Author Archives: Russ Volckmann

10/9 – Jeffrey Pfeffer, Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time.

August-November 2015 / Leadership Emerging

leadership BSJeffrey Pfeffer (2015). Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time. New York: Harper Business.

In the year 2000, Chris Argyris introduced the new century with his publication of Flawed Advice and the Management Trap: How Managers Can Know When They’re Getting Good Advice and When They’re Not. In this exceptional book Argyris calls to task various very well known management and leadership gurus and spells out why their advice should be …

8/19 – John Brockman, Ed. This Idea Must Die.

August-November 2015 / Leadership Emerging

John Brockman, Ed. This Idea Must Die. New York: Harper, 2015.

9780062374356_CoverThis is a most unusual book to be included in Integral Leadership Review. But it is a significant contribution to integral understanding. It is a book of very short entries by scholars and other intellectuals on ideas that are current in the various sciences, including the social sciences, about ideas that are perceived to stand in the way of our progress as a …

8/19 – Brian J. Robertson, Holacracy

August-November 2015 / Leadership Emerging

Brian J. Robertson, Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2015.

holacracy-3dIn 2007 Integral Leadership Review featured a couple of articles about holacracy (http://integralleadershipreview.com/5328-feature-article-organization-at-the-leading-edge-introducing-holacracy-evolving-organization/ ; http://integralleadershipreview.com/5333-feature-article-holacracy-in-action-theory-to-practice/), Brian Robertson’s innovative organizational approach in the software company he built and his subsequent entrepreneurial activity.

On January 15, 2014 Forbes published a story about Zappos’ experience with holacracy: (http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2014/01/15/making-sense-of-zappos-and-holacracy/)

On May 29, 2015 FastCompany published an article about Zappos …

8/19 – Robin Lincoln Wood. The Trouble with Paradise: A Humorous Enquiry into the Puzzling Human Condition in the 21st Century

August-November 2015 / Book Reviews

Robin Lincoln Wood. The Trouble with Paradise: A Humorous Enquiry into the Puzzling Human Condition in the 21st Century, Foreword by Ken Wilber. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2014.

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I met Robin Wood about a decade ago. He was in San Francisco to explore and promote his work in Europe, Renaissance 2, an integrally informed conferencing and networking effort that has touched the lives of many. I must admit that I have …

8/19 – Otto Laske, Dialectical Thinking for Integral Leaders

August-November 2015 / Book Reviews

Reflections on Otto Laske, Dialectical Thinking for Integral Leaders: A Primer

Otto Laske, Dialectical Thinking for Integral Leaders: A Primer. Tucson: Integral Publishers, 2015.

Russ Volckmann

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Russ Volckmann

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Full disclosure: I am the publisher of Otto Laske’s newest book, Dialectical Thinking for Integral Leaders: A Primer. As such I must acknowledge that I am part of a for profit company that seeks to bring integral/transdisciplinary voices into the public dialogue (www.integralpublishers.com). Otto’s is such a

8/19 – 2015-16 State of the Future – The Millennium Project

August-November 2015 / Notes from the Field

2015-16 State of the Future
Jerome C. Glenn, Elizabeth Florescu and The Millennium Project Team

http://millennium-project.org/millennium/201516SOF.html

Concerned for “the” and “our” future? Highly recommended report by the UN sponsored Millennium Project. The report contains much more useful information than can be offered in this space. The link above provides access to the full report and the executive summary from which the following has been excerpted. –rv

Through a series of international Delphi surveys beginning in 1997 …

10/9 – Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt. Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World.

August-November 2015 / Leadership Emerging

Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt. Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

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The foundational theme of this book: “Meeting complexity with complexity can create more confusion than it resolves.” Stuff interacts in a variety of ways. Complex approaches can overwhelm us. Simple Rules asks, what alternative is there? Use simple rules to tame complexity. The authors offer six types of rules, all of which mutate under changing …

8/19 – Jennifer Garvey Berger and Keith Johnston. Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders.

August-November 2015 / Leadership Emerging

Jennifer Garvey Berger and Keith Johnston. Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015.

pid_23673Here is a book that seeks to confront our historic, cultural approach to leadership and nudge leading toward addressing the more rapidly changing and complex organizational and contextual landscape. Their strategy is to identify three habits of mind that individuals need to cultivate to make this shift from a focus on what is likely …

8/19 – Mauk Pieper. Humanity’s Second Shock and Your Unique Self

August-November 2015 / Leadership Emerging

Mauk Pieper. Humanity’s Second Shock and Your Unique Self: Integral Leadership & Spirituality. Lage Vuursche, The Netherlands: Venwoude, Press, 2014.

1-714f72def4Essentially, we have here a highly readable and understandable presentation of our developmental relationship to self and the universe that is built on the work of Ken Wilber and Marc Gafni, among others. It is not a “how to” manual, but a vision with a map. The map is characterized by the author as “Unique

10/9 – Scott K. Edinger and Laurie Sain. The Hidden Leader

August-November 2015 / Leadership Emerging

Scott K. Edinger and Laurie Sain. The Hidden Leader: Discover and Develop Greatness within Your Company, Foreword by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. New York: Amacom, 2015.

9200000023267342I sometimes find that I have snobbish tendencies. One way they come out is in relation to books published by AMACOM. Most of what I have seen relevant to understanding leadership and addressing its development has not been very sophisticated. But then, I suppose they are …