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Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."

There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.




Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other."

When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.




Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Very great change starts from very small conversations, held among people who care."

Very great change starts from very small conversations, held among people who care.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful."

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.




Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "I think a major act of leadership right now, call it a radical act, is to create the places and processes so people can actually learn together, using our experiences"

I think a major act of leadership right now, call it a radical act, is to create the places and processes so people can actually learn together, using our experiences



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "I think we have to notice that the business processes we use right now for thinking and planning and budgeting and strategy are all delivered on very tight agendas."

I think we have to notice that the business processes we use right now for thinking and planning and budgeting and strategy are all delivered on very tight agendas.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "[A]ll change, even very large and powerful change, begins when a few people start talking with one another about something they care about."

[A]ll change, even very large and powerful change, begins when a few people start talking with one another about something they care about.




Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "It's not differences that divide us. It's our judgments about each other that do."

It's not differences that divide us. It's our judgments about each other that do.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes."

Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "A leader is one who... Has more faith in people than they do, and . . . who holds opportunities open long enough for their competence to re-emerge."

A leader is one who... Has more faith in people than they do, and . . . who holds opportunities open long enough for their competence to re-emerge.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Determination, energy, and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context."

Determination, energy, and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "You can’t hate someone whose story you know."

You can’t hate someone whose story you know.




Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "The things we fear most in organizations - fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances - are the primary sources of creativity."

The things we fear most in organizations - fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances - are the primary sources of creativity.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Probably the most visible example of unintended consequences, is what happens every time humans try to change the natural ecology of a place."

Probably the most visible example of unintended consequences, is what happens every time humans try to change the natural ecology of a place.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Change always involves a dark night when everything falls apart. Yet if this period of dissolution is used to create new meaning, then chaos ends and new order emerges."

Change always involves a dark night when everything falls apart. Yet if this period of dissolution is used to create new meaning, then chaos ends and new order emerges.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "we don't have to agree with each other in order to think well together. There is no need for us to be joined at the head. We are joined by our human hearts."

we don't have to agree with each other in order to think well together. There is no need for us to be joined at the head. We are joined by our human hearts.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "All of us need better skills in listening, conversing, respecting one another's uniqueness, because these are essential for strong relationships."

All of us need better skills in listening, conversing, respecting one another's uniqueness, because these are essential for strong relationships.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "I believe that our very survival depends upon us becoming better systems thinkers."

I believe that our very survival depends upon us becoming better systems thinkers.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "We are, always, poets, exploring possibilities of meaning in a world which is also all the time exploring possibilities."

We are, always, poets, exploring possibilities of meaning in a world which is also all the time exploring possibilities.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Disorder can play a critical role in giving birth to new, higher forms of order."

Disorder can play a critical role in giving birth to new, higher forms of order.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "When we can lay down our fear and anger and choose responses other than aggression, we create the conditions for bringing out the best in us humans."

When we can lay down our fear and anger and choose responses other than aggression, we create the conditions for bringing out the best in us humans.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Circles create soothing space, where even reticent people can realize that their voice is welcome."

Circles create soothing space, where even reticent people can realize that their voice is welcome.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Everyone in a complex system has a slightly different interpretation. The more interpretations we gather, the easier it becomes to gain a sense of the whole."

Everyone in a complex system has a slightly different interpretation. The more interpretations we gather, the easier it becomes to gain a sense of the whole.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "We each create our world by what we choose to notice, creating a world of distinction that makes sense to us. We then 'see' the world through the self we have created."

We each create our world by what we choose to notice, creating a world of distinction that makes sense to us. We then 'see' the world through the self we have created.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Circles create soothing space."

Circles create soothing space.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "When leaders take back power, when they act as heroes and saviors, they end up exhausted, overwhelmed, and deeply stressed."

When leaders take back power, when they act as heroes and saviors, they end up exhausted, overwhelmed, and deeply stressed.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "A leader these days needs to be a host - one who convenes diversity; who convenes all viewpoints in creative processes where our mutual intelligence can come forth."

A leader these days needs to be a host - one who convenes diversity; who convenes all viewpoints in creative processes where our mutual intelligence can come forth.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Hopelessness has surprised me with patience."

Hopelessness has surprised me with patience.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "All social change begins with a conversation."

All social change begins with a conversation.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "In fact, Western culture has spent decades drawing lines and boxes around interconnected phenomena. We've chunked the world into pieces rather than explored its webby nature."

In fact, Western culture has spent decades drawing lines and boxes around interconnected phenomena. We've chunked the world into pieces rather than explored its webby nature.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "We would do well to ponder the realization that love is the most potent source of power."

We would do well to ponder the realization that love is the most potent source of power.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "We know from science that nothing in the universe exists as an isolated or independent entity."

We know from science that nothing in the universe exists as an isolated or independent entity.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Listening moves us closer, it helps us become more whole, more healthy, more holy. Not listening creates fragmentation, and fragmentation is the root of all suffering."

Listening moves us closer, it helps us become more whole, more healthy, more holy. Not listening creates fragmentation, and fragmentation is the root of all suffering.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Independence is a political concept, not a biological concept."

Independence is a political concept, not a biological concept.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Whatever life we have experienced, if we can tell our story to someone who listens, we find it easier to deal with our circumstances."

Whatever life we have experienced, if we can tell our story to someone who listens, we find it easier to deal with our circumstances.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Who you are depends on who you meet."

Who you are depends on who you meet.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Without aggression, it becomes possible to think well, to be curious about differences, and to enjoy each other's company."

Without aggression, it becomes possible to think well, to be curious about differences, and to enjoy each other's company.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Ask what's possible, not what's wrong. Keep asking."

Ask what's possible, not what's wrong. Keep asking.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "I've wanted to see beyond the Western, mechanical view of the world and see what else might appear when the lens was changed"

I've wanted to see beyond the Western, mechanical view of the world and see what else might appear when the lens was changed



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "We need to move from the leader as hero, to the leader as host."

We need to move from the leader as hero, to the leader as host.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Aggression is the most common behavior used by many organizations, a nearly invisible medium that influences all decisions and actions."

Aggression is the most common behavior used by many organizations, a nearly invisible medium that influences all decisions and actions.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Perseverance is a choice. It's not a simple, one-time choice, it's a daily one. There's never a final decision."

Perseverance is a choice. It's not a simple, one-time choice, it's a daily one. There's never a final decision.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "One of the easiest human acts is also the most healing. Listening to someone. Simply listening. Not advising or coaching, but silently and fully listening."

One of the easiest human acts is also the most healing. Listening to someone. Simply listening. Not advising or coaching, but silently and fully listening.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "I believe that the capacity that any organization needs is for leadership to appear anywhere it is needed, when it is needed."

I believe that the capacity that any organization needs is for leadership to appear anywhere it is needed, when it is needed.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Destroying is a necessary function in life. Everything has its season, and all things eventually lose their effectiveness and die."

Destroying is a necessary function in life. Everything has its season, and all things eventually lose their effectiveness and die.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Aggression only moves in one direction - it creates more aggression."

Aggression only moves in one direction - it creates more aggression.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "Most people associate command and control leadership with the military."

Most people associate command and control leadership with the military.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "To make a system stronger, we need to make stronger relationships."

To make a system stronger, we need to make stronger relationships.



Margaret J. Wheatley Quotes: "In this present culture, we need to find the means to work and live together with less aggression if we are to resolve the serious problems that afflict and impede us."

In this present culture, we need to find the means to work and live together with less aggression if we are to resolve the serious problems that afflict and impede us.