Quantum
Organizations

A new paradigm for achieving personal meaning and organizational success
Quantum organizations by Ralph Kilmann book cover

RALPH KILMANN’S REVOLUTIONARY BOOK ON THE EIGHT TRACKS TO QUANTUM TRANSFORMATION

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FROM THE PREFACE:
A NEW PARADIGM FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
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During the past century, the great success of organizations in the Western world was achieved through extreme specialization. Experts could resolve well-structured problems within well-defined fields—and put a man on the moon.

But the immense success of specialization has also resulted in a daunting progression of unintended consequences: Specialization has created widespread fragmentation—in people, organizations, and nations. Problems no longer fit within strict scientific specialties or traditional management functions but, instead, exist in between the specialties, fields, disciplines, and categories that evolved from prior centuries. Complex problems now swirl across—and encircle—the entire globe. The new millennium finds itself deeply entangled with the intermingling of all social, economic, political, biological, psychological, spiritual, and environmental problems.

What were once simple problems that could be solved by extreme specialization have become complex problems that challenge fragmented categories. To succeed in the new millennium, accordingly, requires holistic categories that will enable members and their organizations to (1) clearly  see the flowing interconnections surrounding the globe, (2) consciously  think about interconnected problems in comprehensive ways, and (3) purposely  behave in a manner that stimulates the meaningfulness and coevolution of life and nature throughout the world and the expanding universe. Seeing, thinking, and behaving with new—holistic—categories requires a mental revolution in self-aware consciousness.

All members and their organizations are intimately interconnected within the global ecosystem. Their success now depends on whether they are active participants in the holistic movement that is progressing toward self-aware consciousness. They can choose to ignore it and simply continue down the narrow course of specialization—with blinders in place. Or they can choose to embrace it—and transform the way they see, think, and behave. But one thing has become especially clear: Denying, ignoring, or avoiding what is already happening in between scientific spheres, management functions, and most other categories is not fully engaging with reality. We live in an interconnected world yet suffer from acute fragmentation.

The distinctive purpose of my book is twofold: (1) to provide a deep understanding of a new paradigm with self-aware consciousness at center stage and (2) to offer a completely integrated program of eight tracks for effectively—and compassionately—accelerating self-aware consciousness in complex systems. By applying these insights and tracks, it is possible to create quantum organizations and thereby achieve success, happiness, and meaning.

Although I have included many examples about various aspects of self-transformation and quantum organizations in my book, I cannot point to any organization that incorporates all attributes of a quantum organization. Actually, my hope is that this book will challenge people to examine their own paradigms and those of their organizations. As people achieve both self-aware consciousness and self-transformation, they will create living proof of quantum organizations. At some point, we can then determine if holistic categories with organized action can effectively heal the interconnected problems that encircle our globe.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

LIST OF 107 FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS

PREFACE

CHAPTER 0: THE ULTIMATE ENCOUNTER

WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?

A CHALLENGE TO THE READER

CHAPTER 1: TWO DUELING PARADIGMS

THE OLD PARADIGM
Two Dominating Patriarchs
Seven Essential Categories in the Old Paradigm

THE NEW PARADIGM
Discovering the Quantum Nature of Light
Discovering the Absolute Speed of Light
The Realization of a Relativistic Universe
Superstrings as the Substance of Spacetime
Rejecting the Separation of Mind and Matter
Bringing Consciousness into the Cosmos
Journeying into Consciousness
The Evolution of Multiple Universes
The Relevance of Quantum Mechanics
Seven Essential Categories in the New Paradigm

THE CHALLENGE OF TRANSFORMATION

CHAPTER 2: THE NEW ORGANIZATION

PICTURING THE NEW PARADIGM

PARADIGMS FOR ORGANIZATIONS
The Newtonian Organization
The Quantum Organization

AN OVERVIEW OF SELF-TRANSFORMATION
Summarizing the Eight Tracks
Sequencing the Eight Tracks

SUMMARIZING THE STAGES OF TRANSFORMATION

CHAPTER 3: QUANTUM INFRASTRUCTURES

THE CULTURE TRACK
Diagnosing Cultural Norms
The Case of American Gas & Electric
Step One: Surfacing Actual Norms
Step Two: Establishing Desired Norms
Step Three: Identifying Culture-Gaps
Step Four: Closing Culture-Gaps

THE SKILLS TRACK
Managing Complex Problems
Managing Implicit Assumptions

THE TEAM TRACK

THE FIRST THREE TRACKS

CHAPTER 4: FORMAL SYSTEMS

THE PROBLEM MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION (PMO)
Mobilizing the Shadow Track
Mobilizing the Strategy-Structure Track
Mobilizing the Reward System Track

ALIGNING AND DEPLOYING ALL SYSTEMS

THE STRATEGY-STRUCTURE TRACK
Formulating and Deploying Strategic Architecture
Designing and Deploying Structural Forms

THE REWARD SYSTEM TRACK
Motivation, Rewards, and Performance
Developing and Deploying Reward Practices

THE MIDDLE TWO TRACKS

CHAPTER 5: PROCESS MANAGEMENT

THE GRADUAL PROCESS TRACK
Describing Value-Added Processes
Controlling Value-Added Processes
Improving Value-Added Processes

THE RADICAL PROCESS TRACK
Distinguishing Gradual and Radical Improvement
Redesigning Structure for Radical Improvement
Using Economic Criteria for Process Management
Mobilizing PMOs for Radical Improvement

THE LEARNING PROCESS TRACK

THE LAST THREE TRACKS

CHAPTER 6: CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS

ENABLING SELF-AWARE CONSCIOUSNESS
Exploring Ego Energy and Ego-Defining Processes
Exploring Spirit and Spiritual Enlightenment

ENABLING ORGANIZATIONAL SUCCESS

ENABLING PERSONAL MEANING

CONCLUDING REMARKS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

INDEX

WHO SHOULD READ THIS BOOK?

If you or your clients are eager to learn how to transform a sluggish Newtonian organization into a vibrant quantum organization, this book will inspire you to discover the sequence of eight tracks that lead to long-term organizational success and personal meaning: culture track, skills track, team track, strategy-structure track, reward systems track, and the three process tracks for gradually and radically improving key business processes—while speeding up the process of learning itself. Because these change initiatives are so vital to understand (especially during times of increasingly complex challenges), this book is especially relevant to these OCCUPATIONAL IDENTITIES:

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