the group being led. This approach allows for both top-down
leadership and learning from the rest of the organization.
Message Ill Remember Five Years From Now: On business consultants as servant leaders: They lead with listening, with intuition, with gut feeling, and they lead in service to a deeper vision than either they or those whom they lead can at first articulate. Such leadership requires a high tolerance for uncertainty, for ambiguity, and for loose structure that allows the dynamics of a situation to play itself through.
Rewiring the Corporate Brain will stretch your
thinking and give you new insight into how the universe and world of work
are in-tune with each other. It presents a new model for organizations in
complex times. The old laws dont always work for us. We need new models
that allow us to deal with complexity and understand relationships.
Reviewed by: Steve Gibbons, assistant director, Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, Iowa.