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Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership

By Joseph Jaworski (Author)
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Pages   213
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.86" Width: 7.42" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.87 lbs.
Binding  Paper Textbook
Release Date   Jan 1, 1996
Publisher   Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN  1576750310  
EAN  9781576750315  

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This book was sparked by the discussions attorney Joe Jaworski had with his father, special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski, about the lack of moral and ethical standards at high levels. The author maintains that true leadership creates a domain in which people become ever more capable and "predictable miracles" can happen. .

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Joseph Jaworski is began his professional career as an attorney with the Houston-based firm of Bracewell & Patterson, and in 1975, he was elected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which comprises the top one percent of U.S. trial lawyers. In 1980, he founded the American Leadership Forum, an NGO responsible for developing the practice of collaborative leadership. A decade later, he was invited to lead the Royal Dutch / Shell Group's renowned team of scenario planners. Thereafter, he served as senior fellow and board member for the MIT Center for Organizational Learning, and cofounded the Society for Organizational Learning. He is a founder and the chairman of both Generon Consulting and the Global Institute for Responsible Leadership.

Joseph Jaworski currently resides in the state of Massachusetts. Joseph Jaworski was born in 1934.

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Waking up to marvels  Dec 25, 2008
Reading the reviews on this site combined with having read the book myself, gives me a well balanced (and ofcourse highly neutral) opinion on this landmark book. Jaworski seems to have led, until age 40 something, a very egoistical life, completely blind to the needs of his wife, family and friends. When, in a typical midlife stage, he slowly wakes up to reality, a new reality to him, he starts to see life in a different way. Good for him. Otherwise he might have been a jerk for the rest of his life.
The concept of synchronicity was already coined by Jung, Jaworski tries to put this concept into his own hero's journey. He can say: I did it my way. But a good psychologist or coach could have helped Jaworski out in a very productive way, if he would have been just a little more opened to this opportinity (OK, I know: it's all about the proces, not about reaching a certain goal...). So, then you get a whole series of slowly progressing steps. In his case, synchronicity is starting to realize that you can have meaningful encounters with 'the other sex' without wanting to 'have sex'; people that support him in a magical way, just appear to belong to his 'old boys network' and an encounter with a little tender animal in the mountains, is something he finds so special, that I wonder: what did he miss during his childhood?
So: the concept is great; the hero's story is shallow. It surprises me that so many people find this highly inspiring reading. What have they read so far? How did they live their lives? Terrifying...

(Pardon my English: I'm a Dutch guy)
A must have for anyone who wants to succeed in life  Sep 27, 2008
Hi there,

Synchronicity took my breath away. Anything affects everything, and you can put the odds in your favor by reading the book and following the author's advice: If you really want something bad, pursue it and be amazed by the help you may receive through pure coincidences - or is it not syncronicity after all? It makes you ponder quantum physics. Awesome.
Scenario Planning based on dialogues to change the world  Aug 4, 2008
The part I found most fascinating is the description of scenario planning in Royal Dutch Shell. Shell prepares on a regular basis detailed description of how the world might change over the next twenty to fifty years in two different scenarios. The author led the development of the scenarios covering 1992 to 2020. The two scenarios were based on (A) continued globalisation and liberalisation called "New Frontiers" and (B) on increased nationalism and protection called "Barricades". In developing these scenario's the author made two innovations (1) he brought groups together from widely different people and organised dialogues following the principles of David Bohm, a famous physicist with a unique approach to holding constructive dialogues, and (2) The author recognised that making scenario's is a way you can influence the outcome.
For example, in South Africa still during the apartheid period two scenarios were developed with participation of all different groups in South Africa, one scenario with the continuation of apartheid and the other without Some of the participants in the group were those in favour of maintaining apartheid and others strongly believing it should be abandoned. By working on two different scenarios the participants developed a much better understanding of each other's positions and of the consequences. The author believes that this had a positive effect on solving the apartheid problem in a peaceful way.
In the latest Shell scenario, 2008 to 2050 Shell presents the case of what will happen if governments in the world cooperate to take vigorous action to slow down fossil fuel consumption and develop alternative sources, scenario Blueprint" and a scenario where governments will only act after very serious crises have happened convincing governments to take vigorous and joint action, scenario "Scramble". The CEO of Shell, Jeroen van der Veer says, "in our view, the Blueprints' outcomes offer the best hope for a sustainable future".

The author also founded the American Forum of leadership to a large extent based on the dialogue ideas of David Bohm. That organisation makes important positive contributions to society.

Synchronicity is a concept launched by C.G. Jung the Swiss psychiatrist. The meaning is that two events occur simultaneously that has great effects that cannot be explained by probability. Every event at a specific moment in time is unique as it is based on innumerable interdependent chains of causes and effects. For that reason each specific event when specifying all its details beforehand has zero probability of occurring, but it does happen
It is also clear that people that are intensely searching for something with an open mind will see far more unique opportunities than a person not searching for something with a closed mind.
These coincidences that have a great effect can be good or bad. If Marx had not had net Engels communism would have never come of the ground. Fortunately for he author he experienced many positive coincidences.
Serendipity may more accurately describe these experiences than synchroncity as defined by Jung. Serendipity means to discover accidentally something fortunate, especially when looking for something else. That is even more improbable but still not a miracle. Louis Pasteur "In the field of observation, chance favours only the prepared mind".
Synchronicity  Jun 8, 2008
This is an excellent book showing how dialogue works and how being committed to an idea is so important when seeking opportunities to get ahead. Opening to opportunities is something many of us find difficult as we always wnat to give a new preferred role a title whereas Synchronicity shows how just being open will get us to our desired opportunity, it doesn't need a tag.

I have recommended this book and the concepts to several other people who ae also finding it helpful as they look to gain traction towards a horizon.

I had to read some of the book several times for it to resonate as initially I was closed to some of the concepts or missed them totally.

A great read for those wanting to understand the value of scenario planning and dialogue within the world.

Our life, our choices but be committed to the choices we make
the best book i have ever read  Apr 11, 2007
it should be a must for all college students

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