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Cover
8/31 – August Cover
Eric Reynolds
4/22 – April Cover – Earthrise
Eric Reynolds
4/22 – Cover Photo – Earthrise, December 24, 1968
[caption id="attachment_15445" align="aligncenter" width="1041"]Nasa earthrise apollo 8 1968 Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts-Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders-held a live broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from their spacecraft. Said Lovell, "The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth." They ended the broadcast with the crew taking turns reading from the book of Genesis. Image Credit: NASA[/caption]
8/31 – August Cover
Eric Reynolds
Eric Reynolds August Cover
8/31 – Original Cover Art – Gaia Orion
Gaia Orion
Gaia Orion [caption id="attachment_14988" align="aligncenter" width="2400"]Gaia Orion - Integral Map 1-0 - 36x36 Integral Map 1.0 Integral Map 1.0[/caption]

Creation of the painting Integral Map 1.0*

I have to admit that it took me a long time to grasp the full scope of Integral theory (and I am still working on it!). It is primarily  a comprehensive map of a complex whole while being beautifully simple and elegant. Many of my themes already explored the stages of one’s life in a spiral motion so when I came across the integral world it felt only natural to tackle the ambitious task of translating the stages of development and quadrants into a painting. My goal was to create a harmonious design that doesn’t only touch and transform the viewer but also contributes to inform and teach the world about the ground breaking framework of Integral thought. Integral-Map-Structure The Structure: These four shapes are the structure of my integral map: – a spiral for the levels of development that are evolving. – gold concentric circles to represent expanding consciousness from egocentric to cosmos-centric. – I see this expansion as our heart centre (where spirit and body meet) opening up. For this reason, the gold concentric circle after post-Integral is a heart lotus creating a mandala which gives the painting a spirit of wholeness. – the circle divided into 4 sections represents the quadrants as we know them. Having the quadrants was Bence Ganti’s contribution which made the painting a true useful tool to understand Integral theory.
integral-structure-painting

There is such harmony in this diagram, it is really telling about what integral is.

The Colors Then the colors! One of the most confusing (and annoying) parts of integral learning is this mix up of colors between Ken Wilber and Don Beck. It’s difficult enough to figure out the whole thing that is supposed to be simple and elegant! Even Jeff Salzmann admitted to me that he hates it every time he has to say ‘amber-blue’ or ‘yellow-turquoise’.  I guess it’s part of life, it just can’t be perfect, it has to put this little annoying rock in our Integral shoe! Also as an artist I never understood the logic of either color chart. I find Wilber’s a little bit more sensible since it uses the rainbow sequence. We said rainbow, right? So where is yellow? It’s a primary color and it’s not even in the chart! That bugged me for the longest time, I could never get that.. until… When I painted the integral map I had my aha moment: Ken decided to use the diffracted light color sequence but in the spirit of being ‘inclusive’ he did his best to match Don Beck’s existing colors. This way some stages match: red, orange and green stages. Anyway in my painting I used Wilber’s colors (if you know my art you’ll know that I love rainbows) and I added a ribbon of Don Beck’s colors unfolding along each stage.
Integral theory levels of development

Levels of development

Integral- Stages of development The stages From the Big Bang to Integral I found simple symbolic scenes to express each level so that when we look at them we can get an immediate ‘feel’ of each stage in their respective quadrants. For instance, amber upper left is someone bathed in the shining light of an almighty god; orange upper right is a marathon runner reaching for high performance; lower right green is a new city line built in nature with renewable energy; teal lower left is a spiral of people evolving together. This Integral map – created to be presented at the 2016 European Integral Conference in Hungary – is called ‘Integral Map 1.0.’ I invite everyone to participate in the evolution of this painting by giving their feedback, ideas and suggestions to make this Integral Map painting project an on-going  developing theme. The point is to make it better, clearer, to find ways to express the various aspects of Integral philosophy in a playful and colorful visual manner. Throughout the history of humanity art has always been a beacon of every era, staying as a long lasting testament of what emerged in each culture at different periods. Let’s invite the artists to participate in Integral world culture with their visions! This painting is only one of them. I am honoured to be part of this avant-garde movement, participating via my artwork in this incredible evolution! Note: On my way back from the 2016 Integral European Conference in Hungary I lost my Integral Map 1.0 in the subway in Paris… to read about this crazy story click here *This article was originally posted at http://gaiaorion.com/creation-of-the-painting-integral-map-1-0/

About the Artist

Paris-2015-3Gaia Orion is an integral artist that has gained international recognition by participating in many worldwide projects that are working toward constructive world change. She has exhibited in Spain, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, the U.S.A and Canada with a recent solo show in Paris, France. In sharing the artwork and connecting with others she discovered that these transformational themes are part of a larger visionary movement that is active in society today... as deep ecology, social justice, conscious politic, alternative economy, and so on...

Uniting our vision and natural talents can become a catalyst for individual and collective change so that we can move together toward a healthier humanity. www.gaiaorion.com     Sign up for my bi-annual newsletter
4/28 – Cover
Eric Reynolds
April Cover
4/28 – Original Cover Art – Celebrating Life
Michelle Josephi
Michelle Josephi [caption id="attachment_14709" align="aligncenter" width="2836"]Celebrating Life NEW -CMYK The Eros and Power painting emerged from energy bursting into joy, through all that is, a celebration of living![/caption]

About the Artist

Michelle Josephi is a Toronto based creative process-driven artist that allows images to reveal themselves through layers of paint, prism colours, print, often integrating nature.
Alternate Russian Cover Art
Anna Urazova
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January–February 2016 Cover
Jeannie Carlisle Volckmann
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August – November 2015 Cover
Jeannie Carlisle Volckmann
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2/15 – Cover
Jeannie Carlisle Volckmann
©2014 Aboriginal Nations Education, Greater Victoria School Board, BC, Canada Artist Jamin Zurowski 4 Quadrant Guides: Bear/UL. Wolf /LL. Raven/UR. Salmon/LR. This Totem is a Gift used with permission on this Canada Issue. Please do not reproduce without © Permission.
1/15 – Cover
Jeannie Carlisle Volckmann
canada-cover
©2014 Aboriginal Nations Education, Greater Victoria School Board, BC, Canada Artist Jamin Zurowski 4 Quadrant Guides: Bear/UL. Wolf /LL. Raven/UR. Salmon/LR. This Totem is a Gift used with permission on this Canada Issue. Please do not reproduce without © Permission.
April – June 2014
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August-November 2013
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Leadership Cartoon
08/15 – Followership Challenged
Russ Volckmann
Mark Hill l am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. My specialty is cartoons and humorous illustration for advertising, business and publish- ing. Fortune 500 clients with national advertising campaigns are among my repeat custom- ers…as well […]
Leadership Cartoon
Mark Hill is a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. My specialty is cartoons and humorous illustration for advertising, business and publish- ing. Fortune 500 clients with national advertising campaigns are among my repeat custom- ers…as well as […]
Leadership Cartoon – Italy
Nico Pillinini
This cartoon was given to Integral Leadership Review by the cartoonist for this special issue on Italy. We are grateful for his generosity. Italian Democratic Party (PD) Primary 2012 – Pierluigi Bersani, PD leader is “snatching” the role as Party candidate for the incoming National Political Elections from Matteo Renzi, emerging PD leader and Mayor […]
Leadership Cartoon
Mark Hill
Mark Hill l am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. My specialty is cartoons and humorous illustration for advertising, business and publish- ing. Fortune 500 clients with national advertising campaigns are among my repeat custom- ers…as well […]
Leadership Cartoon
Mark Hill
    Mark Hill l am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. My specialty is cartoons and humorous illustration for advertising, business and publish- ing. Fortune 500 clients with national advertising campaigns are among my repeat custom- […]
Leadership Cartoon
Mark Hill
Mark Hill l am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. My specialty is cartoons and humorous illustration for advertising, business and publish- ing. Fortune 500 clients with national advertising campaigns are among my repeat custom- ers…as well […]
Leadership Cartoon: Mark Hill
Mark Hill
Mark Hill l am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. My specialty is cartoons and humorous illustration for advertising, business and publish- ing. Fortune 500 clients with national advertising campaigns are among my repeat custom- ers…as well […]
Leadership Cartoon: Mark Hill
Mark Hill
  Mark Hill l am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. My specialty is cartoons and humorous illustration for advertising, business and publish- ing. Fortune 500 clients with national advertising campaigns are among my repeat custom- ers…as […]
Leadership Cartoon
Mark Hill
Mark Hill l am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and 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 […]
Leadership Cartoon
Mark Hill
Mark Hill l am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and 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 […]
Leadership Cartoon
Mark Hill
Mark Hill l am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and 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 […]
Leadership Cartoon: Mark Hill
Mark Hill
Mark Hill l am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and 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 […]
Leadership Cartoon: Mark Hill
Mark Hill
Mark Hill l am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and 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 […]
Leadership Cartoon: Mark Hill
Mark Hill
Mark Hill l 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. […]
Leadership Cartoon: Bill Bates
David Loye
Bill Bates has died. We have known for weeks now this was coming, but it’s still a jolt. To see this man, my dear friend, now gone, his most needed smile and funny story, his grace of movement and always sympathetic, caring, ready to help presence never to be felt again, is so very hard […]
Leadership Cartoon: Mark Hill
Mark Hill
Mark Hill l 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. […]
Leadership Cartoon: Bill Bates Update
Editor
Bill Bates, University of Texas, Advertising Major. Illustrator-Air Training Command. Creator of comic strip “PING”. Artist -In-Residence for Royal Viking Line. To date has produced 23 Cruise sketchbooks, including eight World Cruises. Cartoonist for the Carmel Pine Cone since 1972. (17 of these cartoons permanently displayed in the Carmel U.S. Post Office.) His cartoons have also been […]
Leadership Cartoon: Mark Hill
Mark Hill
Mark Hill I am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, includingTime Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and 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 […]
Leadership Cartoon: Mark Hill
Mark Hill
Mark Hill I am a cartoonist whose cartoons have been published in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and 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. […]
Leadership Cartoon: Bill Bates Update
Russ Volckmann
Bill Bates seems to be in a recovery process, but he is still in Intensive Care. Below is a recent report on him. Please continue your healing energy for Bill. Thanks, Russ From the Monterey Herald: COMMUNITY TREASURE: Carmel rallies for cartoonist Bill Bates By DENNIS TAYLOR Herald Staff Writer Article Last Updated: 10/08/2008 01:32:03 AM […]
Leadership Cartoon: Paul Hughes
Paul Hughes
Paul Hughes is our guest cartoonist. artsfx@sympatico.ca. Born and raised in London England, Married with 2 grown children living in Ontario, Canada.
For Bill Bates
Russ Volckmann
California Newspaper Publishers Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize Nominee Bill Bates produces weekly cartoons for the Carmel Pine Cone and political cartoons for the Monterey County Herald. Five-thousnd of his pen and ink drawings from 133 countries have been published in 28 Cruise Sketchbooks that include 14 Around The World Cruises. His latest book […]
Leadership Cartoon: Bill Bates
Bill Bates
California Newspaper Publishers Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize Nominee Bill Bates produces weekly cartoons for the Carmel Pine Cone and political cartoons for the Monterey County Herald. Five-thousnd of his pen and ink drawings from 133 countries have been published in 28 Cruise Sketchbooks that include 14 Around The World Cruises. His latest book […]
Leadership Cartoon: Bill Bates
Bill Bates
California Newspaper Publishers Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize Nominee Bill Bates produces weekly cartoons for the Carmel Pine Cone and political cartoons for the Monterey County Herald. Five-thousnd of his pen and ink drawings from 133 countries have been published in 28 Cruise Sketchbooks that include 14 Around The World Cruises. His latest book […]
Leadership Cartoon: Bill Bates
Bill Bates
California Newspaper Publishers Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize Nominee Bill Bates produces weekly cartoons for the Carmel Pine Cone and political cartoons for the Monterey County Herald. Five-thousnd of his pen and ink drawings from 133 countries have been published in 28 Cruise Sketchbooks that include 14 Around The World Cruises. His latest book of cartoons, Bates On […]
Leadership Cartoon: Bill Bates
Bill Bates
California Newspaper Publishers Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize Nominee Bill Bates produces weekly cartoons for the Carmel Pine Cone and political cartoons for the Monterey County Herald. Five-thousnd of his pen and ink drawings from 133 countries have been published in 28 Cruise Sketchbooks that include 14 Around The World Cruises. His latest book of cartoons, Bates On […]
Leadership Cartoon: Bill Bates
Bill Bates
California Newspaper Publishers Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize Nominee Bill Bates produces weekly cartoons for the Carmel Pine Cone and political cartoons for the Monterey County Herald. Five-thousnd of his pen and ink drawings from 133 countries have been published in 28 Cruise Sketchbooks that include 14 Around The World Cruises. His latest book of cartoons, Bates On […]
Leadership Cartoon: Bill Bates
Bill Bates
California Newspaper Publishers Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize Nominee Bill Bates produces weekly cartoons for the Carmel Pine Cone and political cartoons for the Monterey County Herald. Five-thousnd of his pen and ink drawings from 133 countries have been published in 28 Cruise Sketchbooks that include 14 Around The World Cruises. His latest book of cartoons Bates On […]
Integral Crossword
Integral Crossword
Clues
Lead Poem
1/15 – Lead Poem
Tim Merry
 Tim Merry No more prizes for predicting the rain The pain New starts Time to build the arks Gather now at our community centres With friends and mentors And Elders We all be the welders Of fragmentation On the edges of the new creation The builders of the New Space Station Right here in the […]
Author Locations
Canadian Map with Author Locations
  About the Authors Beth Sanders MCIP RPP enjoys the wilderness of civilization as a writer and professional city planner. She is president of POPULUS Community Planning Inc., where she works across Canada with government, business, community organizations and citizens striving for cities that serve citizens well. She works with cities at every scale – […]
In Memorium
8/19 – In Memorium: Tom Thresher
Keith Bellamy
Tom Thresher May 6th 1949 – July 9th 2015 I first made contact with Tom Thresher in 2009.  Russ Volckmann, the Publisher of Integral Publishers, passed me his email address and phone number along with a message along the lines, “… I think you two should chat.”  I waited a few days before dropping him […]
8/19 – In Memorium: Tom Thresher
John Forman
     A UCC pastor and an Episcopal priest walk into an Irish pub…or into a trattoria…or into a fish-and-chips joint…we did all three and more actually, Tom Thresher and I did.  And even though we never got around to writing the rest of the joke, the humor was never lost on either of us.  Tom’s […]
8/15 — James MacGregor Burns: August 3, 1918 – July 15, 2014
Richard A. Couto
Richard A. Couto James MacGregor Burns, Jim to everyone who knew whom outside of the pages of his prodigious scholarship, passed away in his sleep on July 15th, three weeks short of his 96th birthday. He had been in declining health for several years but maintained his scholarly engagement publishing four new books in the […]
8/15 — Warren Gamaliel Bennis, 1925-2014
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann I met Warren Bennis on Muir Beach in Northern California. It was soon after he had a heart attack. He was trotting in the sand as part of his rehabilitation. Must have been about 1980. I was participating in Will Shutz’s first Human Element training with about 20 other people. We were on […]
Letters to Russ
8/31 – Kathia Laszlo
Kathia Laszlo
Dear Russ, It is an honor to know you and a grace to belong to the wide and yet tight-knit community of integral, holistic, evolutionary thinkers and practitioners who are bringing into being a new consciousness into the planet. I want to thank you for your leadership and clarity of vision. You have been a […]
8/31 – Arthur ten Wolde
Arthur ten Wolde
Dear Russ, Deeply sorry to hear you are gone. While we have not been in contact for a few years, our contact concerning the publication in 2012 of an essay I wrote about Yin, Yang and Thinking Styles has meant a lot to me. As did the few appreciative responses it got from all over […]
8/31 – Brian Van der Horst
Brian Van der Horst
Re-imagining Russ Ten years ago, Russ hunted me down on the internet.  Maybe it was because I had been European Coordinator for Ken Wilber’s  Integral Institute, maybe he just ran across one of my old articles about my “Law of Requisite Contrariety.”  What a charmer! He convinced me to re-write it for the ILR,  author […]
8/31 – Jonathan Reams
Jonathan Reams
My experience with Russ began in 2004, when we were both invited to become board members for ARINA, and subsequently both became involved in Integral Review. I remember being enchanted by the breadth and depth of his knowledge, and the deep curiosity he had towards learning from everyone and everything! I also experienced the vast […]
8/31 – Rey Carr
Rey Carr
Our lives intersected in so many accidental ways that I thought it was destiny speaking to us. We were both graduate students at the University of California at Berkeley. I first met Russ during a protest rally on campus. I just knew him as Russ and didn’t know much about his history or biography. I […]
8/31 – Ron Cacioppe
Ron Cacioppe
Footprints to Integral Leadership ‘In a quiet way, you shake the world” – Mahatma Gandhi I only saw a slight portion of Russ’s life, like watching the light from a candle through a narrow slit a long way away. I live in Perth, Australia, Russ was in the United States, a long way away. My […]
8/31 – Hilary Bradbury
Hilary Bradbury
I find myself caught up by the horrible surprise of Russ’ passing. And even surprised by my surprise. For I did not know Russ that well, except toward the end of his work-life. Russ was our publisher with Eros/Power: Love in the Spirit of Inquiry, Integral Publishers, 2016.  Indeed it was the wonderful personal connection that my […]
8/31 – David C. Wigglesworth
David C. Wigglesworth
I first got to know Russ at the Vision/Action ODN Conference in San Francisco. One of the results of that conference was the publication of the Bay Area ODN called Vision/Action. I was a member of its Editorial Board and Russ was the Editor. He encouraged me to write for it and provided keen editorial […]
8/31 – Keith Bellamy
Keith Bellamy
I was talking with Matthew Kalman (founder of London Integral Circle) and the conversation took a strange turn: Matthew: “Russ Volckmann getting a group of people together to discuss Integral Leadership … and I think you would make a good participant” Keith: “Russ who?” Matthew: “The publisher of Integral Leadership Review.” Keith: “Publisher of what?” […]
8/31 – Edward Berge
Edward Berge
I did not know Russ personally. We had a few brief email exchanges over the years about some of the ILR content. But I sure was an avid reader of the review. I especially enjoyed his 12-part discussion series with Mark Edwards. ILR was, and hopefully under new leadership will remain, a significant contribution to […]
8/31 – Sue McGregor
Sue L. T. McGregor
My heart is sore as I write this letter to Russ. We never met in person (with my only mental image of him for years being his e-tag cartoon). Instead, we emailed and Skyped over a period of 11 years. He first reached out to me in October 2006. He wanted to review a copy […]
8/31 – Bill Torbert
William Torbert
Russ was the constant, good-natured background of the integral movement.  Wherever two or three or a hundred people came together around an integral theme, there was Russ recording, interviewing, laughing, appreciating others, asking the apt question, encouraging your writing, helping new work to appear — especially, of course, through the Integral Leadership Review and, more […]
Leading Comments
8/31 – And so it goes…
Eric Reynolds
This is an important issue, and honestly, I’m not sure where to start. This year marks 16 years since the founding of Integral Leadership Review. At the same time, this issue also marks the passing of its founder, Russ Volkmann. For the past five years it has been a true honor and a privilege to […]
4/22 – In Honor of Earth Day
Eric Reynolds
I am pleased to present to you the first release of our April-June 2017 Issue of ILR. We are releasing this issue today, April 22nd, in honor of Earth Day. The human condition, by definition, engenders conflict. Conflict between the inside and out, between self and other, in groups, between tribes and nations, across generations, […]
11/30 – Mni Wiconi – Water is life!
Eric Reynolds
  With this release we offer the final five articles of 2016. They are: Otto Laske’s How Roy Bhaskar Expanded and Deepened the Notion of Adult Cognitive Development: A Succinct History of the DialecticalThought Form Framework (DTF). Jim Ritchie-Dunham and Maureen Metcalf’s Co-hosting: Creating Optimal Experience for Team Interactions. Eugene Pustoshkin’s Transformations on the Path to Really Teal […]
8/31 – Und Jetzt? And now?
Eric Reynolds
Eric Reynolds It has been a joy putting together this issue, not the least of which has to do with working side by side with my partner and wife, associate editor Natasha Mantler. Plus, we have an extra full issue for you to mark the end of the summer, not to mention a number of […]
4/28 – The developing developments of development!
Eric Reynolds
I’m pleased to introduce you the first release of the April-June Issue of the Integral Leadership Review. First off, I have to say I am excited to be heading to the Integral European Conference, May 4th – 8th. Our very own Natasha Mantler will be presenting on Women’s Authentic Leadership Development, delving into the correlation between women’s authentic […]
1/18 – Russian Enigma: Guest Editor’s Reflections
Eugene Pustoshkin
Eugene Pustoshkin Russia cannot be understood with the mind alone . . . — Fyodor Tyutchev (1803–1873), a poet Russia is enigmatic mystery. It is full of paradoxes, contrasts, and opposites, a kind of simultaneous divergence of the opposites and coincidentia oppositorum, the country of both dissociation-fragmentation and the thirst for wholeness, healing, and transcendence. […]
11/30 – May WE-volution continue!
Eric Reynolds
Welcome to the 3rd and final release of the August-November 2015 Issue of Integral Leadership Review. As this WE-volutionary edition comes to a close, I would like to say thank you to all who contribute to the Integral field. In a time of chaotic global transition, your attention and intention are especially needed. Rounding out […]
8/19 – WE-volution
Eric Reynolds
Eric Reynolds Wow! Need I say more? Wow!! I’m truly honored and humbled to be composing these leading comments, not to mention thrilled to bring you the first release of the August-November 2015 Issue of Integral Leadership Review. What has emerged is a transdisciplinary exploration of WE space. An effervescent field of creative tension infused […]
6/16 – June Release
Eric Reynolds
Dear readers, I am pleased to present the June release of the April-June issue of the ILR. We have a delectable offering for you to enjoy. This month, Edward Kelly Interviews Charles Handy Michael Schwartz offers a tribute to Roy Bhaskar Sahlan Momo explores language and universe Jordan Luftig gives us a peak into ITC 2015 […]
4/7 – Bridging Integral
Eric Reynolds
With much pleasure I present the first release of the April/June 2015 Issue of the ILR! We have some exciting new changes to share and of course, great content! This issue emerged with a theme of “bridging”, reflective of the intent of the journal and the nature of transdisciplinary and integral approaches. I have the […]
2/15 – From Totem Guides and Lock Masters to World Legacy Light
Marilyn Hamilton
Marilyn Hamilton With this second wave of the Integral Leadership Review – Canada (ILR – C) issue, I imagine, the Rideau Canal lock system symbolizing the environment where our authors interact with the leaders and leadership insights that they have contributed to this special Canada issue. In the heart of Ottawa, Canada’s national capital, the […]
1/15 – A Totem for Curating a Story of Leadership in Canada
Marilyn Hamilton
Marilyn Hamilton A Brief View of Curating Reticence. Modesty. Loyalty. Generosity. These qualities often mark the Canadian character and our propensity to downplay the adventure, excitement, daring, risk and courage that influence how we tell our stories of accomplishment and achievement. But those are not the words that sprung to mind when Russ Volckmann invited […]
12/21 – Leading Comments
Mark McCaslin
Mark McCaslin Welcome to the final release of the Integral Leadership Review for 2014. In reviewing the year I am totally astounded by the depth and breadth of the contributions made in our quest to discuss and learn about and around this thing we call leadership. If you are a regular reader I would recommend […]
9/24 – Leading Comments: Mid-Volume Release
Mark McCaslin
Welcome to the mid-release of the August – November 2014 Volume of the Integral Leadership Review. We would also wish to welcome Benyamin Lichtenstein, PhD, University of Massachusetts, as our Associate Editor for Complexity. Expect to learn more about Ben in upcoming releases. New in this release you will find: Fresh Perspective Nancy Southern and […]
4/1 – April-June 2014 Issue
Mark McCaslin
Mark McCaslin Editor, Integral Leadership Review Welcome to the April – June 2014 issue of the Integral Leadership Review. We are pleased by the responses we have received stemming from the new format of continuous publication of new Feature Articles, contributions from our wonderful Columnists, Coaching Tips, Book Reviews, Notes from the Field, Leadership Emerging, […]
1/20 – Special Issue: Sub-Sahara Africa
Here are a few morsels to whet your appetite for more information about if an how adult development, integral, complexity and other perspectives are being used to understand leadership in this widely diverse region of the world. Our first installment includes an interview with Don Beck about his recent trip to South Africa. We hope […]
11/27 – Final Release for This Issue
Russ Volckmann
I would like to welcome Sue L. T. McGregor, PhD, as Editor for Transdisciplinarity. Sue has published her own work in this filed in Integral Leadership Review and is co-author with me of Transversity: Transdisciplinary Approaches in Higher Education (Integral Publishers, 2011). She is a Professor at Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and […]
08/15 – New Directions
Mark McCaslin and Russ Volckmann
Welcome to the latest edition of the Integral Leadership Review. In addition, we would like to reveal our new format that is sure to please both our readers and authors alike. With the new format we are moving to a continuous publication venue. We will basically be dividing the year into three phases. Interviews, articles […]
Leading Comments
Mark McCaslin
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 […]
Leading Comments
Mark McCaslin
Welcome to another great issue of the Integral Leadership Review. What makes this issue so useful are the abundant quality contributions from so many springing from a broad spectrum of issues and opportunities surrounding the notion of Integral Leadership. I am quite sure you will agree once you experience the rich array of coaching tips, […]
Special Issue: Leadership and Italy
Antonio Marturano
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 […]
Check out ilrParticles
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann These issues of ILR and of ilrParticles are late. This is the first time my memory will allow me to recognize that we are publishing late. What is late? I would be surprised if any of you know what our publication dates are, but this one IS late. Of course, I have an […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Before looking at the material we are providing in this issue of ILR, I would like to thank our interns for 2011-2012. David Houglum, Gonzaga University, Tacoma, Washington Kathleen Huggins, Gonzaga University, Tacoma, Washington Vivian Pettries, Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota If it were not for this team of interns there would be a lot more […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Recently, I had a phone conversation with a colleague who has contributed to ILR in the past and who is in what Barbara Kellerman, Harvard Professor and author of the new book, The End of Leadership (see interview in this issue – a must read!) calls the “leadership industry.” That she is a part […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
In the following recent announcement from the International Leadership Association, Barbara Kellerman is raising questions, many of which we have been trying to address in the pages of Integral Leadership Review for years now. Read the ad and then think with me about some of the key points she is making: The End of Leadership […]
Leading Comments: Some British Contributions to Integral Leadership
Nicholas Shannon
Nick Shannon This issue of the Integral Leadership Review is brought to you from Great Britain. Although the names Great Britain and the United Kingdom (UK) are used interchangeably, technically the term Great Britain refers to the island occupied by England, Scotland and Wales, but does not include Northern Ireland, which is part of the […]
Leading Comments: Interesting Times
Russ Volckmann
“May your children live in interesting times!” —Curse of Uncertain Origin Another variant is “May you live in interesting times!” In either case, the point is made. We do live in interesting times. And these are both wonderful and more than a little scary. I need to spell out the global evidence for this claim. […]
Leading Comments: Conference Time and Deadlines
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann You have been receiving a great number of emails from us recently, a highly unusual situation. The Integral Leadership Collaborative Conference beginning August 15 with over 300 participants is a most unusual and international event. Unfortunately, if you have not registered by the time you are seeing this, then access to the content […]
Leading Comments : International and Edgy
Russ Volckmann
International and Edgy I want to encourage you to take a good look at the Notes from the Field section of Integral Leadership Review. The purpose of this section is to call attention to and report on the value added experienced by individuals pursuing their own and collective learning and development in many different contexts. […]
Leading Comments: Building Bridges
Russ Volckmann
We appreciate your help in funding this entirely volunteer publication.  You can help us with a gift. Join Friends of ILR with a gift of US$10.00 or more. Thanks! In recent times, thanks to individuals who believe that ILR is an academic journal, I have had the opportunity to hone my elevator speech about Integral […]
Leading Comments
Raghu Ananthanarayanan
January 2011 Issue Before turning this column over to the Guest Editor of this special issue on India I want to share some of my own relationship to that amazing subcontinent. When I was a senior in college (1960-61) I took a two semester seminar in political science, my major, that required a significant research […]
Leadership Comments
Russ Volckmann
Why Integral Leadership Review Is/Can Be Important Russ Volckmann, Editor Take a moment to show your support. Join Friends of Integral Leadership Review. http://www.integralleadershipreview.com/become-an-ilr-friend.php Take a moment with me to revisit why I am doing what I am doing, particularly bringing Integral Leadership Review to the world and welcoming the participation of so very many […]
Leadership Comments
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann, Editor Thanks and Here’s More! NOTE: Send your nominations for the book or article that is the best you read in 2009. Please do so by April 15. We will announce the award in the June 2010 issue of Integral Leadership Review. russ@integralleadershipreview.com I would like to thank all of you who responded […]
Leadership Comments
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann, Editor For anyone who notices, this issue of Integral Leadership Review is a bit late. We had intended a special issue on German-speaking cultures and Integral Leadership. This has been delayed. I am assured by the guest editors that it will be forthcoming this year. Stay tuned. Below I am asking for your […]
Leading Comments: This Issue and More!
Russ Volckmann
It seems to me that every issue of Integral Leadership Review is special. Okay! I am biased! And this issue has its special qualities. For one, notice that we do not have a column by any of our standard columnists. I know you will miss Keith Bellamy and Alan Tonkin, as do I, but alas we have an issue […]
Leading Comments: This Issue and More
Russ Volckmann
First, allow me to offer thanks to the interns who have contributed so much to the Integral Leadership Review for this and the previous four issues:Kathy E. McKenzie-Mitiku, North Carolina A & T State University; Yung-Pin Lu, Marian University; and Ryan Schoenbeck, The University of Texas at Austin. Their contributions have been of considerable value and I […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
I am deeply sad at the loss of Bill Bates. Please take a moment and read David Loye’s announcement of Bill’s death and what you might do to help his family. He knew of all the caring and support he had received from ILR readers around the world. Thank you. How are things going for you […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Please take note that we have some exciting streaming audio interviews posted on the website with folks like Ian Mitroff,Barbara Marx Hubbard, Debbe Kennedy and Don Beck. The most recent one is with Craig Park, vice president of marketing for a major construction firm; interesting where you find Ken Wilber fans. And, in case you haven’t noticed, we are forming Integral Publishers. We […]
Leading Comments: SPECIAL ISSUE ~ AUSTRALIA
Ron Cacioppe
Please note: You have an opportunity to nominate the most important publication related to Integral Leadership in 2008. See the Announcements section of this issue for information about how you can make your nomination.—RV This is a special issue of Integral Leadership Review that focuses on Integral Leadership in Australia. It includes a leadership quotation, an interview, two […]
Leading Comments: This Issue
Russ Volckmann
We are in the process of rethinking Integral Leadership Review and its related publications. Subscriptions to ILR will continue to be without charge in order to assure the widest dissemination of the ideas and experiences of our writers and our readers. While I am not prepared to offer details at this time, I want you to know […]
Leading Comments: This Issue
Russ Volckmann
I want to thank all of you who sent healing messages and energy to Bill Bates. He is still in the hospital so if you have more of that, please send it his way via the Integral Leadership Review. Note additional comments about his condition in the space usually filled with one of his extraordinary […]
Leading Comments: An Introduction to this Issue
Russ Volckmann
Welcome to the June 2008 issue of Integral Leadership Review! I consider this to be an exemplary issue that is rich with material for anyone interested in the subject of leadership. Mark Edwards and I continue our dialogue on meta theory in relation to leadership. If you are interested in theory and open to Mark’s extraordinary contributions through […]
Leading Comments: Leader, Leader, Who is the Leader?
