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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler (1 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576759040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576759042
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Source"Source is one of the most compelling and original books on leadership I have read. Not only does it deepen our understanding of leadership, it brings us closer to a fuller understanding of our authentic self, the source of effective leadership." --Warren Bennis, University Professor, University of Southern California and author of Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership"A gem. Jaworski takes us on a personal journey to the source of creation. Profound and inspiring." --W. Brian Arthur, economist and author of The Nature of Technology"Source is an impressive account of Jaworski's lifelong quest into the underlying realities of life. It provides in a convincing way and at the right time the kind of insights we need to shape our future. This book is a must-read for everyone who aspires to a leading role in creating the next stage of human civilization." --Herman Wijffels, former CEO, Rabobank; former Chairman, Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands; and former board member, The World Bank"Leadership requires you to adapt thoughts to the facts and to inspire others with those thoughts. But which 'facts' do you see and how do thoughts become new 'ahas'? Source helps you to understand this process, bringing what you 'feel somewhere or vaguely' to a new level. So it's sustainable energy for your brain!" --Jeroen van der Veer, Vice Chairman of the Board, Unilever PLC, and former CEO, Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies"Jaworski has spent his life exploring the path we all must walk if there is to be a livable future ahead. Source is a well-written story of the extraordinary people he has met and the fascinating discoveries he has made along the way. It can be read with pleasure and profit by anyone, and deserves to be." --Dee W. Hock, CEO and Founder Emeritus, Visa International, and author of Birth of the Chaordic Age and One from Many"Robert Greenleaf called foresight the 'central ethic of leadership, ' adding that 'to see the unforeseeable' and 'to know the unknowable' is the mark of a leader. If you want to know how to develop the capacity for better foresight, read Jaworski's book Source. It should be required reading for policymakers and those leading enterprises of every size." --Jack Lowe, Chairman, TD Industries, and former Chairman of the Board, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vasco Gaspar on 8 April 2013
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Some years ago I was strangely attracted to a book that later changed my life: it was called Theory U.
Recently I had the same feeling with other book: SOURCE. :)

Only after I found that both books are related, but this one goes much deeper in the place which I think is most important and where "Theory U" is lacking: the bottom of the U.

It gave name and "light" to many processes that I've found often in my life but didn't understood them.

It is also a great reading, full of stories and full of the author's inner "presence", which speaks not only from the heart but also from a clear "deep place" of wisdom.
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By Elizabeth D. on 14 Feb 2014
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This book is thought-provoking and stimulating for someone with specific knowledge and interest in philosophy and psychology. It is right up my street.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Fifteen years after reading "Synchrinicity" 31 Jan 2012
By L. Zall - Published on
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In 1998, under big trees in Provence, I read "Synchronicity - The Inner Path of Leadership". I read it slowly, very slowly. I had to take every sentence in and consider and feel the meaning of what I read. I took long breaks between the chapters. I walked with my wife in nature and I started to discover what was so interesting about this book. Why it hit me both in my mind, my heart and my spirit.


I decided to meet Joseph Jaworski. It happened at Mohonk Mountain Hose, upstate New York one year later. There I found out that hundreds of people showing up at this meeting had discovered the same:


Looking back, fifteen years later, I have the understanding that what Joseph Jaworski addressed in "Synchronicity" is something that most people search for. Something that is "waiting to be found". But we can not find it when we search deliberately - we have to stop searching - and the it will show up.

This book led to many insights in my life. Together with my dear friend and brother, Hawk of the Yellow Wind, a Native Canadian" i continued my path in order to "find without searching". I wrote a book, "The Pathfinder" (in Danish, but will soon be available in English) about my own synchronicities in life. I designed a leadership program - "The Pathfinder Programme" for leaders who are interested in finding that inner source that is so meaningful when we experience it. I participated in Otto Scharmers work on "Theory U" and found out, just like Joseph Jaworski, that "the transforming capacities in leadership development lies "at the bottom of the U"".

This has ben a deep and meaningful transition for me - from reading "Synchronicity" 1n 1998 and until now, when this book is in my hands!

