Category Archives: March 2009

Leadership Coaching Tip

Leadership Coaching Tips / March 2009

There is a mind-shift evolving…
Allan Gatenby & Meny Lees

Research and experience indicates that leadership determines the rate, direction and depth of change within organisations. Leaders either drive the organisation on, or out. Monastic and military models of leadership that have dominated our thinking for decades are gradually being replaced by more effective and sustainable leadership styles. Transformational or collaborative leadership now dominates the literature and shapes our thinking. It is a compelling argument but how well do we …

Leadership Cartoon: Mark Hill

Leadership Cartoon / March 2009

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Mark Hill

mark hilll am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine,The Chicago Tribuneand the Los Angeles Times.

My specialty is cartoons and humorous illustration for advertising, business and publishing. Fortune 500 clients with national advertising campaigns are among my repeat customers…as well as start-up businesses with smaller budgets. 95% of my clients are outside of my home state of Colorado…so I can create something for you, no matter where you are.…

Coda: Compassionate Self-Discipline and Integral Life Practice

Coda / March 2009

russ volckmannIf you are anything at all like me, even a smidgen (a small bit), some changes just come very hard in your life. I know that quitting smoking was like that for me, until the day I just did it cold turkey twelve years ago (after decades of smoking) and haven’t had a cigarette since; actually, like many ex-smokers, I hate the smell of cigarette smoke. Getting in shape with diet and exercise has been another such challenge.

In recent …

Feature Article: Kaipa’s Pyramid as a Yantra: A Tensegrity-Mandala

Feature Articles / March 2009

Understanding How Teams Work


One of the most interesting mental models I have come across in recent times is Prasad Kaipa’s use of the tetrahedron. I have been playing with it. Our consulting group took the exploration of our own work processes based on the paper “Application of Pyramid Building in Organisations: Aligning Strategy, Process and People in Organisations” by Prasad Kaipa, Chris Newham and Russ Volckmann.

narendranAs I worked with the model further, I started bringing it into …

Global Values Update

Global Values Update / March 2009

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Alan TonkinIn looking at our world with all its challenges in 2009 there are many opportunities for the better understanding of how “values” play a key role at all levels of our global society.

At one end of the spectrum there is the global financial crises as well as the possibility of the nations of the world adopting protectionist policies in order to protect employment levels at home. At another level there is the real risk of global instability caused by …

Notes from the Field: Peter Merry and Meshworking for Change and Development

Notes from the Field / March 2009

There is no way we could present a more powerful item for the Notes from the Field section than this presentation Don Beck announced to some list serves. To listen (and watch slides) from a presentation by Peter Merry on some pretty amazing activities going on in Europe, go here:

evolutionary leadershipAnd, by the way, Peter Merry’s book, Evolutionary Leadership , is now available. Order before April 15, 2009 and receive a 20% discount off the publication price.

Order now.…

Feature Article: Integral Leadership’s Potential to Position Poverty Within Transdisciplinarity(1)

Feature Articles / March 2009

Integral leaders can appreciate that the sheer magnitude and scale of poverty impacts the whole of humanity; it is planetary in nature. Xuereb astutely observes that a failure in one corner of the world is a failure everywhere; with poverty, no one wins. Because people are all connected, “your poverty is my poverty, if not also my doing” (2008, p.7). Poverty is an example of a polycrisis, a term Morin (1999a) uses to describe a situation where there is no

Leadership Quote

Leadership Quote / March 2009

In writing about leadership in the American Indian Nations:

…anyone can begin to tell the story in new ways. Ideally, the process will involve elected leadership; after all, elected leaders usually hold positions of influence and may be able to make things happen quickly. But seizing the future can begin anywhere in the community, and anyone can be a leader in that position. ~Steven Cornell, Miriam Joprgensen, Joseph P. Kalt and Kathertine Spilde Contreras – “Seizing the Future,” in Rebuilding

Leadership Coaching Tip: The Issue Buster

Leadership Coaching Tips / March 2009

Steven SaundersTHE ISSUE BUSTER is a powerful tool for working with both problems and goals:

All decision-making and innovation comes from within human minds. It makes sense to understand how to make the most of our powerful natural resource: the mind! One way this can be done is through using simple patterns of six questions with pauses between these sets of six of questions. These are the stages of an emergent process called “The Issue Buster” that resolves almost any problem …

Feature Article: Integral Top Team Alignment

Feature Articles / March 2009

Pleuntje van MeerIt is possible to evolve top-teams for the twenty-first century, even in today’s turbulent and challenging times. Achieving high performance at the most senior executive level of company divisions and business units requires a team to engage in an alignment process that takes time, focus and personal commitment. The task is not an onerous one, though it does require a clear mindset and a sharpening of skills and capabilities that go beyond many executives’ previous individual business achievements.

We have …