Russ Volckmann
As people around the world who are interested in the practice, development and theories of leadership, we face a dilemma. Well, maybe more than one. For example, how does it feel to be a part of a field of understanding with no agreement about what the field is about? Is it about management? Is it […]
Leading Comments: Integral Leadership in the Netherlands
Alain Volz
According to the Hungarian philosopher of science Ervin Laszlo we are on a point in history of either breakthrough or breakdown. When we look at international developments, it almost seems that we are heading towards a breakdown. International tensions, global warming, beyond peak oil and a mortgage crisis feed anxiety and the pessimist mind. But […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
As a member of the International Leadership Association, one of the benefits is free online access to Leadership Excellence, a publication that seems to be endorsed by Warren Bennis. Recently, I downloaded the current issue and shared it with the Integral Leadership Review’s Management Review Board. I appended the question, “Competition?” One of the responses I got included […]
Leading Comments: Defining our Terms
Russ Volckmann
In recent months there was a renewed discussion of the value of definition in relation to leadership with some arguing for the need for definition and some suggesting that definition would emerge from research. There have been for a long time those who take positions on the need for distinguishing between leadership and management. While […]
Leading Comments: The Hubris of No Doubt
Russ Volckmann
Have you ever read Richard Feynman’s essay “The Value of Science?” It is published in a little book of short pieces by him: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, edited by Jeffrey Edwards (New York: Basic Books: 1999). There is much about the spirit of this man that I admire and much of it is about […]
Leading Comments: Integral Leadership Review and You
Russ Volckmann
  Are you really paying serious attention to what this is all about? Maybe not, because I have not always been clear about that in my own mind and behavior, much less in my words to you. First, let me say that it is extremely gratifying that we have over 1675 subscribers in more than […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Your assistance would be deeply appreciated. I wish to express my deepest gratitude to those who have chosen to provide voluntary contributions to support the publication of the Integral Leadership Review. My goal is to continue to make the work of those contributing to the development of Integral Leadership theory and applications accessible to all. When […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
I wish to express my deepest gratitude to those who have chosen to provide voluntary contributions to support the publication of the Integral Leadership Review. My goal is to continue to make the work of those contributing to the development of Integral Leadership theory and applications accessible to all. When you choose to join this generous […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
I wish to express my deepest gratitude to those who have chosen to provide voluntary contributions to support the publication of the Integral Leadership Review. My goal is to continue to make the work of those contributing to the development of Integral Leadership theory and applications accessible to all. When you choose to join this generous […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
We are in the fifth year of publication of the Integral Leadership Review. It is increasingly taking the form that I hoped, although I am sure there is still much that can be done to make this a useful document that attracts a wider audience in the fields of consulting, training and coaching, as well as […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
We are in the fifth year of publication of the Integral Leadership Review. It is increasingly taking the form that I hoped, although I am sure there is still much that can be done to make this a useful document that attracts a wider audience in the fields of consulting, training and coaching, as well as […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
We are in the fifth year of publication of the Integral Leadership Review. It is increasingly taking the form that I hoped, although I am sure there is still much that can be done to make this a useful document that attracts a wider audience in the fields of consulting, training and coaching, as well as […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
We are in the fifth year of publication of the Integral Leadership Review. It is increasingly taking the form that I hoped, although I am sure there is still much that can be done to make this a useful document that attracts a wider audience, particularly in the fields of consulting, training and coaching, as well […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Please Note: You will find that some of the articles in this issue are longer than usual. It is my hope that the quality of the content more than justifies this. We are beginning the fifth year of publication of the Integral Leadership Review. It is increasingly taking the form that I hoped, although I am […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
I am grateful to the more than 925 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity – learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with achieving […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
I am grateful to the more than 900 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity – learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with achieving […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
I am grateful to the more than 860 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity – learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with achieving […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
I am grateful to the more than 820 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your continuing support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity––learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with achieving what is important […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
It Must Be That Time Actually, this issue of Integral Leadership Review is long overdue. It doesn’t contain what I had wanted to include in the restart– an interview– but I don’t want to wait any longer. It has been a good year since the last issue. I hope you are still out there and interested. And […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
In Memoriam: Robert Tannenbaum Robert Tannenbaum died this month in Carmel, California. In addition to being a pioneer in organization and leadership development, he was a leader in recognizing the importance of the development of the consultant, as well. I believe it was at the 1984 Organization Development Network Conference that he spoke to almost […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
In Memoriam: Robert Tannenbaum Robert Tannenbaum died this month in Carmel, California. In addition to being a pioneer in organization and leadership development, he was a leader in recognizing the importance of the development of the consultant, as well. I believe it was at the 1984 Organization Development Network Conference that he spoke to almost […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful to the more than 560 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity – learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Look for the February Issue of Integral Leadership Review that includes an excerpt from an interview with Susann Cook-Greuter, author, educator and developer of the Leadership Development Profile. Note: Due to a very busy month and the illness of my transcriber, there is no December 2002 issue. Mission I am grateful to the more than 520 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful to the more than 500 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity – learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful to the more than 480 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity – learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful to the more than 450 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity–learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with achieving what […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful to the more than 450 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity–learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with achieving […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful to the more than 440 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity–learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with achieving what […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful to the more than 400 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity…learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with achieving what is […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful to the more than 400 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity–learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with achieving […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful to the more than 400 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity–learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with achieving […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful to the almost 400 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity – learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with achieving […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful to the subscribers of Integral Leadership Review. Your support has meant that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrative, generative and supportive of our evolving integrity–learning to align our theory and our action, our values and assumptions with achieving what is important […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful for the three hundred and forty-five subscribers (as of this writing) to Leadership Opportunity. Your support means that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrating, generative and supports our evolving integrity–learning to align our theory and our action. Also, I wish to […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful for the three hundred and twenty five subscribers (as of this writing) to Leadership Opportunity. Your support means that we can move together closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrating, generative and supports our evolving integrity – learning to align our theory and our action. […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful for the more than three hundred subscribers to Leadership Opportunity Your support means that we can move together closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrating, generative and supports our evolving integrity. Also, I wish to express my gratitude to the many kindnesses, suggestions and offers of […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission Leadership Opportunity now has 280 subscribers. I am deeply grateful and would like to make sure we are in the same field as you read this e-journal. The mission of this e-journal is to be a practical guide to the application of an integral perspective to the challenges of leadership in business and life.   […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission Due to the rapid increase in subscriptions to Leadership Opportunity I would like to make sure we are in the same field as you read this e-journal. First, I wish to express my gratitude to the many kindnesses, suggestions and offers of support LeadershipOpportunity has received. The mission of this e-journal is to be a practical […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission Due to the rapid increase in subscriptions to Leadership Opportunity I would like to make sure we are in the same field as you read this e-journal. First, I wish to express my gratitude to the many kindnesses, suggestions and offers of support LeadershipOpportunity has received. The mission of this e-journal is to be a practical […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
An Invitation The subject of leadership fascinates me. That is leadership in any aspect of business and life. In recent years, my focus has been on executive leadership in business. Do you want to understand more about the relationship between the needs of executives and how coaching can support those needs. So do I. Warren […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Summary Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton. The Knowing-Doing Gap. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Business School Press, 2000. Pfeffer and Sutton studied what it is about businesses that make it so difficult for them to implement what they know. The gap is the product of a number of factors. For example, people act on the basis […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Introduction Welcome to Leadership Opportunity, a monthly e-journal about leadership in business and life. This e-journal is about leadership. It is about leadership in business and life. In both cases, leadership is both an individual and collective act. It is written for those who want to strengthen the quality of leadership for their businesses, organizations, clients […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Summary Each issue includes a summary of a publication related to leadership. Bronwyn Fryer, “Leading Through Rough Times: An Interview with Novell’s Eric Schmidt,” Harvard Business Review, May 2001. Novell is like many other high tech companies who have been experiencing the roller coaster ride of business in this new millennium. In this interview Eric […]
Leading Comments
Russ Volckmann
Mission I am grateful to the subscribers to Leadership Opportunity. Your support has meant that we can move closer to a way of viewing and being in the world that is integrating, generative and supports our evolving integrity–learning to align our theory and our action. Also, I am grateful for the many kindnesses, suggestions and offers […]
Leadership Quote
8/31 – Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
“A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (1994)
4/22 – Consider again that dot.
Carl Sagan
Sagan, C. (1994) Pale blue dot : a vision of the human future in space. New York: Random House. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our […]
11/30 – Why We Can’t Wait: Quotes by Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can’t Wait, 1963 “A social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution.” “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” “Unity has […]
8/31 – Anderson and Adams on Mastering Leadership and the Integral Self
“The Integral Self is both fierce and compassionate. Fierce compassion heals. David Whyte says: ‘The blade is so sharp it cuts things together, not apart’ (Whyte, 1997). The inner work of the Integral transformation is shadow work – work that integrates shadow elements into a larger, more inclusion construction of the self. This ‘cutting things […]
4/28 – Kegan and Lahey on developing an Everyone Culture
“Imagine so valuing the importance of developing people’s capabilities that you design a culture that itself immersively sweeps every member of the organization into an ongoing developmental journey in the course of working every day. Imagine making the organization itself – and not separate, extra benefits – the incubator of capability. Imagine hardwiring development into […]
3/7 – Leadership Quotes from Alexander Chizhevsky and Alexander Malakhov
We are accustomed to holding a gross and narrow anti-philosophical view on life as a result of random play of only Earth-bound forces. This is, most certainly, wrong. Life as we see now is, to a far greater extent, a cosmic phenomenon, rather than only Earth-based. It was created by the influence of creative dynamics […]
1/18 – Leadership Quotes including Lev Gordon, Vasily Nalimov, Vladimir Solovyov, Ken Wilber and Allan Combs
Lev Gordon “Giving words to one’s own stance, explicitly outlining and defining one’s position always, by default principles of our human universe, brings forth antagonistic counterreaction. Hidden, implicitly performed action, even if it is large-scale, attracts less attention: It softly enters the world and perpetuates itself as water soaking into fields, while ice stays on […]
11/30 – Parker Palmer
“Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life. Knowing this gives me hope that human wholeness – mine, yours, ours – need not be a utopian dream, if we can use devastation as a seedbed for new life.” from: Palmer, Parker J. A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward […]
10/9 – Sheryl Sandberg
“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
8/19 – Petrm Salovaara, Arja Ropo et al
Leadership is a “socially constructed… common process in which the organizational members find themselves and through which they negotiate the becoming of commonly shared phenomena.” – Petrm Salovaara, From Leader-Centricity Toward Leadership – A Hermeneutic Narrative Study, Helskinki,Finalnd: University of Tampere, 2011   “… leadership is an aesthetic, embodied phenomenon, a subjective ‘felt experience’, rather […]
4/7 – Stewart D. Friedman
Stakeholder dialogues will propel you to the next step, designing experiments that will benefit not just you but all the important people in your life. This is, after all, the leadership challenge: to choose a meaningful direction, based on knowing yourself and your people, and then to gain commitment to its vigorous pursuit. Stewart D. […]
2/15 – Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada (1999-2005)
This ability to understand that society is not just a multiplication of you but includes many who are not like you is vital to a healthy society. This is what we are given a chance to do in Canada, because we see so many people who are not like ourselves, who do not come from […]
1/15 – Marshall McLuhan
Canada has no goals or direction, yet shares so much of the American character and experience that the role of dialogue and liaison has become entirely natural to Canadians wherever they are …. In the age of the electronic information environment the big nations of the First World are losing both their identities and goals […]
8/15 — James MacGregor Burns
For students of leadership and even more urgent question arises. Supposing we could find species wide commonalities among hierarchies of wants and needs, could we also find common stages and levels of moral development and reasoning emerging out of those wants and needs? If so, we could assume, and foundations for leadership. If we define […]
8/15 — Warren G. Bennis
An unconscious conspiracy in contemporary society prevents leaders — no matter what their original vision — from taking charge within any organization, an entrenched bureaucracy with a commitment to the status quo undermines the unwary leader. To make matters worse, certain social forces — increasing tension between individual rights and the common good, for example — discourage […]
4/1 Leadership Quote – Warren Buffett
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett
1/20 – Nelson Mandela
“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” – Nelson Mandela
11/27 – Charles Duhigg
Movements don’t emerge because everyone suddenly decides to face the same direction at once. They rely on social patterns that begin as the habits of friendship, grow through the habits of communities (power of weak ties) and are sustained by new habits that change participants’ sense of self. – Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit
08/15 – G.K. Chesterton
“If a rhinoceros were to enter this restaurant now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I should be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever.” — G.K. Chesterton to Alexander Woollcott
Your Life is Your Message
Your life is your message. Leadership by example is not only the most pervasive but also the most enduring form of leadership. And because the world is becoming more interconnected, standards of leadership have an impact that extend around the globe. Now, as never before, a higher standard of leadership will serve us all. ~ […]
Leadership Quote: Richard Strozzi-Heckler
Editor
“Presence – or its lack – has enormous consequences for leaders. Presence grants genuine leadership authority by building trust and inspiring others. This is quite a bit different from the leadership that is conferred by position, title, or status” Richard Strozzi-Heckler President,Strozi Institute Author, The Leadership Dojo
Leadership Quote: Peter Drucker
Russ Volckmann
“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.”  ~Peter Drucker
Leadership Quote: Mary Parker Follett
Russ Volckmann
“Leadership is not defined by the exercise of power but by the capacity to increase the sense of power among those led. The most essential work of the leader is to create more leaders.”  ~Mary Parker Follett, The Creative Experience, 1924
Leadership Quote: Joseph Byaruhanga & Sidney Hook
Russ Volckmann
Leadership is like a panicle of rice because at the height of the season, at the height of its power, it is beautiful, it is green, it nourishes the world, it reaches for the heavens; but right before the harvest it bends over with great gratitude and humility to touch the earth from where it […]
Leadership Quote: Pulin K. Garg
Russ Volckmann
“The nature of system is certainty; the nature of structure is security; the nature of beauty is order. These define the ‘oughts’ of a good society. When the ‘oughts’ become ‘musts’, they become tools of oppression and unleash great sorrow. When that sad day arrives, the way to regenerate the society is not to defy or […]
Leadership Quote
Russ Volckmann
“The message of heroic leadership is about the sterling character of the leader, not the substance of the issues that the public is called to decide. And the temptation of heroic leadership is the extension of power and the escaping of public accountability. Heroic leaders are one of democracy’s leviathans, and the large shadows they […]
Leadership Quote
Russ Volckmann
“There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.” ~ William Frederick Halsey, Jr.
Leadership Quote
Russ Volckmann
“The problem with even the best-intentioned recommendations for leadership competence in intercultural contexts is that they still have a cultural bias. In other words, the very concept of leadership is culturally bound. Leadership is not what you think of as leadership everywhere else on this planet.” ~ E.S. Wibbeke
Leadership Quote: Mary Parker Follett
Russ Volckmann
The skillful leader…does not rely on personal force; he controls his group not by dominating but by expressing it. He stimulates what is best inus; he univies and concentrates what we feel only gropingly and scatteringly, but he never gets away from the current of which we and he are both an integral part. He […]
Leadership Quote: Charles M. Johnston
Charles M. Johnston
Leading from a more integral place is not something one can just choose to do. One can grow more sensitive to what is involved, but ultimately it is predicted on finding a newly integral relationship to authority in oneself. This is not easy business. It asks a major kind of growing up. ~Charles M. Johnston, Necessary […]
Leadership Quote: Gina Hernez-Broome and Richard L. Hughes
Gina Hernez-Broome and Richard L. Hughes
“…leadership will be understood as the collective capacity of all members of an organization to accomplish such critical tasks as setting direction, creating alignment, and gaining commitment. Leadership development based on this paradigm is more difficult to design and implement than those that have been popular for the last several decades in which the focus […]
Leadership Quote
Editor
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 […]
Leadership Quote: Peter Rennie
Editor
“The CEO and his executives often have difficulty in letting go of tendencies towards heroic leadership that are inherent in our society. Heroic leaders, who are usually male, often resort to underhand means in order to win and look good. These behaviours support the development of FIBS* cultures. The heroic leader is often driven by […]
Leadership Quote: Dee Hock
Editor
Here is the very heart and soul of the matter of leadership: If you seek to lead, invest 50% of your time (attention) leading yourself-your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over youand 15% leading your peers – Use the remainder to induce those you “work for” […]
Leadership Quote
Editor
[E]nvironmental leadership and leaders…are critical to the future of human well-being world-wide. Therefore, there is no more urgent task than to encourage and nurture the next generation of environmental leaders. The most important message we have to offer is that environmental leadership consists largely of learned skills and styles and that learning needs to begin […]
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Leadership in complex systems “takes place during interactions among agents when those interactions lead to changes in the way agents expect to relate to one another in the future.” Source: Hazy, J. K., Goldstein, J. & Lichtenstein, B. B. (2007). Complex systems leadership theory: An introduction. In J. K. Hazy, J.Goldstein, & B. B. Lichtenstein […]
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“Leadership, simply put, raises our consciousness, because we cannot solve the problems and challenges we face with the same thinking that caused them. Leadership isn’t the propagation of our own ideas, constructs and theories, however complex they might be. It is the raising of consciousness—in body, mind and spirit—in self, culture and society. “Leadership involves […]
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“De ontwikkelingsruimte van een organisatie/land wordt bepaald door het bewustzijnsveld van haar leiders, de groeisnelheid door de toewijding van haar medewerkers.” “The growth potential (in terms of quality rather than quantity) of a country or organization is determined by the level of consciousness of its leaders and the growth rate by the dedication of its […]
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“The old leadership model was control—the from the top of the pyramid down concept. The new model is a participatory model, which is funneling over to teams and the spirit of synergetic thinking. The leaders of today are living in a time of constant change and they cannot effectively lead companies or countries through these […]
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“If we place a value on the development of consciousness, we automatically create a hierarchy: those with a more evolved and inclusive perspective have a greater responsibility to work for the development of the whole. That means that we privileged postmoderns have to take the responsibility of being the elite to push the leading edge […]
Leadership Quote: Discovering Leadership In Groups
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“Greatness in leadership, that is, human authenticity, is not only a matter for individuals. Quite to the contrary, it is best accomplished in groups and leads therefore to in-depth group growth and to team development. Group and individual growth are systemically interrelated. “People must share with each other their experiences of authentic behavior, their inner […]
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“Leadership” is a concept we often resist. It seems immodest, even self-aggrandizing, to think of ourselves as leaders. But if it is true that we are made for community, then leadership is everyone’s vocation, and it can be an evasion to insist that it is not. When we live in the close-knit ecosystem called community, […]
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“In the past, leaders were those who knew the right answers. Today, leaders are those who know the right questions.” ~Mark Sanborn
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At one time I got interested in trying to understand how great leaders created enormous social change – take Christ, take Muhammad, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Joan of Arc, Martin Luther King, Jr. When you look back at their history, almost without exception they were nobodies. Nobody! Gandhi was just a mediocre attorney who got thrown […]
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“The interaction between leaders and followers does not take place in a vacuum. It is embedded in a historical or cultural context. It has an institutional setting. And these surrounding circumstances substantially affect not only the nature of the interaction but also the leadership attributes that are effective.” ~James W. Gardner (1990). On Leadership. New York: […]
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Leadership in a postmodern world can come from outside one’s immediate group, bottom-up or outside the organization altogether. There are no enduring authorities; hence anyone with a better idea and the courage to promote it can show leadership. Such leadership is an occasional act, not a role to be monopolized. It is also more democratic […]
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“Whenever we think in terms of ‘leadership,’ we create a dichotomy: (1) leaders, a select and privileged few, and (2) followers, the vast majority. There follows the implicit judgment that leaders are some how superior to followers. So you get secrecy, distrust, overindulgence, and the inevitable sacrifice of those below for the benefit of those […]
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“It is not leadership from any one person that is required, it is an aspect of leadership each of us summons from within. In this respect, the same qualities we have sought in one person can be found distributed among many people who learn, in community, to exercise their “leadership” at appropriate moments. This occurs […]
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“Leadership is a practice not a position. It is a practice of building influence relationships to create a movement for transforming change. My issue with most of the leadership stuff is that the followers—more appropriate in the idea economy or society to say collaborators or partners—are not considered in the leadership dynamic. This is counter-intuitive […]
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“CEOs need to focus first on changing themselves before they try to change the rest of the company. The process resembles an archaeological dig, or at least it did for me. As I uncovered and solved one problem, I almost invariably exposed another, deeper problem. As I gained one insight and mastered one situation, another […]
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“It is an assumption that leadership starts with a capital ‘L’ and that when you’re on top you’re automatically a leader. It’s part of a larger hero myth that inhibits us from seizing the initiative. ‘It’s not my job,’ we say, and we wait for someone to ride in and save us.” ~Kouzes and Posner, […]
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“There is a tendency to be dependent on individual leaders. To me, it is important to develop collective leadership. I don’t like to get credit for all that we achieved. Millions of people contributed to the results that we achieved…I like more egalitarian relationships. I especially like to orient people to learn.” ~Anatakas Mockus, Mayor […]
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“…Last winter BusinessWeek ran a cover story, ‘Waking Up from the American Dream,’ that detailed how most Americans have a small and diminishing chance of moving up in socioeconomic class. “Evidently, Americans accept this arrangement – at any rate they keep returning to office the politicians whose policies reinforce the divisions between the haves and have-nots. But […]
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Effective executives as emergent property Earl Mardle nails it. But so long as there is demand from insecure executives for rules they’re supposed to follow, there will be gurus to provide them with exactly that. ~Sébastien Paquet “My kvetch about management gurus is that they observe patterns of behaviour in successful people,enterprises, etc. and then convert […]
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Five simultaneous conversations are essential to the art and discipline of leadership… The first courageous conversation is the conversation with the unknown future – what lies over the horizon…” The second conversation is the courageous conversation you’re not having with a present customer, a patient, a vendor, who all represent the future as it’s lapping […]
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Leaders are not born ~ they are self-created. Leadership is not a heavy, difficult and isolating experience ~ it is rich with the joy of collaborating with others to create the newest new. Leadership does not mean you’ll be the first to be judged and persecuted when the results come in ~ it means you lead the wave […]
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“.seeking for personal salvation is anyway the wrong road to personal salvation. The only real path.was the path set forth in the Japanese movie ‘Ikiru,’ i.e., salvation via hard work and total commitment to doing well the job that fate or personal destiny calls you to do, or any important job that ‘calls for’ doing.” ~Abraham H. […]
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“Executive team members fail to devote enough attention to developing team cohesion….Often, issues pile up which are never dealt with, thus damaging the fabric of the team. Top teams need regular health checks but there’s a special skill in being able to see clearly what is going on in a team. The CEO has to […]
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“‘Chaos’ is a frightening word, but you will have to get used to it if you desire or hold leadership positions in today’s organizations. Snuggle deeper into the lexicographical security blanket. If you prefer ‘turbulence’ or ‘unrest,’ ‘conflict’ or ‘confusion’ – fine. Whatever term you’ve chosen, my point is that stability is no longer the […]
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“Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can expect is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war – neither in Russia, nor England, nor for […]
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“The reason leaders must mediate values is that corporations have reached such levels of complexity that ‘giving orders’ rarely works anymore. What increasingly happens is that leaders’manage culture’ by fine-tuning values and dilemmas, and then that culture runs the organization. The leader defines excellence and develops an appropriate culture, and then the culture does the […]
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“Leaders and followers are both following the invisible leader – the common purpose. While leadership depends on depth of conviction and the power coming therefrom, there must also be the ability to share that conviction with others, the ability to make purpose articulate. And then that common purpose becomes the leader. And I believe that […]
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“What is Integral Leadership?” “Integral Leadership comprises: “A way of being and leading oneself and others which significantly enhances the capacity to create meaningful and desirable futures by transcending, including and aligning multiple, often conflicting perspectives and value systems. “Through the application of this approach, integral leaders are better able to: Align complex sets of […]
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“What is Integral Leadership?” “Integral Leadership comprises: “A way of being and leading oneself and others which significantly enhances the capacity to create meaningful and desirable futures by transcending, including and aligning multiple, often conflicting perspectives and value systems. “Through the application of this approach, integral leaders are better able to: Align complex sets of […]
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“At the moment people are saying, as if they’re bewildered, ‘Why haven’t we got any great leaders? Why haven’t we got another Churchill? Why haven’t we got another Roosevelt or somebody to show us the way?’ Well, it’s simply because nature is telling us it’s projection. The age of leaders has come and gone. Every […]
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“The notion of the CEO as heroic leader is one that you’ve heard so often that you’ve probably come to believe it: The CEO is the company, a heroic leader who single-handedly steers the business to success.The problem with the notion of heroic leadership, of course, is not just that it’s preposterous on the face […]
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“…in the twenty-first century, a company of leaders is a competitive advantage. Indeed, in the business world of the twenty-first century, a company of leaders is arguably a necessity.” ~Gretchen M. Spreitzer and Robert E. Quinn, A Company of Leaders, 2001
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“Mustering the courage to interrogate reality is a central function of a leader. And that requires the courage to face three realities at once. First, what values do we stand for–and are there gaps between those values and how we actually behave? Second, what are the skills and talents of our company–and are there gaps […]
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“There are many leaders, not just one. Leadership is distributed. It resides not solely in the individual at the top, but in every person at every level who, in one way or another, acts as a leader to a group of followers – wherever in the organization that person is, whether shop steward, team head, […]
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“In British Coal, there was no leadership. Managers simply followed the dictate of the government.But when I joined the union in the 1960’s, miners were the thought leaders at the vanguard of improvements for working people and society. Mining destroys your lungs, crushes your body. “Working underground makes you crave improvement. A century before, it […]
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“Unless we respect the reality of the inner world, commensurate in importance with that of the external world, we are not equipped to understand the full meaning of leadership nor are we able to improve it dramatically, radically. Seeing only half of reality makes us only half a leader. Acknowledging only fifty percent of what […]
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“The whole concept of the all-knowing, omnipotent leader is over. Employees know this isn’t reality–and value a more candid dialogue.” ~Kate Lye, Smythe Dorward Lambert, MIT Sloan Management Review, Fall 2001”
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“…[John] Sunderland [CEO of Cadbury Schweppes], [Brian] Pitman [CEO of Lloyds TSB] and Mike Parker, president and CEO of Dow Chemical, are all leaders who have had the confidence to go against the grain of conventional business wisdom or best practice. To begin with, their scorecards are decidedly unbalanced…Second, all three executives have devoted an […]
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“Our message to young leaders is not that the personality-driven model of leadership is headed for extinction, nor do we believe that it should be. Clearly it will continue in small and start-up companies, and in places where appeals to the human heart must be made in order to bring about drastic change that requires […]
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“There is a certain mythology right now in the world that thinks the CEO is a kind of superman.But in fact, this business is so darn complicated, and the decisions are so important, there is no one person alone who is going to be maximally effective in making those decisions. I want my executive committee-the […]
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“We live in a society where nobody is completely in charge of anything. Leaders are managers of complexity, but in a high-tech age, if all information comes from the top, it’s probably ineffective and too late. No grandpa at the helm possesses enough knowledge to make the organization run efficiently. Increased complexity requires that people […]
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“It’s not a question of management style. Every leader will have and exercise his own management style, but every leader must believe that everyone working with him is part of his success, not just him. The moment a leader starts thinking that he succeeded and not everyone in his organization, then he stops being a […]
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“…Focus your resources…Assess the strengths of your organization and your people …then focus everything on the greatest opportunities. …Demand results…A leader should make it crystal clear, every day, that results are the single most important factor in judging an individual’s contribution. …Listen to your heart. Don’t be blinded by big dollar signs. Pay attention to […]
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“There are lots of things in life that are worth the pain,” he says. “Being a leader is one of them.” ~Ronald Heifetz, Fast Company
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“… Focus your resources… Assess the strengths of your organization and your people … then focus everything on the greatest opportunities. …Demand results…A leader should make it crystal clear, every day, that results are the single most important factor in judging an individual’s contribution. …Listen to your heart. Don’t be blinded by big dollar signs. […]
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“I often say that leadership is deeply personal and inherently collective. That’s a paradox that effective leaders have to embrace.” ~Peter Senge, Shambhala Sun, January 2001
Leadership Coaching Tips
4/22 – Don’t make vertical growth your biggest completion project
Rob McNamara and Lauren Tenney
Rob McNamara & Lauren Tenney Adulthood is often marked by the drive toward “completion projects”—those big endeavors that compel us, often in unseen ways, and define the horizon of who we understand ourselves to be. It might be completing a new professional program, getting a degree, landing a new job, or being chosen for a key […]
8/31 – Teal – Do you see and work on the whole picture?
Heidi Hornlein
Heidi Hornlein On the IEC 2016 the word TEAL was everywhere – and always in connection with organisations, so mainly with the lower quadrants, especially the lower right. I think, it is very important to discuss these aspects and work on them, but more often than not I have the impression that the upper quadrants, […]
4/28 – Letting Our Differences Have Their Way With Us
Gabriel Wilson
Gabriel Wilson In my experience, any time we engage in a conversation about our differences with an intention to prove the other side wrong, we’re heading for a dead end. When we take a right-wrong stance to any conversation about difference — whether it’s about race or gender, politics or religion — it reveals that […]
1/18 – A Few Tips for Changing the World (Connect to a Greater Purpose, Facilitate Breakthroughs, Inspire Others to Think Big)
Lev Gordon
Lev Gordon I will say nothing new here, yet it is useful to sometimes repeat something that works, is it not? On occasions in business or non-for-profit activities we aim to achieve goals that are new and beyond ordinary. If you grow and evolve, you innovate, right? And if you innovate, you always look for new […]
11/30 – Stop being authentic. Get awkward. Be creative.
Rob McNamara
Rob McNamara Authenticity is often highly valued by our clients and ourselves as coaches. We like feeling authentic. We enjoy discovering our own integrity. And we soak up the power we get when we are being “true to ourselves.” Authenticity is an intoxicating idea. It’s an even more intoxicating experience. For a self, there’s nothing […]
10/9 – Trust the Process
Winsor Jenkins
Winsor Jenkins In the process of coaching a client, you are not expected to go into the process with answers for the client.  As coach, this means you are not there to perform.  Stay open to learning about your client’s needs and trust the process. When I went through my coaching training at the Hudson […]
8/19 – Trans-generational Leadership and the Creation of True Eldership
Michael Brabant
Michael Brabant Adults are not born, they are not products of 18+ years of living in a human body, they are made. The prerequisite for this creation into adulthood? The death of their identity and habits as a child. I’m not referring to the inner magical child, the enlightened innocence, the sense of wonderment that […]
6/16 – Flow-Based Leadership
Judith L. Glick-Smith
Judith L. Glick-Smith, Ph.D. Have you ever worked in an environment where everyone is happy and productive, where everyone is actually having fun doing what they do. No one complains about [the boss / a co-worker / the project / upper management / etc.]. The organization is innovative, creative, and profitable. The workplace fosters a […]
4/7 – Leading the life you want: Bridging work, family, community, and self!
Natasha Mantler
Natasha Mantler Work/life balance has run its course… Over the past two decades, there have been a plethora of work/life policies and programs designed to ensure men and women lead more productive lives (Greenhaus, 2000). The result? People are feeling even more stressed about not achieving, never mind maintaining, balance in their lives. When the […]
2/15 – It’s not just what you do, but also how you think!
Natasha Mantler
Natasha Mantler “Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.” Leonard Cohen This beautiful quote, from the infamous Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist, reminds us of the simpler nature of change. And yet, as leadership coaches and human beings, we have also experienced, known, and […]
1/15 – Leading Generative Change
Tam Lundy
Tam Lundy “Our best hope for the future is to develop a new paradigm of human capacity to meet a new era of human existence”. Sir Ken Robinson Generative change: An introduction These days there’s lots of talk about adaptive change and adaptive leadership. Framing adaptive leadership as a more adequate response to complex challenges, […]
8/15 — Are You Scared Speechless? Learn the Awareness and Control Method
Bonnie Ellis
Bonnie Ellis More than 2000 years ago, Plutarch records that when Demosthenes, the most famous orator of ancient Greece, first addressed the people that he was afflicted by “weakness in his voice, a perplexed and indistinct utterance and a shortness of breath . . .so that in the end, being quite disheartened, he forsook the […]
4/1 – Leaders Who Can Be Led, Truly Lead
Rajkumari Neogy
Rajkumari Neogy For me, change is always about unwrapping your inner package. When you know what’s inside and can read the owner’s manual, you’re better equipped to navigate your control panel. Events, also known as experiences, are catalysts to change. If you choose to view life through that lens, your experiences can become your own […]
1/20 – Ambition and Leading
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Assessments are used in many ways in individual development, whether through direct feedback from others, questionnaires, etc. Each individual, each assessment, is based on a set of values that shape criteria. When someone identifies a set of criteria or offers learning from experience, these can be a good place to start in gaining […]
11/27 – Finding Common Ground between Business Goals and Human Potential
Kirstin McGuire
Kirstin McGuire Steve’s Story of Disengagement “You there?” This is the message that awaits my friend Steve via instant messaging every single morning at exactly 8:00am at the office. It’s from his manager, Olivia, who also happens to be the owner of the company where Steve works as a salesperson. Without fail for eight months […]
08/15 – The Four Rs of Alethic Coaching- The Heart of Alethic Coaching
Gary Hawke
Gary Hawke Critical Realism is a project of emancipation, as Bhaskar has stated, “a total project to demolish the ideologies standing in the way of human freedom”. If this is the project of Critical Realism, then it is also a search for truth or a search for the Alethic truth, again Bhasker, “This is the […]
The Power of Disbelief
Darius Srebalius
Darius Srebalius There has been an overwhelming amount of books and articles dedicated to the power of belief.  Indeed, belief has a crucial power on personal and organizational development. But what about disbelief? There is a tendency to admit that disbelief is void, which is actually not, as it is of a negative form. “I […]
Improving Meeting Effectiveness with Exercises to Engage Presence and Creativity
Kirstin McGuire
Kirstin McGuire Meeting. Say the word and you are likely to see a lot of eyes rolling and faces cringing. People think, “Ugh! Another unproductive hour of my life that I can never get back.” Like them or not, meetings are a necessity for getting business done, but sadly, the vast majority are a complete […]
I Wish Someone Would Listen to Me!
