Summary of Synchronicity

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Joseph Jaworski was a practicing litigator when he learned about the concept of the "servant leader." Inspired, he left his legal practice and created the American Leadership Forum (ALF), which trains corporate leaders in using the servant-leader model. Synchronicty , which recounts Jaworski’s journey, aspires to novelistic drama, and in fact, Jaworski describes the tale in terms of the traditional literary hero’s quest. While not exactly the labors of Hercules, anecdotes in which Jaworski talks his way out of a mugging and meets his wife by passing her in an airport are entertaining, but less informative than the author might hope. The book contains a lot of New-Age jargon and collective-consciousness sermonizing. Nevertheless, for managers who want to be something more - leaders recommends Synchronicity not as a useful how-to, but rather as a business leader’s inspirational biography.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why good leaders acknowledge the natural laws of the universe;
  • Why conscientious companies strive for social accountability; and
  • Why the emotional aspects of change are frequently the most difficult to deal with.

About the Author

Joseph Jaworski began his professional career as an attorney with the Houston-based firm Bracewell & Paterson. In 1980, he founded the American Leadership Forum, and has since served as head of Global Scenario Planning for the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies in London. In 1994, he joined the MIT Center for Organizational Learning, where he works with a consortium of corporations to build learning organizations. He is also a founder and chairman of the Center for Generative Leadership.



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