“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 collective attention to such timely subjects as EQ, negotiation, global politics, and individual and organizational ethics.”—Steve Kerr, Chief Learning Officer, Goldman Sachs, and Past President of the Academy of Management“One of the ‘most promising’ forthcoming management books.”—EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENTOrganizes wisdom around the five primary philosophical branches—logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysicsApplies wisdom in organizations and management through international examples that synthesize a set of practical principles for academics and practicing managersOffers an outstanding collection of world-renowned scholars who give profound insights regarding wisdom

Individual Epistemology—Interpretive Wisdom

Individual epistemology—interpretive wisdom

If the larger purpose of art is to prompt viewers to see differently, let me begin by asking you to look at the accompanying photo. Let me ask, further, that you not merely look at it but also try to make sense of it. Add another dimension to the cognitive task and try to develop not just one interpretation but rather several interpretations of the ambiguous image before you. Then decide which of your several interpretations is the most plausible to you. Last, rouse your scholarly curiosity and, while you are trying to make sense of the image, reflect on the processes you are engaging to accomplish this little sensemaking challenge. Try it before reading further. What do you see?

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