Di Rosalia Grande
Di Rosalia Grande “I wish someone would listen to me!” From this statement begins the search by those who wish to undertake a coaching process. In Italy and in the world there are many styles, approaches and structuring, the reason being that there are a wide range of approaches to offering of this “service”, Coaching […]
How to Idiot-Proof Excellence
Amiel Handelsman
Amiel Handelsman It’s now been thirty years since Peters and Waterman published In Search of Excellence. According to Art Kleiner, Editor of strategy + business, this book brought into the mainstream the notion that building a successful company requires more than simply managing the numbers. Or, as an integral practitioner might say, it elevated the […]
Getting to the Next Level of Greatness…
Judith E. Glaser
Judith E. Glaser My clients are all leaders in corporations ranging in size from $150 million to $50 billion. I share this because I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how small or large the company is, leaders have the same shared-challenge. How to get to their next level of greatness… When I start a coaching […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Sticking with it through a “Gumption Trap”
Andy Atwood
Andy Atwood Here is a real life tale about being an entrepreneur, a business partner, a naïve person, and the victim of embezzlement. It’s the tale of how a couple of old friends have been moving through one “Gumption Trap” after another. In 2008, my basketball shooting buddy, Al Heystek, told me that he had […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Eric Reynolds
Be Open to Outcomes Eric Reynolds Most of my clients are individuals and small organizations that come to me because they are at a major transition in their lives. They come to me with life goals they want to reach, a professional change they are trying to make, or because they are at a major […]
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Renee Snow
Eco Leadership: The Practice of Deep Understanding in Action Renee Snow For those of you unfamiliar with the term, Eco Leadership, refers to the marriage of ecology and economy within leadership science. As it is applied here, ecology means the interrelationship among beings in a community and economy is the management of resources within a […]
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Graham Ward
The Power of Group Coaching in Developing the Self-Authoring Leader Graham Ward According to one theory of screenwriting, there are seven basic plots. Any book you read, play you attend or film you watch, will likely fall into one of these archetypal narratives. So what are these plots that so easily define our human condition? […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Lenses and Questions
Erik Mazziotta
  Erik Mazziotta As Integral coaches we have the tool of the AQAL model to support our clients in addressing the issues they present and help them expand their awareness. Inviting our clients to consciously look at their concerns and aspirations through the different lenses of the model provides them with leverage to distill what […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: A Process for Change
Barbara Alexander
A Process for Change Barbara Alexander It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. —W. Edwards Deming Many of us agree with the spirit of Deming’s quote… in order to survive we need to change. It has always been thus. Change is the only constant is a familiar phrase that finds its origins […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Managing and Leading
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann If you are interested in developing your capabilities to step into a leader role or you are a consultant/coach who is working with clients to support such development, then here are a couple of tips that may be useful to you. The first has to do with the distinction between manager and leader. […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Leadership Coaching From an SDi Perspective
Rachel Castagne
Leadership Coaching From an SDi Perspective Rachel Castagne Leader: A person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country. ‘To lead’: To cause a person or animal to go with one, especially by drawing them along or by preceding them to a destination.   Clare Graves’ research and theory on levels of existence, or […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Manager, Hero and Leader
Raghu Ananthanarayanan
Manager, Hero and Leader Raghu Ananthanarayanan India is going through a remarkable transformation. It is racing towards becoming a leader on the world stage. In doing that it is leapfrogging over many stages of growth that the west has been through. The IT and Telecom Industries vie with the best in the world, its infrastructure […]
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Zoë Routh
The Magnetic Leader as Crucible – How to Create a Transformative Space without Scorching People by Zoë Routh Change and learning can be difficult and painful–hence the notion of “crucible” experiences: an event that was challenging or even harrowing acts as a transformational experience, much like a crucible provides a container for huge temperatures that initiate […]
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Lain Kahlstrom
“Mindful Recycling” by Lain Kahlstrom Have you ever noticed yourself becoming fond of a particular idea or practice or methodology, and applying it to virtually all of your clients? I have. I’ve gone on these little ‘jags’ where, miraculously, all of my clients needed to receive the same magic elixir from me. I poured it […]
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Allan Gatenby & Meny Lees
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 […]
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Judith B. Kaplan, Ruby A. Rouse and Richard S. Schuttler
Gut-wrenching Decisions: How Ethically Do You Behave in a Crisis? Judith B. Kaplan, Ruby A. Rouse and Richard S. Schuttler   Being in charge is often uncomfortable and thankless. Nevertheless, customers and employees expect leaders to make the ‘right’ decision – even when times are tough.  A national study of leadership, funded by the University […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Responsibility, Accountability and Leadership
Russ Volckmann
Two concepts that have been central to the conversation about management, at least since the work of Chester Barnard, are Responsibility and Accountability. But let’s consider these terms, particularly in the context of leadership coaching. Here is one account of Peter Drucker’s treatment of these concepts: On our return to the classroom Peter began to […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: You Are Your Most Important Tool
Kristoffer Nelson
As leaders, coaches, and change agents each of us have so much to give and offer. It seems from the desire to give, the fear of not knowing, and the push for a result we can so easily loose ourselves in the process. I’ve certainly found myself so lost in trying to solve someone’s problem […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Preparing for a Difficult Conversation
Volker Frank
All leaders find themselves in situations where they need to sit down with somebody for a difficult conversation to resolve a conflict, present a challenging position or negotiate an agreement. Often we have conversations in our head, preparing a speech or an opening statement and then responding to uneasy feelings and a vague sense of […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: The Issue Buster
Steven Saunders
THE 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 […]
Leadership Coaching: Tip Coaching and Mentoring: It is in the Questions
Russ Volckmann
One of the areas frequently cited as indicative of effective leaders is developing others. This is the idea of and individual in a leader role as coach. And it underscores the importance of individuals who are leading to learn about effective coaching. Fundamental principles and skills are not all that difficult to learn. Integrating them […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Brutal Facts Plus Positive Emotion
Amiel Handelsman
Lately, I’ve been wondering what kind of leadership this moment in history is calling for. The short answer is second-tier leadership, defined as that which promotes the health of the entire spiral. I am impressed by the work of Don Beck and others in describing the dimensions of this, like searching for the underlying cultural […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: The Availability of a Leader
Aboodi Shabi
The Drucker Foundation has this to say about leadership – “The only definition of leader is someone who has followers”. In other words, as a leader, it is your capacity to engage with others in such a way that they are willing to follow you that marks you as a leader. For all of us […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Leadership Practices: Strengthening the Core
Lee Ann Mallory
The potential for positive impact that leaders have on our world is almost limitless. Building leaders that can take effective and grounded action in the service of a better world is a worthy cause in my reckoning. Practice is essential for any endeavor in which we wish to succeed. I have found the following practices […]
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Want to Lead More Successfully? Five Strategies for Upgrading to Centauric Leadership Timothy H. Warneka “Whatever happens to the body also happens to the mind. The sanity of the body is the sanity of the mind; the violation of the body is the violation of the mind.” —Thich Nhat Hanh Lead Your Organization Out of […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Getting to the Heart of Communication: Being with Perception
Sabijn Dullaart
You are a business leader. You want to change the culture of your company. Engaging and motivating your people is a key factor. Where do you start? What do you need? Where to go first? The answer is, start with communication. What do you need to get there? Ask your coach! First develop your own […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Organizational Challenges in Leadership –Defensive Routines
Micki McMillan
“When you stand up for what you believe is right, you must have the courage to acknowledge your actions and face the consequences.”~ Mahatma K. Gandhi As a 21st Century Leader, you encounter defensive routines in organizational settings every minute of every day. The trick is not to try to eliminate them, rather to discover […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Steve March We Are Hardwired to Take Our Eye Off the Ball
Steve March
In the Summer 2007 issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, the Dalai Lama, spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people, wrote about eight core concerns that we all have as human beings. The Eight Worldly Concerns Wanting to be praised …and not wanting to be criticized. Wanting happiness …and not wanting suffering. Wanting gain …and […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Boomer Leadership’s Tipping Point
Lloyd Raines
As Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964) transition from marketplace leadership roles, they clear the way for new mental models and cultural shifts borne of Gen Xers (born between 1965-1981) and Millennials (born between 1982 and 2000). While “fair process” and “challenging the institutional powers-that-be” were revolutionary breakthroughs in the Boomer heyday—they now drag on the […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: From an Adult-Developmental Perspective
Otto Laske
Interdevelopmental Institute (IDM), www.interdevelopmentals.org I understand “Coaching Tips” as highly generic suggestions thought to apply to all kinds of clients. From an adult-developmental perspective, such suggestions should be specific to different levels of social-emotional and cognitive maturity, measured by semi-structured interview (Laske, 2006). The notion is that generic coaching tips need to be customized to the […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Leadership and Organizational Culture
Russ Volckmann
Theorists from Ed Schein to Fred Kofman have been talking about the importance of organizational culture for organizational success. Culture has am important role to play for leadership. It shapes the meaning of the actions of leaders, as well as provides them with the context of their own meaning making. Much of integral theory, so […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
Purpose and Principle in Leadership Dee Hock said, “I believe that purpose and principle, clearly understood and articulated, and commonly shared, are the genetic code of any healthy organization.” Such purpose and principle as exists is initiated and sustained by players throughout an organization. Purpose and principle guide the actions of leaders, collaborators and followers. […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
Reflection I recently read somewhere (the source has momentarily escaped me – but the quote rangers are on the hunt already) that top executives make sure to include time for reflection in their daily activities. That reflection takes many forms: alone time to read, write, journal and the like; meditation; walking a golf course or […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
Watch out for SHAMs It has become pretty clear that self-help programs do not, in themselves, work. Evidence to the contrary is anecdotal, as far as I can discover. Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic, recently published a short article in Scientific American debunking self-help from fire walking to Tony Robbins. “Do these programs work? No one […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Leading and the Mental Model
Russ Volckmann
Your client has a mental model of leading. This includes the very concept of leadership that she holds. It involves what it is to be a leader, what leaders do, relationships with collaborators and followers, the relationship between leading and the strategic directions of the organization, the role of culture in determining leader effectiveness. It […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: How do you know what progress is made?
Russ Volckmann
Dumb question? We all know that if the client thinks there is progress, that’s good enough for us, right? Well, maybe! When working with a client who is looking for measurement of results it is important to start with an exploration of what is important to measure. Only then can you begin to explore approaches […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
If the executive you are working with has as a developmental objective to be able to recognize and engage effectively with others who may have different world views than her own, you can use a scenario approach. You can support them in recognizing other world views by learning about their own and then reframing perspective […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
When working developmentally with an executive and one goal is to develop capabilities for working with change, innovation, ambiguity and surprise, this will involve attention to leadership. Try scenarios. The executive can participate fully in designing the scenario. For example, scenario questions might be, how would s/he respond if a competitor became more aggressive, if […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
Clearly, our capacities for seeing and understanding different worldviewsand action logics, much less be able to strategize from those perspectives, is a function of our integral development. Cognitively, we can learn to recognize the signs and symbols (and symptoms?) of various levels of development along multiple streams. A challenge in coaching executives is to first, […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
The coaching conversations related to the use and design of scenarios can offer a useful way to open discussions of values, beliefs, assumptions, mental models, aspirations, etc., that the executive client holds, supports and defends. One of the most useful contributions the coaching process can make is testing and determining what is truly important to […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
When coaching executives, look for openings to explore the relationship between interior-individual lines of development (intellectual, emotional, etc.) and organizational systems (vision and strategy, communications, etc.) An example of such an exploration would follow from the question, “What’s the link between your energy (belief, focus, etc.) and current organizational strategy?” Another might be, “What organizational […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
In leadership development through coaching we use a “what if” type of question to help leaders to tease out the implications of alternatives. That is a double-loop learning strategy– and a useful one. We can deepen the learning by moving to triple loop explorations. The use of scenarios as’what if” explorations also holds the possibility […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
When working with an executive or other leader in generating alternatives and playing out outcomes from alternatives we are engaging in a scenario exploration process. As a coach it is important to be able to recognize elements of such an analysis that relates to different levels of development and to developmental dynamics. If you use […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Being in the Tsunami
Russ Volckmann
The sources of business tsunamis are manifold. Just in the last few days I have had executive clients bring their tsunami’s to our coaching conversations. One example is an individual who is purchasing an entertainment company that includes a radio station. The financing for this effort must be available within a two-business-day window following an […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
It is obvious that when coaching leaders from an integral perspective it is important to surface relevant work that is related to the cognitive, emotional, values, relationships, health, moral and spiritual aspects of the individual. Keep in mind, however, it is their perspective on all of this that is the starting point, not the coach’s.
Leadership Coaching Tip: Leverage for Learning
Russ Volckmann
When coaching leaders from an integral perspective our ability to discern where the client is at is critical. What we need to look for are beliefs, assumptions and mental models held by the leader. Second we need to look at the behaviors that are launched from this internal platform. Next we need to examine the […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
Many leaders have considerable skill in breaking things down. That is in the problem solving tradition they cut their leadership baby teeth on. Find the parts, test the parts, fix the ones that aren’t right and reassemble. Does reassemble offer us a clue as to what is required to achieve the kind of integrating skills […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
When coaching executives it is important at times to have them “see things” from different perspectives. Otherwise, they are trapped in their own experience and learned ways of engaging. One way to support this is to have them view the same phenomenon through the lenses of their various roles. What roles? Well they could be […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Engaging the Culture
Russ Volckmann
Important to the coaching process is supporting the leader and the collective of which s/he is a part to gain clarity about how they make meaning in the face of change and ambiguity. One approach is to explore meaning making in levels that parallel those of learning: performance enhancement, individual and system change, and transformation–a […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
Explore Meaning Making Important to the coaching process is supporting the leader and the collective of which s/he is a part to gain clarity about how they make meaning in the face of change and ambiguity. One approach is to explore meaning making in levels that parallel those of learning: performance enhancement, individual and system change, […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Developing For Whom
Russ Volckmann
When coaching leaders in business and organizations the question of agenda assumes some primacy. Sometimes executives are assigned coaches as a reward and sometimes as “punishment” for not performing. Occasionally, we find organizations offering coaching as an intentional developmental tool. In any case, the agenda is not pure. There are multiple agendas at work: those […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Developing For Whom
Russ Volckmann
When coaching leaders in business and organizations the question of agenda assumes some primacy. Sometimes executives are assigned coaches as a reward and sometimes as “punishment” for not performing. Occasionally, we find organizations offering coaching as an intentional developmental tool. In any case, the agenda is not pure. There are multiple agendas at work: those […]
Leadership Coaching Tip: Provoking Mental Models
Russ Volckmann
By considering assumptions underlying the beliefs and opinions of executive clients, mental models can be evoked. An example of this is the executive who continues to look outside him/herself for an explanation of events that are not satisfying or even frustrating, rather than examining their own beliefs and behaviors. There are several lines of inquiry […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
An implication of leadership system evolution being dependent on other sets of relationships is significant. When coaching executives who are struggling with leadership system change, direct their attention to the issues of self-management, attunement and engagement. These are where the leverage for changing the dynamics of leadership system evolution may be found. And it is […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
When coaching executives who are encountering frustration with other leaders and collective activities like meetings, recognize that there are several levels related to those experiences. At the base is the way commitment engages with purpose through group membership, competence engages with resources in a leadership organization of contributors, innovation engages with inspiration through players on […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
In working with executives around attunement, there are a myriad of potential openings to explore. Ultimately, the executive must choose which to follow. As a coach, however, it is important to support the executive in exploring them. In the case of attunement, openings will include attention to issues of identity, such as values and beliefs […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
When coaching an executive about engaging in dialogue with others it is useful to distinguish dialogue from other types of conversation. Dialogue is about learning. The focus of the learning is oneself. It is learning about one’s values, beliefs, assumptions and intentions. It brings to awareness what we already know and believe and often surfaces […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
Leaders are seeking outcomes from their coaching experiences related to awareness, purpose, competence and well-being, says B\Coach’s Mike Jay. Coaching is probably the most valuable support system for achieving these outcomes through an evolving process of self-management. But coaches need to beware. Because we see behaviors or hear words that have meaning for us about […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
Coaching a leader is very much about dealing with the questions and challenges of connectedness. On the one hand, getting at motivation for relationships with others through exploring assumptions, beliefs, values, aspirations and guiding principles leads to more effective formulation of strategy through the development and testing of alternative scenarios. To do so means looking […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
What are the kinds of questions that can be raised with a business leader when coaching them that relate to their role as entrepreneur? Be alert to their view of their role. Does it include this capacity for entrepreneurship? What are their critical stakeholder interfaces? How are conditions for stakeholders the same, changing? How do […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
Coaching for Enterprise Leadership Executive coaching can be helpful to leaders in developing strategy. They may want to get a handle on their relationships with stakeholders and how those relationships link to business objectives. It is also important to look at relationships with other leaders and the levels of alignment and engagement they have with […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
It is not enough to help the individual leader develop competencies. It is also important to help them understand their motivations and relationships with what is challenging them and their businesses. When they are clear that this is something valuable for them to attend to, you can help them open the door to creativity and […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
Recognize that leadership is both an individual and a collective phenomenon. Also recognize that defining what this will look like, particularly in the area of teamwork, is something that the CEO and other members of the executive team will need to define. The idea of teamwork has been around for so long and people have […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
Help the leader define their context in terms of strategy, business objectives and relationships with others in the leadership system. Then, look at their roles as committed members of the leadership group and competent contributors to the leadership organization. Compare and contrast what is important individually and collectively for leadership. Identify the requirements for individual […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
When working with business leaders to enhance their competencies, use time, energy, information, influence and credibility as sources of key questions to make sure that leaders are anticipating what is required and how they will respond. When looking at potential courses of action-scenarios-check out the implications of each for these critical leader competencies. Help the […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
When working with individual or groups of leaders explore the question of leadership resources with them. Help them identify the resources that are important to them. Test their assumptions and beliefs about leadership resources. Then have them identify how best to use those resources in relation to leadership purpose and the achievement of business objectives. […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
When coaching an individual leader in a business, explore her/his assumptions about the individual and collective aspects of leadership in their experience. Ask them to tell stories about each and identify what important learning there was. Some sample questions might be: What were your intentions? What did you do? What was the result? What does […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
“When working with individual or groups of leaders explore the question of leadership resources with them. Help them identify the resources that are important to them. Test their assumptions and beliefs about leadership resources. “Then have them identify how best to use those resources in relation to leadership purpose and the achievement of business objectives.” […]
Leadership Coaching Tip
Russ Volckmann
A good place to begin when looking at leadership issues in a business organization is the context. Begin that by identifying the forces of change. Is there growing complexity? What kind – technological, market, workforce, competition, other? Is the pace of change shifting: slowing down, speeding up? How is the leader seeing and experiencing change […]
A Letter to the Integral Community
8/31 – Integral Theory Making and the Need for Empirical Rigor: Observations from the Field of Adult Development
Susanne Cook-Greuter, Ken Wilber, and Beena Sharma
Susanne Cook-Greuter, Ken Wilber, and Beena Sharma Introduction Co-authored by leaders in the field of integral and adult developmental theory, this review expresses a three-fold hope: We want to raise awareness regarding the importance of rigorous research among scholar-practitioners engaged in theory building and research in psychology. We invite dialogue on these key issues among […]
Fresh Perspective
8/31 – Synergise with StAGES!!!
Robin Wood
Robin Lincoln-Wood with Terri O’Fallon   In this interview, Robin Lincoln-Wood and Terri O’Fallon discuss how they both became interested in integral leadership and state development, and how it has impacted their professional careers! RLW:  Welcome to this interview between Terri O’Fallon and Robin Wood for Integral Leadership Review. We’re going to be discussing how Terri […]
4/22 – Emotional Maturity with Diane Musho Hamilton
Lauren Tenney
Lauren Tenney In this interview with Diane Musho Hamilton, we explore the territory of emotional maturity, and how it underpins and amplifies our efficacy and contribution to the world. Diane Musho Hamilton is the author of The Zen of You and Me, just released from Shambhala Publications, and is the co-founder and lead trainer of Integral Facilitator programs. […]
8/31 – Dennis Wittrock on IEC2016 and beyond.
Eric Reynolds
Eric Reynolds Dennis Wittrock, M.A. (philosophy), partner at encode.org, founder of Integral Europe, director of the Integral European Conference, certified Holacracy® Facilitator, MeetingDoctor consultant, served 5 years as CEO and board member of Integrales Forum and the Integral Academy in Germany. His purpose is to create spaces for the emergence of integral consciousness. www.integral-con-text.de   […]
4/28 – Hilary Bradbury and William Torbert on Eros/Power
Hilary Bradbury and William Torbert
Hilary Bradbury and William Torbert About the Authors Hilary Bradbury, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Professor in the Division of Management at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Her research, scholarly activism and teaching focus on the human and organizational dimensions of creating healthy communities. At OHSU she teaches in the OHSU-PSU joint MBA in Healthcare Management program and in the physician leadership […]
3/7 – Dawn of Integral Hip-Hop: Interview with Ilya “MC 1.8” Kuznetsov
Eugene Pustoshkin
Special Russia Issue Guest Editor’s Note: Ilya Kuznetsov, aka MC 1.8, is a dear friend of mine. He comes from a simple background, and witnessed a lot of violence in his youth—which commonly happened in the post-Soviet era and which often serves as a crucial existential background for a rapper (such as him). To me, he […]
3/7 – Creating a Better World in an Integral Way: Interview with Alexander Malakhov, a Scholar-Practitioner from the Russian Pacific Region
Eugene Pustoshkin
    This interview was translated from Russian by Eugene Pustoshkin. — Hello, Alexander! Could you please tell us about yourself: what do you do and what are you interested in? — Hi, Eugene! For the past several years I prefer to call myself an integral scholar-practitioner and attempt to combine fundamental cross-cultural and postdisciplinary research […]
1/18 – Marilyn Hamilton Interviews Lev Gordon
Marilyn Hamilton
Marilyn Hamilton  Marilyn Hamilton: First off … thanks for taking the courage to open a portal in Russia for integrally informed Leadership, where not many people in the west can see the kind of leadership in Russia that is emerging through you and the team that you are gathering around you. … How do you […]
11/30 – Social Acupuncture: Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk and The Memnosyne Institute
Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk
When Russ Volkmann suggested that Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk, the co-founder/president of The Memnosyne Institute, be interviewed for ILR, it seemed easy enough. But then, that was before catching her on Facebook revealed that she and her husband, Joshua Raymond Frenk, President of The Club of Budapest Americas and VP of Memnosyne, are often in multiple […]
10/9 – Nancy Southern and Carol Sanford: A Responsible Interview
Nancy Southern
Carol Sanford served as speaker for Saybrook’s Organizational Systems 2015 graduating class.  She inspired the curiosity of our graduates and students as she spoke about her transdisciplinary approach to working with organizations in support of innovation for a more sustainable world.  In this interview, we explore Carol’s approach to disrupting organizations, challenging leaders to think […]
8/19 – Aftab Omer in Conversation
Eric Reynolds
Eric Reynolds Aftab Omer, Ph.D. is a sociologist, psychologist, futurist and the president of Meridian University. Raised in Pakistan, India, Hawaii, and Turkey, he was educated at the universities of M.I.T, Harvard and Brandeis. His publications have addressed the topics of transformative learning, cultural leadership, generative entrepreneurship and the power of imagination. His work includes […]
6/16 – Charles Handy and the Curves of Life
Edward Kelly
Edward J. Kelly Edward: Charles could we start by talking about your latest book The Second Curve and how you came up with the concept? Charles: It has been around in my mind for quite a long time and I wrote about it originally 20 years ago. I was always intrigued by the first curve, […]
4/7 – A Conversation Gone MetaIntegral
Eric Reynolds
Eric Reynolds Eric: I’m here with Sean Esbjörn-Hargens. Thank you for joining me today. Sean: Yeah. Definitely. Thanks, Eric. It is good to connect and I’m looking forward to chatting with you today. Eric: I’m here to talk to you about MetaIntegral, the state of Integral Theory and the upcoming Integral Theory Conference. I’m wondering, […]
2/15 – Dialogic Development: a Conversation with Gervase Bushe
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Russ:  Gervase Bushe, it’s a great pleasure to meet you finally after many, many years of hearing about your work. We have some colleagues in common given my 22+ years in OD. When I first heard about your work, you were at Simon Fraser University. Tell us a little bit about your background […]
1/15 – Integral Coaching Canada with Laura Divine and Joanne Hunt
Marilyn Hamilton
  Marilyn:  Well, I want to just start our interview with an expression of gratitude. We’re in Canada and this happens to be the week before Thanksgiving. So I thought it would be really speaking from my heart to say thank you very much for taking the courage to open, what I’m calling a “portal” […]
12/21 – SDi and Solonics with Christopher and Sheila Cooke
Russ Volckmann
Russ:  When I first heard about you, it was in relation to your work with Spiral Dynamics Integral and Don Beck. Then, you were doing some work in Houston, Texas. You were also working in Omaha, Nebraska. As I look at the work you’ve done – I don’t see anything in Latin America or Antarctica […]
9/24 – Fresh Perspective: Nancy Southern and Transformative Learning
Russ Volckmann
  Russ:    Nancy Southern, I want to welcome you to Integral Leadership Review. Nancy:  Thank you. Good to be here. Russ:   This is not your first appearance. You were lead author of “Shifting from Knowledge Power to Generative Inquiry: Creating the Field for Transformative Learning in Healthcare and Business” with Jorge Taborga, and Mara Zabari […]
8/15 – Bill Drath on Leadership and Making Meaning in a Community of Practice
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Bill Drath and Charles Palus wrote a paper in 1994 for the Center for Creative Leadership: “Making Common Sense: Leadership as Meaning-making in a Community of Practice.” Subsequently, Drath extended his thinking in his 2001 book, The Deep Blue Sea: Rethinking the Source of Leadership (Jossey-Bass). He participated in writing and publishing other […]
6/26 Language and Thought: An Interview with Lera Boroditsky
Russ Volckmann
Lera Boroditsky, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at UCSD and Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. She studies language and cognition, specifically focusing on interactions between language, cognition, and perception. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her research combines insights and methods from […]
4/29 – Ralph Kilmann and the Courageous Mosaic
Russ Volckmann
Ralph Kilmann and the Courageous Mosaic An Interview with Russ Volckmann Russ: This is the second interview that I’ve had an opportunity to do with Ralph Kilmann. The first was in relation to his book, Quantum Organizations, which at that time, ten years ago or so, represented probably one of the most out there books […]
1/20 – Don Beck: Back from South Africa
Russ Volckmann
Russ: Welcome back to the Integral Leadership Review, Don. You’re one of the important guiding lights for the very existence of this publication. The work that you and your colleagues have done around the world, has been noted to some degree at least. I’m not sure if there ever can be enough in the pages […]
11/27 – Danah Zohar: Quantum Leadership
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann In the late 1970s and into the 1990s it seemed that more and more people were being drawn to some study of physics, quantum mechanics, chaos and complexity theories. We were reading The Tao of Physics. This led us to David Bohm (with and without Krishnamurti), Niels Bohr, Heisenberg, Feynman, Glick, Sheldrake and […]
10/13 – Otto Scharmer: Theory U — Leading from the Future as It Emerges
Russ Volckmann
Russ:  I have the pleasure of introducing Otto Scharmer, who is Senior Lecturer at MIT and founding chair of the Presencing Institute, he also is well known as an author of what I can only describe as a major work – Theory U. He is also co-authored the books Presence, with Peter Senge, Joe Jaworski and […]
08/15 – Lisa Chacon: Integral Innovation
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Russ: I’ve never met Lisa Chacon, but I’ve heard about some of the work she’s been doing in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was delighted to discover that she has quite an extraordinary integral background. But when I learned about the work that Lisa and others are doing in Oakland, California, it […]
Elza S. Maalouf: Spiral Dynamics and the Middle East
Russ Volckmann
Russ: Elza Maalouf, it is a great honor and privilege and pleasure to have you return to the pages of the Integral Leadership Review. Elza: It‘s always a pleasure to talk to you Russ and thank you for ILR. Russ: You’ve published material in Integral Leadership Review about some of your activities in the Middle […]
Relationship Required – Moving through No-Joy and the Ouch Factor – A Conversation with Mark McCaslin
Walker Karraa
Walker Karraa Earlier this year I had the opportunity to sit down with Mark McCaslin and discuss the Potentiating Arts™, integral leadership, and what he sees for the future of the Integral Leadership Review. Walker: How do you feel about the idea of sharing some of the stories that have been, that you’ve shared with […]
A Voice of Labor: An Exploration with Diane Krauthamer, Editor, Industrial Worker
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Russ: I would like to welcome Diane Krauthamer, who has been involved in the labor movement for many years. We talk a lot about management and leadership and international development in organizations, NGOs, businesses and the like. But I think areas that we have severely neglected is the whole area of labor unions […]
Integral Politics – A Conversation with Terry Patten
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Russ: I’d like to introduce Terry Patten who is well known in the Integral Community for his work of many years. He is now based in San Francisco. Is that right Terry? Terry: Yes. I live just North of San Francisco in Fairfax in Marin County. Russ: For people who may not know […]
Women and Wisdom in Italy: A Conversation with Vicki Noble
Mark McCaslin
Mark McCaslin Vicki Noble is a radical feminist healer, author, independent scholar and wisdom teacher. Born in 1947 and raised in Iowa, she awakened to the Goddess and Women’s Spirituality on her arrival in Berkeley, California in 1976. Through a ‘shamanic healing crisis’, she opened psychically to the healing, art, yoga, and divination processes that […]
A Theory of Everything ­– Ervin Laszlo and Antonio Marturano
Antonio Marturano
I am pleased to have interviewed Prof. Ervin Laszlo who is a systems philosopher, integral theorist, and classical pianist. Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, he has authored more than 70 books that have been translated into nineteen languages, and has published in excess of four hundred articles and research papers, including six volumes […]
Integral Consulting with Michael McElhenie
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Russ: Welcome Michael. It’s a great pleasure to have a chance to talk with you. I first learned about your work with the formation of ILiA – the Integral Leadership in Action group – many years ago. And you were one of the very first contributors of articles to Integral Leadership Review in […]
Jeff Klein and Conscious Capitalism, Conscious Business. Conscious Leadership
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Russ: I want to welcome Jeff Klein who has been a light that’s been shining around the integral and the consciousness world for some time. I have had the chance to talk to Jeff a little bit before, but I have a lot to learn from him. I hope, Jeff, you will permit me […]
Fresh Perspective: A View from the Top — Tom Albanese, CEO, Rio Tinto
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Russ: Tom, let’s begin by learning a bit about your background. What part of New Jersey are you from? Tom: I grew up in Flemington, New Jersey, which is to the west in Hunterdon County. My family is still in that neck of the woods. I have a farm there that I’m going […]
Dr. Scott Conard, MD, DABFP, FAAFP, CDE and Integral Healthcare
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Currently Scott is Chief Medical Officer of ACAP Health and Holmes Murphy and Associates.  He possesses over two decades of experience as a medical doctor, business executive, physician leader and medical researcher. He is driven by a strong commitment to the transformation of healthcare into a patient oriented, physician directed, and accountable system […]
Leadership and Sustainability with Barrett C. Brown
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Russ: Barrett, your name is probably very familiar to a lot of people in the core integral group. Integral Leadership Review has many subscribers who are outside those boundaries. So they probably don’t  know a lot about you, even though you have shown up in the pages of Integral Leadership Review before with […]
Fresh Perspective: Barbara Kellerman and the Leadership Industry
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Russ:I would like to welcome Barbara Kellerman who is known for a couple of reasons. One is her scholarship in the field of leadership that has connected beyond the notion of the heroic leader into the that of the relationship between leader and follower. More recently her work extends beyond that—and we will […]
Sustainability and Conscious Leadership
Ken Wilber and Barrett C. Brown
An Interview of Barrett Brown by Ken Wilber Topic: Barrett’s Ph.D. research on how leaders with post-conventional consciousness design and engage in complex change initiatives, specifically in the field of sustainability. Interview Date: August, 2011; Available to public: March-April, 2012; Transcribed: May, 2012 An audio version of the interview can be found on the Integral […]
Mexico Revisited: Roberto Bonilla and Spiral Wizardry
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Russ: It has been all about seven months since we last talked. In the August issue of 2011 we had a conversation in which you were showing me how you were bringing Spiral Dynamics analysis in working both with business and in looking at the spread of the cartels in Mexico. So let’s […]
Fresh Perspective: James O’Dea – Peace and Sanity
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann James O’Dea is one of those people who hasn’t just talked about peace. He has had a career that has been dedicated to peace and human rights. He has a fascinating career with organizations that I’ve supported through donations and membership: Amnesty International and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He was the CEO […]
Fresh Perspective: Anthony Grayling on Educating for Leadership
Nicholas Shannon
Nick Shannon Anthony Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited over twenty books on philosophy and other subjects; among his […]
More Fresh Perspective: Ken Wilber and Raquel Torrent in Denver
Raquel Torrent
Ken Wilber, American philosopher, has been a prolific writer and contributor of Integral Theory in relation to self development and application across all domains of human activity. Raquel Torrent, founder and former President of the Spanish Integral Association (2005) and founder of the Spanish Integral Conferences (continuing from 2003), visited Ken Wilber at his home […]
Fresh Perspective: Spiral Interventions with Dr. Don Beck
Russ Volckmann
Dr. Don Beck s best known as the coauthor of the book, Spiral Dynamics. He has traveled the world with his compelling messages about the application of spiral dynamics to reframing how we define issues and understand the people involved in them. His work has taken him to South Africa, Palestine and Israel, Germany, Iceland, […]
Fresh Perspective: Challenge in Mexico: A Conversation with Roberto Bonilla
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Russ: Roberto, we have been in communication for several years and much of it has been in relation to the work you have done with Don Beck in Mexico.  For example, one of the things that you have written about is the work that you have done with the Department of Education and […]
Fresh Perspective: Integral International Development: Gail Hochachka and Michael Simpson
Russ Volckmann
Integral International Development: Gail Hochachka and Michael Simpson Russ Volckmann Gail Hochachka is director of Drishti – Centre for Integral Action, where you can find some of her writing and reports on international development (http://www.drishti.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26&Itemid=14) and Integral Program Coordinator at One Sky: Canadian Institute for Sustainable Living. Her husband, Michael Simpson, is the Executive Director […]
Fresh Perspective: Developing Leaders: An Interview with Bruce Avolio
Russ Volckmann
Developing Leaders: An Interview with Bruce Avolio From the Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking Foster School of Business University of Washington Russ Volckmann Russ: I have been looking forward to talking with you because of your work in leader development. Where did you do your PhD work? Bruce: At The Akron University, Ohio, in […]
