A Simpler Way

  • by Margaret J. Wheatley, Myron Kellner-Rogers
  • Narrated by Margaret J. Wheatley, Myron Kellner-Rogers
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Whether on the job or at home, we've all yearned for a way to simplify our lives and become more organized. In A Simpler Way, authors Margaret J. Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers use the latest scientific research to develop new structures to help us become more cooperative, creative, and free. By simplifying our individual worlds, Wheatley and Kellner-Rogers explain that we will inevitably increase our self-assurance, resulting in a continuous cycle of creativity, accomplishment, and learning. A Simpler Way makes a convincing argument for the benefit of changing our organizations by first changing ourselves, and is an essential guide for managers, business owners, employees, and anyone else looking for a more efficient lifestyle.

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What the Critics Say

"In an evocative, almost poetic style, [the authors] lead us with thought, grace, and great gentleness through a philosophy which observes life as always moving toward organization." (James A. Autry, Author and Former CEO, The Meredith Corporation)

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A simpler way of practicing what you preach

This book is wonderful. People who read it looking for hard answers will not find them. But they will find power and beauty and wisdom. Why does poetry move us? How can a simple passage of a few words strung together stir us deeply? They work because they resonate with who we truly are. They don't worry about "reality" or "the way things are" because they are wise enough to know that what we see as reality is only one way of looking at this world. When we connect with who we truly are then we see this enormous power and we recognize what's possible if we relax into that power. This message may frustrate people looking for definite prescription, but I found it refreshing and worth the time. Look at it this way. Is what you're doing now working? If it is, then congratulations. If not, then you have to try something different. Here it is.
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- RJD "Ronovan"

A Profound Approach to Organizations

In this book organizations are described as living systems that are self-organizing and seek order in a disorderly way. Rather than impose structures, self-organizing systems allow structure to emerge in what may appear to be a chaotic and random process but which ultimately yields stability. That stability can only be found in freedom, not in conformity or compliance. It is that freedom which feeds the relationships and dynamic processes that are the foundation to organizations the authors describe as clear but curious. This simpler way of being together in organizations is one that mimics much of what we see in nature.

Margaret Wheatley is one of my favorite authors, and this is classic Margaret Wheatley. It is chock full of quotable quotes and philosophic inspirations. My only complaint, and I know this isn't her style, is that I would have loved to hear some concrete examples of organizations that practice this simpler way.
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- Marty "Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books