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“A brilliant and comprehensive introduction to the most seminal component of leadership: wisdom. The diversity of the readings and wisdom of the authors make this a most original and valuable addition to the management canon.”—Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Management, University of Southern California and author of On Becoming a Leader“This wonderful compilation proves that management is as much art as science, and that deep thinking can inform and inspire practice to be more humane, ethical, and, yes, wise.”—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor and best-selling author of Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End“If you'll forgive a pun, this is a wise book about organizational and managerial wisdom. It shows what's possible when some of our best thinkers turn their ...

Wisdom as Learned Ignorance: Integrating East-West Perspectives
Wisdom as learned ignorance: Integrating East-West perspectives

Wisdom (which all men seek with such great mental longing) is… higher than all knowledge and is unknowable and inexpressible by any speech, incomprehensible by any intellect, unmeasurable by any measure…

—Nicholas of Cusa, Idiota de Sapienta

A wise man has no extensive knowledge. He who has extensive knowledge is not a wise man.

—Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Wisdom is an ancient, enigmatic, and intractable notion whose abiding influence in professional practice in general, and in management practice in particular, remains ever elusive. In this chapter, we develop the idea of wisdom as a form of learned ignorance—a cultivated humility, meekness of demeanor, and openness of mind that is distinct from the aggressive and relentless ...

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