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U Theory Preconference

Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar

Jeff Clanon

Founding Partner of Systems Perspectives & Founding Consultant of the Society
for Organizational Learning.

Full Bio

JEFF CLANON is a Founding Partner of Systems Perspectives LLC and also a founding consultant and former Director of Partnership Development for SoL, The Society for Organizational Learning. SoL is a non-profit, member governed organization chaired by Peter Senge. It is dedicated to building knowledge about fundamental institutional change through integrating research, capacity building, and the practical application of organizational learning theory and methods. SoL evolved from the Center for Organizational Learning at MIT where Mr Clanon was the Executive Director for five years.

Most recently, Mr Clanon has focused his practice on executive coaching and leadership development in the area of education and has worked with senior administrators and faculty at MIT, Tufts University, Yale University, the University of California at Davis and UCLA. He also has worked extensively with heads of American international schools, their leadership teams and their boards in Mumbai, New Delhi, and Chennai, India, and Frankfurt and Munich, Germany. He also has worked with the leadership staff and boards of CIS and NESA.

Mr Clanon earned a BA from Dickinson College, an MS from the University of Illinois and he completed postgraduate programs at Harvard Medical School, Laboratory of Community Psychiatry and at MIT.

U Theory Preconference, October 19, 8:30-4:30

Preconference Description

Learning and Applying the U Theory: A New Way of Planning

This workshop is intended for leaders who are either unfamiliar with the U Theory or have heard something about it and are interested in learning more.

According to Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer at MIT and author of Leading from the Emerging Future, “shifting from reactive responses and quick fixes on a symptom level to generative responses that address system root issues is the most important leadership challenge of our time”.

This workshop will address fundamental questions about the U Theory including:

  • What is it?
  • Why is it particularly relevant at this point in time?
  • What are the origins of this work?
  • And what are the key elements of the process?

Participants will gain a conceptual understanding of the process and also apply elements of the process to a leadership challenge they are currently facing in their own life context. The result will be a deeper understanding of how to improve their quality of intention and attention to any leadership challenge they may face going forward.

Cost/How to Sign Up

  • Preconference fee: US $125 (includes coffee breaks and lunch)
  • How to Sign-Up: Please register for the Fall Leadership Conference via the online registration form (as a member, affiliate or non-member), and check the appropriate box under the heading 'Pre-conference Registration'. (Note: All preconference participants must also be registered for the Fall Leadership Conference itself. Thank you.)


Save paper and effort where possible!

For your convenience, and to support our efforts in being "green", all handouts/files posted here have been notated with an A, B, C or D indicating the following:

(A) hardcopies needed at workshop
(B) electronic version on laptop is sufficient (for viewing during the workshop)
(C) required reading PRIOR to the workshop
(D) file not needed for workshop itself, but simply material of additional interest/reference

(C) Theory U: Leading From The Future As It Emerges

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