Fresh Perspective: Putting Integral to Work: An Interview with Laura Roberts, CEO, Pantheon Chemical
Russ Volckmann
The following interview is one of many initially conducted as part of the research for a writing project. We hope to share more of these interviews, because the work of these entrepreneurs and executives demonstrates the viability of a well conceived leader development program—in this case the Stagen Integral Leadership Program based in Dallas, Texas. […]
Fresh Perspective: A Conversation with Om Prakash Bhatt, Chairman of the Board State Bank of India
Prasad Kaipa
Prasad Kaipa Prasad Kaipa: This is an interview for the Integral Leadership Review. There is a special issue that is going to be published on India. We have chosen to pick one corporate leader for an interview. We think you are the right person to be interviewed. We have formulated these questions with the editor […]
Fresh Perspectives
Russ Volckmann
Reprise: A Focus on 2nd Person in a 2nd Interview with Bill Torbert by Russ Volckmann I first interviewed Bill Torbert in 2002. http://www.integralleadershipreview.com/archives-2002/2002-08/2002-08-fresh-torbert.php In fact, he is the only person I have published in “Fresh Perspectives” twice in Integral Leadership Review. In part this is due to the respect with which I hold him […]
Fresh Perspective
Russ Volckmann
Appreciating Integral: An Interview with Dana Carman Russ Volckmann Since 1984 Dana Carman has coached and consulted to visionary leaders and organizations spanning five continents across multiple sectors of society. His clients have demonstrated a commitment to transform themselves and their organizations, as well as the industries and regions in which their organizations are embedded. […]
Fresh Perspective
Russ Volckmann
Leadership, Complexity and Development An Interview with Sandra M. Martinez by Russ Volckmann Russ: Sandra Martinez, you have had a varied career. You’ve told me that you once had an art gallery in Santa Fe; now you’re with a foundation in Honduras and in between you’ve been with the Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. […]
Fresh Perspectives: Emotional Intelligence and Leadership An Inteview with Annie McKee
Russ Volckmann
Annie McKee earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University. She has co-authored two groundbreaking books on leadership, Primal Leadership (with Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis) and Resonant Leadership (also with Boyatzis) Her book, Becoming a Resonant Leader, was published in March, 2008. She serves as Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School […]
Fresh Perspectives: Integral Leadership and Business: An Interview with Rand Stagen and Brett Thomas
Russ Volckmann
Rand Stagen and Brett Thomas are significant innovators in the application of integral perspectives and approaches to organizations and leadership. I have wanted to interview them for some time, particularly since interviewing two of their clients. Here is an update on their innovative activities. Russ: I welcome this wonderful opportunity to talk with two business partners whom […]
Fresh Perspective: Almost: The Interview That Will Never Air? Jim Garrison
Russ Volckmann
My intentions were good and I collaborated with my technology to make it impossible to share with you as remarkable interview with Jim Garrison. Can you imagine my pain? Can you imagine the stress management exercises I am drawing on today? Well, all is not lost. Jim graciously acceded to doing another interview and that […]
A Fresh Perspective: Integral Interventions: Oliver Triebel at McKinsey & Company
Russ Volckmann
Oliver M. Triebel is “Head of Organizational Learning,” Mindsets & Capabilities Practice, McKinsey & Company, Germany – Berlin Office Oliver started his career with McKinsey back in 1993 after having completed his Master in Public Administration at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and before that a master degree in natural sciences (cell and molecular […]
Fresh Perspective: Entrepreneurship and Self-Development: A Conversation with Brian Johnson of PhilosophersNotes
Editor
Russ: Brian Johnson, I welcome you to the Integral Leadership Review. I’m really excited about our talk today. Brian: Likewise. I appreciate the invitation. Russ: I discovered in hunting you down that you’re no longer on the mainland US; you’re on Bali. What are you doing there? Brian: I like to say I left my iPhone and my personal […]
Fresh Perspectives: Exploring the World of Integral Leadership: A Conversation with Jay Davies
Russ Volckmann
Russ: Jay Davies, you’re with Integral Development in Perth, Western Australia and the company is led by Ron Cacioppe and works in government, business and NGOs. Jay: Yes, that’s right. Not for profit organizations, as well as top end businesses here in Perth, and also government organizations. Russ: What is your role? Jay: My role is in three parts. […]
Fresh Perspectives: Integral Futures: A Conversation with Christopher Cooke
Russ Volckmann
Russ: Great to have the chance to talk with you, Chris. Where are you this week? Chris: I’m literally 200 meters from Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. It is a country that’s having the courage to ask the hard questions about how to lead through a significant transition. I’m in a very aware and heightened state. Russ: Other than […]
Fresh Perspectives: Developing Integral Leadership Down Under: An Interview with Ron Cacioppe
Russ Volckmann
Russ: I’m very much aware that you’ve been interested in the idea of Integral Leadership for a number of years. I first became aware of your work in publications in the Leadership and Organizational Development Journal and then later in the Journal of Change Management. Your interest at that time seemed to be very much oriented to the subject […]
Fresh Perspectives: The Energy Industry and Integrative Leadership, Interviews with Rick and Lillas Hatala
Russ Volckmann
The work of Rick and Lillas Hatala is a source of fascination for all who are interested in more integral, developmental and transdisciplinary approaches to leadership. Their focus is on the development of the individual leader, yet their work in applying their approaches addresses whole organizations and industries. Theirs is a dual approach to company […]
Fresh Perspectives: Leadership and Integral Consciousness: An Interview with Steve McIntosh
Russ Volckmann
Steve McIntosh is CEO of Now & Zen, Inc., and author of Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution: How the Integral Worldview is Transforming Politics, Culture and Spirituality (Paragon House, 2007). Russ: Steve, it is a wonderful opportunity to have the chance to talk with you. I’ve read your book and have been impressed by its […]
Fresh Perspectives: Leadership as a System Phenomenon, An Interview with Wessel Ganzevoort
Russ Volckmann
Wessel Ganzevoort is past Chairman of KPMG Europe and is Professor of Organizational Dynamics and Innovation at the University of Amsterdam. He is a member of the Integral Leadership Review’s Integral Leadership Council and you can read more about him at http://www.integralleadershipreview.com/contributor/bio-ganzevoort-wessel.html. Russ: I know that you spent many years with KPMG in Europe. Your role evolved from consultant […]
Fresh Perspectives: The Leadership Challenge and an Integral Lens: An Interview with Jim Kouzes
Russ Volckmann
Q: Jim, it’s been a while since we talked. One of the things I’ve noticed in your work with Barry Posner is since you published The Leadership Challenge you’ve been creating some additional material that seems to be both building upon your existing works and a shift in perspective. This has been in two books called Encouraging the […]
Fresh Perspective: Leadership and Archetypes: A Conversation with Carol S. Pearson
Russ Volckmann
Q: Carol, it’s a great pleasure to talk to you. I know of you primarily as the Director of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland and have discovered that you have a very rich background in a wide variety of areas that I think are highly relevant to the study […]
A Fresh Perspective: Integral Business and Integral Leadership Interviews with Fritzi Woods, CEO, and Wes Blair, COO, PrimeSource, with an Introduction to the Stagen Leadership Program by Brett Thomas
Russ Volckmann
EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION Increasingly, we are looking for material—articles, interviews—that will assist us all in learning about integral and developmental approaches to leadership that work. That is why you are seeing an increase in the number of articles and interviews by and with people who are actively engaged in bringing Integral Leadership to the worlds of […]
Fresh Perspective: Creativity and Leadership: Sir Ken Robinson in Conversation with Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He has worked with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit corporations and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. He is in wide demand as an inspirational speaker with a […]
A Fresh Perspective: Integral Application, An Interview with Renee Moorefield, CEO, Wisdom Works
Editor
Russ: There was a phrase that I read in one of your publications that seemed to be such a great snapshot of what you do, and it reads like this: “Running a globally-responsible, sustainable business can provide both a competitive advantage today and serve as a catalyst for commercial and social innovation for a better tomorrow.” […]
A Fresh Perspective: Changing Self and World An Interview with John Smith, September 19, 2006
Russ Volckmann
Russ:  Welcome to the Integral Leadership Review, John Smith. It’s a pleasure to have a chance to talk with you. John: Thank you, Russ, for the invitation. Russ: I’d like to start off by sharing a quote from Don Beck. It was a comment about you that at least captures the scope of some of the things that we may […]
Fresh Perspective: Development and the Entrepreneur as Leader: An Interview with Harry M. Lasker
Russ Volckmann
When I discovered Harry Lasker and a hint of the scope of his work and contributions, I asked him if we could do an interview. I wanted to review his early research with Jane Loevinger’s developmental model (that is at the heart of Susann Cook-Greuter’s Leadership Development Profile and is used by Bill Torbert and his […]
Leadership Agility with Bill Joiner and Steve Josephs
Russ Volckmann
Russ: Welcome, Bill and Steve. I would like to congratulate you because in October you will have the first integrally informed leadership book to be published by a major publisher in the world. Is that your understanding, too? Bill: What about Bill Torbert’s Action Inquiry? Russ: Certainly Action Inquiry includes materials highly relevant to leadership, but I don’t […]
Fresh Perspective: Integral Leadership Development: A Conversation with Bert Parlee
Russ Volckmann
Q: You seem to be involved in so many things – your work with Integral Institute, with Integral Development Associates, with the Stagen Institute, teaching at JFK University, your role with Ken Wilber, leading an integral workshop at Esalen in Big Sur – that there are a number of different approaches we could have to this […]
A Fresh Perspective: Values and Leadership A Conversation with Alan Tonkin
Russ Volckmann
Alan Tonkin is the Chairman and CEO of the Global Values Network (GVN) is an international consulting business committed to the practical use of the Values Technology originally developed by Professor Clare Graves in the 50’s and further developed by Dr. Don Beck over the last 30 years from the early 70’s. The Global Values […]
A Fresh Perspective: 21st Century Leadership An Interview with Joseph Rost
Russ Volckmann
It seems unusual, on the surface of it, to reach back more than fifteen years for a “Fresh Perspective.” However, I think you will find that the work and the thinking of Joseph Rost fifteen years ago and today are, indeed, fresh! Joseph Rost is a professor emeritus of leadership studies in the School of […]
A Fresh Perspective: Big Presence Excerpts from an Interview with Diane Hamilton
Russ Volckmann
Q: Diane, you were described as a student of Genpo Roshi and an authorized Big Mind process facilitator. I had never heard of Diane Hamilton and all of a sudden she shows up at the Integral Organizational Leadership Workshop in Colorado and does this extraordinary job of leading 50 plus people through Big Mind. From what […]
A Fresh Perspective: Developing Leaders and Ourselves An Interview with Bob Anderson
Russ Volckmann
Bob Anderson has been a leader in the development of integral approaches to developing leaders. Q In your writing I see the words “spiritual” and “soul.” Do you use those in the world of business? A: Yes, but carefully, at the right moment and not in connection with a particular religious perspective. But you’re probably looking […]
A Fresh Perspective: Leadership as an Organizational Trait An Interview with James O’Toole
Russ Volckmann
Q: One thing from your writing is the idea that the focus on the heroic notion of leadership is destructive. Would you care to comment on that? A: I don’t use the word ‘heroic,’ but I think it is dangerous to focus on leadership as an individual trait. It is also based on the fiction that in […]
A Fresh Perspective: Integral Coaching: A Conversation with James Flaherty
Russ Volckmann
Q: I want to start with your interest in Integral. When I reviewed your book, Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others, I found the domains of competence that include the “I, it, we.” You discuss intellect, emotion, will, context and soul. I was reminded of the holon and the notion of lines of development and wondered what were […]
A Fresh Perspective: Integral Leadership: The 100 Book Project, An Excerpt from a Conversation with Thierry C. Pauchant
Russ Volckmann
Q: What is the relationship between your being a chair in ethical management and your Integral Leadership program at H.E.C.? A: It’s pretty straightforward. If we’re talking about integral development, like Ken Wilber or Bill Tolbert and many other developmental theorists, we’re talking about ethics. The behaviors, thinking patterns and emotions of people are targeted for acting […]
A Fresh Perspective: Another Phoenix Rising Excerpt from a Conversation with Sara Ross
Russ Volckmann
This interview with Sara Ross took place about a year ago. At the time she was engaged in an exchange with Dr. Don Beck on the subject of critical inquiry in the integral community. This is her abstract of a paper she offered to the Integral Leadership and organization development listserve. “The purpose of this conversational ‘letter’ […]
A Fresh Perspective: A Conversation with Fred Kofman
Russ Volckmann
Originally from Argentina, Fred Kofman spent several years as a faculty member at MIT and worked closely with Peter Senge. Now in Colorado, his consulting and coaching practice has led to the creation of a new business and a close relationship with Ken Wilber. He is the author of Metamanagement, published in Spanish and soon to […]
A Fresh Perspective: A Conversation with Fred Kofman
Russ Volckmann
Originally from Argentina, Fred Kofman spent several years as a faculty member at MIT and worked closely with Peter Senge. Now in Colorado, his consulting and coaching practice has led to the creation of a new business and a close relationship with Ken Wilber. He is the author of Metamanagement, published in Spanish and soon to […]
A Fresh Perspective: Susann Cook-Greuter: Perspectives on Leadership
Russ Volckmann
Dr. Cook-Greuter, is principal of Harthill USA. She is a core member of the Psychology and Business Practice Branches of Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute, a think tank in Boulder, Colorado. Susanne has a doctorate from Harvard University and is an internationally known authority on Mature Adult Development. She has co-authored two books with Mel Miller […]
A Fresh Perspective: Another Spiral A Conversation with Charles Hampden-Turner
Russ Volckmann
Charles Hampden-Turner has written seventeen books. In recent years he has worked closely with Fons Tompenaars and they have co-authored several books on business culture. A recent publication is 21 Leaders for the 21st Century (McGraw-Hill, 2001). We pick up the conversation with my asking about his first book. Q: One of the things about Radical Man that […]
A Fresh Perspective: A Conversation with Leo Burke
Russ Volckmann
Leo Burke was at Motorola for 12 years, the last six of which were in Motorola University. During that time, he was Dean and Director of the College of Leadership and Transcultural Studies. More recently he became Associate Dean for Executive Education at the Business School at the University of Notre Dame. There he has […]
A Fresh Perspective: Generating Leadership Mike Jay and Generati
Russ Volckmann
Mike Jay is one of the most interesting people I have ever met. He is a bit of a diamond in the rough as a former collegiate football quarterback, US Marine Corporal and recovering consultant and aspiring developmentalist. Prolific in his intake of information and ideas, as well as his integration of these in constructive […]
A Fresh Perspective: A Conversation with Bill Torbert, July 11, 2002
Russ Volckmann
William R. Torbert, PhD, author and teacher, consultant and artist in his own right, works with Susann Cook-Greuter and others in the application of integral and transformational concepts in leadership and organizations. His most recent book, co-authored with Dalmar Fisher and David Rooke is entitled Personal and Organisational Transformations: Through Action Inquiry. After teaching at Yale, […]
A Fresh Perspective: A Conversation with Bill Torbert, July 11, 2002
Russ Volckmann
William R. Torbert, PhD, author and teacher, consultant and artist in his own right, works with Susann Cook-Greuter and others in the application of integral and transformational concepts in leadership and organizations. His most recent book, co-authored with Dalmar Fisher and David Rooke is entitled Personal and Organisational Transformations: Through Action Inquiry. After teaching at Yale, […]
A Fresh Perspective: Applying a Developmental Approach: A Conversation with Alain Gauthier, June 29, 2002
Russ Volckmann
Alain Gauthier has served over the past 36 years a large variety of client organizations in France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada and the United States. He first worked as an associate of McKinsey & Company in Europe, then as a partner of a Paris-based consulting firm, and is currently Executive Director of […]
A Fresh Perspective: Leadership A Conversation with Ralph Kilmann – April 15, 2002
Russ Volckmann
Ralph Kilmann, www.kilmann.com may be best known for his contribution to the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Management instrument that is used widely in training programs and consulting. He has authored or co-authored prolifically beyond that, including titles such as Beyond the Quick Fix, Corporate Transformation, Managing Ego Energy and Gaining Control of the Corporate Culture. His consulting practice has included […]
A Fresh Perspective: Leadership A Conversation with Prasad Kaipa
Russ Volckmann
Prasad Kaipa, based in Silicon Valley, is the CEO of SelfCorp Inc.— a company that focuses on aligning individual and organizational objectives. He is trained as a physicist who joined Apple in international marketing and then found his passion in Apple University. He has been a consultant to companies like Boeing, HP, Cisco, Xerox, Ford, and […]
A Fresh Perspective: Leadership: A Conversation with Chris Cowan
Russ Volckmann
I had the good fortune to have a conversation with Chris Cowan, coauthor of Spiral Dynamics recently. The conversation ranged over a number of subjects. Initially, the subjects were around ideas related to development, generally. Here we share some comments about leadership and the use of Spiral Dynamics in development. Q: Would you summarize how you’re using Spiral […]
A Fresh Perspective: Stages of Development
Russ Volckmann
In the January 2002 issue of the Integral Leadership Review (Self Management) I briefly discussed developmental psychology and mentionedSusann Cook-Greuter’s work. A few days ago, I asked her the following question. Here it is with her response. Question: “I have been reviewing the materials from the LDP (Leadership Development Profile) and your “Descriptions of Ego-Development Stages of Action Logics.” […]
A Fresh Perspective: Tim Sanders
Tim Sanders
Tim Sanders, “Love is the Killer App,” Fast Company, February 2002. Back in the mid-eighties, if memory serves, Roger Harrison published an article on love in business. At that time he indicated that we couldn’t really discuss the idea of love because the socio-political dynamics and machismo that dominated the business culture of the time precluded […]
A Fresh Perspective
Russ Volckmann
I recently had the privilege of attending a meeting of the Professional Coaching And Mentoring Association chapter in San Francisco. I attended expressly to hear Agnes Mura, a highly successful executive coach from Los Angeles, do a presentation on paradox in executive coaching. (This report is from my perspective and I hope that Agnes and […]
A Fresh Perspective: Partnership An Interview with Riane Eisler
Russ Volckmann
Introduction: You can read about Riane Eisler in the interview by clicking here. However, before you do so you may find the following material to be interesting and in harmony with much of what Riane talked about in our conversation. I spoke with Michael McElhenie, one of the leaders of the “Leadership for Results” United […]
Dialogue
Dialogue: Integral Leadership, Wendelin Kupers and Russ Volckmann, Part II
Wendelin Kupers and Russ Volckmann
In 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. […]
Dialogue: Integral Leadership, Wendelin Kupers and Russ Volckmann, Part I
Wendelin Kupers and Russ Volckmann
Russ: 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. […]
Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 12
Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann
In 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 […]
Dialogue: The Horse, the Magpie, the Buffalo and the Hoop
Patric Roberts and Andrew Campbell
S O N G 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 […]
Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 11
Mark Edwards and 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 […]
Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 10
Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann
Mark 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 […]
Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 9
Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann
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. […]
Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 8
Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann
In 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 […]
Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 7
Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann
In 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 […]
Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 6
Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann
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 […]
Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 5
Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann
In the last episode our conversation we reached a tentative acceptance of a more relational model of leadership within the multilevel contexts of individual, group and organizational life. Also, the question has been raised about the “space between”, a concept from Martin Buber that Edwards has applied in his integral theory building. Edwards has discussed […]
Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 4
Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann
INTRODUCTION: This is the fourth in a series of email exchanges framed as a dialogue between Mark Edwards, an Australian PhD candidate who has written extensively about integral theory and a member of the Integral Leadership Council, and Russ Volckmann, editor and publisher of the Integral Leadership Review . Our goal is to clarify how integral theory and mapping […]
Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action: Part 3
Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann
INTRODUCTION: This is the third in a series of email exchanges framed as a dialogue between Mark Edwards, an Australian PhD candidate who has written extensively about integral theory and is a member of the Integral Leadership Council, and Russ Volckmann, editor and publisher of the Integral Leadership Review. Our goal is to clarify how integral […]
Dialogur: Integral Theory into Integral Action, Part 2
Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann
(Click here for Part 1) Russ: There were a couple of themes in your closing statement in Part 1 that I would like to return to before we begin exploring mapping and applications (of course there may arise a variety of themes that we will want to explore before, during and after the more “practical” aspects of our […]
Dialogue: Integral Theory into Integral Action , Part 1
Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann
The following material is the beginning of a dialogue between Mark Edwards and Russ Volckmann about integral theory, maps, models and their applications. The focus will be on concepts and relationships among concepts and the like. However, this discussion takes place with the hope of making two contributions. The first is to the development and evolution of […]
Message from Dr. Don Beck
Don Beck
The following is an amalgam of two email messages from Dr. Don Beck. Thanks, Russ. Looking forward to Elza’s article. This is one talented, bright, and courageous woman. Amazing that What is Enlightenment? keeps looking for “Integral Women” when there are many right in front of their noses, especially those like Elza. It is one thing to […]
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10/9 – Integral Design Leadership: “Improvising in Uncertainty”
Lisa Norton
Lisa Norton   “Jazz is not a what, it is a how.”  Bill Evans  “One Halloween, our group is excited to do a scary Halloween show. To start our play we ask the audience to give us an example of something that scares the living daylights out of them. I’m eager to get started, imagining suggestions […]
10/9 – Integral Leadership for a Regenerative, Inclusive Economy
Robin Wood
Robin Lincoln Wood Overview of the Purpose of this Series of Articles – with excerpts from “A Leader’s Guide to ThriveAbility” This series of articles is intended to illuminate how an integral approach to leadership can help us meet the critical leadership challenges of the 21st century. We apply the perspective and frameworks of ThriveAbility […]
6/16 – Integral Design Leadership: “Be(com)ing Nonviolent Design”
Lisa Norton
Lisa Norton “ How can one design or manufacture in a way that loves all of the children, of all species, for all time?” William McDonough and Michael Braungart To understand the consciousness of violent designing, walk through any dollar store anywhere on the planet. Here, productive forces, harnessed for the sake of production itself, […]
4/7 – The Perils of Pernicious Polarities: Contemplating Creativity, Collaboration, and Complexity.
Alfonso Montuori
Alfonso Montuori Back in the late 80s and 90s I ranted and raved in print and off about the fact that our understanding of creativity in the US was focused exclusively on individuals—inevitably the lone male genius–and there was no recognition of creative interactions, of musical groups, theater productions, movie making, and the performing arts […]
1/15 – Integral Design Leadership: Healthcare Design as Extraordinary Service: An Interview with Peter Jones
Lisa Norton
 Lisa Norton     Peter Jones is Associate Professor at Toronto’s OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design), an author and consultant in the emerging field of systemic design, and runs the innovation research firm Redesign Network. Peter spends his time balancing between teaching in the Strategic Foresight and Innovation graduate program in OCADU’s […]
8/15 – “Shut up,” he explained.
Alfonso Montuori
“Shut up,” he explained. Reflections on generative and not-so-generative communication in academia. Alfonso Montuori When I first came to the US to go to graduate school, I spent hours and hours in heated, coffee fueled discussions in the patio of the university cafeteria with just about anybody I could find and often continue late into […]
8/15 – Integral Design Leadership: “Toward Restorative Designing”
Lisa Norton
Lisa Norton  “Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.” Herbert A. Simon  Every human being is always-already a designer but the affordability of 3-D computer prototyping makes that fact more obvious. Over 5 million guns are manufactured each year in the US alone. What’s new is the intersection […]
4/1 – Reflections on the Complexity of Integral Theorizing: Towards an Agenda for Self-reflection
Alfonso Montuori
Alfonso Montuori In August of 2013 I had the pleasure of attending the Integral Theory conference in the Bay Area. I was delighted to see the spirit of openness, inquiry, curiosity, as well as the warmth and collegiality of the event. I confess that I am generally not much of a conference goer. As we […]
1/20 – Integral Design Leadership: “Designing Criteria for Happiness”
Lisa Norton
Lisa Norton  “The opposite of play is not work. The opposite of play is depression” – Steve Keil Lisa Norton I recently had the chance to learn more about the work of Philipp Guzenuk, the creator of “Happiness in Action: energy sources for peak performance” an innovative approach to leader and organizational development when I […]
10/13 – Transdisciplinary Reflections
Alfonso Montouri
History is not an outdated Operating System. Or, why those who ignore history are doomed to reinvent the wheel (and make me cranky). Alfonso Montuori A colleague and I were recently discussing texts for an upcoming course. Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein’s Sparks of genius: The thirteen thinking tools of the world’s most creative people came […]
09/3 – Integral Design Leadership: An Ecological Gateway to 21st Century Co-Development
Lisa Norton
Lisa Norton “Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” – Robert L. Peters in Berman Design thinking methods and approaches are gaining credibility in mainstream corporate, nonprofit and educational contexts.  But what exactly is design thinking and how can it serve integrally informed change work? As with any left quadrant form of expertise, […]
08/15 – Entering the Flow: Exploring A Model of Integral Leadership
Scott Pochron
Scott Pochron “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” — Heraclitus Note to Readers: As a new contributor to Integral Leadership Review, I thought it appropriate to share some of my personal journey that has shaped my understanding of leadership. I […]
Integral Design Leadership: Collective Designing in the Anthropocene
Lisa Norton
Lisa Norton “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― Richard Buckminster Fuller What is the role of design in change work today and how can integral approaches to designing enhance distribution of social benefits? What if we could imagine ways […]
Transdisciplinary Reflections
Alfonso Montuori
Teaching an Introduction to Leadership Course When Leadership is “Dead.” (Part 1) Alfonso Montuori How do we teach an Introduction to leadership course when Leadership is allegedly “dead?” The discourse and practices of Leadership are undergoing dramatic changes, as we see in these pages. The heroic leadership model has been strongly challenged, not least because […]
Integral North: Teaching to Potential
Mark McCaslin
Creativity, Empowerment, Inspiration and other Acts of Human Courage Mark McCaslin …the isolation that prevails everywhere… has not fully developed, not reached its limit yet. For every one strives to keep his individuality as apart as possible, wishes to secure the greatest possible fullness of life for himself; but meantime all his efforts result not […]
The Master Code and Integral Politics in Polarized America
Don Beck
Don E. Beck Regardless of your own political views, memetic codes, or location on the intensity spectrum (from flame thrower to pragmatic) you must be both concerned and confused as to the current issues in Washington DC. While the words “stalemate, “crazy,” “polarized and soaked with acrimony,” define the condition, it appears the huge gaps […]
Integral Design Leadership
Lisa Norton
STEM to STEAM: Negative Capability in Service to Empowered Creative Participation Lisa Norton At once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement, especially in literature, and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously–I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties. Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching […]
Transdisciplinary Reflections: It’s the End of the World as We Know It
Alfonso Montuori
Obama, Clinton, Pelosi, and the Creative (R)evolution. Alfonso Montuori When the Going Gets Weird… When historians look back on the beginning of the 21st century, and around 2008, I believe they will view it as a time of great historical significance. We are in a “postnormal age,” according to the British futurist Zia Sardar, a […]
The Integral North – Integral Leadership: Boundaries, Theories, Practices and Intersections
Mark McCaslin
Mark L. McCaslin Being involved, as I am, with the Integral Leadership Review, I am often questioned about its purposes and intentions as well as its meaning. These questions set me to considering not only the scope of Integral Leadership but also its place and purpose within the wide domain of leadership studies. I believe […]
Transdisciplinary Reflections: The Sound of Surprise
Alfonso Montuori
On Order, Disorder, Creativity, and Trust Alfonso Montuori History is not something ‘back there,’ something we browse through occasionally for purposes of erudition and arcane knowledge of bygone eras: history is in our flesh and bones–and in our minds. Darwin’s great revolution was to show us that we are our history (Bocchi & Ceruti, 2002). […]
Integral Design Leadership: “Francesco Morace’s Hummingbird Strategy”
Lisa Norton
Lisa Norton Act as energy collector and catalyst of proposals, projects and people… in order to give Italy, Europe and the entire world new development perspectives and fresh growth energy. (Renaissance Link) When the context is Italy and the theme is design leadership, singling out any one individual is no easy task. Despite the glittering […]
The Master Code: Spiral Dynamics Integral
Don Beck
Lincoln and Polarization Don E. Beck No more shall the war-cry sever; Or the winding river turn red; We shall bury our anger; As we cover the graves of our dead. Love and tears for the Blue; Tears and love for the Gray. – Unknown It will always be difficult for me to separate the […]
Transdisciplinary Reflections: Transdisciplinarity as Play and Transformation
Alfonso Montuori
Alfonso Montuori Americans have historically been a very practical people. Delving too much into the realm of theory and ideas, let alone epistemology, has often been viewed askance; a somewhat effete egghead distraction from the business of getting things made and done. Theory is a complex and problematic term, and it’s also far more pervasive […]
Integral Design Leadership: “Envisioning Pure Land @Taiwan”
Lisa Norton
Lisa Norton Face it, Accept it, Deal with it, Let go of it. Venerable Master Sheng-yen Our pervasive designed worlds have powerful impacts on our consciousness, attitudes and lifestyles, and vice versa. Living and working in Asia over the last decade, has given me an experiential grasp of cultural dispositions that disclose the built world […]
Integral North: Dispelling the Leader Myth
Mark McCaslin
Mark L. McCaslin The responsibility falls to George Washington. The vision of this exceptionally courageous leader standing tall in the longboat with the nation’s new flag symbolically flying behind him is a powerful image. It effectively cemented the image of the leader at the helm, in command and, because we know the outcome, as perennially […]
Integral North: The Alchemy of Potential
Mark McCaslin
Mark McCaslin Nature strives towards perfection. – Aristotle I originally began this issue’s column with quite a different idea. I had purposed myself to delve into the notion of Integral Leadership as a philosophy over a defined field. A recent conversation with Russ Volckmann was the catalyst for that idea. Then I learned that one […]
Integral Design Leadership: Personal Introduction
Lisa Norton
Lisa Norton “Changing, it rests.” -Heraclitus When Russ Volckmann posted an invitation to write about design thinking for ILR on a LinkedIn forum, I jumped at the chance. In this introduction, I’ve shared some of my background through stories from life and work. As I begin this column I am hoping that my contributions to […]
Transdisciplinary Reflections
Alfonso Montuori
Five Dimensions of Applied Transdisciplinarity Alfonso Montuori There’s an emerging literature arguing for the importance of a transdisciplinary approach, outlining its philosophical roots, and articulating the need for transdisciplinarity in our present situation. Transdisciplinarity is already branching out in many different forms and on many different levels, from the highly theoretical to the more applied. […]
The Master Code: Spiral Dynamics Integral
Don Beck
Meshworks Solutions: Doing what Needs to be Done! Don Beck Our Regrets. We were unable to secure this column for this issue. Please see the October issue that is forthcoming. We anticipate the column will resume then. Thanks, Russ
Transdisciplinary Reflections
Alfonso Montuori
 A Personal Introduction Alfonso Montuori The networked society, with the amazing power of new technology, gives us access to more information than ever before. The problem now is not access to information. It’s how to organize that information, turn it into knowledge, and use that knowledge wisely. This is the challenge of Transdisciplinarity. I want […]
Integral North
Mark McCaslin
Leading at the Intersection Mark McCaslin Our future, in a global sense of the term, seems to consistently emerge from Intersections of Potential. In addition, it seems quite clear that new knowledge is very often born to the world at the Intersections of Disciplines. Taken together these two intersections would seem to have an evolving […]
The Master Code: Spiral Dynamics integral
Don Beck
The Integral Dance: How a Master Code Pollinates and Preserves the Culture of Bumblebees Don Beck If anyone ever reminded me of a human bumblebee at buzz in the world, it would be the author Howard Bloom in his creative nest in Brooklyn, New York. Actually, his nest is on the second floor of one […]
Journeys into the Integral North
Mark McCaslin
Putting Wisdom to Work in the World Mark McCaslin Inspiring Accountability in the Workplace I began my teaching career in 1985 as a shop teacher. To this day I remain grateful for the everyday usefulness of the lessons I was taught by so many fine artists and artisans.  The value of these early lessons came […]
Cracking the Master Code: The Search for a New Metaphor to Facilitate Human Emergence
Don Beck
“Spiral Dynamics Integral is one of he first integral psychologies now available and, as presented by Don Beck, I give it my highest recommendation. It has profound implications for business, politics, education, and medicine, and it will give you the tools to begin applying these revolutionary ideas in your own field immediately. Don’t miss it!”                                                            […]
Column: Journeys into the Integral North
Mark McCaslin
Putting Wisdom to Work in the World Adventures of Ideas Mark McCaslin [We are delighted to announce the beginning of a new column that will be appearing in each issue of Integral Leadership Review. Mark McCaslin is an innovator and is in passionate pursuit of learning through sense- and meaning-making. But he doesn’t stop there. […]
Feature Articles
8/31 – Learning to embrace the paradox of leadership
Jaap Geerlof
Jaap Geerlof  Abstract The complexifying world places contemporary leaders for major challenges in leading organizations. The progressive complexity of the organizational and social context often surfaces as paradox. Surprisingly, paradoxes are hardly addressed in leadership epistemology, or in leadership development models. Contrarily, management and organizational science scholars have embraced the necessity to engage paradox in […]
8/31 – Leadership, Mindflow and the Integral Point of It All: The role of Integral Leadership in bringing mindfulness and flow to the workplace
Ron Cacioppe
Ron Cacioppe Summary This article reviews the definitions, characteristics and research dealing with mindfulness, meditation and flow and their positive effects on individual health, interpersonal relations, workplace engagement and performance improvement. This article explores the role of integral leadership to provide conditions for mindfulness in flow (mindflow) using an integral framework. There is growing interest […]
8/31 – Sentence completion assessments for ego development, meaning-making, and wisdom maturity, including STAGES
Tom Murray
Tom Murray Overview This article began as a series of short white papers providing various types of background information about STAGES and its predecessors. Its sections are relatively independent and readers with prior knowledge should be able to skip to and read each independently, or in any order.  For those new to the field, it […]
8/31 – A Response to Critiques of the STAGES Developmental Model
Terri O'Fallon, Tom Murray, Geoff Fitch, Kim Barta, and John Kesler
Terri O’Fallon, Tom Murray, Geoff Fitch, Kim Barta, and John Kesler Executive Summary Our goal in this article is to respond to the Critique‘s call for rigor by providing detailed explanations, and also, to provide further answers to questions and misconceptions that may exist about the STAGES model—therefore the article is rather long. For those who want […]
4/22 – Challenges of Transdisciplinary Collaboration: A Conceptual Literature Review
Sue L. T. McGregor
Sue L.T. McGregor The focus of this paper was transdisciplinary collaboration and what is being said in the literature about the challenges of this aspect of transdisciplinarity work. A conceptual literature review revealed four conceptual threads: (a) managing group processes, (b) reflexivity, (c) common learning process, and (d) facilitating integration and synthesis. These challenges mirror […]
4/22 – An Integrative Vision: Worldcentric Guardians Using Integrative Dynamics in Our Current Crises
Gerard Bruitzman
Gerard Bruitzman Many of us understand that humanity is living amidst an unprecedented global meta-crisis, marked by many deep, complexly interrelated, and compounding local, national and global crises: educational, ecological, economic, health, moral, political, social, technological, et al. We tend to respond with a mix of at least three ways to these crises. First, we […]
4/22 – A New Approach to Dialog: Teaching the Dialectical Thought Form Framework – Part I: Foundations of Real-World Dialog
Otto Laske
Otto Laske If a simple epigram could sum up what is essential to thinking dialectically it should be that it is the art of thinking the coincidence of distinctions and connections. Its essence is fluidity structured around the hard core of the concept of absence and the 1M-4D relations it implicates. – Roy Bhaskar (1993, p. […]
4/22 – A New Approach to Dialog: Teaching the Dialectical Thought Form Framework – Part II: Dialoging Tools of Dialectic
Otto Laske
 Otto Laske Part II: Dialoging Tools of Dialectic Using a Short Table of Thought Forms The reader now realizes that in order to understand the world around it, the thinking ego uses thought forms, and that grouped together thought forms make up a living, transformational system that increasingly develops over a person’s life time (“mind”). […]
4/22 – A New Approach to Dialog: Teaching the Dialectical Thought Form Framework – Part III: Teaching Programs for, and Applications of, Dialogical Dialectic
Otto Laske
Otto Laske   Part III: Teaching Programs for, and Applications of, Dialogical Dialectic How to Develop a Teaching Program for Dialectical Thinking Teaching dialectical thinking in a world dominated by logical thinking is a task of tall order. There is apparently no place for such thinking in a world governed by algorithms and formal- logical […]
11/30 – How Roy Bhaskar Expanded and Deepened the Notion of Adult Cognitive Development: A Succinct History of the DialecticalThought Form Framework (DTF)
Otto Laske
Otto Laske “The major problems in the world (today) are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.” – Gregory Bateson “Logic merely defines how the world must be if we are to successfully apply certain techniques.” – Roy Bhaskar This article explains in the most simple terms possible how […]
11/30 – Co-hosting: Creating Optimal Experience for Team Interactions
Jim Ritchie-Dunham and Maureen Metcalf
Jim Ritchie-Dunham and Maureen Metcalf This paper provides a high-level framework for leaders to refine their approach to increasing team effectiveness by leveraging the concept of “room to roam.” Room to roam looks at five key variables we believe are foundation when looking at leadership successful performance in groups. For people working in groups, we […]
11/30 – Transformations on the Path to Really Teal & Turquoise Organizations
Eugene Pustoshkin
Eugene Pustoshkin The idea of “teal organizations” described in Frederick Laloux’s book Reinventing Organizations is gaining popularity today both globally and in Russia. Hundreds of entrepreneurs and business leaders in various companies—from IT to banks—are seeking new forms of self-organizing. They’re tired of the limitations that are inherent in classical hierarchical subdivisions, their low efficiency […]
11/30 – Integral Essence of Russian Philosophy. Part 2: Through Tragedy and Exile
Alexander Malakhov
Alexander Malakhov Translated from Russian by Eugene Pustoshkin Those philosophers, who disagreed with the new regime but stayed in the country, suffered tragic fate. One characteristic example of that is Pavel Florenskiy (1882–1937), who was known as “the Russian Leonardo da Vinci.” His first book The Pillar and Ground of the Truth, written when he […]
11/30 – The Truth, the Goodness, and the Beauty: Integral Essence of Russian Philosophy
Alexander Malakhov
Alexander Malakhov   Translated from Russian by Eugene Pustoshkin The Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and, in many ways, contemporary Russia have been uniquely distinctive spaces, only partially included into other civilizational projects. The collective spirit of these spaces is rarely understood by foreigners and, in fact, not always grasped by the very inhabitants of […]
8/31 – From Abrasive to Impressive Leadership
Lynn Harrison
Lynn Harrison, PhD This is a story about how coaching based on integral leadership concepts helped bring about the successful transformation of a leader formerly viewed by coworkers as highly abrasive. For deep and sustained change to occur, the work needed to explore not only externally visible behaviors and practices, but the powerful inner values, […]
8/31 – You look pretty good for your age!
