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Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  674 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
We've all had those perfect moments when events that could never be predicted, let alone controlled, remarkably seem to guide us along our path. Carl Jung called this phenomena "synchronicity" - "a collaboration between persons and events that seems to enlist the cooperation of fate." In this book, Joseph Jaworski argues that the right state of mind will make you the kind ...more
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Published May 16th 2011 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published January 1st 1996)
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Annemieke Windt
Sep 25, 2011 Annemieke Windt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Jaworsky - Synchronicity, The Inner Path of Leadership
Well, ehm, I just earlier tonight wrote about how I might sometimes come to read a book by a strange incident or the way I happen to come across it. My choice to read Synchronicity had a direct relation with one of the destinations on my trip to France, Chartres and its medival cathedral. I wanted to visit the cathedral ever since 2001 and once even had already booked a hotel in the town when I had to cancel two years ago. My finances
Karen Roberts
Jaworski has had some interesting experiences that have helped to shape his philosophy. He focuses upon "predictable miracles" and attracting people who think differently, thereby creating solutions and innovation.

I've had similar experiences, only I have called them miracles and divine appointments. Throughout the book, I expected him to come to the conclusion that God was orchestrating his life. However, he has given the credit to the Source, teasing the reader to read his next book, "The Sou
Peep Laja
Jun 03, 2007 Peep Laja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone going after their dreams
Synchronicity is meaningful coincidences that cannot be explained by cause and effect. This is a very inspiring book. You should read it before embarking on a journey to achieve your dream. It is about importance of finding your true self, listening to your gut and seizing opportunities. It is not one of those teacher meets pupils kind of books where the guru tells you how to live, it is much more than that. The author tells his life story and wonders about life on the way. If you read "Alchemis ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Jeff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could subtitle this book "a hero's journey for the 1%". It's an interesting read on how the author reacted to a lot of the challenges of his life. That said, was hard for me to be enthusiastic about how he got there, because this is obviously a person born into privilege, who can have immediate access to important people whenever he wants. I was laughing out loud when he wrote about how he "ran into" Frank Tarkington, who immediately shared personal details with him. This book is full of anecd ...more
I struggled a bit with Synchronicity, but on the whole, it was very worthwhile reading. There were times when the author was too "out there" for me, though he might view some of my own beliefs in a similar fashion. At other times, what he learned and conveyed, the points he was trying to get across to his reader, made perfect sense within my own world view. Mostly, I thought it was often thought-provoking, sometimes even inspiring, and well worth the read. In his own way, and as a result of his ...more
Margie Adler
Jun 25, 2015 Margie Adler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is still one of the best books on leadership that I've ever read. I read the first edition some years ago, and there were times I had to put the book down and just breath. I felt that someone was writing my thoughts, giving them coherence, and by doing so making me feel completely understood. At the same time, Synchronicity gave me inspiration and hope. The second is even better. Why? Jaworski has learned, grown, thought more deeply, lived the learning and applied the principles. He's made ...more
May 07, 2012 Janine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have probably read this book about three times now and each time I gain something different from it. While some will struggle with the writers journey to self actualization and see it as a narcissistic rant (I did have one client tell me this), I personally found it aspirational. If a successful lawyer living a life of desirable consumerism (he drove one of my favourite cars, a DB9) can give all that up for something more meaningful in life....then there's hope for the rest of us!
Nazila Malekpour
The author teaches how to be a great leader by telling his personal stories.
My favorite quote from the book is
"Leadership is all about the release of human possibilities. One of the central requirements for good leadership is the capacity to inspire the people in the group: to move them and encourage them and pull them into the activity. Key element of this capacity to inspire is communicating to people that you believe they matter, that you know they have something important to give. The conf
Debbie Wooten
Jul 16, 2012 Debbie Wooten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, love this book. Anyone who is in leadership and who is into the law of attraction will be attracted to this book. Easy read.
Mark Strom
Feb 08, 2014 Mark Strom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A great theory for wealthy westerners. But I would give 5 stars to Peter Senge's introduction
Feb 12, 2014 Gwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Nothing of real substance will occur unless communities of people start to form around a different kind of commitment we evidence." Joseph Jaworski

People looking for a "formula" will be disappointed. But, for me, this book affirmed concentric circles of leadership development: inner work to develop self;develop authentic relationship to other; self in relationship to community.

All three areas require experiential learning to take root. All must be routinely nurtured to thrive and none of it is
Neelesh Marik
Oct 06, 2014 Neelesh Marik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What stands out in this book is the deeply personal nature of the story of the developmental movement of the author over time, narrated through a first person account of second person interactions and third person observations. In summary, it is the flesh-and-bones discovery and enactment of walking the fine edge between letting things happen and making things happen.

