Author Archives: Russ Volckmann

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

Leadership Emerging / August-November 2015

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

Leadership Emerging / August-November 2015

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 …

2/15 – Dialogic Development: a Conversation with Gervase Bushe

Fresh Perspective / January-February 2015

Russ Volckmann

Russ:  Gervase Bushe, it’s a great pleasure to meet you finally after many, many years of hearing about your work. We have some colleagues in common given my 22+ years in OD. When I first heard about your work, you were at Simon Fraser University. Tell us a little bit about your background that brought you into your position academically.

Gervase:  I was an undergraduate student, involved like a lot of people were in …

12/21 – Western Buddhism’s Political Challenge

Leadership Emerging / August - November 2014

In a recent online posting –( – Shawn Van Valkenburgh offers “The dangerous American myth of corporate spirituality: How invocations of “karma” and Zen are being used to justify deeply unequal systems of power,” (accessed 10/27/14). There he wonders about the spiritual materialism of adoptions of Buddhist meditation and philosophy (note The Secret). He sites examples of how this religious approach leads to ignoring the implications of institutional corruption and issues like climate change and the …

12/21 – SDi and Solonics with Christopher and Sheila Cooke

Fresh Perspective / August - November 2014

Russ:  When I first heard about you, it was in relation to your work with Spiral Dynamics Integral and Don Beck. Then, you were doing some work in Houston, Texas. You were also working in Omaha, Nebraska. As I look at the work you’ve done – I don’t see anything in Latin America or Antarctica – you’ve been everywhere else in the world. Is that right?

Christopher: Yes, and we have actually worked in Latin America …

9/24 – Barbara Kellerman. Hard Times: Leadership in America

Book Reviews / August - November 2014

Barbara Kellerman. Hard Times: Leadership in America (Uncorrected page proofs). Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2014.

Russ Volckmann

Hard Times coverRuss VolckmannIn June 2012 we published an interview with Barbara Kellerman, an interview that was prompted by the publication of her important critique of the “leadership industry,” The End of Leadership. (Fresh Perspective: Barbara Kellerman and the Leadership Industry). Kellerman’s interest in context as critical to comprehending leadership was explicit during that interview:

“I have become increasingly convinced

9/24 – Fresh Perspective: Nancy Southern and Transformative Learning

Fresh Perspective / August - November 2014


Russ Volckmann

Russ:    Nancy Southern, I want to welcome you to Integral Leadership Review.

Nancy:  Thank you. Good to be here.

Russ:   This is not your first appearance. You were lead author of “Shifting from Knowledge Power to Generative Inquiry: Creating the Field for Transformative Learning in Healthcare and Business” with Jorge Taborga, and Mara Zabari (August-November 2013).

Before we get started talking about transformative learning, I would like to come clean about the background that …

Benyamin Lichtestein, Associate Editor for Complexity


Benyamin Lichtestein, PhD, is a Faculty Member, Research Director – Entrepreneurship Center, Research Fellow – Center for Sustainable Enterprises and Regional Competitiveness, and Research Fellow – Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Department of Management and Marketing.Research Interests:

His research interests include: Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Social Justice, Complex Systems Science, Organizational Change.…

8/15 — Warren Gamaliel Bennis, 1925-2014

In Memorium / August - November 2014

Russ Volckmann

I met Warren Bennis on Muir Beach in Northern California. It was soon after he had a heart attack. He was trotting in the sand as part of his rehabilitation. Must have been about 1980. I was participating in Will Shutz’s first Human Element training with about 20 other people. We were on a break on the beach and Bennis came along and greeted Will, who then introduced us.

I think of Warren Bennis …

8/15 – Gangadeep Singh and Raghu Ananthanarayanan. Organizational Development and Alignment: The Tensegity Mandala Framework

Book Reviews / August - November 2014

Gangadeep Singh and Raghu Ananthanarayanan. Organizational Development and Alignment: The Tensegity Mandala Framework. New Delhi: Sage, 2013.

Russ Volckmann

About fifteen years ago, Prasad Kaipa, Chris Newham and I managed to get a highly innovative article published by the Society for Organizational Learning. A copy of this article can be found at:

We spent hours, days of hours building on the foundation for the basic model created by Prasad and Chris. We needed to build …