Category Archives: August 2008

Fresh Perspectives: Developing Integral Leadership Down Under: An Interview with Ron Cacioppe

Fresh Perspective / August 2008

Russ: I’m very much aware that you’ve been interested in the idea of Integral Leadership for a number of years. I first became aware of your work in publications in the Leadership and Organizational Development Journal and then later in the Journal of Change Management. Your interest at that time seemed to be very much oriented to the subject of organization change from an integral point of view. I’m curious—what brought you to integral theory in the first place?

Feature Article: Theoretical Foundations of Integrative Leadership

Feature Articles / August 2008

Barbara CrosbyIntegrative leadership is an emerging leadership approach that fosters collective action across many types of boundaries in order to achieve the common good. It brings together leadership concepts and practice rooted in five major sectors of society—business, government, nonprofits, media, and community. It focuses on leadership development at all levels, from individual to global. This paper lays the foundation for an integrative leadership framework that will help leaders and researchers around the world build multi-sector collaborations to work on the

Notes From the Field: Renaissance2- A Quick Update on the 2nd Quarter of 2008 & Forthcoming Events

Notes from the Field / August 2008

Robin WoodAt the beginning of this year Renaissance2 was just a very exciting vision amongst a small group of people. Six months later this vision is starting to become reality, and our progress is now accelerating as we connect with more and more people inspired by the possibilities. What follows is a brief update on our activities to date, and a preview of what comes next.


During May 2008 we held an Inaugural Workshop for Renaissance2 at Chateau La Tour …

Feature Article: The Both/And of Leadership in Living Systems Change

Feature Articles / August 2008

Helen Tichen BeethWe are faced with a growing list of models related to leadership and living systems change. Too often these models are pitted against each other in our conversations and we fail to drawn on their collective potential. I offer here an essay that can be used to frame our ability explore the conditions of change and our individual and collective roles in that change.

There are a number of angles I’d like to comment from, coming out of my own …

Global Values Update: Alan Tonkin Developing Countries, Democracy & Values

Global Values Update / August 2008

Global map image

Alan TonkinIntroduction
In considering the role of developing countries in the 21st Century there is little doubt that their position on the “values scale” largely determines their relative progress on the economic and social fronts. There are a number of global indicators that can be used including the “Failed States Index 2008” produced by and The Fund for Peace.


The map shown above courtesy of indicates five categories ranging from Most Stable (the top ranking), through Stable, Borderline, In

Leadership Quote

Leadership Quote / August 2008

[E]nvironmental leadership and leaders…are critical to the future of human well-being world-wide. Therefore, there is no more urgent task than to encourage and nurture the next generation of environmental leaders. The most important message we have to offer is that environmental leadership consists largely of learned skills and styles and that learning needs to begin early and last a lifetime. This requires creating and tending to your own leadership tree, understanding the characteristics of environmental problems, knowing ht elements of

Feature Article: Leaders Want to be Loved: What’s So Wrong with That?

Feature Articles / August 2008

Amiel HandlesmanOver the past year I received similar introductions to five bright executives in different organizations. Before each coaching assignment began, I was cautioned, “(S)he’s very hard-nosed. Doesn’t like touchy-feely. Focus on business issues. No soft stuff.”

In each situation, I realized that this advice was both helpful and limited. On the one hand, I interpreted it as a useful reminder for me to “activate Orange” (in Spiral Dynamics lingo) when interacting with these leaders. This meant ramping up the language …

Coda: Thriving in the Face of Urgency

Coda / August 2008

The World is in crisis. No, I didn’t say the world was going to come to an end on New Years Day. Or that there is some kind of huge spiritual event that will transform us…

Rather, as the readers of this journal are no doubt aware, it just seems like the number and levels of crises in the world are teetering on the edge of some kind of inevitable transforming event. Whether that transformation will make it possible for …

Notes from the Field: A Photo Presentation of the Integral Theory Conference

Notes from the Field / August 2008

Kim SmithIntroduction: For many involved this conference was not only an eagerly anticipated meeting of minds, but a gathering of kindred Spirits – a family reunion – nourishing for the soul.

The Integral Theory Conference was a refreshing reminder of why we make regular travel to integral gatherings and highlights the importance of sharing how we each live and bring this to the world in our daily lives, relationships and respective field(s).

For me it was all of these things AND …

Integral for the Masses: Leadership Lessons from Randy

Integral for the Masses / August 2008

Keith BellamyAs I sit to write this article my mailbox is starting to fill with reports from the attendees at the Integral Theory Conference near San Francisco that was held last week. If I am totally honest, I am more than a little envious of the wonderful experience that attendees seemed to have had and look forward to experiencing the aftershocks, if not, the major quake in the Integral firmament. I have no doubt that the world of Integral thinking will