What I'm Reading Now

Discover the books I turn to for inspiration and information on leadership for transforming the future, often times, by looking to the past.

Enjoy exploring my ‘library’! 

 

Books I'm reading now

 

Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World

Leaders make the future

Johansen B. (2009)

Description:

We are in a time of accelerating disruptive change. In a VUCA world—one characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity—traditional leadership skills won’t be enough, noted futurist Bob Johansen argues. Drawing on the latest forecasts from the Institute for the Future—the first futures think tank ever to outlive its forecasts—this powerful book explores the external forces that are shaking the foundations of leadership and unveils ten critical new leadership skills.

 

 

Designing Regenerative Cultures

Wahl D. (2016)

Designing regenerative cultures

Description:

This is a ‘Whole Earth Catalog’ for the 21st century: an impressive and wide-ranging analysis of what’s wrong with our societies, organizations, ideologies, worldviews and cultures – and how to put them right. The book covers the finance system, agriculture, design, ecology, economy, sustainability, organizations and society at large. In this remarkable book, Daniel Wahl explores ways in which we can reframe and understand the crises that we currently face, and he explores how we can live our way into the future.

 

The Essentials of Theory U: Core Principles and Applications

Scharmer O. (2018)

Description:

This book offers a concise, accessible guide to the key concepts and applications in Otto Scharmer’s classic Theory U. Scharmer argues that our capacity to pay attention coshapes the world. What prevents us from attending to situations more effectively is that we aren’t fully aware of that interior condition from which our attention and actions originate. Scharmer calls this lack of awareness our blind spot. He illuminates the blind spot in leadership today and offers hands-on methods to help change makers overcome it through the process, principles, and practices of Theory U.

 

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

McDonough M. & Bruangart M. (2002)

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

Description:

“Reduce, reuse, recycle,” urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. But as architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart point out in this provocative, visionary book, such an approach only perpetuates the one-way, “cradle to grave” manufacturing model, dating to the Industrial Revolution, that creates such fantastic amounts of waste and pollution in the first place.

 

 

 

Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness

Laloux F. (2014)

Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness

Description:

The way we manage organizations seems increasingly out of date. Deep inside, we sense that more is possible. We long for soulful workplaces, for authenticity, community, passion, and purpose.

In this groundbreaking book, the author shows that every time, in the past, when humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness, it has achieved extraordinary breakthroughs in collaboration.

 

 

The Regenerative Business : Redesign Work, Cultivate Human Potential, Achieve Extraordinary Outcomes

Sanford C. (2017) 

Description:

Real stories from companies leading innovation and transformation across the globe including; Google, Colgate Europe, Seventh Generation, Nike and others. A logical, comprehensive approach that factors in the complexities of the modern organization. The work of internationally recognized leadership expert Carol Sanford, who for decades has been designing and leading systemic business change

 

 

 Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Raworth. K (2017)

 Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Description:

Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Can it be fixed? In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth identifies seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet.

 

 

Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society

Senge P.M (2005) 

Description:

Presence is an intimate look at the development of a new theory about change and learning. In wide-ranging conversations held over a year and a half, organizational learning pioneers Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers explored the nature of transformational change–how it arises, and the fresh possibilities it offers a world dangerously out of balance.

 

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

Suzuki S. (1973) 

Description:

In the forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much reread, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics—from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nonduality—in a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page.