From Robert Greenleaf’s categorization of servant leaders (called Stage 3 by Scott Peck), Joe paints the evolving nature of Stage
Verginia Duran
Jun 22, 2016 Verginia Duran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interessante pensar na sincronicidade das coisas que acontecem na vida e sobre o comprometimento que nos faz perceber esta sincronicidade. Me chamou a atenção, talvez por estar estudando Coaching Ontológico, foi sobre a linguagem: "É por intermédio da linguagem que criamos o mundo, porque ele não é nada até que nós façamos a descrição. E quando o descrevemos, criamos diferenças que dirigem nossas ações. Não descrevemos o mundo que vemos, mas vemos o mundo que descrevemos."
Imane Shybat
Apr 30, 2014 Imane Shybat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book! What you read would stay personal to you, it is how you refer to it upon your own journey. It does inspire you to aspire higher, to look beyond what you see now as limits, you have more capacities, you have more to give to the world than simply going for 9 to 5 jobs to pay your bills...Encrypt your ambitions and dreams and live your life to pursue them

There is not much say about the book, other than it is marvellous!
Mar 10, 2016 Jeroen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. I have been following a MOOC on Theory U and was pointed towards this book afterwards. An incredible story and very profound insights. I can recommend this book if you feel there is more to life than just being a consumer and be stuck in the treadmill of trying to be successful in the eyes of other.
Mar 20, 2015 Rozana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring story of a leaders inner journey that manifests wondrous works by the universe. It was like a memoir or a narrative written by the author. A page turner, filled with wise quotes, and the learning emerges from the engaging storytelling of the writer. A recommended reading for leadership development.
Jean M.
Nov 21, 2007 Jean M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nurture
It took me some time to get into this book as he spends a significant amount of time building up to the magic he offers at the end. It is full of story, but through the story of his life you start to see how the magic of synchronicity works. That idea of committing to something and then as Joseph Campbell said, "doors will open for you where you would have never thought there would be doors and where there would not be doors for anyone else." Or something magnificent along those lines.

If you wan
Recommended by a friend 20 (!) years ago and it's been on my shelf ever since. Trying to catch up with my reading A quick, mildly interesting read for students of leadership. Once you slog through his personal story, the bits about servant leadership are interesting.
Dec 20, 2015 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heel tof boek, een beetje zweverig maar toch helder. Met als hoofdgedachte kortweg: volg je gevoel. Die hoofdgedachte wordt geïllustreerd door het persoonlijke levensverhaal van de auteur. Alleen een beetje jammer dat het einde een soort cliffhanger is... Auteur werpt een vraag op (wat is het verschil tussen De Bron (bron van leven, bron van creativiteit) en God?). Maar verwijst vervolgens naar een van zijn andere boeken voor het antwoord. Verder top boek!
Roman Martin
Jan 25, 2016 Roman Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the Introduction to get a summary of the "insights" of the book, and then read each chapter only when you "feel" you want to read it. Thats how I have had a perfect experience of "synchronicity": reading what I need to read at that moment!! ...more
Raymond Witvoet
May 28, 2014 Raymond Witvoet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allthough much has been written since 1998 when this book was first published it for me still stands as a masterpiece with valuable insights such as the role of pitfalls, how to become one with nature and the value of true deep dialogue!
I like Jaworski's message that we need to find a way to create the kind of world we want and that we have to serve others and build strong bonds between people in order to do so. His story is also interesting, and it's clear he has lived a full life. A lot of the meaning he finds in the theories of David Bohm and in a sense of general interconnectedness I think I get from my religious faith, so that made it a little tougher for me to see exactly eye-to-eye with him. I also didn't always complete ...more
The first half was great, and also the end. Will write more about the book later on ... Need some time to digest.
Angela Vega Martinez
Imperdível! A must read for leaders!
Toni Mascaró
Apr 11, 2015 Toni Mascaró rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Recommended reading
Nov 15, 2014 Jankeesmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read for anyone in leadership!
I hit the book running strong. I think the first good hour to an hour and a half in I thought it was one of the most powerful books I had read when learning about Joseph's earlier life and the flow that seemed to connect him with others .. how easy synchronicity really is when you are open to it.

Then the book changed. It was all about his leadership forum.. development development blah blah blah and I was disapointed to have lost interest. The power the message was really left behind in the late
Mar 24, 2012 Patric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cognitive-aware
A great exploration in an autoenthnographical manner exploring the leadership crisis in our world. In 1984 I was just beginning an appreciative inguiry and dialog into the human condition from new cognitive awareness and found the interactions with Francisco Verela and David Bohm's Implicit and Explicit Unfolding universe very helpful. An enjoyable read starting with Watergate and Joseph's father Leon face off with the Richard Nixon who was an American Criminal and the political chaos of the his ...more
Florine Van
Jul 19, 2015 Florine Van rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very inspiring
Leah Braswell
May 02, 2015 Leah Braswell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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