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Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  475 ratings  ·  39 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 1st 2011 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published January 1st 1996)
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Annemieke Windt
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
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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
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Peep Laja
Jun 03, 2007 Peep Laja rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jeff
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
Janine
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!
Debbie Wooten
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
A great theory for wealthy westerners. But I would give 5 stars to Peter Senge's introduction
Gwen
"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
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Neelesh Marik
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
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Imane Shybat
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!
Rozana
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.
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
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Raymond Witvoet
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!
Matt
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
Geert
The first half was great, and also the end. Will write more about the book later on ... Need some time to digest.
Toni Mascaró
Great book! Recommended reading
Jankeesmons
Must read for anyone in leadership!
Jeannette
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
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Patric
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
Coleen
I like this book. It is aligned to a lot of my leadership philosophy. This book is really accessible for all and shares things to learn!!
Katelyn
A friend had given me this book for my birthday last year when it seemed like everything in my life was a mess. Shortly after reading this book a number of things that had seemed meanless seemed to reveal themselves as bigger pictures and my life dramatically changed. I know that sounds a little clique but I truly saw an incredible difference in the way I saw myself and life around me. I absolutely recommend it to any one.
Oliver Saunders
A very good book that allows you to reflect on a different path to understanding the most important component of leadership; developing a more complete understanding of your own feelings, drives, and motivations. Even though I thought Jaworski's style was at times more of a self-testimonial, I think he was able to draw some relevant themes and analogies that made it better to understand.
Sigurd Magnusson
All readers will enjoy many ideas in the book such as servant leadership, commitment, ambition. I admire the author's achievements. The book however promotes other ideas that you'll either love or hate, i.e. that if you follow your destiny the universe will support you. I found myself growing increasingly tired as the book progressed, based on my view of cause-and-effect.
Devin Partlow
Is there a sequel to this book? It can't be over so soon can it? He was just getting into the foundation about what synchronicity was all about... then the book was over. :(

This is one of the few books I was wish were longer. He spent time talking about how synchronicity worked in his life, but I wish there was more about the concept of synchronicity itself.
Ken
The introduction by Peter Senge is worth the price of the book. I'm about half way through the book. It's one where every page has something to be underlined (except that I usually don't do that) - and has generated several "quotes" for my Facebook page. I'll have more to say about this book if I remember to come back here after I'm done it.
James Davis
This was a life changing book for me. Jaworski uses his personal story of transformation to enlighten all of us interested in becoming better people and leaders. Read this book then move on to the book presence.
Jyotika
Life's inner journey is the most important thing we could ever do for oneself and for the world.

I loved his determination which he handled with ease. But somehow it left me flat at the end.
Jenni Kirkwood
I think I requested the wrong book from the library as I meant to read the one by CG Jung but this one was actually based on the other and was generally pretty good.
Dennis Lindsey
Fantastic book using science and and ancient wisdom to make a real difference in business and to the world.
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