Category Archives: January 2013

John Renesch, The Great Growing Up

Leadership Emerging / January 2013

The Great Growing Up coverJohn Renesch. The Great Growing Up: Being Responsible for Humanity’s Future. Prescott, AZ: HOHM Press, 2012.

John Renesch states that he coined the term conscious leadership in the early 1990s. Certainly, the blurbs supporting this book suggest that he has been long considered a positive force for development and change. For example, Patricia Aburdene, author of Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism, writes,

With so many of us struggling, we all need a vision of hope that

Steven Snyder, Leadership and the Art of Struggle

Leadership Emerging / January 2013

leadership and the art of struggle coverSteven Snyder. Leadership and the Art of Struggle: How Great Leaders Grow through Challenge and Adversity. San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012.

With some reservations this book is an excellent approach to developing individuals for leader roles. First, the Foreword by Bill George is worth reading. In it you can see more of this self-reflective individual’s development that has led to an illustrious career in business, in academia and as an author. And George points right to one of the …

Lina M. Echeverria, Idea Agent

Leadership Emerging / January 2013

idea agent cover

Lina M. Echeverria. Idea Agent: Leadership That Liberates Creativity and Accelerates Innovation. New York: American Management Association, 2013.

I need to be up front about something before commenting on this book. It was recommended to me by two friends of mine who indicated the author was a friend of theirs. I did not anticipate that they would be highlighted in the Acknowledgements as inspiration and support for the book being written. Having said that, I want to assure the …

Antonio Marturano, Editorial, Leadership, 2012 8: 205

Leadership Emerging / January 2013

Antonio Marturano, Editorial, Leadership, 2012 8: 205.

Antonio Marturano, ILR Bureau Chief for Italy and guest editor of this special issue, was the Editor of the August 2012 issue of Leadership, one of the leading academic journals on the subject. The material in this journal provides more in depth treatments of subjects also found in this special issue. He states,

Italy has had an amazing fabric of leaders and ideas on leadership even before the Romans: indeed,

Special Issue: Leadership and Italy

Leading Comments / January 2013

Antonio Marturano

This ILR issue is dedicated to Italy. Very interestingly, Italy has had an amazing fabric of leaders and ideas on leadership since the Romans: Italy indeed did not only provide all kinds of leaders (from Machiavellian-amoralist leaders to saint and value-centred leaders) but also many Italian scholars have helped us to think about leadership. From Marc Aurelius, Machiavelli, Gramsci, to Agamben, today, Italian scholars have provided tools with which to understand the leadership phenomena. On the other hand …

The Integral Movement in Russia: Bigelow, Fuhs and Wilber

Notes from the Field / January 2013

Ken Wilber on the Integral Movement in Russia

A preface from ILR’s Bureau Chief & Associate Editor in Russia Eugene Pustoshkin:

In December 2012, upon an invitation from Ipraktik (Moscow, Russia) Colin Bigelow (Ken Wilber’s Senior Assistant and member of the Board of Directors at the Integral Institute) and Clint Fuhs (CEO of the Integral Institute and co-founder of Core Integral, Inc.) came to Moscow and led a series of Integral events (which included  two open introductory events, one weekend …

Toni C. King and S. Alease Ferguson, Black Womanist Leadership

Book Reviews / January 2013

Black Womanist Leadership coverKing, T. C., & Ferguson, S. A. (2011). Black Womanist Leadership: Tracing the Motherline (Kindle ed.). New York: State University of New York Press.

Adeeba Deterville

The book is an important addition to the field of leadership as it may be the first of its kind to address the concept of leadership development through the lens of the African American mother-daughter relationship. Using the feminist concept of the motherline the book examines the cultural transmission of leadership skills and capacities; …

Oliver Robinson, Development through Adulthood

Book Reviews / January 2013

Integrative, Vedantin, or Neither

Adult Development coverOliver Robinson. Development through Adulthood: An Integrative Sourcebook. Hampshire, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 

Gerard Bruitzman

Have you seen any one of the many productions now available featuring Stephen Hawking as he describes on the grounds of mathematical physics the grand design of the universe? As Hawking tells his awesome story with indubitable authority and wonderful eloquence, do you feel uneasy, as I do?

Being one of the most admired scientists alive, Hawking has the permission …

France—The Integral Year in Review

Notes from the Field / January 2013

Brian Van der Horst
Paris  Bureau Chief

One of the most well-attended integral studies meetings in Paris this year was the “1st International Forum on the Evolution of Consciousness.” Organized by Eric Allodi and a team from Andrew Cohen’s group, EnlightenNext  France. Around 700 participants gathered to hear a combination of European and American limelights such as Steve McIntosh, Andrew  Cohen, Ervin Laszlo, and Edgar Morin from a variety of integral perspectives.

Patrice van Ersel, Editor of France’s largest …

A Mediterranean Adaptive Edge: Experiential Leadership across the Atlantic

Feature Articles / January 2013

Adriano Pianesi

“The mind grows through exposure to reality.”
– W. Bion

I grew up and was educated in Rome, Italy. Here are a few flashbacks about my life as a learner in the Italian school system:

  • Elementary School, 1972: Maestra Arena would consider any question from the class as a personal insult and refuse to answer.
  • 12th grade, 1977: Signor Pumo would simply not acknowledge our presence in the class as we walked in and would make fun