Author Archives: Matthew Kalman

Book Review: The Transpersonal in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling

June 2008 / Book Reviews

Andrew Shorrock. The Transpersonal in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Shorrock coverMatthew KalmanAndrew Shorrock offers us a brief—somewhat over 200 pages—yet informative canter through the highways and byways of transpersonal psychology, Ken Wilber’s intellectual home until he launched his own ‘Integral’ movement in the mid- to late-90s (though Ken backdates his actual exit from the transpersonal scene to 1983).

So we have major early figures, including William James, Richard Maurice Bucke— author of …

Book Review: Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution: How the Integral Worldview is Transforming Politics, Culture and Spirituality

March 2008 / Book Reviews

Kalman’s Kosmos

Matthew KalmanIntegral Consciousness Book by McIntoshSteve McIntosh, Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution: How the Integral Worldview is Transforming Politics, Culture and Spirituality. St. Paul, MN, US A: Paragon House, 2007).

This is a book some of your integral friends will probably already be reading. It aims to be both fully ‘Integral’, yet not Wilber-centric—indeed it even offers a critique of certain aspects of Wilber’s model.

It begins with some detailed descriptions of the stages of the …

Book Review: Theory U: Leading From the Future as it Emerges—The Social Technology of Presencing

November 2007 / Book Reviews

Matthew KalmanTheory U CoverC. Otto Scharmer, Theory U: Leading From the Future as it Emerges—The Social Technology of Presencing. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Society for Organizational Learning, 2007, xxiv, 533 pages.

Scharmer’s book on the ‘U process’ comes across as part theory, part manifesto for social change and part personal odyssey. And the new ‘social leadership technology’ he offers also comes highly recommended: Ken Wilber calls it “a brilliant, provocative, and important book on the leading edge of the ‘next …

Book Review: Organization Design, Levels of Work & Human Capability – Executive Guide

August 2007 / Book Reviews

Global Organization Design SocietyKen Shepard (Series Editor), Jerry L.Gray, James G. (Jerry) Hunt and Sarah McArthur (Editors), and E. Forrest Christian (Writing Consultant), Organization Design, Levels of Work & Human Capability – Executive Guide. (Ontario: Global Organization Design Society, 2007)

Matthew KalmanTo say that Elliott Jaques’s 50 years of organisational and leadership/management research and practice is ‘controversial’ is an understatement. His central idea that the growth curve of a leader’s—or anybody else’s—ability to handle complexity is inborn led some critics …

Book Review: The Central Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself

June 2007 / Book Reviews

Lawrence E. Harrison. The Central Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006, 272 pages)

This is a great read if you’re interested in the role culture can play in enabling—or slowing—human development, along with how leaders can work to promote progressive cultural changes in this often-neglected Lower Left of Ken Wilber’s quadrants.

“Leadership matters: that Singapore is among the most affluent and least …

Book Review: Measuring Hidden Dimensions – The Art and Science of Fully Engaging Adults

March 2007 / Book Reviews

Otto photoKalman photoOtto Laske. Measuring Hidden Dimensions – The Art and Science of Fully Engaging Adults. Medford, M A:Interdevelomental Institute Press, 2006.

This feels like a book of conside power, focus, honesty and splendour – and it’s also not for the faint-hearted.

It’s tempting to say, simply, that you will want to buy this book if you have any wish to learn to administer and interpret the ‘Subject-Object Interview’ (SOI) developed by Integral Institute founder member Prof. …

Book Review: Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values

January 2007 / Book Reviews

Kalman’s Kosmos

Kalman photoFred Kofman, Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values. Boulder, Colorado, US A: Sounds True, 2006.

I knew precious little about Fred Kofman’s work before reading his new book, Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values. But I was impressed by what I did know: he was a colleague of management guru Peter Senge at MIT and helped him bring the ideas of the ‘Learning Organisation’, systems thinking and so …

Book Review: Building a Values-Driven Organization: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation

October 2006 / Book Reviews

Kalman’s Kosmoskalman photo

Richard Barrett (2006). Building a Values-Driven Organization: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation. London: Butterworth Heinemann, Elsevier.

When I read on Don Beck’s Spiral Dynamics Integral e-list that ” HearthStone Homes is one of the few companies that has instituted an Integral culture in the workplace” my ears pricked up. Has this Omaha-based home construction company really thrown down the gauntlet to other would-be ‘Integral’ businesses? Is it really ‘walking the talk’?…