Mark Davenport
Mark Davenport Are you old enough to have heard this from someone perhaps your own age, but probably younger than you, but certainly not older than you?  If so. How did you feel upon hearing it? For me it was a bit like being called “Sir” in a shop for the first time. I thought […]
8/31 – Trusting Desire: A Trans-lineage ‘Living Spirituality’ that Actually Leads to Action
Zach Schlosser
Zach Schlosser Abstract In this paper I outline a trans-lineage spirituality rooted in our intrinsic and discovered desires. I begin with a critique of Buddhism and then draw on insights from Saniel Bonder’s work developing the contemporary awakening school Waking Down in Mutuality, Bonnitta Roy’s Process Model of Integral Theory and her notion of View, Bruce […]
8/31 – The Pathway to Integral Operational Leadership
Greg Park
Greg Park Abstract In today’s successful twenty first century business organisation the operational leader is to be regarded less as the “dinosaur”, to be culled in the interests of efficiency, but rather as the pivotal leadership role in re-defining and effectively implementing an alternative organisational logic. This new leadership logic takes into account, in an […]
4/28 – The Science of Possibility: What’s the question?
Jon Freeman
Jon Freeman Our core human questions have not changed in centuries.   “Who am I, where did “all this” come from, where is it going, how does it work.….?”  Our answers have evolved, increasing in sophistication as our frameworks have grown and as we have added to the information available.  That journey of widening perspective is […]
4/28 – Transfiguring the Everyday: Socio-Cultural Ontologies and Philosophical Transgression
Michael Schwartz
Michael Schwartz     Disenchantment, Philosophy, Meta-Philosophy Disenchantment is a recurring, if at times underground, concern in contemporary continental and comparative philosophy. To get some quick bearings, let us recall Weber’s famous characterization of modern instrumental reason and its rationalizing processes as dissolving and displacing pre-modern senses of an inherently meaningful and magical world. Similarly, […]
3/7 – Multidimensional communication in Holoscendence: How it augments Integral psychotherapy, leadership, and ordinary life
Eugene Pustoshkin
Eugene Pustoshkin In this article I want to tell about the concept of multidimensional communication pioneered in Holoscendence, an integral meta-method of human development, first introduced and developed by Sergey Kupriyanov, PhD in Medicine, a Russian-born Integral therapist from Helsinki, Finland (Kupriyanov 2013). Dr. Kupriyanov—during the many years of his work in USSR as a […]
3/7 – Steps towards an Integral Tomorrow
Alexander Malakhov with Eugene Pustoshkin
Alexander Malakhov, with Eugene Pustoshkin In the past hundred years numerous thinkers around the world—from the United States to the Soviet Union and India—came to believe that if the human civilization wants to survive and reach new horizons, societies and people that constitute those societies must overcome fragmentariness and prevailing prejudices and learn to see […]
3/7 – An Integral Approach to the Thought Space or Noosphere – Evolving of Human Consciousness and its Energy
Sanja Veršić
Sanja Veršić Russian Cosmic Ideas and Energy Reading. From materials presented at the IEC, May 2014 ABSTRACT In this paper the attention is drawn to the energetic dimension of the human space of thought scientifically known as noosphere. The term is elaborated by the Russian natural scientist Vladimir Vernadsky, one of the prominent thinkers of […]
3/7 – Community 2.0: The Crystal Mind Conference and Mindfulness Movement in Russia
The Crystal Mind conference's organizers
The Crystal Mind conference’s organizers Special Russia Issue Guest Editor’s Note: To me the Crystal Mind Conference is one of the brightest and most interesting consciousness-related events in Russia. For my country, it is one of the first attempts to collectively pioneer mindfulness in a systematic and professional manner, with skillful media coverage, and a […]
3/7 – The role of leadership in city revival.  Challenges and hidden growth potential
Maxim Arzumanyan
Maxim Arzumanyan Leadership is stepping forth on the management arena Major demand for leadership as a managing approach was generated during transition stage from planned to market economy and later on to innovative economy in some segments. In the first case the task was to redistribute resources and administration, in the second to focus on […]
3/7 – What is the Dzogchen of vertical leadership development? Does it exist?
Anastasia Gosteva
Anastasia Gosteva Four years ago I was sitting in the meditation hall in my master’s ashram when suddenly the whole world became alive. The chair I was sitting on, the carpet, the column, the air—every inch of matter and space was alive and pulsating with love, it was love itself. Technically I saw that my […]
3/7 – A BILLION YEARS AHEAD
Anatoly Balyaev
Anatoly Balyaev My inner child has been asking to speak about one of his favorite themes for a long time. This time I won’t stop him from doing it. Many years ago, there were lots of amazing sci-fi stories in my young life, and I’ve grown up absorbing their significant vision of future with all […]
3/7 – On Specific Questions Regarding Integral Geography
Milana Ragulina
Milana Ragulina Translated from Russian by Eugene Pustoshkin In this essay I want to discuss several specific questions that are important for me as a scholar-researcher who wants to continue applying the integral methodology in my own work. The first question is related to the specificity of Siberia—a region which is non-homologous and full of […]
3/7 – Integral Education (in Siberia)
Diana Belotserkovskaya
Diana Belotserkovskaya Translated from Russian by Eugene Pustoshkin Education is the initiation of a human being into his or her own innermost nature; the Force which originates in “an infinite potential-in-potentiality,” given to an individual at birth due to the nature of his or her origination from the unitive primordial principle, the infinite Force. Education plays a […]
1/18 – Psychonetics: A Russian Corpus of Psychotechnologies
Oleg Bakhtiyarov
Oleg Bakhtiyarov (Translated from Russian by Eugene Pustoshkin) Today the entire corpus of psychotechniques is so vast that one could find practices aimed at both resolving psychological, social or medical problems and developing supranormative skills necessary for performing extreme tasks in operational or intellectual activities. There are also, however, non-pragmatic motivations such as the drive […]
1/18 – Who benefits from vertical development in Russia today?
Anastasia Nekrasova and Irina Smirnova
Anastasia Nekrasova and Irina Smirnova An expanded individual: an end or a means? Coaching in Russia is a relatively new field. Although in its cradle, developmental coaching awakes curiosity – it seems to have powers to transform people and systems. How do those coaches use this power? Who benefits from the transformations they induce? This article […]
1/18 – A Russian Immigrant’s Experience at One of America’s Liberal Arts Programs and His Attempt at Making It More Integral
George Koupatadze
George Koupatadze Background & the Context My story is that of a typical immigrant.  My family and I decided to immigrate to the United States from Russia during the time of great turmoil in our home country – after the Soviet Union collapsed and together with it – our familiar way of life.  As the […]
1/18 – Integral Russian Experience: Developing a Training & Development System Through the Lens of the Integral “All-Quadrant” Approach
Elena Ryuse
Elena Ryuse In this short essay I want to discuss some actual examples and aspects of creating and developing a training system in Russian and international companies as seen through the perspective of the Integral approach.  I will briefly review some methods and tools which have proven to be successful and been applied in business […]
1/18 – Coaching Market Development in a Russian Business Context
Elena Ryuse
Elena Ryuse How does the coaching market develop in a Russian business context? What companies try to choose this tool for development of employees? This article will help in answering these questions. Two decades ago Spiral Dynamics emerged in America as a complexly structured system of organizational and cultural transformation (this system was founded by […]
11/30 – “Reinventing Organisations” and the Teal impulse
Jon Freeman
Jon Freeman So what’s this “Teal” organisations thing? There has been some major buzz generating about “Teal” organisations.  It started with Frederic Laloux’s book “Reinventing Organizations”.  There are some good videos on YouTube of Frederic talking about it and if you haven’t read it, you can easily get an overview.  The buzz has been amplified […]
10/9 – Acting As If – We’re in 2nd Tier
Tom Bruno-Magdich
Tom Bruno-Magdich  Hello fellow Integral Leadership Review reader. I think it’s only fair that I disclose who I am and what I stand for before you spend your valuable time reading this article. I’m a firm believer that fear is behind most, if not all, of the worst things human beings do to each other. […]
10/9 – Leading from the Field: Twelve Principles for Energetic Stewardship
Peter Merry
Peter Merry         Introduction As we stand on the edge of a new era, with old beliefs, institutions and values crumbling around us, a new realisation is dawning in the minds of many. This is not just an upgrade of our current civilisation. This is a new starting point. From this point […]
10/9 – The Art of Leading Change: Innovative Leaders Transformation Model
Maureen Metcalf and Carla Morelli
Maureen Metcalf & Carla Morelli Abstract This paper provides a high-level framework for leading transformative change that increases the probability of success by integrating leadership and culture into the process. It is based on decades of practical consulting experience incorporating integral models into solid consulting and change leadership frameworks. This material is intended for leaders exploring options […]
10/9 – The Highly Sensitive Integral Leader
Tracy Cooper
Tracy M. Cooper, Ph.D. Abstract This paper presents a view of emergence as an integral leader in the community of individuals who have the personality trait sensory processing sensitivity, aka: highly sensitive people or HSPs.  Written from a first person point of view I specifically recount the organic pathway that eventually led to my emergence […]
8/19 – A Note on the Field: Thoughts on Integral Leadership Post ITC 2015
Tim Winton
Tim Winton So, something happened at the Integral Theory Conference. Four weeks now since it ended and its still happening. Not with quite the same intensity, but intense enough that it feels like one of those things where once the experience has been had, the power of it means that things are never really going […]
8/19 – Talent Strategies Development in HR by Stages: Developmental Theory Research Through Coaching
Daniel Álvarez Lamas and María Ortega Luna
Daniel Álvarez Lamas                                                                                     María Ortega Luna   Abstract This article is one of the […]
8/19 – Contemplative Dialogue Practices: An inquiry into deep interiority, shadow work, and insight
Tom Murray
Tom Murray PART I Introduction: Dialogue and the Pulse of Freedom Dialogue invokes ideals of equality, participation, freedom, collaboration, responsibility, diversity, creativity, and adaptation. A central theme in the advancement of human society is the movement from rigid and authoritarian to more responsive, democratic, and thus dialogic social practices. Open, free, authentic, rich, and reciprocal […]
8/19 – When Flow Doesn’t Happen
Judith L. Glick-Smith
Judith L. Glick-Smith I’m all about flow. Being in a flow state brings me a sense of joy and the feeling of being authentic in the moment. This is a topic I have been studying for eight years and with which I feel intimately connected. Since beginning my study of flow—what it is, what triggers […]
8/19 – Patterns for Navigating the Transition to a World in Energy Descent
David MacLeod
David MacLeod Abstract This paper considers current concerns about resource depletion (“energy descent”) and the unsustainability of current economic structures, which may indicate we are entering a new era signaled by the end of growth. Using the systems thinking tool of PatternDynamics™, developed by Tim Winton, this paper seeks to integrate multiple natural patterns in […]
8/19 – Exploring the Triple Impact of Evolutionary Co-leadership
Alain Gauthier
Alain Gauthier Abstract The purpose of this paper is to explore – from an integral perspective – what it means and what it takes to transcend and include individual leadership in moving toward evolutionary co-leadership, as well as the triple impact it can have – at the individual, group, and societal levels. There are profound […]
8/19 – Ancient Greek & Andean Ideas Can Be Integral and Useful to Sustain an Integral Economy Today
Giorgio Piacenza Cabrera
Giorgio Piacenza Some ancient seminal ideas from previous Earth-respecting traditions – in spite of originating in largely pre-modern stage societies – are still essentially compatible TODAY with Integral Theory and with other integrative approaches. These are integral-level ideas embedded across time within the main cultural-social developmental stages. Apparently, many of these ideas did occur in agrarian economies […]
6/16 – The Role of Language in Writing the Universe – Tentative Thoughts on Leadership*
Sahlan Momo
Sahlan Momo Bombastic! These are not thoughts these are stones, milestone of a human condition in which the self is both in itself and in the other. The other and the I, the eternal contenders turning partners to bear witness to a recovered unity. No longer the I and the Other, the other and the […]
6/16 – On Bhaskarian and Laskean Dialectics
Michael Schwartz
(In Memory of Roy Bhaskar 1944-2014) Michael Schwartz Roy Bhaskar, who passed away last fall, was a leading philosopher and meta-disciplinarian who founded the school of Critical Realism, an international academic movement encompassing many research domains, including an annual international conference, a peer-reviewed journal, and four active book series on Routledge press. Bhaskar himself wrote […]
4/7 – An Integral Perspective of Peace Leadership
Whitney McIntyre Miller and Zachary Gabriel Green
Whitney McIntyre Miller and Zachary Gabriel Green Peace leadership is the mobilization of action for just change. When people are motivated to act individually and function collectively for the benefit of humanity and the planet, peace leadership is present. Central to peace leadership is a desire for inclusion and cohesion whereby individuals are enabled to live in liberty […]
12/21 – Re-Visioning the Heroes Journey: A Story of Something Old, Something New
Ginger Grant
Ginger Grant Summary Whether they admit it or not, our organizations are in trouble and face an uncertain future. The world in which they operate is changing rapidly and fundamentally yet the majority of our current organizational leaders continue to be command-control driven and to operate in much the same way as they have done […]
12/21 – Developing an Inclusive Perspective for a Diverse College: Inclusion = Diversity + Engagement
Cheryl Whitelaw
Cheryl Whitelaw Abstract: This article describes a project at the NorQuest College Center for Intercultural Education to develop an inclusion model for a post-secondary, two-year college. Inclusion = Diversity + Engagement is a model for action based on the integration of Integral theory, particularly the all quadrants component of the AQAL model by Ken Wilber […]
12/21 – Polarization, Conversation, and Collective Intelligence
Tom Atlee
Tom Atlee Polarization is rooted in dichotomous thinking – binary, oppositional, polarized perspectives that have been with us for thousands of years.  The problems and insights presented by dichotomous thinking have been long recognized, along with transpolarizing perspectives that provide us with positive ways to appreciate dichotomy and deal with it and the false choices it […]
9/24 – Sustainable Cultures, Sustainable Planet: A Values System Perspective on Constructive Dialogue and Cooperative Action
Don Beck
Don Edward Beck Dr. Don Beck In the Beginning…  Still fresh in my mind is a story from my youth, one often told by both teachers and clerics to dramatize the importance of people in whatever kind of world we were able to imagine. A youngster was given a puzzle that had a picture of […]
9/24 – Integral Foundations for a New Politics
Bruce Schuman
Bruce Schuman One way to understand integral politics involves seeing the world through just a few deeply intuitive principles. These ideas, grounded in wholeness and an instinct for inclusion, are widely understood by leading-edge thinkers and spiritual/ecological communitarians all over the world. Sometimes these ideas are seen as the expression of a universal archetype that […]
9/24 – Building Authentic Leadership by Innovating How You Lead
Maureen Metcalf
Maureen Metcalf Abstract How can leaders be authentic and encourage others to do the same while concurrently meeting the needs of the overall team and organization? This chapter explores the process of becoming a more authentic leader by applying the Innovative Leadership model. It walks through the five elements of the innovative leadership model then […]
8/15 — From “Developmental Theory” to a Dialogical and Dialectical Epistemology: Introducing Three Modes of Structured Dialog with Clients
Otto Laske
Otto Laske In this text, I focus on the central relevance of interviewing skills in being able to lead a dialog in the structured way made possible by the Constructive Developmental Framework (CDF), whether it be social-emotional or cognitive. I do so in the context of showing that the certification as a Master Developmental Consultant/Coach […]
8/15 — Evolution of the Telos Model and its Applications
Arul Dev and Manoj Pavitran
Arul Dev and Manoj Pavitran Introduction Telos, is a model of consciousness based on the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo. Developed by Manoj Pavitran and Arul Dev, the first version of the model looked upon consciousness as having seven notes. While a detailed write up is available in the ILR article that was published in […]
8/15 — Global Integral Competence for Cosmopolitan Communication
Kazuma Matoba
Kazuma Matoba 1.  Communication: The Issue At the beginning of this third millennium AD, the world has achieved remarkable developments in global and instantaneous communication. Yet, in spite of these achievements, terrible human issues still persist due in large part to the darker side of cultural and individual diversity. In some way, these issues are […]
8/15 – A Developmental Autobiography: Plateaus and Transitions in My Development as an Adult
Edward Kelly
Third in a Three Part Series Edward J Kelly Abstract This is the third in a series of articles for the Integral Leadership Review in which I have attempted to explain my research on adult development. As readers of the previous two articles will note, I have explored this topic in depth by looking at […]
6/26 India at an Inflexion Point
Ashok Malhotra & Raghu Ananthanarayanan
 The Election and the Indian Psyche Ashok Malhotra & Raghu Ananthanarayanan India is at an inflexion point. An old civilization is coming to terms with modernity. At Sumedhas Academy for Human Context (www.sumedhas.org) we have been examining the nature and processes of the Indian Psyche with deep interest. As India takes steps towards development, it […]
4/29 – A NEW MODEL OF THE FIRM: Sustainable Business as Transformation of Management, Organization, Economics, Science, and Morality
Paul Hess
Paul Hess The modern corporation has many demands placed upon it by various stakeholders: investors, customers, employees, communities, government, representatives of the natural environment, etc. How should corporations respond to these stakeholders? There are three major possibilities: to prioritize one stakeholder, to address all stakeholders separately, or to serve all stakeholders as part of a […]
4/29 – Cui Bono Integral: Whose Side Does Integral Vision Take?
Eugene Pustoshkin
Eugene Pustoshkin We live in truly interesting and turbulent times, as the events of 2014 show us. Geopolitical and sociocultural landscapes, gigantic tectonic plates of meanings and socioeconomic factors begin to move, bringing forth noticeable shifts and re-distributions of power relations. It is extraordinarily difficult to orient in the sequence of sociopolitical earthquakes and hurricanes, […]
4/29 – The Role and Power of Mental Models
Mino Dallosto
Mino Dallosto The mastery of mental models, the ability to identify, test and change the images of the world that we carry within us promise to be one of the most spectacular progress of the learning organizations. – Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline What are MM, what are they made of, how many types of […]
4/29 – Between Non- and Post-Disciplinarity ?!
Wendelin Küpers
Perspectives on Integral Inter- and Trans-Disciplinary Re-Search  Wendelin Küpers “Your planet is very beautiful,” [said the little prince]. “Has it any oceans?” “I couldn’t tell you,” said the geographer… “But you are a geographer!” “Exactly,” the geographer said. “But I am not an explorer. I haven’t a single explorer on my planet. It is not […]
4/1 – Insights on 3-D Leadership Development and Enactment
Anouk Brack
Anouk Brack Are you missing out on 75% of professional leadership potential? Deploy the 3-D developmental strategy and transcend the limits of competence-based leadership development. This article will describe what the next level in leadership development is and how to access it. Firstly, the strengths and limitations of the concept of competence building are explained. […]
4/1 – The Transdisciplinary Meme
Sue L. T. McGregor
Sue L.T. McGregor This article introduces the idea of creating and spreading a transdisciplinarity meme (herein called the TDMeme). After defining meme, an overview of a recent attempt to meme map climate change will be shared (Karafiath & Brewer, 2013). Then, the model emerging from this memeatic strategy will be used to introduce the idea […]
4/1 – Foundation For Integral Self-Management: A ‘Working Hypothesis’
Robert Wayne Johnston
Robert Wayne Johnston In an Integral Leadership Review article I articulated the importance of becoming a proficient integral self-manager as a prerequisite to effective integral leadership (Johnston 2010).  After much reflection about providing readers a theoretical foundation for integral self-management I decided on telling an original allegory (story) which would depict my foundational ‘working hypothesis’ […]
4/1 – Leadership and Complexity
Mike Kitson
Mike Kitson Introduction “IT is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife;” so writes Jane Austin at the start of Pride and Prejudice.  In 1813 when this was first published there were many “truths” that would have been “universally acknowledged” as […]
Forthcoming: Ed Kelly on Warren Buffett, Part 3
Edward Kelly
4/1 – The Adventures of Integral Consciousness in Russia: An Interview with Eugene Pustoshkin
Eugene Pustoshkin
Translated by Eugene Pustoshkin Eugene Pustoshkin lives in St. Petersburg, Russia. He currently serves as the Chief Editor of Eros and Kosmos (see: http://eroskosmos.org/english), a recently founded Russian online magazine; he is also the Bureau Chief / Associate Editor for Russia at Integral Leadership Review. A few years ago he graduated as clinical psychologist from […]
2/23 – A Case for Integral Developmental Psychology in Leadership Education: Perspectives from Teaching Integral and Transpersonal Psychologies on the Doctoral Programme of a Premiere African Business School
David Lipchitz and Paul Freinkel
David Lipchitz and Paul Freinkel Abstract Africa is experiencing unprecedented economic growth, and is gaining attention as an opportunity for international investment. At the same time brutal war, genocide, famine, rampant corruption, and ethnic violence remain fresh in African memories and current affairs. Understanding and navigating this complex business environment falls on business leaders who […]
1/20 –Education as Development – Integral Transformative Vision for Africa
Oliver Ngodo
Oliver Ngodo  Introduction Africa’s problems keep mounting, assuming greater complexity by day. Concerned individuals and groups seek solutions in their different areas of interest or specialization, thus being partial ab initio, with the result that their different perspectives are everything except holistic. Solutions proffered consequently differ greatly among scholars and practitioners on even the basic […]
1/20 – Nelson Mandela – A Tribute
Chief Emeka Anyaoku
Chief Emeka Anyaoku In the gallery of world statesmen of the twentieth century, Nelson Mandela occupies an exceptional position. His name will be forever linked with the struggle of the South African people to end apartheid, the coping stone of the racism and the injustices to which they had been subjected for so long.  However, […]
1/20 – What I Have Learned from Madiba
Yene Assegid
A Distinction Between the Best Leader Versus the Great Leader Yene Assegid Many of us are familiar with Lao Tzu’s quote: “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” And yes, in ordinary situations, the best leader may […]
1/20 – Leadership in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Development Process
Israel R. Kabashiki
Israel R. Kabashiki Abstract Purpose – This paper intends to explore leadership in sub-Saharan Africa. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on ideas developed from reading editorials and articles on leadership in several journals. The study is also based on discoveries from a survey administered to some Africans to gather their perception about leadership in […]
11/27 – Metaphorical Knowing: Creating New Understandings and New Realities
Kim Hermanson
Kim Hermanson Rumi wrote, “Don’t look for me in a human shape.
I am inside your looking. No need
 for form with a love this strong.” To my mind, Rumi’s lines refer to the power that metaphors have on our ability to see the world around us. Metaphors are “inside our looking.” They don’t have a […]
11/27 – Freedom to Learn: The New Meaning of American Dream
Alla Ratner
Alla Ratner Alla Ratner Introduction This article describes the benefits of spiritually empowered practice in business and beyond. Our company provides guidance to entrepreneurial leaders who come from Russia in the hopes of finding their business niche in the United States. We help these emerging Russian-American leaders to incorporate spiritual concepts in their development plans. […]
11/27 – Shifting from Knowledge Power to Generative Inquiry: Creating the Field for Transformative Learning in Healthcare and Business
Nancy L. Southern, Jorge Taborga, and Mara Zabari
Nancy L. Southern, Jorge Taborga, and Mara Zabari Abstract Our work in creating opportunities for transformative learning for individuals and organizations has surfaced a pattern that needs attention and consideration.  That pattern is an over reliance on knowledge power that keeps us focused on acquiring more information, often from experts, planning and strategizing based on […]
10/26 – Evaluating Big Data Projects – Success and Failure Using an Integral Lens
Maureen Metcalf and James Brenza
Maureen Metcalf and James Brenza Introduction This paper will evaluate “Big Data” project implementations through an integral lens and a transformation implementation lens to identify key success factors driving successful projects and also identifying what is missing in failed projects.  We selected “Big Data” projects because of their complexity and our belief that successful implementation […]
10/ 26 – The Tribal Lesson: A New Route to Effective Teamwork
Michael J McEwan
Michael J McEwan After a couple of decades building and leading high-performing teams, and finding it took between 2 and 7 months to develop this level of performance, I decided there has to be a quicker way of doing this. I wanted people to go straight from meeting each other into behaving as a high-performance […]
09/17 – Searching for an Integral Vision: Light Bearers, Freedom Fighters and Prisoners in Premodern, Modern and Postmodern Times
Gerard Bruitzman
Gerard Bruitzman God became man so that man might become God. – Saint Athanasius, Saint Augustine, Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Meister Eckhart, Jacob Boehme, and many others (W Perry, 2008, p. 23) You see yourself as the drop in the ocean, but you are also the ocean in the drop. – Rumi (online) I have […]
09/17 – Marriage of Sense and Soul: Embodying Integral Leadership in the City 2.0
Brian McConnell
Brian McConnell Abstract: Identified as a facet of psychosocial experience in something Ken Wilber has termed dissociation, this article looks at similarly related phenomenology as recounted by various others in apportioning its pathological effects across a broad swath of global consciousness.  Advocating contemplative practice as a mode for translating theory to application, the article also […]
09/17 – An Integral Catholic Leader: Father Anthony de Mello, SJ
Giorgio Piacenza Cabrera
Giorgio Piacenza Cabrera Introduction      Father Anthony de Mello SJ is considered one of the foremost mystical theologians of the late Twentieth Century. His simple and direct approach to life continues to untie all kinds of blockages preventing man’s acceptance of his spiritual nature, even decades after his unexpected death. De Mello’s radiated authenticity, love for […]
09/3 – A New Take on Leadership for the 21st Century with New Methods for Development and Transformation: LQ –Leader Intelligence and Development Dialogues
Marika Ronthy
Marika Ronthy We need a new understanding of what leadership is all about and the skills that must be developed to meet the requirements of a new world. We also need dynamic tools for development and transformation. Why do we need a new understanding? Why do we need new methods and new tools? Why can […]
09/3 – Reflections on the Ethics of Process Consultation in the 21st Century
Otto Laske
Otto Laske To memory of social critic Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979) Abstract In this paper, I am taking a critical, socio-historical perspective on what is presented today as “factual” insight into the structure of the development of adults, both social-emotional and cognitive. I intend to show that the scientific construct of “adult development” is actually an […]
08/15 – Thinking About Integral
Russ Volckmann
Gary Hawke As I have been developing the Integral Alive model, it appears that I am spending time feeling into the inquiry of —what does Integral mean. The more I have pursued this question, the more I began to realise that if I want to use the word Integral, then I better understand, not just what it means, but also in […]
08/15-Tension and Compression: Pre-requisites for a Healthy Business
Christine McDougall
Christine McDougall This article has been written after years of working with businesses and leaders within business. The examples of businesses that work well with tension and compression are rare. Most of the businesses that get this right are small and agile. They have unquestioned clarity around the service their business provides and they hold […]
08/15 – Joyful Work: Re-imagining Engagement, Creativity and Performance
Kirstin McGuire
Kirstin McGuire The depth and breadth of unrealized human potential currently lying dormant in our Eco is more than a match for any personal, local, societal, global, economical or ecological problem we face. The full actualization of these potentials through constructing a creative and transformative educational and leadership effort is our opportunity. (McCaslin, 2013, p. […]
Self-Deception in Leadership from a Developmental Perspective
Tatiana Bachkirova and Nick Shannon
“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 […]
The AQAL Cube for Dummies
Lexi Neale
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 […]
Tau Bada: An Agent of Change’s Story
John Quinlan
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 […]
Warren Buffet’s Transformation in Leadership: Part 2
Edward Kelly
Edward J. Kelly Abstract 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 […]
Cognition: Theory, Measurement, Implications
Maretha Prinsloo and Paul Barrett
Maretha Prinsloo and Paul Barrett Abstract 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, […]
Understanding Human Happiness, Its Measure and a New Leadership Role
Greg Southworth
Introduction 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 […]
Exploring the Pathways to Postconventional Personality Development
Angela H. Pfaffenberger
Angela H. Pfaffenberger Abstract Abraham Maslow originated the notion of self-actualization over 50 years ago. However, very little research has emerged addressing the question of how individuals can progress to advanced stages of development. Past research has shown that the majority of adults fail to achieve the most advanced stages of personality development and that […]
Spiritual Intelligence and Integral Leadership
Alla Ratner
Alla Ratner Alla Ratner  Introduction After 20 years in a successful leadership career, I experienced a loss of meaning. I felt locked into a dense isolation where going through one more day seemed intolerable. I was not aware that there could be a spiritual malady behind my professional and personal crisis. Spirituality was not a […]
Living, Learning, and Leading within the Integral Space: Energizing Integral Leadership through Experiential Learning
Mark McCaslin and Jason Flora
Mark McCaslin and Jason Flora There is an important relationship at work concerning integral leadership and the notion of the leader in a teaching and learning role. Integral leadership positions itself at the intersections of potential and therefore seeks the ability to use multiple approaches, multiple lenses, and to fashion the wide-reaching theoretical aims of […]
Transformation in Leadership, Part 1: A Developmental Study of Warren Buffett
Edward Kelly
Edward J. Kelly Abstract The following is a summary of my developmental research on Warren Buffett. The study concludes that Warren Buffett has gone through seven transformations in leadership and that his character development is largely responsible for his success as a leader. Introduction I first became actively interested in Warren Buffett in 1995 having […]
Beyond Complexity
Eric Storm and Beth Meredith
Eric Storm and Beth Meredith It is common wisdom that leaders today must grapple with increasing amounts of complexity. This seems inevitable given our access to ever more information and our expanding awareness of and the connections between psychological, social, organizational, and technological factors. This is particularly true for integral leaders who are actively developing […]
Professor V.V. Nalimov: A Man Who Surpassed His Time
Svetlana Maltseva
Transformation of Consciousness and New Reality  Svetlana Maltseva The present article introduces Professor Vasiliy Vasilievich Nalimov, a Russian mathematician and philosopher, whose ideas and concepts, regarding human consciousness, are both exciting and provocative. Nalimov’s profound scientific works showed the world that our society needs to see far beyond our time dimension to change the situation […]
Leadership Is a Lived Story: A Call for Radical Embodiment and Soul Resilience in Transformational Leadership Development
Carol Burbank
Carol Burbank Abstract: The most direct way of developing the necessary flexibility and health for transformational leadership is through radically embodied presence. This kind of embodiment involves a fundamental reintegration of body, mind and spirit, involves developing evolutionary strengths that allow individual leaders to fully access their inner resources while connecting in the moment-to-moment, negotiated […]
Intention, Direction, Action: Inspiring Integral Leadership Through Process-oriented, Imagery-based Learning
Dorit Netzer
Dorit Netzer Abstract Drawing on humanistic and transpersonal psychologies and phenomenological theories of the imagination, this paper seeks to contribute to the development of theories and practices at the intersection of transpersonal, transformative adult education and integral leadership, particularly by advancing the Metagogy model of teaching and learning, as recently outlined by McCaslin and Scott. […]
Open Source Leadership Knowledge – Enabling ‘Good Leadership for All’
Kuldip Reyatt Stephen Goveia Kathryn Johnson and Arthur Jue
Kuldip Reyatt, Stephen Goveia, Kathryn Johnson, and Arthur Jue In this thought piece, key challenges for the global leadership field/industry are highlighted, some of which, are also raised by others – notably, Barbara Kellerman (see endnotes for ILR links). Now is the right time to put forward thoughts about Good Leadership for All, ideas about […]
Leadership: Community, Relationship and Future
Paolo Vittozzi
Paolo Vittozzi “Kung-fu lives in everything we do” says the Master to the pupil, who wants to know why he should put the jacket on and take it off… likewise with me, since I think that: ”leadership lives in everything we do”. The kind of life I’ve lived so far has been permeated by leadership. […]
Leadership and Politics in Italy
Lorenzo Santoro
Lorenzo Santoro Traditionally, Italy has maintained a reputation as a laboratory of new and original political phenomena, being generated in movements such as Risorgimento, Fascism, Togliatti’s Communism, Berlinguer’s Eurocommunism, and Berlusconi’s charismatic media-based power system. These new and original approaches to leadership made Italy a modern and large nation state, a mix of very ancient […]
Religions and Leadership
Pedro Barrajon
Pedro Barrajon, L.C. The role that religions play has been acknowledged recently in the fields of culture, politics, economics and the different domains of social life. In the Marxist doctrine, following the severe critic that Feuerbach made in his book The Essence of Christianity, religion was considered as the opium of the people or as […]
Mafia Organization: Governance Processes and Leadership Function
Franco Di Maria and Giorgio Falgares
Franco Di Maria and Giorgio Falgares Abstract Even though Cosa Nostra is the most powerful criminal organization inthe world, few national and international studies have been carried out on this phenomenon so far. The main reasons are: a) the complexity of the study object. As a matter of fact, Cosa Nostra, in addition to being […]
A Mediterranean Adaptive Edge: Experiential Leadership across the Atlantic
Adriano Pianesi
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 […]
The Conscious Organization: Workplaces for the Self-Transcended
John Renesch
 John Renesch Abraham Maslow’s famous Hierarchy of Needs defines “self-actualization” as a state sought by all human beings once we have satisfied the more basic needs of survival, sexual gratification and belonging. Carl Rogers, a colleague of Maslow’s and one of the founders of humanistic psychology, defines it as people’s tendency to actualize themselves, to […]
Values Driven Leadership
Kenton Hyatt and Cheryl De Ciantis
Kenton Hyatt and Cheryl De Ciantis Introduction This exploration into leadership is not yet another leadership prescription, offering what should be done. It is an approach that offers a multi-prism lens that allows for a variety of leadership needs and styles, and yet keeps their description at manageable levels. It is descriptive, not prescriptive, and […]
Three Steps to the Democratization of Enlightenment
Marc Gafni
Marc Gafni Part One: Stepping Beyond “Local Means Global” I was looking with my son at Google Earth the other morning. I wanted to show him my old neighborhood in Jerusalem, which I loved. We were able to find the exact location and see it – pretty clearly in front of us. Although I knew […]
Expanding the Boundaries of Our Capacities through Working toward Experiencing Transformative Learning in Service
Oliver Ngodo
Oliver Ngodo Introduction Some people would recall that some time they simply become aware that they have gone through a ‘peak’ experience; they have reached an ecstatic moment – no, much more than just a moment, but a permanent state, resulting in greater clarity and understanding. That’s like when your consciousness expanded – and you […]
Leaning into Complexity: Supporting Leaders Through Transformative Learning
Nancy Southern Sylvia Gafney and Bernice Moore
Nancy Southern,  Sylvia Gaffney, and Bernice Moore Results of a qualitative study show how leaders experience complexity and how it is changing their understanding of their role and ways of engaging with and supporting others. Transformative learning theory and practice can aid leaders in shifting their meaning schemes and ways of being to enable organizational […]
Epoch of Transformation: Towards a Practice of Interpersonal Leadership: Part 2
Nick Ross
Nick Ross No, my heart is not asleep. It is awake, wide awake. Not asleep, not dreaming— its eyes are opened wide watching distant signals, listening on the rim of vast silence Antonio Machado Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one sees clearly. What is essential […]
Why “DESIGN ME A PLANET”
Michel Saloff-Coste
Michel Saloff-Coste After thirty glorious years crashing in the late 70s on the first oil shock, we had 30 years during which we have sunk deeper and deeper into economic, social and ecological crisis. Economic demography stumbles because we are already on the limits of the planet. We know this, in part, because social inequalities […]
Leadership to the Power of 8: Leading Self, Others, Organization, System and Supra-System
Marilyn Hamilton
Marilyn Hamilton  Abstract This article explores the qualities of leadership to the “Power of 8”. It offers a definition of leadership that can be recalibrated across a spectrum of complexity. It proposes the integral paradigm as a source for framing, measuring, mapping and tracking leadership across four levels of complexity. The article examines evidence from […]
“Game is Over. You are Enlightened.”
