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Preface

Preface

The first edition of Creative Decision Making: Using Positive Uncertainty was published in 1991. This was before chaos was commonly known as the name of a new science of uncertainty and before emotional intelligence was redefining what it means to be smart. It was before the prevailing language of popular literature and a growing number of discussion groups throughout the world included terms such as interconnectedness, consciousness, and spirituality.

Many changes have been taking place during the past decade, gradually changing the way we think about things and the way we make decisions. Change itself has been changing. Today change is more rapid, more complex, and more unpredictable than ever before. And two major revolutions are changing our world and the way we see it.

The Internet revolution is changing the way we see the world “out there”—the workplace, store, home, family, human relationships, geographic boundaries, and so on. This revolution has created a desire and a need for more information and more speed. Another revolution is the rapidly increasing focus on looking inside ourselves for understanding of what is happening outside us. Jean Houston named this the Inner-Net Revolution. It is changing the way we see the world “in here.” It says to many people that what goes on outside us is interconnected with and partly determined by what goes on inside us. This revolution is creating a growing desire and a need for more reflection and more creative imagination.

We point this out because we believe that Creative Decision Making: Using Positive Uncertainty is even more relevant today than when it was first published in 1991. And it is now more likely to be accepted as “new conventional wisdom” about decision making.

Understanding that uncertainty is certain and that it means opportunity is still a theme of this book. Accepting uncertainty without being paralyzed by it is still an objective. We believe that the current rapidity of change and the powerful impact of the “outside” and “inside” revolutions have made this theme more acceptable and the objective more necessary than ever before. What you can do when you do not know what the future will be is to learn to decide creatively with positive uncertainty.

Creative Decision Making: Using Positive Uncertainty is written for individuals who are struggling to make decisions about their careers, relationships, retirement, life, and more. Coaches, trainers, counselors, and educators who advise and teach about the challenges of making career and life decisions will want to add positive uncertainty to their professional toolkit. Teams, managers, and executives will find new resources to help them make decisions about their work and their organization’s future.

This revision has an additional perspective because it has a co-author—Carol Gelatt. We are marriage partners and career partners and now we are writing partners. We hope you enjoy reading Creative Decision Making: Using Positive Uncertainty as much as we enjoyed writing it!

H.B. Gelatt Carol Gelatt


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