Category Archives: June 2013

Self-Deception in Leadership from a Developmental Perspective

Feature Articles / June 2013

“A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool”
– William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, Act 5 scene 1

As we ponder the possibility of a recovery from the recent economic slowdown and other political and economic uncertainties it is easy to think that this century and millennium, whose birth was celebrated so enthusiastically thirteen years ago, has not got off to the most auspicious start. It seems that leaders worldwide

Vancouver, B.C., Canada: The Next Stage Facilitation

Notes from the Field / June 2013

Chela Davison

I want to be better. Call it an evolutionary impulse or compulsive addiction to seeking adequacy or something else all together. Whatever this is, it has me continually seeking out the very things that bring me to my edge, and propel me into, or through it. It’s this hungry seeker within that has me show up both as a participant and at times, a facilitator of change events, courses and workshops. I’ve been a participant at a handful …

The AQAL Cube for Dummies

Feature Articles / June 2013

Lexi Neale

Author’s Note: The above title is not intended to be demeaning, dear Reader, but more of an inside joke between Russ and I. Russ has twice approached me about an AQAL Cube article, and has twice shied away from what I sent him. His complaint? Too complex! So I have finally relented and taken his observation to heart. I sincerely hope that the following extension of Ken Wilber’s AQAL Square model is at least comprehensible, if not acceptable!

Tau Bada: An Agent of Change’s Story

Feature Articles / June 2013

John Quinlan

Over a period of seven years, John Quinlan and his wife, Fiona, traversed the rivers, valleys and mountains of Papua, New Guinea, visiting innumerable villages on a remote plateau located in the Oro Province. During this time, they generally were considered a familiar and welcome presence, greeted warmly by the region’s farmers and villagers as they concentrated on building Java Mama, a locally based certified organic coffee business.

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Notes from the Heart of Texas

Notes from the Field / June 2013

The Austin Human Emergence Weekend

Barbara N. Brown

One recurring discussion at the New Year’s What Next Integral conference in Colorado was the emergence of spontaneous integral-like thinking.  Many feel the need to begin to draw these voices in from the wilderness by bringing integral ideas into the mainstream.

On March 9-10, Don Beck, Spiral Dynamics, and Phyllis Blees, President of Peace Through Commerce, hosted a Human Emergence Weekend in Austin, TX.  Based on the historical observation “If Goods Don’t …

Warren Buffet’s Transformation in Leadership: Part 2

Feature Articles / June 2013

Edward J. Kelly


Despite the intuitive feel of constructive-developmental theory (Kegan, 1980; 1994; McCauley et al., 2006; Torbert, 1987, 1994, 2004), it has had very little impact on the mainstream literature in leadership development. One reason for this maybe a lack of exemplars to tell the developmental story. The findings from this research may help to change that. My study of Warren Buffett concludes that Buffett’s development has gone through ‘seven transformations in meaning-making’ and that these transformations have

Leading Comments

Leading Comments / June 2013

Mark McCaslin

What a pleasure it is to present the June issue of the Integral Leadership Review. This issue is packed with quality contributions and discussion concerning the nature of integral leadership. Be sure to check out Elza Maalouf’s and Russ Volckmann’s conversation in Fresh Perspectives. I think you will enjoy their discussion concerning Elza’s activities in the Middle East with Don Beck as they introduced spiral dynamics to Palestine. In addition, make sure you take a moment to …

Robert E. Kaplan and Robert B. Kaiser. Fear Your Strengths.

Leadership Emerging / June 2013

Robert E. Kaplan and Robert B. Kaiser. Fear Your Strengths. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2013.

Fear Your Strengths coverThis 100-page volume proposes that overusing our strengths gets us in trouble in relationships and leader roles. It also promotes the authors’ Leadership Versatility Index assessment. Developing individuals for leader roles is not so much about addressing weaknesses as it is about effectively managing strengths. This begins with acceptance and integration of feedback such as provided by their 360 assessment. Failure to do so results …

Cognition: Theory, Measurement, Implications

Feature Articles / June 2013

Maretha Prinsloo and Paul Barrett


Given the spectrum of consciousness as postulated by various consciousness theorists, cognition, according to Wilber’s All Quadrants All Levels (AQAL) metatheory merely represents a developmental “line” or “stream”, and does not encapsulate the essence or apex of consciousness. However, as proposed in a previous article on consciousness theory (Prinsloo, 2012), the fractal nature of the various “streams or lines” of development reflects that of the overall evolutionary emergence of consciousness, all of which involve

Understanding Human Happiness, Its Measure and a New Leadership Role

Feature Articles / June 2013


In order to understand the role of leadership in promoting happiness, it is necessary to define happiness. A casual survey of people on the street would seem to indicate they know what makes them happy. Often these conversations will result in discussions about having enough money and resources, a nice place to live, closeness to family and friends, personal freedom to live their lives without undue external interference, and even a healthy spiritual life may be cited as examples …