"Source : The Inner Path of Knowledge Creation" is a wonderful and even greater experience for me to read.
It presents in a clear. and at the same time, subtle way "the true meaning of transformation". And it focuses on leadership and entrepreneurship, which I think is important since leaders and entrepreneurs are important "transmitters and lighthouses" of the important message in the book.

My recommendation is:
Read this book slowly. Digest every sentence, every chapter. Take walks in between. Let it sink in. Do not think to much. Just a bit so that your other senses - your intuition and inner knowing - can grasp the messages also the subtle ones between the lines.

There is a great possibility, that you will start understanding, on a deeper level, what you already know - somewhere inside - somewhere beyond our conscious thinking.

Read, digest, let your mind wonder.
Consult your heart and your own experiences.

Do like Picasso: "Don't search - and you will find".

I read the Kindle version. It took me a night of continuous reading, relaxing and more reading. It was soup for my soul. Tomorrow I will read it again.

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A romp through management theory and metaphysics 9 May 2013
By Smallpoppy - Published on
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Synchronicity is the story of Joseph Jaworski's fifty year pilgrimage through the wilder sides of science and metaphysics, drawn by the promise of the illusive `Source', once experienced viscerally as a very young man, and never forgotten.

Joseph Jaworski (author of `Synchronicity') takes us on his personal odyssey to find the source of human creativity and self-organisation. The journey takes him and us through the realms of physics and philosophy, by way of Eastern religion and Native American shamanism, via metaphysics to a new way of knowing.

Before I go any further I should make it clear that I enjoyed this book and would recommend it, even if many if the ideas expressed required significant suspension of disbelief.

The Source, like the eternal Tao, by its very nature, cannot be defined. But `While it cannot be defined, Source can be experienced.' That is his starting point. Now then...

The Western scientific-materialist worldview as a belief systems is `no longer adequate for the issues our society is facing' and an historic shift is now occurring leading to a broader, more comprehensive world view.
To achieve the next stage of personal, organisational and human experience we must access our intuition as a valid alternative way of knowing, distinct from and just as good as, scientific reasoning.

It seems `...there is an underlying intelligence within the universe, which is capable of guiding us and preparing us for the futures we must create.' `We are partners in the evolution of the universe'. By implication, the universe cannot evolve without us.

So far so good, however as his is approach is derived from Taoism, Buddhism and a couple-a-dozen spiritually oriented self-help texts, we really need an explanation - is this a spiritual self-help book or a management book?

It is a little jarring, when Jaworski attempts to lead us back from serene contemplation of the underlying intelligence, to the exploitation of Source for no-nonsense business reasons. The well-spring of the entrepreneurial impulse lies, it seems, in our ability to `access the knowledge for action we need at the moment', which comes from `the Source'.

The juxtaposition of the `spiritual and metaphysical', with the `no-nonsense scientific business world' is always a little uncomfortable throughout the book, but Jaworski can perhaps be forgiven for this since his purpose is precisely to bridge the gap in attitudes, world view, culture and meaning between these two worlds and, in the Buddhist phrase, `return to the market with helping hands'.

I should pause here to tease out two profound ideas: Jaworski believes both 1) that the future wants to unfold in a particular way, and 2) that we humans can sense the way the future wants to unfold, and act as its midwife.
These ideas are set out and developed over the course of the book without once acknowledging that they fly in the face of what I think most people would see as `science'. I suppose all this may be obvious to Jaworski and therefore scarcely need to be laboured over, but I found it distinctly odd, even, from time to time, suspecting subterfuge or sleight of hand. Jaworski's position is that modern scientific research across many fields is driving this change in view.

Jaworski sails close to ideas such as `intelligent design', Gaia and a host of ancient superstitions that Western democratic culture since the enlightenment and the advent of the scientific method has fought, and still fights, to eradicate.

It's not that, individually, many if not all of the ideas martialled or introduced are not reasonable from a certain perspective and within a distinct context, it's that Jaworski brings together a wide range of controversial, even, in a modern sense `heretical' ideas, and places them on the stage without caveat or comment.

