2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Meg Wheatley

Since 1966, I have worked out in the world seeking to understand ways of perceiving and working that give us the capacity to deal well and sanely with this troubling time. My work, writings and teachings are a constant and consistent invitation to see the world with new eyes. If we are to contribute to this unendingly complex world and the complicated, exhausting lives we now live, we need to develop much greater insight and understanding before we choose our actions.

Seeing with new eyes gives us the capacity to solve problems instead of creating more of them. As someone remarked, “the cause of problems is solutions.” With new eyes, we can discern more clearly and have genuine influence. And we develop the confidence and strength necessary to persevere in the work that is ours to do.

Each of my eight books is an invitation to explore world views that offer very different insights and perspectives.  [You can read the description of my writing journey here]  Since 1973, I’ve worked on all continents (except Antarctica) with an unusually broad variety of organizations: from the head of the U.S. Army to twelve-year-old Girl Scouts, from CEOs and government ministers to small town ministers, from large universities to rural aboriginal villages. I began my global work serving in the Peace Corps in Korea in 1966-68.

At this critical historic juncture, I now challenge leaders everywhere with these questions: Who do you choose to be for this time? Do you contribute to the deterioration of human capacity by your silence and compliance, or do you act bravely and use your power and influence to champion the human spirit, using the resources available to create islands of sanity wherever you can?

Please explore the many resources available on this website to gain a better idea of my work and the ideas and issues that are of most importance to me.