Tom Christensen
Warning: The following narrative is psychoactive. It has been designed to disclose what is already here. If it discloses more than that, the reader is encouraged to ignore the excess. The author takes full responsibility for the consequences of this narrative. Nonetheless the reader will find things different after this reading and who is really […]
Integral Coaching as a Tool for Transformational Change
Marina Danilova
Marina Danilova This article outlines general provisions, which form the basis of integral coaching, as well as its methodology. It will give you a general idea of changes that an adult undergoes, and the role and content of the help that a coach provides to his client in the course of these changes. The key points are […]
Nelson Mandela and Unitive Leadership
Shawn OFallon
Shawn O’Fallon Abstract Nelson Mandela has become one of the most revered and recognized leaders in history. He is widely recognized for his forgiveness, compassion and humility and their considerable effects on his leadership and the success of anti-apartheid. Yet, surprisingly little deep analysis of Mandela’s leadership exists today. Analysis of Nelson Mandela’s language and […]
Integral Innovation & Creativity
Tom Bruno-Magdich
Tom Bruno-Magdich Most people in business today understand that organisations must embrace change and creativity in order to stay competitive in this ever shifting, global marketplace. The good news is every company that employs human beings has all the resources they need to help them innovate.  It’s their people stupid! Our experience working with a […]
Living Through Four Eras of Cognitive Development
Otto Laske
Otto Laske Abstract In this paper, I outline the graspable existential meaning of human cognitive development. By “existential” I refer not simply to the epistemological positioning of a person to the world as a knower, but the conceptual forces of the social world itself in which this positioning occurs. This world is suffused in language […]
Three Assumptions Underlying Integral Leaders’ Choices of Power
Robert Wayne Johnston
Robert Wayne Johnston It is no mystery we learn, for better or worse, more or less consciously and unconsciously, through our communications with other entities. These include communications with other humans, one’s spirit guide, other animals, our planet, and our cosmos — in every situation we find ourselves “learning in the laboratory of life.” Our […]
Metagogy: Teaching, Learning and Leading for the Second Tier
Mark L. McCaslin and Karen Wilson Scott
Mark L. McCaslin and Karen Wilson Scott Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. ~Albert Einstein As we observe the mantle of instructor flow from student to student in an open […]
Leadership from a Cosmic Perspective[i]
Todd Duncan
Todd Duncan “A healthy consciousness is like a spider’s web, and you are the spider in the centre. The centre of the web is the present moment. But the meaning of your life depends on those fine threads which stretch away to other times, other places, and the vibrations that come to you along the […]
Consciousness Models in Action: Comparisons
Maretha Prinsloo
 Maretha Prinsloo Abstract This paper discusses various theoretical models of the evolution of consciousness as well as critically evaluates and integrates the models into a single organising framework, which is then applied to leadership theory. The construct of consciousness as described by the Spiral Dynamics (SD) model of Clare Graves is linked to the work […]
Leadership and the Horse
Bonnitta Roy and George Herget
Bonnita Roy and George Herget This exploration between George and me came about as a result of a conversation between George and Russ Volckmann. Russ could see a special kind of wisdom in George’s stories of the way people and horses can team up to deliver exceptional performance. I have been working with horses and […]
From Freedom to Awareness: Towards Personal Leadership
Arthur ten Wolde
An Essay about Yin, Yang and Thinking Styles Arthur ten Wolde A hopeful trend in these turbulent times is that more and more people are becoming aware of their own motives. They are identifying, on the one hand, what really matters to them like family, justice, and social success and/or the environment. On the other […]
Integral Leadership and Diversity—Definitions, Distinctions and Implications
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Abstract The terms integral, leadership and diversity are explored with the purpose of showing how it is useful to consider them in relation to each other. Such consideration is significantly impacted by how we understand these and other terms that will be introduced. It is essential for us to appreciate how our approaches […]
Microcredit at a Crossroads: A Question of Principled Leadership
Wali I. Mondal and Mark R. Peters
Wali I. Mondal and Mark R. Peters The Bold Promise of Microcredit: Creating a World without Poverty In is 2006 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Muhammad Yunus set forth a vision for creating a world without poverty, a world where people would need to go to a museum to experience what poverty was like (Yunus, 1). […]
Capital in Love – When Investors Attract Eros and Wealth
Patricia von Papstein
Patricia von Papstein For M. Abstract: Capital is a great material to work with. It immediately responds to the energy you charge it with. A new league of investment talents now discovers money as a tool for sensual wealth creation. They direct their capital into Eros Impact. Investments with an Eros Impact manifest the satisfaction […]
Conscious Capitalism: Leaders and Organizations with a World View
Marie Legault
Marie Legault Abstract This article focuses on the development of conscious and world-centric leaders and businesses and, ultimately, conscious capitalism. In order for leaders to transform society and organizational cultures, they must first develop their own capabilities. The global context of business now requires leaders to think, feel, and act at world-centric stages of development […]
Leadership: Lessons From History
Dorothy Danaher White
Dorothy Danaher White This article focuses on the issues faced by leaders in the past and how they relate to issues here in the present. The concentration will be leadership, administration, and governance. Through an examination of leadership transitions, initiatives, and issues, the learner hopes to develop a greater appreciation of the complexity of various […]
Leadership and The Body
Mark Walsh
Mark Walsh Introduction A discussion of leadership must include the body to be integral – we are embodied creatures and this is a core part of our being. Traditional theories of leadership have, however, ignored embodiment, coming from what is a hyper-rational cognitively biased world-view this is not, perhaps, surprising. Encouragingly though, the topic of […]
The Human Art of Leading—Part 2
Mark McCaslin and Renee Snow
[Part 1 of this article is: McCaslin, M. & Snow, R. (October, 2010). The human art of leading: A foreshadow to the potentiating movement of leadership studies. Integral Leadership Review, X (5). http://www.archive-ilr.com/archives-2010/2010-10/2010-10-toc.php – Editor] Practicing the Potentiating Art of Deep Understanding Mark McCaslin and Renee Snow Opening Interlude It is difficult to fully speak […]
Transforming Economics: Caring Economy Leadership
Riane Eisler
Riane Eisler All around us are signs that the old economic approaches are not adaptive. Gaps between haves and have-nots are again widening globally, poverty, unemployment, and debt are mounting even in the more affluent regions of our world, and no solutions are in sight for our rapidly accelerating environmental problems. Yet the current economic […]
Integral Design Thinking, Guessing the Future
Lisa Norton
Lisa Norton Design is focused on solving problems, and as such requires intervention, not just understanding. Whereas scientists describe how the world is, designers suggest how it might be. It follows that design is a central activity for the military profession whenever it allocates resources to solve problems, which is to say design is always […]
The Relationship between Spiral Dynamics and the Gell-Mann Curve
Raghu Ananthanarayanan
Raghu Ananthanarayanan I had a very enlightening conversation with scientist Dr. S. Naranan who works in the area of cosmic energy and particle physics, but also bends his considerable intellect towards linguistics. He is part of a duo – Balasubramanian and Naranan, highly respected researchers who have published several papers on linguistics. The two papers […]
Leadership Wisdom and the Perspective of Time
Andrew Munro
Andrew Munro “Decisions taken today are driven by our visions of tomorrow and based on what we learned yesterday.” – Professor Bruce Lloyd Executive Summary The concept of wisdom is making a comeback (1). Following a period of business folly and fiasco, there is a growing realisation that classic competency frameworks fail to integrate fully […]
The Role of Values in Leadership: How Leaders’ Values Shape Value Creation
Scott Lichtenstein
Scott Lichtenstein Introduction: We’ve Been Practicing Leadership for Over 6,000 Years; What Else Do We Need to Know? The Pharaohs leading the cadres managing the work teams that built the pyramids understood leadership (Dade 2008). The Imperial Emperors knew how to lead the Chinese civil service that held China together for thousands of years. The […]
Perception, Reversibility, “Flesh”: Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology and Leadership as Embodied Practice
Donna Ladkin
Donna Ladkin From the end of the 1990s to the present, a growing shift can be seen in the leadership literature away from predominantly cognitively-based accounts to those which recognise the emotional (Bono & Ilies 2006), affective (Naidoo, Kohari, Lord & DuBois 2010) and aesthetic (Hansen, Ropo & Sauer 2007; Ladkin 2008) aspects of leadership. […]
Epoch of Transformation: An Interpersonal Leadership Model for the 21st Century–Part 1
Nick Ross
Nick Ross ”There is nothing in the world that does not have its decisive moment, and the masterpiece of good conduct is to see and seize this moment.” Cardinal de Retz “Psychology must be gained for it is not given and without psychological education we do not understand ourselves and we suffer”. James Hillman 1926-2011 […]
Getting Back to the Body: Leadership Lessons on Power from the Martial Arts and Somatic Tradition
John Tuite
John Tuite Why the Body Matters to Leadership Some twenty plus years ago when I began training as a secondary school teacher, I had a few run-ins with a difficult class or two. There is a particularly sharp anguish that one experiences when a classroom of teenagers disintegrates beneath your hands. But it does compel […]
Analytic-Network Coaching©: Coaching for Distributed ‘Eco’ Leadership and Organizational Change
Simon Western
  Simon Western Introduction Organizations are changing fast, driven by emerging new technologies and globalization that makes our world smaller and more interdependent. Transnational corporations, population increase, new communication technologies, the demise of natural resources and climate change, new social networks and social movements, have all led to social and organizational changes that demand a […]
Towards an Integrated Assessment of Leadership Potential
Maretha Prinsloo
Maretha Prinsloo Abstract This paper focuses on the assessment of leadership potential in terms of a number of related philosophical, theoretical, and technical considerations. A critical evaluation of current assessment practice is followed by the introduction of alternative assessment methodologies and techniques aimed at measuring consciousness, cognition, and motivation. Practical guidelines for integrated and holistic […]
Transdisciplinarity in Action: An Ethnographic Study of MIT SENSEable City Lab’s Organizational Culture
Luca Simeone and Carlo Ratti
Luca Simeone and Carlo Ratti SENSEable City Lab (SCL) is a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) aimed at investigating and anticipating the ways digital technologies are changing the way people live and their implications at the urban scale (1). The SCL is nested within the City Design and Development group at […]
Where are the Women? Saging the Invisible into the Visible
Marilyn Hamilton
Marilyn Hamilton Abstract This article explores and seeks to answer the question Where are the Women in the Integral movement? The author utilizes the principles of “Five Deep” exploration from Beck and Spiral Dynamics along with Wilber’s AQAL model to explore circumstances that, she proposes, may have produced a mismatch in stage development between women […]
Emerging Concepts and Forms of Integral Leadership: Embodying a Radically New Development Paradigm
Alain Gauthier
Alain Gauthier My intention in this article is to explore emerging concepts and forms of integral leadership, pursuing how they can be scaled up to bring humanity – across the planet – onto an evolutionary and sustainable course. After offering some fresh distinctions about leadership, the article calls for a shift to a radically innovative […]
Mindfulness and Leadership: Opening up to Possibilities
Don Dunoon and Ellen Langer
Don Dunoon and Ellen Langer A challenge for those of us who want to exercise leadership is to step beyond the obvious, to discern more broadly and keenly the factors bearing on an issue, to be more receptive to divergent perspectives and novel information, and to be more mindful. To be mindful is not simply […]
Spiral Dynamics Integral in Action in a Roma Community in Romania
Alexandre (Rico) de Faria
Alexandre (Rico) de Faria Abstract This article is about the sustainable and healthy human development along the path of human evolution—the Spiral. It is based on a broader study of the impact of a Roma school on the Roma (gypsy) community (RC) in the town of XY, Romania[1]. Using Spiral Dynamics Integral (SDI), Romanian and […]
The Quality Centre Refugee Women from an Integral Perspective
Linda Shuringa
  Leida Schuringa 1. Introduction In this article you will find the integral story of the Quality Centre Refugee Women. The Quality centre supports refugee women to discover and develop their talents in Dutch society. The preparation of this initiative started 5 years ago and in November 2007 we got financed by the Orange Foundation […]
Phenomenological Bewilderment in a University Setting
Josina van den Acker
Josina van den Acker This article is written in the context of the global need to act sustainably, which according to Smith and Stewart (2010) requires that we open our selves to opportunities to work together, collaborate and see our needs differently. The main part of this article is written as a letter to an […]
Feminine Paths to Leadership in Italy: Perceptions of Female Italian Leaders in a Masculine Society
Elizabeth Turesky, Kristen S. Cloutier and Marisa F. Turesky
  Elizabeth F. Turesky, Kristen S. Cloutier and Marisa F. Turesky Abstract The authors address the dynamic interaction between culture and gendered leadership perceptions. Using Hofstede’s cultural framework of the masculinity/femininity dimension, this study explores the ways fourteen Italian women have achieved and sustained successful leadership positions in Italy and then evaluates how Italy’s dimension […]
Feature Article: Transdisciplinary Axiology: To Be or Not to Be?
Sue L. T. McGregor
Sue L. T. McGregor Transdisciplinarity (TD) is fast becoming a global philosophical movement. This paper is concerned with transdisciplinary axiology, especially with the ongoing conversation aboutwhether or not this particular axiom (pillar) is needed in conjunction with the three other transdisciplinary axioms: epistemology, logic and ontology. After providing an overview of the concepts of axioms […]
Feature Article: Precession and Integral Leadership
Christine McDougall
Christine McDougall Precession in this article is based on the principle of precession as defined by R. Buckminster Fuller —the effect of bodies in motion on other bodies in motion.  The Sun and the Earth are both bodies in motion. Despite the 180 degree gravitational pull of the in-motion Sun upon the in-motion Earth, precession […]
Feature Article: The Psychosocial Change in Leadership in Italy
Massimo Bellotto
Massimo Bellotto 1. The Context of Change The so-called cold war between the two super powers which maintained leadership of the most developed countries took place for forty years in an implicit way, due to the mutual deterrence of atomic weapons that was based on the competing accumulation of scientific and technological know-how, on persuasion […]
Feature Article: Leading the 21st Century : The Conception-Aware, Object-Oriented Organization
Bonnitta Roy
­­­­(A New View of Organizations & Human Action) Bonnitta Roy and Jean Trudel Part I: Conception Aware The Relevant Situation: The 21st Century’s Double Bind A decade ago, Stuart Kaufmann (2000) made a bold claim for the 21st century mindset, “The universe and the biosphere keep advancing into a persistent adjacent possible” (p 84).  For most […]
Feature Article: Thinking about Integral
Gary Hawke
Gary Hawke As I have been developing the Integral Alive model, it appears that I am spending time feeling into the inquiry of—what does Integral mean. The more I have pursued this question, the more I began to realise that if I want to use the word Integral, then I better understand, not just what […]
Feature Article: On Potential Repercussions of Mega Sports Events in Russia
Eugene Pustoshkin
On Potential Repercussions of Mega Sports Events in Russia Eugene Pustoshkin I was deeply emotionally touched—up to tears—when I watched the footage of a dramatic episode that happened on June 22, 2011, where the contemporary sports legend and Brazilian football star Roberto Carlos, age 38, who currently plays at the Russian football club Anzhi and […]
Feature Article: Leadership is as Simple as A Child’s Game of Marbles
Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano
Transdisciplinarity, Learning, and Complexity in Fairsies, Keepsies and Mibs Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano Recently I received an email through the Science-of-Team-Science mass mailer from my colleague Steve Fiore, PhD, at Cognitive Sciences Laboratory at Central Florida University. He brought to our group’s attention an interesting quote from John Lasseter, director and chief creative officer of Pixar […]
Feature Article: How do Integral ARTISTS, Boomers, Gen X and Millennial Generations Impact City Values and Policy Development?
Marilyn Hamilton
How do Integral ARTISTS, Boomers, Gen X and Millennial Generations Impact City Values and Policy Development? Marilyn Hamilton and Cherlynn Beck Abstract The generational wave is a supra-wave of human life patterns that embraces many of the waves normally considered in an Integral human development model. Embracing the waves of consciousness, values and capacity development […]
Feature Article: Youth Empowerment: The Building Blocks to a More Just and Sustainable Future
Tim Takechi
Tim Takechi At first glance, Molly Freed is no different than any other high school student. She studies hard, earns good grades, pays attention to her teachers, plays soccer and hopes to get into the college of her dreams. But once you get to know her, you will discover she is far from typical. A […]
Feature Article: The Business of Spirituality
Nicholas Shannon
Commentary on a Presentation on Spiritual Intelligence and Integral Theory given by Cindy Wigglesworth to the London Integral Salon and EnlightenNext, Wednesday 25th May Nicholas Shannon Does it make sense to talk of “Spiritual Intelligence (SQ)”? And if it does, is SQ something that can be measured, and taught? Can we say that SQ is […]
Feature Article: Leadership Development: Can It Really Happen?
Jonathan Reams
An account of a pilot leadership development program for Aker Solutions. Jonathan Reams Imagine a room full of engineers, all highly skilled in their areas of technical expertise, with a few human resource people thrown into the mix. They have been successful enough to advance along their company’s “leadership pipeline,” yet find that the skills […]
Feature Article: Mindfulness Matters
Rosaria (Ria) Hawkins
Rosaria (Ria) Hawkins One of the many concepts shaping our view of self, health, leaders, leadership, and organizations is mindfulness. The purpose of this article is to first provide a quick summary of the concept of mindfulness and its transition from the clinical therapy arena into the leadership and popular press. Second, I provide a […]
Feature Article: Complexity Epistemology, Complexity Axiology, and Real Property Rights
Michael D. McDermott
Michael McDermott and Spike Boydell   ABSTRACT   An intellectual foment has been under way for the last few decades, with the limitations of modernist scientism and similarly mechanistic philosophies being revealed as fraudulent insofar as they make claims to any magisterial authority—in particular, over life and social sciences. The ground is shifting beneath our […]
Feature Article: Transdisciplinarity in Higher Education, Part 7: Conclusion
Russ Volckmann
Synopsis of Integral Leadership Review’s Series on Transdisciplinarity in Higher Education Sue L. T. McGregor and Russ Volckmann During 2010-2011, Russ Volckmann (Editor and publisher of the Integral Leadership Review) and Sue McGregor (Integral Leadership Council member) published six papers in a series about making the transdisciplinary (TD) university a reality. We profiled initiatives in […]
Feature Article: Toward a Sustainable Future: Integral Leadership in the New World Economy
Brian McConnell
Brian McConnell The Integral Research Center Roanoke, VA           Abstract: Presenting a background of historical context, “Toward a Sustainable Future” offers an overview in the ascendancy of neoliberal/neoconservative viewpoints constituting the world’s dominant socioeconomic ideology today. An AQAL framework is then introduced and subsequently examined as an aid to envisioning and […]
Feature Article: Transdisciplinarity in Higher Education, Part 6, University Babes-Bolyai, Romania
Russ Volckmann
Nicolescu in Romania Sue LT McGregor and Russ Volckmann Thus far we have looked at transdisciplinary programs at particular institutions of higher education in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Austria and the European Union, and Australia. In this penultimate chapter in this series we take a look, not just at a transdisciplinary PhD program in […]
Feature Article: What is Second Tier: Powers and Perspectives Available to Leaders at Second Tier
Wayne Carr
Wayne Carr, Ph.D. Introduction My intenIion is to bring forth some different perspectives on second tier (see my definition of second tier under the next heading). I will tap into a fountain and share some water with you. I intend to look around and fine some elephants that might be in the room. I want […]
Featured Article: Embodied Intelligence: An Integral View of the Body, An AQAL Model of Embodied Phenomena and Practices
Mark Walsh
Mark Walsh What is exactly is physical intelligence? What are some of the ways your body can be experienced, employed and developed? How do we make sense of the multitude of embodied practices now available to do this? This paper is intended for those with at least a passing familiarity with Ken Wilber’s integral theory […]
Featured Article: Resilience Through The Integral Lens – A Case Study
Maureen Metcalf and Belinda Gore
Maureen Metcalf and Belinda Gore This article takes a look at resilience through an integral lens. We will explore how we define it, how we applied it to a client project, our findings, and our analysis. Our objective in writing this article is to contribute to the literature of applied integral theory about leadership development […]
Featured Article: Leadership for Sustainable Change
Vernice Solimar
“I don’t have a message; my message is my life.”  ~Gandhi Vernice Solimar   Being the change We live in a time of great transition in which our experiences and concepts of self, society and the universe are continuously dying and transforming; a time in which the most compelling need is visionary leadership that initiates […]
Featured Article: Provisos from a Users Guide to Integral Developmental Theories
Russ Volckmann
Tom Murray Integral theories of adult development attempt to capture, synthesize, apply, and extend the state of the art from many scholarly threads, shedding new light on our understanding of the developmental process. Yet human development is exceedingly complex and taxes our abilities to understand and model it. Is our shared understanding of development sufficient […]
Featured Article: Leading in Uncertain Times: Leadership Characteristics of the Self-Transforming Mind
Russ Volckmann
Camden C. Danielson Do you know your people?  And do you love them? Mother Teresa Address to Indian HR Executives The global environment is increasing the degree of complexity for organizations operating anywhere in the world. With it arises the need for a different kind of inquiry operating within our lives and organizations. The requirement […]
Featured Article: Transcendent leadership: Pathway to global sustainability
John Jacob Zucker Gardiner
John Jacob Zucker Gardiner Paper presented at the first Working Collaboratively for Sustainability International Conference, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, April 12, 2009.   Global sustainability – social, economic, and environmental—is best served by an emergent leadership metaphor that serves the triple bottom lines of profits, people, and planet of the 21st century global corporation: transcendent […]
Feature Article: Transdisciplinarity in Higher Education, Part 5
Russ Volckmann
Sustainability through Transdisciplinarity and Integrality: Institute for Sustainable Futures, the University of Technology, Sydney Australia Russ Volckmann and Sue L.T.McGregor We have been exploring “academic” programs in transdisciplinarity for about one year. It may be a mistake to refer to them as “academic,” because one of the features of these programs is that they are […]
Feature Article: An Integral Approach to Project Management
Brad McManus and Ron Cacioppe
Brad McManus & Ron Cacioppe Abstract   Projects are an important management approach to improving organisational effectiveness. This paper describes how project management can contribute to achievement of an organisation’s strategy and sustainable success by adopting a more holistic, ‘integral’ approach to a project and the leadership of people during the stages of a project. […]
Featured Article: Organisations, AQAL, and the Global Context
John M. Bunzl
John M. Bunzl There has hardly been an epoch in which organisations played a more prominent role than our own. Be they governments, businesses or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), all of them deeply affect our lives and society as a whole. Moreover, at this time of deepening global crisis and change, understanding the systemic ways organisations […]
Featured Article: Demystifying Transdisciplinary Ontology: Multiple Levels of Reality and the Hidden Third
Sue L. T. McGregor
Sue L. T. McGregor Acknowledgement: Sincere gratitude to Professor Basarab Nicolescu (President of International Center for Transdisciplinary Research, CIRET) for vetting a draft of this paper, and for being such a gracious and patient TD-mentor. This paper is about transdisciplinary (TD) methodology, especially TD ontology. Methodology is a branch of knowledge that deals with the […]
Featured Article: The Integral Self System Model and Sustainable Leadership
S. Suresh Kumar
S. Suresh Kumar Abstract Self system models have a great bearing on our personality, perceptions and personal leadership abilities and approaches. The usual models are contingent on subjective systems based on a localized self awareness and sense of the self as bodily consciousness with its limitations. This inevitably reflects on our leadership styles and self […]
Feature Article: Unraveling the DNA of Bharti Airtel
Anil Nayar
Anil Nayar Editors Note: In the early nineties, India went through a liberalization of its economy. The era of government controls and large Public sector investments gave way to an encouragement of private equity and foreign investment. Bharthi Airtel is a spectacular success of this era. The reader will notice how Sunil Mittal has been […]
Feature Article: Exploring What Is Indian: A Parable and a Discussion
Raghu Ananthanarayanan
Raghu Ananthanarayanan A Parable: A young woman had committed suicide. She was the daughter of a respected village elder. It was an open secret that this girl was in love with a boy who belonged to a lower caste, but who was educated and lived in the “city.” He held a good job. The village […]
Feature Article: ‘Koodam’ – Breaking Hierarchy, Building Democracy!
V. Suresh and Pradip Prabhu
V. Suresh and Pradip Prabhu The editor’s comments: The Koodam represents one of the most successful applications of second tier thinking that I have come across. The authors of this paper have worked with tribal issues in the hinterland of India. They have had to face police repression on a few occasions. The personal courage […]
Featured Article: The Tensegrity Mandala: A Model for Organization Design
Gagandeep Singh
Gagandeep Singh Preamble This article takes a close hard look at Organization Design. We asked ourselves, why should we write about Organization Design amidst times when managers all across the world, are facing unnerving dilemmas and painful transitions, as they struggle to respond to a global downturn, under a looming threat of a possible collapse […]
Feature Article: ‘Amirtasya Putraha’ (Children of Immortal Bliss) Rejoice being ‘Slumdog Millionaire’?
Ramasubramanian
O. B. Ramasubramanian Editors Note:The dawn of Independence in India also saw the breakdown of a dialogue between the believers in the Nehruvian Model of development and the Gandhian. What is visible today is the economic growth of India.  However, with the global crises accelerating, the Gandhian perspectives of development and growth are becoming recognized […]
Featured Article: How to Win the Hearts and the Heads of CEOs
R. Sridhar
R. Sridhar Editors Note: This paper narrates the author’s excitement in being able to find a convergence between his Orange Organizational Identity and his yearning to merge his Purple and Blue selves that don’t find expression in the business context. The Indian mind has been both luaded and criticised for being very flexible. What is […]
Featured Article: Telos – A Consciousness Based Perspective
Manoj Pavitran
Manoj Pavitran in collaboration with Arul Dev   Telos is a model of consciousness and its evolutionary journey, based on the pioneering work of Sri Aurobindo1, a philosopher yogi and well known spiritual master of India who articulated an integral perspective nearly a century ago. Telos has in focus the evolutionary transformation of the individual […]
Article
Sue L.T. McGregor & Russ Volckmann
Transdisciplinarity in Higher Education The Path of Arizona State University by Sue McGregor and Russ Volckmann This is the second article in a five-part series about transdisciplinarity (TD) in higher education. In an attempt to profile universities on a journey towards transdisciplinarity, we are starting with Arizona State University (ASU), a major and growing American […]
Interview
Debby Hallett
Four Quadrant Coaching: A Conversation with Myles Downey by Debby Hallett I first came across Myles Downey while I was in coach training, and someone recommended his book, Effective Coaching, Lessons from the Coach’s Coach, as one of the best they had read. Myles often refers to a coachee as a “player,” as in “you […]
Article
Keith Merron
Frame Breaking Leadership by Keith Merron The concept of a paradigm is no longer new in organizational parlance. It is, in fact, quite commonplace to talk about paradigms and the importance of shifting paradigms in shaping an organization and keeping it fresh and alive. However, talking about and acting are two different things. Many leaders […]
Article
Pierre A. Gauthier
Integrally-informed Management Development: the Art of the Gentle Nudge by Pierre A. Gauthier Introduction An ongoing challenge for Integral Theorists remains the practical application of Integral Theory in the world around them. The ideas and models they produce and discuss amongst themselves do occasionally translate into integrally-informed policies, programs and real-life development, but often only […]
Article
Maureen Metcalf & Dena Paluck
The Story of Jill– How an Individual Leader Developed into a “Level 5” Leader by Maureen Metcalf & Dena Paluck We continue to see Jim Collins book Good to Great at the top of the business best seller list. This book talks about the importance of “Level 5 Leadership” in organizational transformation from good to […]
Article
Raquel Torrent
Q&A Session with Ken Wilber In his loft in Denver, March 4th, 2010 Questions created among the Spanish Integral Community Interview Transcribed by Raquel Torrent, President of Honor of the Spanish Integral Association Raquel: How do you feel Ken? Talk to us about your health. Ken: Well, you know I have a chronic fatigue syndrome. […]
Article
Mark Gilbert
How Is Our Leadership Serving the Highest Vision of Our Planet? by Mark Gilbert The subject of this article is to review our vision for the future and to see if our actions are in alignment with that vision. This topic has been covered many times and in many ways, but we are going to […]
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Brian Whetten, Ph.D., M.A.
