Part 1: Who Was Pierre Wack? 1. Pierre Wack's Personal Motivation to "See" 2. Travels to the East: Japan and India Part 2: The Shell Years 3. Bringing the Scenario Team Together: Two Pieces of Jade 4. Getting Scenarios off the Ground (1971-1973) 5. Regrouping and Modifying the Scenario Method (1974-1977) 6. Evolution of Scenarios inside Shell (1978-1982) Part 3: The Post-Shell Years 7. Diamonds, Gold and the Dark Side of the Moon 8. Calm Waters and Tidal Waves Part 4: Reflections and Legacy 9. Reflections 10. What Can Be Learned from this Remarkable Life? Part 5: Pierre Wack's Works 11. Wack's Final Presentation to the Manufacturing Division at Shell - 1982 12. Wack's Original Manuscript "The Gentle Art of Re-Perceiving"
Thomas J. Chermack is Associate Professor of Organizational Learning, Performance and Change and Founder and Director of the Scenario Planning Institute at Colorado State University, USA.
"I met two people who had an extraordinary influence on my life: Pierre Wack and Nelson Mandela. The first taught me how to see into the future by correctly perceiving the present; the second how to change the future by having the correct moral compass. To both my heartfelt thanks." -Clem Sunter, Chair of the Anglo American Chairman's Fund, UK "In this book, Thomas Chermack had the talent to highlight the complexity of the character of Pierre Wack. Faced with many unique challenges, my husband was able to transform them into a deep inner fulfillment. Being able to "see," he was able to free himself of many contingencies and to emerge as one of the brightest figures of his generation. This book allows one to discover the role played by Pierre Wack in Shell and shows how it is essential for any economist to have clear and structured thinking." -Eve Wack "Pierre Wack was a truly remarkable man, who searched for others like him to gain insight into the future. Thomas Chermack has written the outstanding story of the life of this remarkable man...a true opportunity to get inside the mind of the greatest all time seer in the world of business." -Peter Schwartz, Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning of Salesforce.com, USA, former Head of Scenario Planning at Royal Dutch Shell, UK "Pierre Wack was a visionary ahead of his time. His work on scenarios laid the foundation for looking at the future in new and actionable ways. Any business leader, or MBA student who aspires to be one, has much to learn from his remarkable story." -Michael E. Porter, Harvard Business School, USA "Thomas Chermack has written a compelling biography of an exceptional man. Pierre Wack applied a timeless and enduring discipline to "see" the present, understand its possibilities and identify ways forward. He was the pioneer of scenario planning." -- Ged Davis, Executive Chair, Scenarios, World Energy Council and former Head of Scenario Planning at Shell