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The Essentials Of Theory U

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Theory U blends systems thinking, innovation, and leading change from the viewpoint of an evolved human consciousness. Guest Otto Scharmer’s first book on the topic sold over 100,000 copies (versus the average traditional book which sells 3,000 copies in its lifetime). Otto joins Maureen to discuss his latest book: The Essentials of Theory U: Core Principles and Applications, which meets a crucial need during this point in history in helping us bring necessary changes to our foundational systems from a place of deep consciousness and perspective-taking from all key stakeholders – including the future as a key stakeholder.

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He introduced the concept of “presencing” — learning from the emerging future — in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence. Otto is also co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future. His most recent book, The Essentials of Theory U, outlines the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change.  

Maureen Metcalf, Founder, CEO, and Board Chair of Metcalf & Associates is a highly sought-after expert in anticipating and leveraging future business trends to transform organizations. She has captured her thirty years of experience and success in an award-winning series of books which are used by public, private and academic organizations to align company-wide strategy, systems and culture with innovative leadership techniques. As a preeminent change agent, Ms. Metcalf has set strategic direction and then transformed her client organizations to deliver significant business results such as increase profitability, cycle time reduction, improved quality, and increased employee effectiveness. For years, she has been willing to share her hard-won insights – through conference speaking, industry publications, radio talk-shows, and video presentations.