Integral Business: How to Make a Difference and Make Money While Doing What You Love by Brian Whetten Introduction In working with hundreds of conscious businesses over the past five years, we noticed a curious pattern. The more conscious the business leaders were, and the more committed the organization was to making a difference in […]
Article
Robert Wayne Johnston, PhD
Five Spiraling Cycles of Transformational Learning A Systems Map for Integral Self-Managers/Leaders by Robert Wayne Johnston As you probably know much has been written in various and sundry publications about the persistent paucity of effective leaders. My management consulting and business school teaching experience over several decades tells me much of the cause lies in […]
Article/Interview
Jordan MacLeod
How Money Changes the World An Interview with Author and Integral Economist by Jordan MacLeod ILR: Tell us about your process for writing New Currency. JM: Well, it’s been a work in progress for a few years, but it really wasn’t until the onset of the financial crisis and other geopolitical factors that really provided […]
Article
Josina van den Acker
Higher Education and Bad Practice by José van den Akker Abstract Universities. And What about Miscommunication and Accountability? Universities usually control context and supply the dominant logic. A problem lies in remaining unaware of hidden programmed or indoctrinated thinking that produces predetermined values. Usually accompanied by an emotional impulse to correct or amend, it reinforces […]
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Sue L.T. McGregor & Russ Volckmann
Making the Transdisciplinary University a Reality by Sue L.T. McGregor and Russ Volckmann The purpose of this article is to introduce a new series for Integral Leadership Review. One of the many streams of thought that we have been featuring here is transdisciplinary. See the articles by Sue McGregor (2009a) and another by Predrag Cicovaki […]
Article
Dorothea F. Zimmer
Some Questions About Europe by Dorothea F. Zimmer Thinking about how best to express the multitude of my thoughts on the topic of the future of Europe in a short article, I frequently step outside into the sunshine to pick the old leaves and blossoms from my plants on the terrace. As often, I am […]
Article
Raghu Ananthanarayanan & K.S. Narendran
Organization Identity Profiles –Old and New Economy Indian Organization Profiles Through the Graves – SD Lens by Raghu Ananthanarayanan and K.S. Narendran Introduction: The authors had the opportunity to work with tools based on Clare Graves Levels of Existence Framework developed by Ashok Malhotra, an organization consultant based now out of Bengaluru (Bangalore), India. The […]
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Alan Tonkin
Climate Change & Values How Different Countries See the Issue by Alan Tonkin Introduction It is perhaps appropriate at this time with the outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Conference to consider the current debate around climate change from a totally different perspective. Allowing for the divergence of opinion between climate change supporters and detractors there […]
Article
Maureen Metcalf and Carl Fernyak
Family Owned Business Succession – Building on a Legacy Approach, Case Study, and Results by Maureen Metcalf and Carl Fernyak This article looks at the topic of using integral tools to help a family owned business transition ownership and operation from father to son. The son, Carl, purchased the 91 year old business from his […]
So, How Sustainable Are We? Leadership and the Pathway to Abundance
Zack Smith and Chad Stewart
by Zack Smith and Chad Stewart Setting the Context for Leadership: Sustainability and Abundance When Sustainability is Unsustainable There is a lot of buzz about being “green” and acting “sustainably” these days. Unfortunately, a great deal of it seems to be just that: Buzzing. Not to say people are not trying or lack commitment. Many […]
Article
Col. Susan R. Myers and Jeff Groh
The Future of Strategic Leader Development at the U.S. Army War College Col. Susan R. Myers and Jeff Groh Abstract This case study describes the design and implementation of the resident and distance education programs at the U.S. Army War College that prepares senior military officers and civilians to assume strategic leadership responsibilities. Development of […]
Feature Article: The Power of One: How Influential Business Executives Transform and Lead into a Sustainable Future
Mariana Bozesan
mariana Bozesan Abstract: This paper highlights the major collective and individual threats faced by humanity today and argues that money alone will not provide the desired relief. Instead, it contends that only sustainable solutions that consider all life perspectives and are rooted in higher levels of consciousness can succeed. After introducing Wilber’s Integral Framework as a […]
Feature Article: Identifying within-level differences in leadership decision making
Theo Dawson and Katie Heikkinen
Theo Dawson and Katie Heikkinen INTRODUCTION In a previous article (Stein and Heikkinen, 2008), we described how the Lectical Assessment System (LAS) and other aspects of developmental maieutics (Dawson & Stein, 2008) relate to the integral model. Here, we describe how the LAS can be used to reveal within-level differences between persons—differences that have important […]
Feature Article: Emerging Patterns in the Middle East – The Thirty Year Itch for Lebanon and Iran
Elza S. Maalouf
Elza S. Maalouf My first year of Law School in Lebanon, was a year to remember. I recall the heated political discussions I had with Shia students and professors alike over many long hours ranging from discussing the merits of Marxism to laws on women’s rights in Lebanon and the role religion plays in law. […]
Featured Article: What Sets True Leaders Apart?
Yene Assegid
Yene Assegid Vision is part of the attributes we associate with great leaders and one of the key faculties of great leadership. It refers to the leader’s capacity to see ahead and envision what the future could potentially hold or what opportunities lay ahead and defines the reality where the leader wants to take her […]
Feature Article: Change and Crisis in Dialectical Thinking: On the Need to Think Again When Getting Involved with Change
Otto Laske
Otto Laske Abstract I explore the concepts of “change” and “crisis” in order to put issues important in the current recession into perspective from the point of view of Western dialecticism, including what we know empirically about adult cognitive development. Specifically, I detail the diffraction of dialectic into three moments and show that they need […]
Feature Article: The Cybernetics of Crisis and the Challenge of Sustainability
Michael Ben-Eli
An audio (mp3) interview with this author is available by sending an email to russ@integralleadershipreview.com) Background – A Personal Note The “Crisis” essay which follows, is the text version of an invited presentation delivered, in Switzerland, earlier this spring, at a meeting called to discuss the world financial crisis. The venue, the Cwarel Isaf Forum at […]
Feature Article: Transdisciplinarity As An Interactive Method: A Critical Reflection On The Three Pillars Of Transdisciplinarity
Predrag Cicovacki
We are witnessing, I am convinced, the first stages of a new and extremely promising revolution. This movement promotes a new approach to human knowledge—ranging from and including natural sciences, social sciences and humanities—and, indeed, a new approach to humanity in general. The temporary name of this revolution is “transdisciplinarity,” and one of its most […]
Feature Article: It’s Time for the Bottom Line to Get a Little Bigger
Kristoffer Nelson
Kristoffer E. Nelson As I’ve discussed recently in my blog Integral Business, the future of sustainable, profitable and socially responsible companies rest well beyond what is now commonly referred to as “triple bottom line” organizations. Indeed an evolutionary step, achieving a triple bottom line status is a great challenge that inspires great merit—it’s a huge accomplishment. […]
Feature Article: Going Nowhere Fast? Simulations and the Future of Leadership Development
John P. Dentico
Leadership development is going nowhere fast is the chief finding of Development Dimensions International (DDI) 2008/2009 Global Leadership Forecast where 1493 HR professionals and 12,208 international leaders from 76 countries were interviewed. The two most cited reasons for why leaders fail were leadership and interpersonal skills 19% and strategic visionary skills 19%. What makes this […]
Feature Article: The Evolutionary Outrider
David Loye
In The Evolutionary Outrider: The Impact of the Human Agent on Evolution, in 1998 I introduced the concept of the evolutionary outrider. The term was meant to capture the situation of those who boldly scout on ahead of us to explore potentially revolutionary as well as evolutionary prospects for a better future. These evolutionary outriders, I […]
Featured Article: Releasing the Potential of Integral Values
Mick Quinn
“Your values become your destiny.” Mahatma Gandhi The 2009 State of the World Forum is being held in Washington, D.C. early next year (2010). This momentous event is using an integral framework to bring together the different aspects of how we evaluate information and make decisions. The website states that these aspects fall into four […]
Feature Article: Integral Music: Evolution in Action
Jessica Roemischer
Integral Music: Evolution in Action Jessica Roemischer Introduction Music is arguably a more essential means of human expression than language. Over the course of history music has evolved to communicate an increasingly wide spectrum of experience: isolation, fear of death, dreams of paradise, religious devotion, unrequited love, spiritual yearning, romantic fulfillment, national pride, mystical union, […]
Feature Article: Learning the Lessons of Systems Thinking: Exploring the Gap between Thinking and Leadership
Peter H. Jones
Weatherhead School of Management professor, Fred Collopy, penned a provocative piece in June 2009’s Fast Companyblog; an article that deserves a wider hearing and response. In today’s fragmentation of venues for committed discourse, I see a fascinating paradox of too many places (blogs) chasing too few great ideas (original thinking, not just the cut-and-paste of most […]
Economic Policy and Global Value Systems
Said E. Dawlabani
Introduction The current global economic crisis has humbled the field of economics as a science for its systemic failure to foresee the global danger signs. Even the best and the brightest in President Obama’s elite and highly credentialed team of experts are quickly finding that the largest economic stimulus in history will not be enough […]
Feature Article: The Corporate Quest: Attaining New Levels
Randall Benson
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Feature Article: Initiating Leadership Development in Norway Illustrated Through Theory U
Sine Bjerregård Hanssen
For some years now it seems to have been a well known truth that Einstein’s saying “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” is quite relevant when talking about how we create and develop organizations and leaders that have the capacity to navigate the weathers […]
Featured Article: The Requisite Organization of Integral Leadership Part 1: An Integrative Approach
R. Scott Pochron
Scott Pochron In a recent article in the Integral Leadership Review, Mark Edwards (2009) suggested that Integral Leadership may be viewed from three holarchical lenses: developmental, ecological, and governance. The following paper proposes Elliott Jaques’s theory of Requisite Organization (RO) as a meta-theoretical framework for integrating these three lenses. The implications of RO as an integrative […]
Featured Article: Integral Training and Embodied Business
Mark Walsh
I run a training and coaching company that works with stress management, leadership and team building amongst other things. What we’ve discovered is that training that isn’t integral doesn’t work very well as something is left out. I like integral because it gets the job done and allows you to be a human being doing it. I […]
Feature Article: Kaipa’s Pyramid as a Yantra: A Tensegrity-Mandala
Raghu Ananthanarayanan, Vandana Menon and K. S. Narendran
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 […]
Feature Article: Integral Leadership’s Potential to Position Poverty Within Transdisciplinarity(1)
Sue L. T. McGregor
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 […]
Feature Article: Integral Top Team Alignment
Pleuntje van Meer
It 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, […]
Feature Article: Towards an Integral Leadership Vision in Software Development
Kees Steeneken
This article, primarily using the stages of development component of Ken Wilber’s Integral framework, follows the emerging group dynamics models that are coming apparent in current post-postmodern environments and how one such model was used at Integral Life in the IT Development efforts. Introduction Software development is one of the most challenging and evolving areas […]
Feature Article: Transforming Leadership Through the Power of the Imagination
Michael Jones
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Feature Article: Are You Ready to Play the Integral Way? The Next Evolution of Leadership
Patricia von Papstein
For Victoria and Julian Introduction As conscious leaders, we feel responsible for the life quality on this planet. We invent and design products and services that are sustainable and provide deep support, i.e., they are tools for life assistance. We initiate social responsibility projects. We fund creative industries. We invest in water protection, healthcare prevention […]
Feature Article: Transforming a Leader and his Organization An Approach, a Case Study, and Measurable Results
Maureen Metcalf and Robert Weisenburger Lipetz
This article looks at the question: “What is the developmental impact of a client who engages in individual coaching and consulting where the focus is integral in nature and the coach is functioning at least one full developmental level above the client?” In this study, the coaching and consulting support focused primarily on leadership development […]
Feature Article: My Integral Change Journey
Steve McDonald
Introduction Over the past few years I’ve been engaged in an on-the-job action research project to develop an Integrally informed change management business, based in Melbourne, Australia. Like many change agents, sometimes it’s been hard for me to explain exactly what I do. That just seems to be part of the challenge when you attempt […]
Feature Article: Evolution and Integral Leadership: How the Homo Got Its Sapiens
Roger Stace
Abstract While much is known about how biological evolution has shaped human physical traits, less is known about why human mental traits evolved. It remains an ongoing puzzle how humans could have evolved the traits that integral leaders exhibit, such as interpersonal warmth, compassion and wisdom. This paper reviews existing theories for why these human […]
Feature Article: Integral Environmental Sustainability: Achieving an Integral Vision of Business Success with Zero Environmental Impact
Ron Cacioppe and David McDermott
INTRODUCTION: A VISION FOR INTEGRAL SUSTAINABILITY “As long as human beings are regarded as “bad,” zero (waste) is a good goal. But to be less bad is to accept things as they are, to believe that poorly designed, dishonourable, destructive systems are the best humans can do. This is the ultimate failure of the “be […]
Feature Article: Up-lifting the Integral Down Under – Some Remarks on the Potential for an Integral Leadership in Australasian New Worlds
Wendelin Küpers
The present context of leadership of Australasia is situated in increasingly complex, uncertain and dynamic business environments with multiple, demanding realities, value systems and growing pressures, particularly facing the environmental predicament and recent economic downturn and financial crisis. Australasia, the world south of Asia (“austral” being Latin for “southern”) particularly New Zealand, and Australia, with […]
Feature Article: Seeing Integral Leadership through Three Important Lenses: Developmental, Ecological and Governance
Mark Edwards
This article looks at the issue of leadership within three multilevel contexts. The first context relates to the developmental context of leadership as a process of ongoing growth through various stages. This context focuses on things such as values, cognitive capacities, interpersonal skills and all those abilities that mark off the requirements of effective and […]
Feature Article: En Route to Effective Workplace Leadership: An Integral Novice’s Exploration
Tom A. Morris
If you analyse the way people use the word ‘spiritual’ [leadership] – both scholars and lay people alike – you will find at least 4 major meanings given to that word …My point is simply that all 4 of those are valid meanings of the word ‘spiritual’, but people usually mush them all together in […]
Feature Article: Conscious Leadership: Transformational Approaches to a Sustainable Future
John Renesch
The state of the world is screaming for leadership! Global events of the past few years make it painfully evident we humans are at a major crossroads. We all know the list of challenges and crises awaiting future generations so there’s no need for me to cover them here. Questions looming before us include: Do […]
Feature Article: Open Invitations: Engaging People One Dialogue at a Time
Debbe Kennedy
In every direction we look, we are reminded that we have pressing problems to solve as the pioneers of the twenty-first century. The urgency is sounding with a constant and quickening drumbeat. What we know for sure is that bombs and bluster and military might will not bring the solutions we need. As we clamor […]
Feature Article: Myth Busting and Metric Making: Refashioning the Discourse about Development
Zachary Stein
Executive summary: This paper is about the use we make of developmental metrics and models in the Integral Community. Motivated by broad concerns about growing markets for psychological technologies I propose the need for discourse about quality control parameters, focusing on the construction and deployment of developmental assessment systems. When it comes to developmental metrics and […]
Feature Article: Learning Integral the Hard Way: An Autobiographical Account of Martial Arts, Peace and the Pieces of the Puzzle
Mark Walsh
Ken Bloody Wilber Integral theory irritates the hell out of me because I didn’t find it sooner and I had to make up a sketchy version of it myself. This article isn’t about all the great ways I use the Integral map now, but how I learnt what it was the hard way, out there […]
Feature Article: The LEADERSHIP of the HEART: Eagle’s flight through life experiences in the awakening of Integral Spain
Raquel Torrent
Among the styles of guiding or directing people since the existence of humankind—and no matter whether we talk of political, academic or business leadership styles—we may find a very simple division or classification: Hard and Soft Leadership. I want to share in this space the journey of my own life, having in mind these two […]
Feature Article: Towards an Ideal of Global Leadership
Janet E. Rechtman
He is quick, thinking in clear images; I am slow, thinking in broken images. He becomes dull, trusting to his clear images; I become sharp, mistrusting my broken images, Trusting his images, he assumes their relevance; Mistrusting my images, I question their relevance. Assuming their relevance, he assumes the fact, Questioning their relevance, I question […]
Feature Article: Business Leadership for an Evolving Planet: The Need for Transformational Thinking in Intercultural and International Environments
Sunil Ahuja, Jon Ebersole, Affoltern am Albis, Otto Laske, Pia Neiwert, Mirna Perez, Ron Stewart
Only those who continue to change remain my kin. ~J. W. Goethe Sunil Ahuja, Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Jon Ebersole, Affoltern am Albis, Switzerland; Otto Laske, Medford, MA, USA; Pia Neiwert, Berlin, Germany; Mirna Perez, Mexico City, Mexico; Ron Stewart, Portland, OR, USA. Copyright © Laske and Associates LLC Abstract This paper discusses a new approach […]
Feature Article: Power, Responsibility & Wisdom: Exploring the issues at the core of Ethical Decision-Making and Leadership
Bruce Lloyd
Introduction The objective is simple: ‘Better decision-makin’. The only issue is that there are so many different views over what we mean by ‘better’. At the core of all decision-making is the need to balance Power with Responsibility, as the vehicle for resolving the ‘better’ question. This article explores why that is so difficult? It […]
Feature Article: Theoretical Foundations of Integrative Leadership
Barbara Crosby
Integrative leadership is an emerging leadership approach that fosters collective action across many types of boundaries in order to achieve the common good. It brings together leadership concepts and practice rooted in five major sectors of society—business, government, nonprofits, media, and community. It focuses on leadership development at all levels, from individual to global. This […]
Feature Article: The Both/And of Leadership in Living Systems Change
Helen Titchen Beeth
We are faced with a growing list of models related to leadership and living systems change. Too often these models are pitted against each other in our conversations and we fail to drawn on their collective potential. I offer here an essay that can be used to frame our ability explore the conditions of change […]
Feature Article: Leaders Want to be Loved: What’s So Wrong with That?
Amiel Handelsman
Over the past year I received similar introductions to five bright executives in different organizations. Before each coaching assignment began, I was cautioned, “(S)he’s very hard-nosed. Doesn’t like touchy-feely. Focus on business issues. No soft stuff.” In each situation, I realized that this advice was both helpful and limited. On the one hand, I interpreted […]
Feature Article: Leadership in Indian Corporations Through the SDi Lens
Raghu Ananthanarayanan
Is there a case to understand leadership in a developing nation differently from Leadership in a developed economy? I do not suggest that I know the answer by I do realize that an enquiry into this question will be worthwhile. By comparing my experience of working with a few organizations in India, I am hoping […]
Feature Article: Van der Horst’s Integral Law of Requisite Contrariety: Practical Paradoxes to Live By and Other Notes on the Illusion of Failure
Brian Van der Horst
Thinking of going integral? Sure, there’s all this theory, but are you actually, concretely evolving? Are you walking your talk? You may be entertaining limiting beliefs that form self-imposed, but invisible, unexamined barriers to becoming an integral human being. If you are one of those who still think you are flawed, incomplete, and unsatisfied by […]
Feature Article: Catalysing the Second Renaissance: Creating a Sustainable Business Model for a Thriving Planet
Robin Wood
“…We can address poverty, climate change, and environmental destruction at a very modest cost today with huge benefits for shared and sustainable prosperity and peace in the future…” Al Gore: Winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and Former Vice President of the United States “We have reached the beginning of the twenty-first century with […]
Integral for the Masses: Life at the Spear-Point of Evolution Take 2
Keith Bellamy
in Conversation with Robb Smith–CEO Integral Institute, Chairman & CEO Integral Life Just over a year ago I was given the opportunity to interview Robb Smith, the newly appointed Chief Executive of the Integral Institute. When I heard on the grapevine that Robb was making a flying visit to New York City, I thought that […]
Feature Article: Integrative Leadership: Observations from a University of Minnesota Seminar Series
Barbara C. Crosby and Jay Kiedrowski
Abstract The University of Minnesota created a new all-university, interdisciplinary Center for Integrative Leadership in the summer of 2006. Co-sponsored by the Carlson School of Management and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, the center defined integrative leadership as “fostering collective action across boundaries to advance the common good.” During the 2006-7 academic […]
Feature Article: Developing Generative Change Leaders Across Sectors: An Exploration of Integral Approaches
Alain Gauthier
Abstract. This paper summarizes the key findings, interpretations and questions that result from a nine-month exploratory study of the emerging field of ‘generative change agent development’ (GCAD). The study was based on interviews with observers of the field and program directors on five continents, as well as on analyses of websites, articles, and books. It […]
Feature Article: Implementing Sustainable Transformation – Theory and Application
Maureen Metcalf, John Forman and Dena Paluck
In our fast changing environment, many of us are asking questions about how to implement sustainable change. Possible solutions are delivered in the many models and stories comprising numerous business books. However, finding the right one for you can be an exhausting and expensive task. To help you find the best solution, I’ve used my […]
Feature Article: Holding Partnership Conversations
Riane Eisler and Lucy E. Garrick
A growing awareness that humankind is facing unprecedented challenges that are is making many of us uneasy. Our dis-ease stems from increasing awareness that humanity’s bill for our impact on the health of the planet is now coming due. How we choose to proceed may determine whether we are privileged to continue to adapt physically, psychically and […]
Feature Article: “Level 5 Leadership”: Leadership that Transforms Organizations and Creates Sustainable Results
Maureen Metcalf
Maureen Metcalf We have been hearing about “Level 5 Leadership” since Jim Collins’ book Good to Great became popular over 5 years ago. This book made the term “Level 5” a common phrase in business circles. While the term is often used, it is not often understood. Even worse, many people believe they understand what it is […]
Feature Article: Integrative Leadership: Building a Foundation for Personal, Interpersonal and Organizational Success
Lillas M. Hatala
When you know what Integrative Leadership is all about, and commit to the Integrative Leadership path, you will find that illustrations of it can be found in all parts of your life. It nerve ceases to amaze me how it continues to enrich my life, and helps me learn about myself as a leader—and I […]
Feature Article: Evolutionary Dynamics and Social Systems
Peggy Holman and Tom Atlee
 Peggy Holman and Tom Atlee A small but rapidly-growing number of people are taking the viewpoint that humanity has the potential to become “conscious evolution”. They believe that we are evolution becoming conscious of itself. These people constitute a science-based spiritual movement which has so far focused on (a) reframing major religions through the eyes […]
Feature Article: The Journeys of 2nd Tier Leaders Over Time
John Oliver
This article compares the long-term results of leadership case studies from four countries (Brazil, England, Denmark, USA). The long-term results are interpreted through the Integral lens, and the leaders compared against 2nd Tier values. Reference will be made to the Spiral Dynamics Stage perspectives and memes: Behaviour Type yellow: Tolerance of ambiguities, knowledge of assumptions. […]
Feature Article: Celebrating Work to Get Fit for the Future
Diederick Janse
The identity of the company unit (in the Netherlands) and individuals has been changed in order to honor commitments to anonymity and confidentiality. We anticipate, perhaps in a follow up article in Integral Leadership Review, to be able to provide more information. This story is about the transformation of a business unit at Company X and […]
Feature Article: A Society on the Verge of Leaping
Margot Bosman
Last February—while a new Dutch government was in the making—probably one of the first attempts for integral policy making in the 21st century started to see the light of day. Under the guidance of Herman Wijffels, who is Executive Director at the World Bank and was appointed to this assignment by the Dutch Queen, three […]
Feature Article: Sustainable Results/Achievements Through Resilience and Leadership
Lisette Schuitemaker and Alain Volz
The challenge for leadership development is to safeguard both talent development and economic growth by: Changing work patterns and the relationship between learning, creating and producing; Steering in equal measure towards structural, cultural and personal resilience; and Using the natural ability of people that comes from their inner motivation. “The Dutch indicate that their country […]
Feature Article: Can the Evolution of a Concept Create a Tower of Babel: Distinguishing Different Types of Participation in the Netherlands through an Integral Lens
Leida Schuringa
The Confusion of Tongues by Gustav Doré (1865) Leida Schuringa 1. Introduction The Netherlands has a traditional interest in the participation of civilians, and even more is being expected from this approach as an answer to societal problems and issues since the turn of the 21st century. Including people in society is one of the main objectives […]
Feature Article: Leadership and the Interpenetration of Structure and State Stages: A Subjective Exposé
Terri O'Fallon
So much of my own experience of myself is that of intellectual epiphany, not necessarily always correct, but often self-satisfying. I feel like a 10-year-old, or a teenager – certain of my own absolute truth and intelligence with an ego-centered disregard for the wisdom of others in the face of my own. (Participant in the […]
Feature Article: A Meditation On Leadership Thinking Surprising Places to Look For—and At—Leadership— And by the by, a case for Integral Leadership Theory
Barbara Mossberg
Is Sex Necessary?—James Thurber Dedicated to the James McGregor Burns Academy of Leadership The following essay considers useful wisdom and knowledge for the practice, development, and study of leadership. Based on a conviction of the relevance of emergent science and classical humanities as well as ancient teachings, this meditation appreciates Integral Leadership theory as a […]
Feature Article: Leadership as Opening Space
Jonathan Reams
Introduction I have always been interested in the intangible, even ineffable aspects of life. This interest has guided a number of areas in my life, including my inquiries into leadership. I have sought to understand leadership from a view that focuses on the sense of space that some people are able to create and maintain, […]
Feature Article: The Integral 360° Leadership and Management Profile: An Extra-ordinary Approach for Leadership Development
Ron Cacioppe
Introduction: A 360° Profile to Develop Integral Leadership “There is clear evidence of a radical paradigm shift in the practice of management development—from the dominant emphasis on the superficial level of behavioural skills to the deeper and more powerful level of developing consciousness.” >H. Harung, D. Heaton and C. Alexander The development of leadership skills […]
Feature Article: Unintended Leadership
Drew Bishop
In leadership forums, like the Integral Leadership Review, discussions about how leadership develops are a core topic. There are the ongoing debates about born leaders vs. trained leaders, environment vs. hereditary. Each side supports their opinion with valid observations, good research and persuasive discussions. And the reality of the matter is there are leaders who fit […]
Feature Article: Organization at the Leading Edge: Introducing Holacracy™ Evolving Organization
Brian Robertson
Holding the Question Six years ago, two colleagues and I launched Ternary Software to help other organizations bring software to market using highly effective “lean” processes. Although the business vision we pursued was common enough, we launched the company with an uncommon question. Our prior experience in modern organizations was profoundly unfulfilling and we had a deep […]
Feature Article: Talk About Altitude! From the Mile High City to the Emerald City Robb Smith in Seattle
Jacob Werre
On Thursday, April 26, 2007, SeattleIntegral, the largest Integral Salon in Seattle, hosted a special Ken Wilber Meetup with guest Robb Smith, recently named Chief Executive Officer of Integral Institute. As a special treat, we also had the pleasure of participating in a conference call with Ken Wilber (lasting almost an hour-and-a-half!). As many of […]
Feature Article: Holacracy™ in Action: Theory to Practice
Jessica Safran with Bob Huff
Imagine you have a voice in your organization and people listen to it. You feel you belong to something larger than yourself, yet in order to be part of this larger whole, you don’t have to give up who you are to enjoy the benefits of membership. Imagine you can take action, and even if […]
Feature Article: Branding: The Integral Leader’s Trojan Horse? Jordan Bruce MacLeod
Jordan MacLeod
  ‘Products are made in the factory, but brands are created in the mind.’ – Walter Landor Business Week’s latest ranking of the world’s top 100 brands attests to the staggering value now being attributed to these rather intangible and nebulous assets. From the bottom of the list, where Levi’s (#100) weighs in at $2.7 […]
Feature Article: Mapping Our Decision Making
Gareth Powell
Throughout human history, people have made decisions on a daily basis. The decisions they make reflect both the information they have and the choices they perceive. At both personal and group levels, better information and more choices generally lead to better decisions. So the question becomes: how can we get better information and more choices? […]
Feature Article: Palestine Speaks in Colors: Unraveling the Deep Cultural Codes and Designing Integral Solutions.
Elza S. Maalouf
Using his ground breaking experience in South Africa and his practical knowledge in dealing with the different mindsets in cultures, Dr. Don Beck offered a fresh start to the Palestinians and they responded with an overwhelming enthusiasm on our third trip to the region. Many of our contacts told me that Dr. Beck’s work in […]
Feature Article: A Meta-Perspective on Leadership
Ernest L. “Ernie” Stech, Ph.D.
Why a Meta-Perspective? Any attempt at developing a comprehensive or general theory of leadership must deal with a wide variety of factors, contexts, variables, and conditions. Development of more limited theories should include an understanding of the place such theories take in a broader context. Further, efforts at developing and implementing research programs on leadership […]
Feature Article: Leadership and Worldview: What in the World is a Worldview?
Joanne Rubin
A Summary of “The Psychology of Worldviews” Mark Koltko-Rivera Review of General Psychology, 2004, 8(1), pp. 3-58 In our approaches to exploring the multi-faceted aspects of the subject of leadership, an important developmental concept is that of worldview. This paper seeks to introduce a cogent exploration of this important topic and recommend key questions related to […]
Feature Article: Marsilio Ficino: Magnus of the Renaissance, Shaper of Leaders
Ron Cacioppe
ABSTRACT This article summarizes the life of Marsilio Ficino, a philosopher, priest and scholar, and his profound influence on the Renaissance. The major events and achievements of Ficino’s work are described along with his physical characteristics, personality and life style. Marsilio Ficino translated the major works of Plato and other ancient philosophers and convinced the […]
Feature Article: Reframing Leadership for a Postmodern Age
Mitch McCrimmon
Leadership needs to be reframed for a digital, postmodern age. The world is losing its static and hierarchical character. Life is now more dynamic, chaotic; final authorities have vanished. Leadership used to be hierarchical, associated with the power to dominate a group. This is biologically primitive because it occurs throughout much of the higher animal […]
Featured Article: Integral Leadership Coaching: A Holistic Meta-Framework and Process
Lloyd Raines
Never before have coaches been faced with such a wide-open field of conversations directly relevant to the effectiveness of leaders and the stakeholders they serve. As the business world’s center of gravity moves from a traditional financial focus to one that includes environmental and social stewardship, leadership coaches now are able to scale curiosity and […]
Cuentan con el Artículo: EL LIDERAZGO SE PUEDE ENSEÑAR
Pedro Gioya and Raquel Torrent
La noción de una persona ungida por los dioses que tiene capacidad para arrastrar a las masas hacia donde desea, es un concepto arraigado como mito entre la mayoría de la población con el que todo estudioso del Liderazgo se encuentra una y otra vez. Por más que esté muy extendida, es una idea falsa. […]
Feature Article: Integral Sustainability 2006
Chris Byrne
I recently had the opportunity to attend Integral Sustainability 2006 in Westminster, Colorado. I-S 2006 was an integral tour-de-force hosted by world-class instructors and attended by both seasoned integral practitioners and others just incorporating the framework into their lives and offerings. Participants were presented with leading edge academic syntheses, case studies and direct demonstrations. We […]
Feature Article: Awakening the Integral Self: A Historical Sweep of Human Emergence
Rafael Nasser
The recent discovery of bones at Ethiopia’s Lake Omo indicates that our species is approximately two hundred thousand years old. That observation suggests that 10,000 generations of anatomically modern humans have roamed the planet. During this span of time humanity has undergone six discernable Waves of Emergence with a seventh underway. Historically this process unfolded at a […]
Feature Article: Integral Leadership Can Be Taught
Pedro Gioya and Raquel Torrent
Leadership and leadership development is one of the most interesting issues in communities and organizations today. Writing and thinking about leadership in general and Integral Leadership in particular has been growing all over the world. The successes of the International Leadership Association and the Integral Leadership Revieware examples of the growing interest in the subject in […]
Feature Article: An Integral Approach to the Teaching of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences
Cheryl Getz and Steve Gelb
The challenge for leaders everywhere is to develop the knowledge and skills to manage the complexity of issues that dominate everyday life. Teaching leadership involves more than skill building and professional development. The teaching of leadership is a challenge that requires the kind of internal re-structuring which comes only from struggling through fundamental issues of […]
Feature Article: The Difference between Leaders and “Leaders of Leaders”
Herb Rubenstein
Introduction Trustee Leadership. Total Leadership. Assigned Leadership. Connective Leadership. Balanced Leadership. Muscular Leadership. Toxic Leadership. Fusion Leadership. Complexity Leadership. Character Based Leadership. Emergent Leadership. Directive Leadership. Participative Leadership. Ethical Leadership. Principled Leadership. Team Leadership. Achievement Oriented Leadership. Supportive Leadership. Charismatic Leadership. Wholehearted Leadership. Level 5 Leadership. Authentic Leadership. Leadership Development. Leadership Training. Executive Development. Team […]
Feature Article: Leadership in Requisite Organization: A Spiral Dynamics Perspective
Herb Koplowitz, Ph.D.
Herb Koplowitz This paper has two purposes. First, it is an exploration and explanation of leadership as it is understood within Requisite Organization (Jaques 1996). RO (Requisite Organization) is a total systems approach to designing, staffing and managing the workplace. Most people who work in organization design or organization development have not heard of it […]
Feature Article: Integral Leadership as Supporting Epistemic Sophistication in Knowledge-Building Communities
Tom Murray
Introduction In a general sense leaders “lead, inspire, and/or organize” people to form beliefs or take actions and theories of leadership cover a wide range of concerns, including management, organizational transformation, character development and psycho-social motivation. For this article I take a particular meaning or slice within the numerous goals and skill sets entailed by […]
Feature Article: Silverbacks, Connectors, and Hybrids: Understanding the Psychology of Network Development
Max Klau
By Max Klau, Ed.D., Senior Researcher for Leadership and Evaluation. City Year, Inc. Contact Information: 10 Craigie St. Apt. 5, Somerville, MA 02143 maxklau@juno.com Phone: (617) 413-6316 Abstract What is the connection between individual development and macro-level social system change?  This article presents an answer to this question by integrating the fields of developmental psychology and […]
Feature Article: Integral Leader – Follower Relationships: Options in 4-D
Robert Wayne Johnston, PhD
Abstract One way or another, we are all both leaders and followers. The value of an integral understanding of leaders and followers seems to have become heightened commensurate with a dramatic increase in the uncertainty and complexity involved in doing business throughout the world, especially since 9/11. To complicate matters further and create even more […]
Feature Article: Why Spiritual Intelligence Is Essential to Mature Leadership
Cindy Wigglesworth
The life conditions and problems we face as a species, as countries, as organizations and as individuals demand increasing complex/elegant solutions. The type of mature leader who can respond to such situations is a “Tier 2” leader—embodying an advanced stage of personal development. These high levels of adult development are inseparably linked to spiritual intelligence. […]
Feature Article: Teaching vs. Preaching: The Power of Using Key Distinctions in Integral Leadership Development
Brian Whetten, Ph.D., M.A.
