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Dialogue: Integral Leadership, Wendelin Kupers and Russ Volckmann, Part II

Dialogue / October 2009

Wendelin KupersRuss VolckmannIn Part I we explored the situation of how integral is being accepted into the world of academia, some of the factors that deter such acceptance, a bit about Wendelin’s current work, the role of pragmatism and the challenges to integration in the workplace. Thus, integral approaches have a very high potential in leader development. Wendelin opened the subject of habits and their relationship to innovation and creativity.

Russ: Okay, let’s look at distinctions. For starters, I have been concerned …

Dialogue: Integral Leadership, Wendelin Kupers and Russ Volckmann, Part I

Dialogue / August 2009

kupersvolckmannRuss: Wendelin, I am delighted to have the opportunity to explore, clarify and develop the application of integral theory to the complex phenomenon of leadership. I hope this dialogue will be useful to the readers of Integral Leadership Review and far beyond.

To begin with, I feel a deep sense of responsibility in entering this dialogue with you. For one, I have great respect for your work and the degree that you almost uniquely have been able to crack the …

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 12

Dialogue / October 2008

Mark Edwards

Russ VolckmannIn the previous episode we focussed on comparing the Obama and McCain candidacies for the American presidency as a way oif exploring the mediation lens. Mark suggested that a mediation lens would be helpful and offered a way of seeing the relationship between the vision and action domains. Russ shared an exploration of the differences on issues between the two campaigns. and closed the episode with an exploration of mediation and its many aspects. This is, apparently, the last episode

Dialogue: The Horse, the Magpie, the Buffalo and the Hoop

Dialogue / August 2008


Native Bead Brooch
Native Bead Brooch

While many will have their minds firmly fixed on the story of the butterfly that, by flapping her wings in the forests of Amazonia creates storms in New York, very few will pay attention to the real miracle, which is that of the irreversible transformation in chaos of the pupa to become the butterfly.

At de Lange 1999

—the only real way to develop strategy is to use a process where one goes …

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 11

Dialogue / August 2008

Mark Edwards

Russ Volckmann

Russ closed the last part of this dialogue, “A challenge before us, then, is to demonstrate how multiple lenses can reduce perception of demi-reality and increase perception of reality.” Furthermore he suggested a set of criteria for a case study of the application of multiple lenses to a phenomenon of leadership.

Mark: I will make a few comments on each of the case study criteria you’ve outlined before we go into the details of the leadership scenario.

  1. Provide an opportunity

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 10

Dialogue / June 2008

Mark Edwards

Russ VolckmannMark closed the last installment of this dialogue with something of an extraordinary burst of light in the integral heavens—Table 9.2: Integral Lenses and Theories of Radical Change Leadership. This extraordinary presentation summarizes twenty-four theoretical lenses and our understanding of leaders. Please be sure to review Table 9.2 before continuing in Part 10.

Russ: Mark, you’ve done it again. Allow me to stand in awe for a millisecond or two…

Or forge ahead and let the devil take the hindmost!…

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 9

Dialogue / March 2008

In Part 8 of this dialogue Mark laid out six morphological categories of conceptual lenses. These categories are grouped according to their conceptual shape. The idea is that our explanations are deeply metaphorical and those metaphors can be categorized according to basic visual patterns. This is a kind of vision-logic at its most fundamental level of application. So the six types of lens morphologies are:

  • Holarchical (what)
  • Bipolar (why)
  • Cyclical (how)
  • Relational (when)
  • Standpoint (who)
  • Multimorphic (several questions)

Each of

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 8

Dialogue / January 2008

Mark Edwards

Russ VolckmannIn the Part 7 of this dialogue, Mark pointed out the importance of including an ecological lens along with a developmental lensin redressing the imbalanced focus on developmental to the exclusion of ecological in much of the theory related to integral development.So far in our discussion we have identified several lenses that can be used in examining leadership,that broader lenses can be used with flexibility,identified how more nuanced analyses are possible,touched on the integrally neglected issue of power, and the

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 7

Dialogue / November 2007

Mark Edwards

Russ VolckmannIn the Part 6 of this dialogue, Mark laid out an elegant way of mapping and thinking about 1st 2nd and 3rd person at micro, meso and macro levels, as well as the mediating factors in the relationships among these. My discovery is that the track we are on is leading to the necessity for an Integral Mapping Atlas in developing an integral approach to leadership. This is challenging for those of us who appreciated the simple Wilberian AQAL map

Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 6

Dialogue / August 2007

In the last episode of this dialogue, our conversation turned to process and mediating factors in development. I closed that episode with the following paragraph:

The question I will leave us with for our next installment is this: How can the “Basic Activity Triad” and the “Mediating Holon” help us make sense of all of this. For example, what can we see about the relationship between leader and follower and context? What are the mediating variables? How do these help