The KOAN Method: The Case for Connected Leadership in a Divided World confronts the failure of yesterday’s models of leading and organizing to solve today’s most pressing problems and makes the case for a new, and better, way.
In Zen Buddhism, a KOAN is a saying or mantra designed to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning for achieving enlightenment.
The KOAN concept is also a helpful framework for imagining new models for living and organizing in Kind, Open, Adaptive, Networks.
Fundamentally, this is a book about hard things—or more accurately, what we do in the face of hard things. The goal is to help everyone who reads this book to look at the challenges in front of them with a renewed sense that truly good solutions are not only possible but inevitable if we tap into enough different perspectives.
In a world that feels more divided than ever, we need to learn to become connected leaders and then to build the organizations and systems that support and reward a different, and more effective, way of doing things.
Rooted both in ancient wisdom and cutting-edge research, The KOAN Method gives us an alternative model for evaluating and evolving how we come together as humans to solve the important issues facing our world today.
Written primarily for business and non-profit leaders, educators, policymakers, and concerned citizens, it will also be helpful to anyone who wishes desperately to be more connected with those with whom they disagree, or who is struggling to find genuinely creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems.