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In what may be the most unusual business book of many a year, Joseph Jaworski has written a biography that is 50 percent management thinking, 50 percent autobiography and 100 percent compelling, complex and challenging.
Okay, you're probably flipping through your mental memory banks to nail the name "Jaworski." Yes, Jaworski is the son of Leon Jaworski, the special prosecutor who was the decisive voice in the demise of Richard Nixon's presidency. And, yes, in Synchronicity, Jaworski recounts those lung-collapsing moments when his father shared with him, alone, the sordid details of the serious constitutional crisis that was Watergate.
But politics is emphatically not what this book is about. For Jaworski uses various junctures in his fascinating life as backdrops to his thinking about how many of us, most of us perhaps, sit diminutively in a world that seems to be too overwhelming and too out-of-control to consider seriously personal dreams of accomplishment and achievement.
"We're facing the most challenging business and organizational environment that has ever existed. Who today is not overcome by the diversity, the discontinuous change and accelerating complexity that seem to afflict every field, every industry and--by extension-every person.*" asks Jaworski when I first …