The usual approach to work life in an organization does not allow much room for play, risk or individuality. But principles in the natural world suggest a more creative, effective approach. “Everywhere you look in life,” says Wheatley, “what you see is enormous creativity, diversity and experimentation.” She and Kellnor-Rogers describe how the same methods nature uses for producing vital, thriving life forms can bring new life to individuals and organizations of all kinds. They tell us how to let go of our need for control, invite innovation–and be ready for surprises! Says Wheatley, “This isn’t a superficial shift at all.”
Margaret Wheatley is an internationally acclaimed writer, speaker, and teacher. She is co-founder and President emerita of The Berkana Institute, a charitable foundation that works with people around the world, who strengthen their communities using the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions, and environment.
Her books include:
- Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World (Berrett-Kohler 1998)
- Perseverance (Berrett-Kohler 2010)
- So Far from Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World (BK Life)
Myron Kellnor-Rogers is an organizational consultant with the Berkana Institute.
They are co-authors of:
- A Simpler Way (Berrett-Koehler 1996).
To learn more about the work of Margaret Wheatley go to www.margaretwheatley.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- How to take risks and experiment in business and life
- Play and its role in the modern organization
- How education can produce more creative people
- The demise of the five-year plan
- Using intentionality to guide decision-making
- A re-thinking of Darwinian theory
- Challenges to the earliest life on Earth
- The trouble with procedures manuals
- Nature’s secrets for vital and creative organization
Program Number: 2573 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 6/17/1996