“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 Metaphysics—the Getting of Wisdom: Self-Conduct, Personal Identity, and Wisdom Across the Life Span

Individual metaphysics—the getting of wisdom: Self-conduct, personal identity, and wisdom across the life span

Metaphysics is concerned with the nature and origins of existence. This makes it a reflexive human enterprise, invoking questions about the nature of mind, identity, and perception of reality through time and place. These are interesting and deep questions, but what, one may ask, have they got to do with organizations and management?

Two answers form the justification for this chapter and perhaps even for this volume. First, given that wisdom is a valued commodity in business as anywhere else, we need to be assured that we are not chasing shadows, that is, that the concept has some genuine ...

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