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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada; Reprint edition (Aug. 7 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067931444X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679314448
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting to Maybe addresses making big, significant change actually happen. It is thoughtful, insightful, sobering and inspirational. The ideas articulated are new and practical. Anyone from the business, government or not-for-profit world who wants to understand change better, and change the way things are, should read this book.”
—Courtney Pratt, chairman of Stelco

About the Author

Frances Westley has published widely in the areas of strategic change and visionary leadership, and led the Dupont Canada—fostered think-tank on social innovation, based at McGill University’s Desautel Faculty of Management, where many of the ideas for this book were developed.

Brenda Zimmerman, a professor at the Schulich School of Business at York University, has been studying and writing about how complexity theory applies to organizations for twenty years.

Michael Quinn Patton is an independent organizational development consultant and has written five major books on the art and science of program evaluation.


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I know a number of people who value this book for its contributions to their understanding of systems thinking and also like and respect Frances Westley as a person, but I find Getting to Maybe overly simplistic and vague. If you want to a resonant and high-level introduction to systems thinking, Donella Meadows open-source "Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System" will get you much farther, much faster and with better examples. Westley's book just barely, almost, but not quite gets you to maybe...
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You cannot read this book without marking up the margins of each page with your own creative ideas that springboard from the authors insights. This book draws the reader into a whole new paradigm of social innovation and organizational leadership.

It creates a healthy dissatisfaction in the reader which compels you to rethink your current values, strategies and approaches and think creatively about your organization. This book is strong affirmation for those individuals and organizations who believe that there can & should be a more "natural" and "organic" way of conducting business and service than we are currently investing.

Validing thinking, creativity, the power of self-organization, and the hope that motivates and captivates all social entrepreneurs are common themes throughout this book. A difficult read for linear and pragmatic thinkers but one that creates a vibrant balance between purpose and praxis. Worth every penny!
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This book is a waste of time. It sums up points of guidance that are either entirely obvious and do not offer any new insight, or give points that will make no difference at. It is full of logical fallacies, such as a definitional retreat where the authors change the meaning of the word "action" from a government is being asked by its people to "act" and responding that "thinking is acting". No, it is not. You can argue that thinking is valuable, but it is not the same as the "action" that the public is demanding of its government. The entire book is full of this kind of thing, I actually got frustrated and angry reading it, it was so logically flawed.
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I love the way this book challenges my thinking, and helps me move beyond my strategic processes to make a difference in the real and complex world. Everyone leading a nonprofit or government organization, whether board or staff, should read this book; learn to identify complex issues, and gain the tools and mindset to truly cope with that complexity. The results might amaze us!
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I seriously have run out of things to write on my product reviews. This book honestly is a great book and I would recommend anyone to read it for ideas and inspiration to becoming or getting support as a social innovator.

Packaged well and arrived in great time. Go Amazon
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