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Dr. Barbara Berry
Lise Blevins-Inman

" The Intelligence Advantage, Organizing for Complexity "
by Michael D. McMaster

“By far one of the most significant books on organizational change.” Barbara Berry

Complexity is becoming a common word in business literature. Mike McMaster blends complexity with post-modern thought and the work of the interdisciplinary group called the Santa Fe Institute to provide useful, understandable metaphors and analogies, as well as practical design principles and effective management and work practices.

"Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization"
by Jean E. Cunningham, Orest Fiume, and White Lisa Truit

This explosive issue and its implications are fully explored in "Real Numbers." The authors, each a chief financial executive, describe how management accounting evolved to this point and how simplicity and clarity can be restored -- particularly in a lean organization. The management accounting model illustrated in "Real Numbers" points the way to unlocking the true profit potential of lean.

"Who's Counting?
A Lean Accounting Business Novel"

(Winner of the Shingo Prize
for Manufacturing Excellence)
by Jerrold M. Solomon.

"Who's Counting?", by Jerrold M. Solomon, is a business novel that, for the first time, explains how accounting and manufacturing personnel must develop a partnership to successfully achieve world class results. This novel takes readers on a successful "Lean Journey", and illustrates how to bring accounting practices into the 21st century in order to compete in today's global market. A must read for all those interested in successfully implementing lean accounting!

" Finding Our Way "
by Margaret Wheatley

This is a thought provoking collection of essays in which the author explores sustainability, human development, leadership and other complex topics facing us today.  I like this book not only for Wheatley’s excellent writing, but also that I can suggest my clients find the short readings that appeal to them instead of reading a whole book.

" Presence: Human Purpose and The Field of The Future "
by Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, Betty Sue Flowers

This is a journey of four leading thinkers engaging in dialogue over a period of time. They explore possibilities for deep understanding of the way we view life and our world. The lessons here provide a model for communicating together about global and local issues and possibilities for the future.

" Key Issues in the New Knowledge Management "
by Joseph M. Firestone and Mark W. McElroy

This good little book tells how to select the essential knowledge from all the other information that overwhelms a knowledge management base

"World Café"
by Judy Brown and David Issacs

The most important manual or tool for high level exploration in a large group. Our clients have found it is a powerful method for strategic planning, exploring multiple futures and as a learning environment that is far more effective than traditional training.

" The Toyota Way "
by Jeffery Liker

This is the most comprehensive book I’ve seen that addresses the need for learning organization and culture driven to quality principles such as lean management and six sigma.

" Building the Learning Organization "
by Michael J. Marquardt


" The Southwest Airlines Way:  Using the Power of Relationships to Achieve High Performance "
by Jody Hoffer Gittell

This is an important case study of a highly successfully company. All business leaders should attempt to understand what makes Southwest Airlines successful. The book offers a lot of insight into that success.

" Redesigning Society "
by Russell Ackoff and Sheldon Rovin

Ackoff is a seasoned and wise thinker about major issues facing the world today. Though his thinking is more global the book has important models for both business and society.

" The Tipping Point "
by Malcolm Gladwell

Essential information in a quick read. This book has helped our clients recognize when their models for developing the organization’s culture toward adaptability and redesign is working. It has a powerful message. Available on C D as well.

" The World is Flat "
by Thomas Friedman

Everyone needs to know this important message about the global economy. It is an important read. Available on CD.

" The Long Emergency "
by James Kuntsler

if your business is dependent on petroleum for energy and transport ant you might want to understand Kuntsler’s point of view. He predicts that the time span between unaffordable petroleum energy and the time it will take to engineer an affordable alternative will be 30 + years.  He also has a very outspoken blog site: James Howard Kuntsler

" The Rise of The Creative Class "
by Richard Florida

“ insightful portrait of the values and lifestyles that will drive the 21st century”


" Abolishing Performance Appraisals: Why they Backfire and What to do Instead "
by Tom Coens and Mary Jenkins


"Life at the Edge of Chaos:
Creating the Quantum Organization"

by Mark D. Youngblood

Introductory Level

This breakthrough book provides practical applications of how to transform companies to operate on the "edge of chaos" based on the principles of living, self-organizing systems.

"Birth of the Charodic Age"
by Dee Hock

Introductory Level

Birth of the Chaordic Age is a compelling manifesto for the future, embedded within the intriguing story of a personal odyssey. An engaging narrator, Dee Hock is the man who first conceived of a global system for the electronic exchange of value, becoming the founder and CEO of VISA International.

"The Complexity Advantage"
by Susanne Kelly,
Mary Ann Allison 

Advanced Level

Susanne Kelly and Mary Ann Allison show managers how to use complexity's self-organizing techniques to increase efficiency and creativity, inspire new ways of leading, and predict the behaviors of employees, customers, vendors, and competitors.

"Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos & Complexity"
by Jamshid Gharajedaghi

Advanced Level

Leading edge systems thinking and practice that goes far beyond what is currently availableIt deals with the whole, both conceptually and practically, written in a reader-friendly style.

"Leadership and the New Science: Revised"
by Margaret J. Wheatley

Introductory Level

In this revised edition of her 1992 book, Wheatley provides an overview of some dramatic changes in scientific thought, such as chaos theory and quantum physics, and then applies those theories to organizations.

"A Simpler Way"
by Margaret J. Wheatley

Introductory Level

Strikingly different from most business books--it opens and closes with a pair of very powerful black-and-white photo essays, for example--A Simpler Way lays out a fascinating and productive reexamination of the traditional tenets of organizational behavior.


"Open Boundaries: Creating Business Innovation Through Complexity"
by Howard Sherman, Ron Schultz

Drawing from groundbreaking research at the Santa Fe Center for Emergent Strategies, new insights on applying complexity thinking in business to break out of old patterns and imagine new possibilities.

Life at the Edge of Chaos"

by Roger Lewin

Science-writer Lewin writes for the determined lay audience, those who want to grasp some of the excitement churning among biologists regarding complexity theory.

"Learning Organizations"
"Developing Cultures for Tomorrow's Workplace"
by Sarita Chawla (Editor), John Renesch (Editor)

An excellent collection of articles on all aspects of building the learning organizations.

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"The Wisdom Of Teams"
by Jon R. Katzenbach, Douglas K. Smith

Considers the development of true high performance teams, based on achieving results.

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"The Systems Thinker"
by Pegasus Communications

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"The Art Of Long View"
by Peter Schwartz

An introduction to scenario planning.

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"Rewiring the Corporate Brain"
by Danah Zohar

Talks about using the new science to rethink how we structure and lead organizations.

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"The Organization of the Future"
by Frances Hesselbein (Introduction), Marshall Goldsmith (Editor),
Richard Beckhard

Part of the Drucker Foundation Future Series.

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"Rethinking the Future"
by Rowan Gibson

The rethinking of business, principles, competition, control & complexity, leadership, markets and the world is discussed.

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"Corporate Tides"
"The Inescapable Laws of Organizational Structure"
by Robert Fritz