Jaworski refers to Michael Polyani's concept of `indwelling' which, we are told, can result in sudden illumination or `primary knowing' arising "by means of interconnected wholes... and by means of timeless, direct presentation."
This is an example of an idea that many of us can, in principle, relate to without unease - we have all experienced sudden intuitions or illuminations which provide a complete answer to a question without the bother of having to apply logic or rational thought. The problem is that many such concepts brought together form a whole which challenges the hegemonistic standpoint of orthodox science.

On his journey of discovery Jaworski has pulled together an eclectic and at first sight potentially incompatible set of practices, from shamanism, qigong, mediation, Taoism, Buddhism to quantum mechanics, and a range of spiritual and other practices such as clairvoyance and telepathy.

Jaworski believes that `...Time... moves into the future, attracted by ... a destiny state, and that the Source is essentially `information' which, with energy and matter, is one of the foundation processes of the universe.
Jaworski suggests we humans share or have access to a kind of group mind, permeating space and time, which is part of our biological nature.

He then takes us on an unexpected detour into clairvoyance, telepathy, telekinesis and the occult. His conclusion is that thought can directly affect and impact reality: `scientific studies irrevocably confirm Bohm's "unbroken wholeness" of the universe and that we can affect physical outcome through our intention and way of being.'
The Source exists before the sequential order of time, giving birth to the universe at every eternal moment. The Source is the wellspring of the universe itself. To access it we must be open, honest and act only at the right time in the right way. Doors will mysteriously open for us and helping hands appear. "All we have to do is see the oneness that we are."

Humans can extract information from physical reality "by means that are independent of time and space." "...information is coming from the future."

Some aspect of our mind can perceive the future, not infer it or anticipate it "But actually perceive it." Furthermore our intelligence is distributed across our bodies, and we have three brains, the mind, the gut and the heart, which are networked together and function below the level of consciousness.

The power of love is at the heart of the transformation required of our leaders and our society. `A change of meaning is a change of being'. The path to self-realisation and love is the path to entrepreneurial leadership and knowledge. This leads to `the courage to act in an instant', not to `think or strategise', `you just know'.

In the closing chapters Jaworski muses on the deepest metaphysical elements of the Source. He reaches beyond the veil of casual human experience into the `indestructible and constantly evolving fields of information where all knowledge, wisdom, and unconditional Love are present and available.... In a dimension [outside] our concept of time and space, with non-local and universal interconnectedness. One could call this our Higher consciousness, Divine consciousness, or Cosmic consciousness."

And then the Epilogue wherein Jaworski ventures into metaphysics way outside the mainstream. The ideas expressed in the epilogue do fall naturally from the conclusions reached in the main body of the book, but some people might find them a little too outré even in a speculative work such as this. The `Creationistic' undertone of some parts of the work is finally made explicit and resolved by means of a kind of universal animistic judo in which it is not God that created the universe, but the universe that created God.
`Source existed before God; God, the Buddha, Krihsna ... all emanated from Source.'
This is a serious work and a good, thought provoking, read. It is probably not for those for whom the scientific method reveals the only valid knowledge(an even more detailed review can be found at
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Unresolved 9 Sep 2013
By Mark Prendergast - Published on
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Required reading for a business meeting, and totally disappointed. Seems the U Theory was the key to explore, but did not go into depth at all. Evidence was largely anecdotal and seemed almost fabricated. Lets just say it was New Age evidence. Kept hoping it would get better, but didn't.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Tedious 3 Sep 2013
By Zilamac - Published on
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Based on a recommendation I made the mistake of purchasing this book, rather than sampling it from a library. The book is one chapter after the next of the author naming "big" names/contacts and excitedly globe trotting to assorted meetings/conferences. He goes on about amazing connections, people, places.....but falls short on delivering content.... where is the substance, the developing theory. A brief article on the U Process would suffice.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring 17 Nov 2012
By Anita L Rayburn - Published on
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This reads like a book about spirituality! The worlds of science, religion and business are all coming together as we become more and more aware of "the source" and how we tap into it. It is a book that you will want to read more than once and one that you will stop reading and ponder about before picking it up and reading more. I highly recommend it!
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