Oshry, BarryLeading Systems: Lessons From the Power Lab

(San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 1999) 202 pages, paperback, $24.95. Obtain from Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 450 Sansome Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94111-3320, 415.288.0260

A gem of a book on systems . . . one that does not need an organizational genius to understand. Through a series of role playing, make believe situations, the author shares some basic thoughts about systems. This book is for church leaders who know they are caught in a system and want to change it but don’t have a clue how to do it. The author will show you how to step out of the flow of the system while remaining a part of it. This book will help church leaders anticipate the flow of the system in which they find themselves before the system actually responds to the interactions that comprise the system.