Theory U: Learning from the Future as It Emerges

Theory U: Learning from the Future as It Emerges

C. Otto Scharmer / May 27, 2020
Theory U Learning from the Future as It Emerges In this ground breaking book C Otto Scharmer invites us to see the world in new ways What we pay attention to and how we pay attention is the key to what we create What often prevents us from being
  • Title: Theory U: Learning from the Future as It Emerges
  • Author: C. Otto Scharmer
  • ISBN: 9781576757635
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this ground breaking book, C Otto Scharmer invites us to see the world in new ways.What we pay attention to, and how we pay attention is the key to what we create What often prevents us from being present, is what Scharmer calls our blind spot, the inner place from which each of us operates Becoming aware of our blind spot is critical to bringing forth the profounIn this ground breaking book, C Otto Scharmer invites us to see the world in new ways.What we pay attention to, and how we pay attention is the key to what we create What often prevents us from being present, is what Scharmer calls our blind spot, the inner place from which each of us operates Becoming aware of our blind spot is critical to bringing forth the profound systemic changes so needed in business and society today.First introduced in Presence, the U methodology of leading profound change is expanded and deepened in Theory U By moving through the U process we learn to connect to our essential Self in the realm of presencing a term coined by Scharmer When presencing we are able to see our own blind spot and pay attention in a way that allows us to experience the opening of our minds, our hearts, and our wills Through this process we are able to shift our awareness to allow us to connect with our best future possibility and to realize it.
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      • C. Otto Scharmer

        Dr C Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT and founding chair of the Presencing Institute Otto introduced the concept of presencing learning from the emerging future in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence the latter co authored with Peter Senge et al In 2015 he co founded the online MITx ub, which has since activated a global eco system of societal and personal renewal involving than 100,000 participants from 185 countries Otto received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT 2015 and the Leonardo European Corporate Learning Award 2016 His new book, The Essentials of Theory U March 2018 , focuses on the core principles and practical applications of awareness based systems change in the context of reinventing our economies, democracies, and educational systems.For information visit ottoscharmer.


    141 Comments

    1. Yikes I m 3 4s through this book, which began changing my view of my work, my world and my sense of agency in all I do in its very first pages, and it hasn t let up yet I ll be processing this through active learning for years to come It s incredibly elegant and essentially simple at the same time Scharmer s synthesis of years of organizational leadership research and experience is both complex and profound.


    2. Scharmer puts together years of research, interviews and collective dialogue regarding how to bring about profound and lasting change in organizations and society Book presents what could be the paradigm for leadership in the next 25 years Detailed in theory and practical insights.


    3. Wow If you want to learn about change, and the whole idea of listening to your inner voice, then this is the book for you It s meaty, and not a quick readt for the faint of heart But, it s good stuff if you re looking to make the world a better place.


    4. Tremendously interesting book about management, the type though that concerns us all Brings together many influences some of which have been important to me like Wilber, Steiner, constellation work It is about bringing something new about in the collective space, written in a clear way but decidedly challenging.


    5. Excellent book that I think will only stand the test of time underpins a lot of the work I deliver as it makes so much sense I loved Otto Scharmer s synchronicity as it was so simply written but this is evidence based and informs my work.


    6. This is an overly intellectualized rebranding of buddhist taoist thought, sloppily applied to leadership theory, that lacks any semblance of true academic rigor.


    7. What can say It was hard to read and I have to confess I skipped few parts for that reason I wanted to love it so bad but I failed I feel we can easily transform the entire book into a 3 apges hbr article I do understand the journey and the train of thought are important, but still 500 pages is much than it should be Probably you ask what is the message of the book and I can spoiler it in one sentence your past experiences are not enough any to make decisions so understand your blindspots and c [...]


    8. Can t decide if it s brilliant or a naive and rosy convert s take on Buddhism It s definitely longer and overwrought than it should be Look at the illustrations, skim a lot and forget the last few chapters.



    9. Theory U is a tough read Lots of really interesting ideas that are hard to imagine putting into practice without guidance.A great companion piece to participation in one of U.Lab s courses.


    10. The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervener Bill Hicks Classic book on systematic change which asserts that the success of our actions as change makers does not depend on What we do or How we do it, but on the Inner Place from which we operate Very strong on the left side of the U the need for an open mind so we can suspend old habits of thought, an open heartso we can empathize, see a situation through the eyes of someone else and an open will we can let g [...]


    11. Like others said, this is an ambitious book It attempts to reconcile the disparate parts of our identity in a unified field theory of the self To do that, it takes a modern approach, partly informed by the process of rapid prototyping, in order to guide us towards self creation which is called presencing The motivation of this labor is to help us reconnect to the source of our actions, both at an individual, organizational and societal level, and that is a very noble goal.Having said that, I fou [...]


    12. Guide to individual and institutional changeThis is an ambitious book Leadership consultant and lecturer C Otto Scharmer provides a theoretical framework for understanding the changes society faces and provides suggestions for institutional and personal transformation Scharmer explains his process and its goals obsessively, even repetitively, walking you through multidisciplinary examples from his own experience, history and economics He provides diagrams and breaks down his theories into number [...]


    13. After so many people have mentioned this book, I felt obligued to read it too Otto Scharmer tries to introduce a new way to think about personal development and leadership He goes through great lenghts to describe his framework and taxonomy of being, perceiving, thinking, and here starts my problem with it He doesn t connect his thoughts other those of others Instead of joining the discourse on similar topics Mindfulness as the most obvious one , he stays within his own thought building and lang [...]


    14. What I liked about this book was the comprehensive approach the author takes to provide a context for how to meet emerging opportunity Lots to chew on Unfortunately I agree with the authorading this book is not a substitute for the experiential learning that comes with practice You can t satisfactorily think your way through the learning His current Leading from the Emerging Future From Ego System to Eco System Economics is a approachable format with good questions geared for group discussions [...]


    15. Good ideas, bute book could be 1 3 of the sizeits not so well structured, it need one review phaseAs far as i have understood he tried to bring spirituality to managers.If that is the case, he should speak about whishes to the universe.I tried very hard looking for and looking for recipes to bring understanding, the presenting to you and organizations But the book lacks examples and methods.Nevertheless great ideas Read some articles and you get them


    16. I m still on the fence with this one At times eyeopening, at times eye rolling It s too long not because I am adverse to long books but because I dislike repetition I m just interested enough by some of the ideas to explore Scharmer, but it was a close call.


    17. This book takes us to the bleeding edge of change theory It is a powerful model for creating the future versus solving the problems of the past The writing can be a bit tough to follow at times but it is well worth the effort.


    18. This is a dense book and worth working your way through I find this model compelling and want to be a part of it I look forward to reading his latest book and learning about where this work is going.


    19. This book analyses in detail how to open one s mind and is something which I want to read it in future but not yet I am told it s very heavy in content and will take time to digest ton s of information



    20. Author outlines challenges of leaders in a knowledge economy and provides tools for discerning and or anticipating the future.




    21. An absolutely brilliant book Out of all the books I ve read, Theory U provides the most lucid map of profound transformation on the individual, organizational, and social level.






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