For business leaders struggling to
introduce fundamental change into their organizations, it can
seem at times as if there is some invisible, inordinately powerful
gravitational force that works against movement or, if movement
does occur, slowly but inevitably draws things back toward their
In fact, such a force does exist, and it
is both invisible, and inordinately powerful. That it is invisible
does not however mean it cannot be seen, only that we must
learn new ways of seeing. And as to its inordinate power, it
is a little like the Wizard of Oz. Once seen, we realize that
we ourselves are the source of its power. This paper is about
learning to see that force and to work in harmony with it in
order to bring leadership to the self-creation of our organizations
as self-organizing leaders.
The force, which one writer once described as having a “hold
over our perception of reality so overwhelming that we can’t
possible imagine any other way of looking at the world”,
is the paradigm or world view we and the fellow members of our
society, adhere to.
A major source of creativity for the next generation of business
vision will come from those who are able to draw from the rapidly
advancing wave of discoveries being made by the emerging paradigm
explorersThis is the opportunity, and the challenge, that lies
before those who would become self-organizing leaders guiding
the self-creation of their organizations into the future.
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