Category Archives: Book Reviews

06/29 – Leading Beyond the Ego

June 2019 / Book Reviews

Annabel Beerel

John Knights, President of the U.K based leadership development and coaching organization, LeaderShape Global, along with several members of his team, advocate a new leadership approach for the twenty-first century called Transpersonal Leadership. The steps to becoming a transpersonal leader, are explained in great detail in their cutting-edge book, Leading Beyond the Ego.

According to Knights, et al., traditional leadership behaviors are not working. Based on research dating back to 2005, and involving several thousand executives, Knights found …

06/29 – The Desire for Mutual Recognition: Social Movements and the Dissolution of the False Self

June 2019 / Book Reviews

Barbara Nussbaum

This book has already been singled out by its academic publisher, Routledge, nominating it for the best nonfiction book in 2018. But for me the compelling reason for a broader audience to read it, is the artful way it embodies its own timely message for humanity. Peter Gabel makes a compelling case for movements which catalyse whole system transformation and uses various lenses through which we humans perceive, think, feel and learn to claim our own agency in …

11/30 – Going Horizontal: Creating a Non-Hierarchical Organization, One Practice at a Time 

November 2018 / Book Reviews

In Going Horizontal: Creating a Non-hierarchical Organization, One Practice at a Time Samantha Slade has captured in plain language how to achieve what so many of us have longed for deep down: A genuine invitation to common purpose through non-hierarchical practice, simple rules, and self-reflection. While the book’s tone feels like a conversation around Slade’s Montreal kitchen table, her guidance around “domains of practice common across all organizations” emerge from years of skilled, systematic inquiry and testing. She offers ways …

11/30 – Development: Emerging Worldviews and Systems Change Volume 1 and 2

November 2018 / Book Reviews

Innovative Development: Emerging Worldviews and Systems Change (Integral Publishers, 2015) is a useful volume (edited by late Tom Christensen—you did a very good job here, Tom, and I wish you a blissful journey in the afterlife, whatever and however it is in actuality) that contains papers on Spiral Dynamics (SD) and the Gravesian theory as applied to the societal dimension. The book is not an introduction into the general topic of SD but can be a companion for a more …

08/29 – Secular, Sacred, Scientific

August 2018 / Book Reviews

Graham Mummery

In the prefaces to the current book,

Spiral Dynamics in Action: Humanity’s Master Code (Beck, Larsen, Solonin, Viljoen, Johns 2018), the authors and editors explain that this is a successor to the earlier work Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership and Change (2006). This is very much the case in that it updates some of the discussions because of further work done by those in the Spiral Dynamics community. The authors suggest reading the earlier work before …

05/31 – Colin Wilson: Collected Essays on Philosophers

Book Reviews / May 2018

Eugene Pustoshkin

In Colin Wilson: Collected Essays on Philosophers, edited by Colin Stanley, with an introduction by John Shand, meaning perception, existential intensity, and overcoming our alienation from power consciousness, Colin Wilson’s optimistic existentialism, an integrally-informed view is explored.

Man is alienated from the consciousness of his own power, and this alienation makes him sick, which perpetuates his will to sickness; and exercising intentionality is a way to overcome the doomed state that Man finds himself in—due to that inherited …

11/30 – An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization

Book Reviews / August-November 2017

Russell Fitzpatrick

Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey. An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization. (2016). Harvard Business Review Press.

Everyone CultureAn Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey incorporates decades of personal developmental research into the world of organizational development. Any fan of personal developmental models knows the immense contributions of Kegan to the field, and this book brings personal development into the open, into our organizational lives. Kegan and Lahey remind …

8/31 – The Simpol Solution

Book Reviews / August-November 2017

Jon Freeman

John Bunzl and Nick Duffell (2017). The Simpol Solution. Peter Owen Limited

This is a good book, engaging, well written and with many interesting ideas which deserve consideration.  It has the major virtue of being original and distinctive; there are no well-trodden paths here.

It starts from a familiar place, i.e. we know things are going wrong, are almost certain to get worse and that we need to do something about that.  It attributes these problems to …

8/31 – Reinventing Organizations: “A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness”

Book Reviews / August-November 2017

Ron Cacioppe and Michael Fox

Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux

is a ground breaking book that describes how the functioning and structure of organisations evolves over time to match the level of development of human consciousness. Organisations go through stages that are radically different, becoming more productive, collaborative and reach a higher level of functioning. Each stage “transcends and includes” the ones that came before, therefore a later stage does not lose the behaviours that came from earlier stages but …

8/31 – Excellence through Mind-Brain Development: The Secrets of World Class Performers.

Book Reviews / August-November 2016

Ádám Olgyay

Harald Harung and Frederick Travis (2016). Excellence through Mind-Brain Development: The Secrets of World Class Performers. London, UK. Routledge.

51sjUzBI3GL._SX341_BO1,204,203,200_We all want excellence and happiness. Thousands of books have been written on the topic of high performance and the secrets of success. There are two basic challenges. First, there are many competing ideas of what underlies high performance. Second, it has proven difficult to implement the theories in practice. From the huge complexity of this field, the following …