Chapter 4

Personal Change and Positive Organizing

In This Chapter

  • We can choose to see ourselves as static or dynamic.
  • Moments of great stress can sometimes teach us to look at the world with new assumptions.
  • The assumptions of positive organizing can help us build more productive organizations.

Buckminster Fuller once made an interesting claim: “I live on Earth at present, and I don't know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing—a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process—an integral function of the universe.”

This statement suggests a dynamic view of the self. The world is always changing and we must adapt. Yet we often regard ourselves as a noun, not a verb. The notion of regarding self as a verb suggests that ...

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