Peter Senge

A Quote by Peter M. Senge on presence, awareness, movement, shift, consciousness, purpose, future, senge, scharmer, jaworski, flowers, journey, humanity, wilber, teerlink, fritz, wisdom, and leaders

It's common to say that trees come from seeds. But how can a tiny seed create a huge tree? Seeds do not contain the resources need to grow a tree.  These must come from the medium or environment within which the tree grows.  But the seed does provide something that is crucial : a place where the whole of the tree starts to form.  As resources such as water and nutrients are drawn in, the seed organizes the process that generates growth.  In a sense, the seed is a gateway through which the future possibility of the living tree emerges.

Peter Senge

Source: Presence : An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society, Pages: 2

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A Quote by Peter M. Senge

The gap between vision and current reality is also a source of energy. If there were no gap, there would be no need for any action to move towards the vision. We call this gap creative tension.

Peter Senge

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A Quote by Peter M. Senge on joseph jaworski, transformation, and change

When all is said and done, the only change that will make a difference is the transformation of the human heart.

Peter Senge

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 26

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A Quote by Peter M. Senge on presence, self, transcendence, and intentionality

The birth of the de-centered self can be profoundly disorienting, it is transcendental and often involves a heightened sense of awareness and connection. The analytical 'localized' self can find it fragile, frightening and impossible to grasp...There is a sense of being present to what is seeking to emerge, with intentionality. If you follow your nature enough, if you follow your nature as it moves, if you follow so far that you really let go, then you find that you're actually the original being, the original way of being. The original being knows things and acts, does things in its own [intuitive?] way. It actually has a great intention to be itself, and it will do so if you just let it

Peter Senge

Source: From Presence, via: http://blogs.salon.com/0002007/2006/09/26.html

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A Quote by Peter M. Senge on group, conformity, and organizations

The difference between a healthy group or organization and an unhealthy one lies in its members' awareness and ability to acknowledge their felt needs to conform.

Peter Senge

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 32

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A Quote by Peter M. Senge on presence, shift, and evolution

We’ve come to believe that the core capacity needed for accessing the field of the future is presence. We first thought of presence as being fully conscious and aware in the present moment. Then we began to appreciate presence as deep listening, of being open beyond one’s preconceptions and historical ways of making sense. We came to see the importance of letting go of old identities and the need to control and, as Salk said, making choices to serve the evolution of life. Ultimately, we came to see all these aspects of presence as leading to a state of “letting come,”of consciously participating in a larger field for change. When this happens, the field shifts, and the forces shaping a situation can shift from re-creating the past to manifesting or realizing an emerging future.

Peter Senge

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 11-12

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A Quote by Peter M. Senge on seeds, possibility, and emergence

It’s common to say that trees come from seeds. But how could a tiny seed create a huge tree? Seeds do not contain the resources needed to grow a tree. These must come from the medium or environment within which the tree grows. But the seed does provide something that is crucial:a place where the whole of the tree starts to form. As resources such as water and nutrients are drawn in, the seed organizes the process that generates growth. In a sense, the seed is a gateway through which the future possibility of the living tree emerges.

Peter Senge

Source: Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Pages: 2

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A Quote by Peter M. Senge on practicality, purpose, service, vision, mission, seeds, engagement, and life purpose

[Seeds Are Small.] Becoming a force of nature doesn't mean that all of our aspirations must be "grand." First steps are often small, and initial visions that focus energy effectively often address immediate problems. What matters is engagement in the service of a larger purpose rather than lofty aspirations that paralyze action. Indeed, it's a dangerous trap to believe that we can pursue onlhy "great visions."

Peter Senge

Source: Presence : An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society, Pages: 138

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