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Press Release | Joseph Jaworski

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Press Release | Joseph Jaworski

Tapping Into the Source

Celebrated Author of Synchronicity Joseph Jaworski Explores the Origins of Profound Innovation and Discovery

Institutions of all sorts are facing unprecedented challenges, with complexity increasing at a speed and intensity never experienced before. Traditional analytical approaches are inadequate for dealing effectively with this complexity. To face these challenges, leaders need to access the Source from which deep innovation flows.

Many people have experienced a connection with this Source, often when called upon to respond in times of crisis - moments of extreme spontaneity and intuitive insight. Actions simply flow through them, seemingly without any sort of conscious intervention. They don’t think about what to do; they just know. But these experiences are chance occurrences - ordinarily, we don’t know how to access the Source, and we even have a blind spot as to its very existence.

In SOURCE: THE INNER PATH OF KNOWLEDGE CREATION (Berrett-Koehler; $26.95; hardcover; January 2012) Jaworski, one of the nation’s top experts on transformational leadership, explores the practices that allow leaders and groups to gain access to what he calls the “Source.” A follow up to his international best seller, Synchronicity (Berrett-Koehler, 1996), SOURCE takes up right where his first book left off as Jaworski tells the story of his and his colleagues’ discovery of the ultimate Source of visionary leadership, transformation, and breakthrough innovation.

Jaworski describes an advanced version of the U-Process, Generative Discovery, which enables leaders to get in touch with the Source. The essence of the discovery lies in being open to alternative worldviews, operating from a stance of human possibility, and tapping into the generative orders of the universe.

Ultimately, Jaworski develops four guiding principles that encompass the nature of the Source and what great leaders need to do to stay in dynamic dialogue with it. Knowledge gained through access to the Source is, in the words of one cognitive scientist Jaworski met, “shockingly effective.” It has a transformative impact on every aspect of leadership with the capacity to bring forth new realities, which is what the best leadership does.

About the Author

Joseph Jaworski is a founder and the chairman of both Generon International and the Global Leadership Initiative and is the founder of the American Leadership Forum, an NGO responsible for developing the practice of collaborative leadership. He has led the Royal Dutch/Shell Group’s renowned team of scenario planners, served as senior fellow and board member for the MIT Center for Organizational Learning, and cofounded the Society for Organizational Learning. He is also a co-author of Presence.