the KOAN method: Breakthrough Leadership for 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.
Jennifer Lyn Simpson, PhD (she/her) is CEO and Owner at Integrated Work and Founder of A Bolder Vision. Her 30+ year career includes experience working in and with organizations across the private, public, corporate, and not-for-profit sectors to create more meaningful and effective ways of living and working together across differences; more than two decades of teaching university courses in communication, organizational culture, diversity, and leadership disciplines. Her passion and unique talents lie in highly personalized Executive Coaching and developing and delivering transformational experiences that help people amplify their impact by being more human, together. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University, Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder and continues her own learning and development by regularly participating in immersive experiential leadership and JEDI programs.Learn More