Summary One of the defining hallmarks of “second stage” integral thinking is the ability to move beyond seeing our current developmental stage as the “one true stage” that “should” be used by everyone. Yet the process through which myself and many others have embraced integral theory is much like a religious conversion experience. In my […]
Feature Article: Field Testing the Integral Model in the Middle East
Elza S. Maalouf
Abou Nidal, our East Jerusalem Arab driver, is a big sturdy man who promised to take us anywhere in the Palestinian Territories. “These are our people. Safety is not an issue,” he proudly said. Well, not quite… On May 20th Dr. Don Beck, a geopolitical consultant and co-founder of Spiral Dynamics integral, and I finished a […]
Feature Article: “Consciousizing” the Middle East: Don Beck in Israel and Palestine, Part 2
Rafael Nasser
“There will be twenty seven of us seated around a long U-shaped table. One of the walls consists of a series of large square glass windows overlooking the silky blue Mediterranean rolling onto the sandy shore.” I was describing to Don Beck the room where the first-ever three-day Spiral Dynamics Level 1 training in Israel […]
Feature Article: Reflections on the State of Integral Leadership Theory and Development
Russ Volckmann
It has been almost ten years since Chris Newham, Prasad Kaipa and I had our first conversations about integral theory and Integral Leadership. Influenced by Howard Gardner’s work on multiple intelligences and others’ work on emotional intelligence we turned to Ken Wilber’s A Brief History of Everything, No Boundary and Sex, Ecology and Spirituality for concepts and models that would […]
Feature Article: Shades of Leadership: A Case Study in Leading for the Followers
Keith Rice
A few years ago, I was invited to work with Hodgson Sealants Ltd, a Yorkshire-based family firm. They were a leading manufacturer of sealants and Europe’s single biggest supplier of putty. They were beginning to penetrate North Africa and other markets beyond the European continent. For the previous 30-plus years, the company had been run […]
Feature Article: Developing Leadership Capacity: Searching for the Integral
Mary Key, Ph.D. and Robin Wood, Ph.D.
Leadership involves inspiring people and organizations to develop the capacity to create the futures they desire. This often means leaders are called upon to stimulate significant changes in human systems, which invariably require changes in individual behaviors. For such changes to be sustainable, individuals must examine the meaning that gives rise to their behaviors and […]
Feature Article: On Leadership As Something We Are Rather Than Have
Otto Laske
Introducing Instrumentation to Strengthen the Integral Approach for Use in Organizations Otto Laske Interdevelopmental Institute (IDM) Center for Executive and Organizational Growth (CEOG) Medford, MA 02155, USA www.interdevelopmentals.org Copyright © Otto Laske 2006 For Russ who provoked these thoughts. Abstract The goal of this paper is to show that and how the effectiveness of the […]
Feature Article: Alexander The Great: Lessons of Heroic Leadership, for Mike Jay
Richard Fries
I. Introduction Alexander the Great is again at the center of attention, with Oliver Stone’s recently released blockbuster film. Leaving aside our judgment of the film, Alexander himself is worthy of our serious attention for his reshaping of civilization on three continents before his death at 32 and because his remarkably accelerated and many-sided development […]
Feature Article: Notes on Spiritual Leadership and Relational Spirituality
John Heron
NB: This is a revision and integration of interrelated sets of notes that have appeared over recent months in Michel Bauwens’Pluralities/Integration online newsletter [ michelsub2003@yahoo.com] The Guru Phenomenon The traditional oriental guru represents a form of spiritual leadership in which so-called advanced spiritual states of being are transmitted from guru to disciple. This requires the disciple […]
Feature Article: Integral Scenarios for Leadership Development: Scenarios and Leadership Development — 4th in a Series
Russ Volckmann
So what is all of this about scenarios? For those who are tracking this series of articles the question of what has this got to do with Integral Leadership must have occurred by now. Well, I think it has a lot to do with how the individual develops and prepares for leadership roles. This involves […]
Feature Article: Integral Africa: How far can integral go? …transforming a continent?
Susan Cannon and Yene Assegid
At this critical evolutionary moment in Earth’s history, as the integral wave begins to coalesce, “boots on the ground” global initiatives for Integral Leadership development thankfully are emerging. One such initiative is Integral Africa, at this very moment self-organizing against the fearsome odds for which Africa is renowned. Yene Assegid, a native of Ethiopia and […]
Feature Article: An Integral Response to HIV/AIDS: The “Leadership for Results” Story
Michael McElhenie
Background The need for leadership development to enhance an effective, coordinated response to HIV/AIDS and related issues has been gathering momentum over the past several years in many developing nations. Throughout the world, HIV/AIDS has rapidly increased the complexity of living within and managing any system, anywhere. The capacity and leadership required to respond to […]
Feature Article: A Tribute to Joseph C. Rost: Understanding Leadership in the 21st Century
Dennis C. Roberts
This short article is offered as a tribute to Joseph Rost. It then seeks to link the emerging notions of integral theory with Rost’s earlier and independent work (1991, 1993), work that has been some of the most influential in shaping higher education’s focus on leadership over the last decade. The area of integral theory […]
Feature Article: West Point, Scenarios and Leadership Development
Russ Volckmann
Since the readership of the Integral Leadership Review constitutes a diverse international group, a few words about this article may be helpful. The United States Military Academy (West Point) is where career officers are educated and trained for the United States Army. In addition to providing military leadership, the graduates of West Point, upon leaving their military […]
Feature Article: The Rise and Fall of Development
Mike Jay
Paper presented under the title, “The Evolution of Human Striving,” at the 2005 Conference of the Society for Research in Adult Development, Atlanta, Georgia, April 6-7, 2005. Disclaimer from Prince 1999: “I was dreaming when I wrote this, so forgive me if it goes astray…” This presentation is designed to disquiet current thinking and augment […]
Feature Article: Scenarios: Emanation and Learning Challenge
Russ Volckmann
This is the second in a short series of articles that recommends the use of scenarios in leadership development. Further, it suggests that an integral approach to learning from scenarios adds a level of richness that better prepares potential leaders for future events. That is the purpose of leadership development and of the use of […]
Feature Article: P2P and the Corporation ~ Foundation for P2P Alternatives
Michel Bauwens
In the material to follow I believe we have an example of the analysis that is still so underdeveloped of the lower quadrants of the integral model. While the focus is not leadership, per se, it is certainly about the cultures and systems in which leadership emerges. The immediate challenge it presents, from my point […]
Feature Article: Scenarios and Process: Emanation
Russ Volckmann
In this series of articles I have been exploring the use of scenarios for leadership development somewhat abstractly. In the next few issues I hope to examine this approach with more attention to method and process. This article begins an outline of the process or approach that one would use with clients to develop such […]
Feature Article: Scenarios and Lines: Advancing Leadership Development
Russ Volckmann
In the last two issues of Integral Leadership Review I have been writing about the use of scenarios and leadership development. Here I will develop this idea further with particular attention to the idea of lines of development. I will also link this exploration to the interview with James O’Toole in this issue of  Integral Leadership Review. […]
Feature Article: Integral Scenarios and Leadership Development
Russ Volckmann
We are used to role-plays in leadership development. They are often useful methods for individuals to observe group dynamics and their own behavior in relation to that of others. What could be more full of potential for an integral perspective than that? I would like to suggest that scenario explorations offer even more potential. In […]
Feature Article: Developing Leaders: Scenarios and Holonics
Russ Volckmann
Think about the methods we have for developing leaders: education, training, OJT, mentoring, coaching, assessment centers, focus on leader competencies, developing a leadership pipeline, etc. One that hasn’t received much attention is the use of scenarios. Training programs use simulations and experiential learning activities, usually focused on an organizational or behavioral issue of some sort: […]
Feature Article: Integral Leadership: The Case of Mother Teresa
Thierry C. Pauchant and Pierre-Alain Giffard
The reality of Integral Leadership has been exemplified by leaders such as Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Rachel Carson or Mohandas Gandhi. Mother Teresa is another example on which this article is based. These leaders are perceived today not only as some of the most ethical of the 20 th […]
Feature Article: The Tsunami of Integral Leadership Development
Russ Volckmann
Have you ever had a Tsunami? No, I don’t mean: “A tsunami (pronounced tsoo-nah-mee) is a wave train, or series of waves, generated in a body of water by an impulsive disturbance that vertically displaces the water column. Earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, explosions, and even the impact of cosmic bodies, such as meteorites, can generate tsunamis. Tsunamis […]
Feature Article: The Integral Leadership Workshop – 2
Russ Volckmann
Every year my daughter-in-law gives me a Zen Calendar for my desk. I love these calendars for the daily messages that they bring to me, even those that seem a little obscure. After all, they test one’s wits and often stimulate some new synaptic connections. On Sunday, March 28, 2004 the message was from Hakuin, […]
Feature Article: The Integral Model of Leadership: Integral Leadership – Part 23 Making Integral Leadership Actionable
Russ Volckmann
I was asked recently how I was applying my thinking about Integral Leadership in my coaching with executives and others. Part of my response included the observation that I rarely talk about integral or the idea of Integral Leadership. Rather, I use language that is more connected to the culture I am working in. And […]
Featured Article: The Integral Model of Leadership: Making Integral Leadership Actionable, Integral Leadership – Part 23
Russ Volckmann
I was asked recently how I was applying my thinking about Integral Leadership in my coaching with executives and others. Part of my response included the observation that I rarely talk about integral or the idea of Integral Leadership. Rather, I use language that is more connected to the culture I am working in. And […]
Feature Article: Afterword: “Things Come Apart…”
Charles Hampden-Turner
I am departing from my habit of writing a short article related to Integral Leadership to share with you the unpublished Afterword from Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner’s recent book, 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. It seems the publisher elected to reduce the book by two pages and these are the pages that were eliminated. […]
Feature Article: The Integral Model of Leadership: Leadership Development, Integral Leadership – Part 21
Russ Volckmann
Leo Burke’s Integral Leadership program at the University of Notre Dame is built around some key integral concepts: quadrants (personal meaning, individual behavior, culture and shared values, and systems and processes), lines (cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, physical, moral and spiritual), and or levels of development. Generally, these are consistent with the approach being explored in this […]
Feature Article: The Integral Model of Leadership: The Cultural Imperative Integral Leadership – Part 20
Russ Volckmann
In an earlier edition of Integral Leadership Review (Volume 11, No. 3 – March, 2002), I discussed the notion of attunement, the dynamics of the relationship between the individual leader’s values, beliefs, assumptions and intentions in relation to those held by the collective, that is, within the culture. Since that time interesting work has been done […]
Feature Article: The Integral Model of Leadership Meaning Making: Integral Leadership – Part 19
Russ Volckmann
In a report on research about leadership, the authors defined their study as “meaning making in a community of practice.” [Ospina, Sonia et al, “Co-producing Knowledge: Practitioners and Scholars Working Together to Understand Leadership,” Building Leadership Bridges 2002, Cherrey and Matusak, eds., International Leadership Association.] They went on to write, “Leadership is perceived as a […]
Feature Article: The Integral Model of Leadership: Integral Leadership, Part 17
Russ Volckmann
As leaders, we are frequently looking for models, methods and perspectives that give us a better handle on the challenges we face. We have a myriad of voices clamoring for our attention, urging this behavior or holding up this standard. We seek the wisdom that helps us choose. Or do we? Often we are too […]
Feature Article: The Integral Model of Leadership: Integral Leadership, Part 17
Russ Volckmann
As leaders, we are frequently looking for models, methods and perspectives that give us a better handle on the challenges we face. We have a myriad of voices clamoring for our attention, urging this behavior or holding up this standard. We seek the wisdom that helps us choose. Or do we? Often we are too […]
Feature Article: Filling in the Blanks: The Developmental Challenge – Integral Leadership, Part 16
Russ Volckmann
Our efforts to describe, define and develop leadership in business and other organizations have pretty much focused on the individual as leader. Only in rare cases has leadership been considered a collective phenomenon as well. Consequently, much of the literature on leadership has resulted in a collection of stories, models and guidelines for individual effectiveness. […]
Feature Article: Leadership System Change: It’s an Evolutionary Process – Integral Leadership, Part 15
Russ Volckmann
If you have been following this series of articles, you know that I have laid out an Integral Leadership model – of sorts. The “of sorts” is about the fact that it is one potential way of thinking about Integral Leadership. It is an approach that looks at leadership from the point of view of […]
Feature Article: Engagement: Making It Real – Integral Leadership, Part 14
Russ Volckmann
Engagement is the process of leadership in which the individual leader and collective leadership interact to achieve goals and build their leadership effectiveness. In engagement we can find the relationship between the individual acts of leaders and the collective acts of leadership in the organization and business. This is the realm of behavior. For some […]
Feature Article: Attunement Revisited – Integral Leadership, Part 13
Russ Volckmann
In the last issue I presented the notion of attunement as a process in which an individual executive leader attended to the relationship between their own values, beliefs and assumptions and those of other executive leaders. This discussion could equally apply to the relationship between a CEO and the rest of the company, a team […]
Feature Article: Attunement – Integral Leadership, Part 12
Russ Volckmann
In the last issue we explored the idea of self-management, particularly, management of the relationship between intention and behavior. This encompasses how one’s espoused theories with values, beliefs and assumptions relate to the actions one takes. How, for example, does a leader’s values relate to how s/he manages action in relation to peers, subordinates and other stakeholders. […]
Feature Article: Self-Management – Integral Leadership, eleventh in a series
Russ Volckmann
The articles offered on Integral Leadership to this point have been focused on one of four sets (individual or collective, internal or external) in four levels of leadership: Getting individual leaders onto the same field. (Commitment to shared purpose.) Assuring effective use of leadership resources. (Competence in leading.) Appropriate teamwork. (Innovative players on a team […]
Feature Article: Connected Leadership
Russ Volckmann
It is interesting to me how things seem to come together for this publication. In the last issue I wrote about the leader as entrepreneur in relationships with stakeholders. Fundamentally this means initiating creative acts with stakeholders in the face of change and challenges. The summary article (below) presents one leader’s view of how to do this. […]
Feature Article: Entrepreneurial Leadership
Russ Volckmann
It is an error to consider entrepreneurship as a realm to be left to the start-up of new business entities. It certainly is that. And, as Pinchot recognized a couple of decades ago in his book, Intrapreneuring, the quality of entrepreneurship is important inside existing businesses. 3-M is well known for keeping the entrepreneurial spirit […]
Feature Article: Leading the Enterprise
Russ Volckmann
I’ve always wanted to be an iconoclast. I mean, an effective iconoclast: someone who can powerfully and successfully challenge our conventional thinking, our conventional wisdom. Perhaps that is why the subject of leadership interests me so much. Leaders cannot afford not to be iconoclasts of sorts. They need to continually challenge the conventional wisdom in […]
Feature Article: The Leader As a Team Player
Russ Volckmann
In the prior issue I described teamwork among leaders as inspired collaboration. Note that teamwork rests upon a foundation of organization and purpose, all dedicated to achieving evolving business objectives. This perspective is an example of how an integral approach allows us to shift from thinking about either/or (hierarchy or teamwork, for example) to both/and (leading and […]
Feature Article: The Limited Requirements of Teamwork
Russ Volckmann
The quote from Kevin Sharer, CEO of Amgen, the world’s largest biotech company, serves two purposes in support of the perspective, map and coaching approach I am laying out in these e-journals. First, it underscores the combined individual and collective perspective that is essential to assuring effective executive leadership in today’s business world. Second, it […]
Feature Article: Leadership Competence – Part II
Russ Volckmann
This is the fifth in a series of articles on elements of Integral Leadership. A Leadership Opportunity: An Integral Approach is premised on the idea that heroic ideas of leadership are no longer sufficient to serve the requirements of business in the face of rapid change and complexity. I am always pleased when I find a […]
Feature Article: Leadership Competence
Russ Volckmann
(This is the fourth in a series of articles on elements of Integral Leadership. Business leaders, individually and collectively, clarify the purpose of leadership in relation to business objectives. This sets the context for commitment by individual leaders. It also establishes how leaders can determine what is important about using leadership resources: time, energy, information, […]
Feature Article: Leadership Resources
Russ Volckmann
In the last issue the subject was leadership on purpose. With this issue I continue to unfold some themes about Integral Leadership. This approach builds on the models and theories of Ken Wilber to provide a practical, business-savvy approach to executive leadership. Leaders need to understand the nature of the resources that they have at their disposal […]
Feature Article: Leadership On Purpose
Russ Volckmann
In the last issue I wrote about our need to transcend and include the limiting model of heroic leadership. It isn’t that we have no reason to value heroic acts of leadership. They continue to be important to us. We need to recognize both the heroic and the collective. In the remarks that follow, I am concerned […]
Feature Article: Leadership Resources
Russ Volckmann
In the last issue the subject was leadership on purpose. With this issue I continue to unfold some themes about Integral Leadership. This approach builds on the models and theories of Ken Wilber to provide a practical, business-savvy approach to executive leadership. Leaders need to understand the nature of the resources that they have at their disposal […]
Feature Article: Leadership Resources
Russ Volckmann
As an individual act, leadership is most often seen as heroic in some sense. I describe the models of leadership that prevail in business as heroic, because they treat the leader as the center of their way of thinking with the expectation that the leaders behavior determines the success of any enterprise. And leadership is […]
Peer Reviewed Articles
4/28 – Complexity, self-organization and leadership: Enlivened experiences from The Netherlands
Jaap Geerlof and Anke van Beckhoven
Jaap Geerlof and Anke van Beckhoven           Abstract Our home country, The Netherlands, seems to be a fertile ground for self-organizing organizations and is an incubator for researchers that are interested in the topic of leadership and self-organization. Scientific literature unveils that the question of leadership of self-organizing organizations is surrounded by […]
6/16 – The Nicolescuian and Zurich Approaches to Transdisciplinarity
Sue L. T. McGregor
Sue L. T. McGregor PhD Professor Emerita (MSVU) Introduction Despite a “plurality of transdisciplinary models” (Nicolescu, 2008c, p. 13), the full range of transdisciplinarity has not yet been fully grasped and tabulated (du Plessis, Sehume, & Martin, 2013; Jahn, 2012). However, two approaches to transdisciplinary tend to prevail: (a) the Nicolescuian approach and (b) the Zurich […]
4/7 – Integral Leadership Peer Review
Mark McCaslin
Mark McCaslin The Integral Leadership Review is the world’s premier publication of integrated approaches to leading and leadership. It is a bridging publication that links authors and readers across cultures around the world. It serves leaders, professionals and academics engaged in the practice, development and theory of leadership. It bridges multiple perspectives by drawing on […]
4/7 – Scholarly Leadership Considered – A Call for Papers
Mark McCaslin
Mark McCaslin “Faculty are losing out, too. Research and publications have become the primary means by which most professors achieve academic status, and yet many academics are, in fact, drawn to the profession precisely because of their love for teaching or service—even for making the world a better place.” (Boyer, 1990, p. xii)  Twenty-five years […]
Integral European Conference #IEC2016
8/31 – 3D-Management: An Integral Business Theory
Marco Antonio Robledo
Marco Antonio Robledo Abstract 3D-Management is an integral meta-theory of management that integrates organizational knowledge in an integral, balanced and non-marginalizing framework. It stands for Three-Dimensional Management, in reference to the three fundamental and irreducible dimensions (the Big Three) that integral management should address: science, arts and ethics, which refer respectively to the techno-economical, the […]
8/31 – From Knowledge Intensive to Wisdom Based Services
Detlev Bohle
Detlev Bohle   Service excellence, knowledge intensive service development and wisdom based services are discussed. The review of the present of wisdom based services is based on integral theory. Abstract From the complex landscape of needs of companies and individuals alike a new type of services is emerging for which the terminus wisdom based services […]
8/31 – If Capitalism is Dead, then what?
Said E. Dawlabani
Said E. Dawlabani #IEC2016 – Keynote Speech Now we’re going to focus fully on the state of the capitalist system. Today, capitalism is experiencing one of the most profound challenges in its history. Some leading thinkers believe that it might not even survive the current technological disruption. We’re going to take a look at some of […]
8/31 – What has Eros/Power got to do with Teal Organizing? Quite a lot!
Heidi Gutekunst, Hilary Bradbury and Dana Carman
Heidi Gutekunst, Hilary Bradbury and Dana Carman About the Eros/Power Workshop I will use just two adjectives: shocking and revealing! Shocking because of the very loving but professional way it led me to explore deep and hidden aspects about my sexuality and sensuality, both male and female sides, with which I rarely make contact. And revealing because […]
8/31 – A Couples Line of Development
Thomas A. Habib
Thomas A. Habib Abstract A couples line of development is proposed from an integral perspective. The couples line specifies developmental stages, tasks for each stage and describes cultural messages that impede development. It reveals the nature and effects of an integral concept called a pre/trans fallacy unique to early intimate relationships and how this often […]
Integral for the Masses
Keith Bellamy
Integral For The Masses Moving from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm An Integral Leader’s Story Keith Bellamy The wires of the Internet have been running extremely hot the past few days as Integralistas from all corners of the globe have been discussing, with extreme passion, the difference between theory and meta-theory and the rights […]
Integral For the Masses
Keith Bellamy
The Secret to Transform the Next 500 Years by Keith Bellamy Imagine, if you can, that you are a fly on the wall of a meeting that was taking place in the city of Aachen in 1439. In this equivalent of the mid 20th Century “smoke filled room” (remember Sir Walter Raleigh hasn’t brought tobacco […]
Integral For the Masses
Keith Bellamy
Subway Ride to the Bronx by Keith Bellamy I recently undertook one of those seminal transformative acts that not only changes one’s life, but continues to reverberate through one’s whole being even after the actual event is a distant memory. No this wasn’t a silent retreat, nor an ecstatic dance weekend, nor an exquisite deep […]
Integral for the Masses: A fresh Perspective on Technology and Its Role in Furthering Integral Leadership
Keith Bellamy
First an apology to anybody who was expecting to see the second part of my article on the work that we did on the State of the Integral Spirituality Movement at the Integral New York City Salon (iNYCS) earlier this year. It was always my intention to present the conclusions that we arrived at in […]
Integral for the Masses: State of the Integral Spirituality Movement—Part 1
Keith Bellamy
We have been very busy little beavers here in the New York City Integral Community of late. On the surface, it might appear as if we have been continuing in our normal manner, holding meetings and discussing our future plans and generally seeking to further the cause in the Metropolis. Any casual observer probably wouldn’t […]
Integral for the Masses: Suffer Little Children
Keith Bellamy
The ancient Chinese curse, “May your children live in interesting times” is well and truly upon us. With every passing day, life as we have come to know and love it seems to be unraveling at the seams. For many, a wave of suffering is washing away expectations, and lifestyles are being torn to shreds […]
Integral for the Masses: Focusing on Differences – A Critical Trait for the Aspiring Integral Leader?
Keith Bellamy
Greetings to all our reader(s)—well I know that there is a least one as he writes to comment on each article almost immediately after publication—here’s wishing you a healthy and harmonious 2009 and may all the trials and tribulations of 2008 fade rapidly into a distant memory or in some cases just a bad nightmare. […]
Integral for the Masses: Holding Leaders to Account or Allowing Them to Squirm?
Keith Bellamy
This column comes with a health warning. Those people who are allergic to or intolerant of “vented spleen” are advised to either turn to another article in this great issue of the Integral Leadership Review, or to ensure that they are wearing the appropriate protective clothing. I have to admit that as I sit writing […]
Integral for the Masses: Leadership Lessons from Randy
Keith Bellamy
As I sit to write this article my mailbox is starting to fill with reports from the attendees at the Integral Theory Conference near San Francisco that was held last week. If I am totally honest, I am more than a little envious of the wonderful experience that attendees seemed to have had and look […]
Integral For the Masses: Perpetual Change – The Integral Leader’s Challenge
Keith Bellamy
Whilst threatening to expose both how long in the tooth I am and my slightly warped musical tastes I have to admit that one of my favorite recordings of all time is The Yes Album by the band Yes (there was a clear thread of Zen influence on the Progressive Rock scene back in 1971 when it […]
Leadership For the Masses: A Summer of Integral Leadership Revelation
Keith Bellamy
The heavens punish us by giving us what we wish for, or so the old saying goes. At a meeting of the Management Review Board for the ILR. I argued for the need to have specialized or focused editions of this august organ. Whilst I was my normal loquacious and persuasive self in the debate, I […]
Integral for the Masses: The Credit Crisis Through an Integral Lens — and When is the Most Appropriate Time to Evaluate a Leader’s Achievements?
Keith Bellamy
New York: The most fascinating show in town this summer has, in my opinion, played out not on Broadway but down at the tip of Manhattan on Wall Street. From the same people who brought you such previous delights as “The 1929 Crash,” “Melt Down in South America,” and “Bursting the dot-com bubble,” amongst many […]
Integral for the Masses: Integral Leadership Lessons from the Hogwarts School
Keith Bellamy
It is two minutes to midnight on Friday 20th July 2007; I am standing in line with about 70,000 other individuals in Diagon Alley awaiting the culmination of the publishing event of the century, maybe of all time. Of course those of you who are up to speed with the antics of the young wizard […]
Integral For the Masses: Integral Leadership: Living Life at the Spear Tip of Evolution, An Interview with Robb Smith, CEO Integral Institute
Keith Bellamy
At the tender age of eight years old, Robb Smith had already started to build a portfolio of stocks and shares. Born in the 1970s and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area he was just doing what all the other kids were doing at the time. This was the time of the “Barbarians at […]
Integral For the Masses: Integral Leadership Steve Frazee on The Gulf Between Theory and Practice
Keith Bellamy
As a student of Integral Leadership can you imagine how it might feel to be told that you are to be the first Chief Executive of the most prestigious integral organization on the face of the planet? More than that, can you imagine what it might feel like to be told that you are going […]
Integral for the Masses: The future is bright!
Keith Bellamy
For some reason that completely escapes me, our minds here in the west seem to do anything other than focus on the present at this time of the year. Perhaps it is the watery sunshine, which is in very short supply due to the tilting of the earth’s angle, kicking off some deep-seated part of […]
Integral for the Masses: “ Myth and the Integral Leader”
Keith Bellamy
A fundamental tenet of Integral Theory places the role of myth at an early stage of development both individually and collectively.  Those who allow myths to dictate and dominate their lives are deemed to be operating at a pre-rational level of cognition.  One of the major criticisms of the New Age Movement is that it […]
Integral for the Masses
Keith Bellamy
Protecting the Integral Crown Jewels – a leadership responsibility for those pursuing an Integral path? “Isn’t life a bitch?” the tall bald-headed one from Boulder, Colorado responded to a question that I put to him when he was visiting with a group of us from the New York Integral Community a few weeks back. Little […]
Integral for the Masses!
Keith Bellamy
Integral Awareness Earlier this week I had the honour and the privilege to be sitting in my local Integral Salon listening to one of the Salon members recount a recent experience where she had attempted to introduce Integral Theory to a group of CEOs.  At a weekend retreat, she and her colleagues were trying to […]
Integral for the Masses
Keith Bellamy
Leading into a new Stage: It’s all in the signs?…or maybe not! The following is a conversation that I imagine might have taken place in the late 1970s between an official at the Dutch Ministry of Transport and a civil engineer called Hans Monderman. “Hans, it’s Pieter from the Ministry. How are you?” “I’m good […]
Integral for the Masses!: i-WET!
Keith Bellamy
Saturday, August 6th 2005 The thunderstorms that we had been promised overnight had failed to materialise, although the air most definitely felt a little cooler and less humid than we had been experiencing for the past few days. I then reminded myself that it was 7:30 in the morning as I was climbing into the […]
Integral For the Masses: Taster Menu
Keith Bellamy
We live in interesting times! I had thought that I was beyond being shocked and surprised at the changes I see taking place all around me. But a headline in the London Evening Standard in April of this year proved that this life still has a trick or two in store for me yet. What, you might […]
Integral For the Masses: Integral Leadership Advice from One of the First Management Consultants
Keith Bellamy
I tend to consider myself as a fairly simple soul, although others who are close to me might think differently. Since discovering Integral Theory, I have attempted to lead my life in a manner that allows the decisions that I take to be integrally informed. I have the humility, I hope, to recognise that I […]
Integral For the Masses: Integral Leadership Advice from One of the First Management Consultants
Keith Bellamy
As I embarked on my own personal odyssey and started to develop a personal Transformative Practice in the days before I had heard of Integral let alone started to try to understand what it means, I pursued three avenues of enlightenment.  Before I tell you what they were, I feel I need to give you […]
Integral For the Masses: Avoiding the Elitist Trap
Keith Bellamy
I am making the assumption that you are reading this on the screen of your computer.  If you happen to be one of those individuals who prints copies of this newsletter and reads at a time and place that feels more convenient than on your desktop, laptop or any other preferred device, the following is […]
Integral For the Masses
Keith Bellamy
Senge, P., C. O. Scharmer, J. Jaworski, and B. S. Flowers. Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future. Cambridge, M A: The Society for Organizational Learning, 2004. Every now and then a book comes along that really shakes my tree. This is one of them. Constructed around C. Otto Sharmer’s “U” model of different levels of […]
Leading Self
1/15 – Inching Towards Leaderless Leading
Edith Friesen
Edith Friesen and Edith Friesen EF:  Before we start, there’s something you need to know. IN:  Okay… EF:  I’m not sure why they asked me to do this interview. Mostly, I just write and guide writers. And I do a little communications work. I don’t usually think of myself as a leader. IN:  Am I […]
1/15 – Re-membering My Inherent Wilderness
Beth Sanders
Beth Sanders At the threshold I feel queasy and sick throughout my whole being. It is soon my turn to step into the choice I have already made. It isn’t too late to turn back. My knees rock forward and back while a voice in my head utters, “I am not ready, I am not […]
Leading Others
2/15 – Illuminating New Territory at the Bottom of the U
Olen Gunnlaugson
Olen Gunnlaugson [i] Engaging conversation directly from essence and source activates essential conditions for leaders to embody a creative perception and transformed way of being.  This article[ii] is written to inspire new possibilities for how existing approaches to collective presencing and conversational leadership are experienced by introducing a process-method of conversation that is activated through source directed […]
1/15 – Is True Integral Leadership Possible?
Linda Shore
Linda Shore  I am thrilled about the potential that exists in a world that finds us moving from green to integral yellow on the Spiral Dynamic map of human growth, where all four burners of the AQAL map of human possibility are fully ignited. Hail to the 4 voices! And while I am integrally jazzed, […]
Leading Organizations
1/15 – Giving birth to Authentic Leadership in Action
Michael Chender
Michael Chender Authentic Leadership in Action — ALIA — had its first program in 2001 as the Shambhala Institute, subsequently named the Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership. It has operated continually since then, and in November 2014 merged with the Authentic Leadership program at Naropa University to create Naropa’s Authentic Leadership Center. What follows are […]
1/15 – Building Water Leaders and Waterpreneurs
Julia Fortier and Karen Kun
Julia Fortier and Karen Kun Abstract:  As a youth focused water facilitation organization, Waterlution is constantly exploring new ways to build dynamic young water leaders. For the last twelve years, Waterlution has engaged over four thousand youth and five hundred expert resource guests in its community-based programming. By engaging local young leaders (change-agents) Waterlution supports […]
Leading Cultures
1/15 – A Circle of Aiijaakag, a Circle of Maangag: Integral Theory and Indigenous Leadership
Janice Simcoe
Janice Simcoe “There are many roads to the High Place”[i] A Story The story, as I received it, is about different kinds of leadership and how each has its place and space.   First I will provide some context.  The Anishinaabe, also called the Ojibwe, people have a clan system that, among other things, helps to […]
Leading World
2/15 – How ARE We To Go On Together? Our Evolutionary Crossroads
Brian and Mary Nattrass
Brian and Mary Nattrass In the following article Brian and Mary Nattrass (1999, 2002) (who have been organizational change strategists teaching and consulting using The Natural Step framework for sustainability for over 20 years) walk Leaders through a path that shows how to negotiate the resistant Old Story into the life-giving New Story of sustainability in […]
1/15 – Integral Transformation of Value Chains: One Sky’s Integral Leadership Program in the Brazil Nut Value Chain in Peru and Bolivia
Gail Hochachka
Gail Hochachka Abstract: One Sky carried out an Integral Leadership Program with the Brazil nut value chain in Bolivia and Peru, in partnership with Costco the fourth largest retailer in the US, as well as Candor, one of his main buyers, along with the Canadian nonprofit organization Integral Without Borders Institute. As an overall goal, the […]
Continuous Learning
2/15 – From Practice to Praxis – as Transformative Education: Leading at the Integral/Professional Interface?
Ian Wight
Ian Wight Engaging the Integral/Professional Interface I am feeling a yearning for the company of like-minded and like-hearted folks: integral aficionados explicitly valuing their professional identity; evolving professionals explicitly cultivating integral sensibilities. I therefore make this particular offering very much in the spirit of my own integrally-informed sense of Leadership – as Service – for […]
2/15 – Will the Next Buddha be a Sangha? Responding to the Call to Influence the Future of Collaboration
Rebecca Ejo Colwell
Rebecca Ejo Colwell For several years my koan has been:  How do we close the gap between the human condition and our human potential? I first started to grapple with questions around how to catalyze and support collaboration for change while working in community development early in my career in the 1980s, in two Canadian […]
1/15 – Integral Dispositions and Transdisciplinary Knowledge Creation
Sue L. T. McGregor
Sue L. T. McGregor The world is facing a polycrisis of complex problems – a cacophony of irreversible climate change and ecological imbalance, global pandemics, escalating terrorism, conflict and aggression, unsustainable consumerism, debilitating poverty, reoccurring political and economic crises, worrying population growth and migration, uneven wealth and income distribution, uneven and unsustainable growth and development, […]
1/15 – The Long and Winding Road: Leadership and Learning Principles That Transform
Brigitte Harris and Niels Agger-Gupta
 Our Journey as a School of Leadership Studies Brigitte Harris and Niels Agger-Gupta The MA Leadership program was the first offering of the newly created Royal Roads University (RRU) in 1996. The program was designed for mid-career professionals with at least five to ten years of leadership experience. Designed on pioneering, paradigm-changing but rigorously referenced […]
Learner Papers
8/31 – Policy by Tautologies: The Circular Reasoning and Divided Leadership Over Iraq
Todd J. Barry
Todd J. Barry Abstract:  Leadership is, at times, the calling out and identification of lack of leadership.  This paper uses a case study to propose an original idea, that of policy by tautologies in the George W. Bush administration and the international community.  A tautology is a type of circular group reasoning.  While President Bush […]
4/7 – The Generational Shift in the Workplace: Are WE Ready?
Kim Arellano
Kim Arellano Ten thousand Millennials turn 21 each day (Torres, 2014, para. 5), while ten thousand Baby Boomers retire each day (Newsmax, 2010, para. 1). By 2025, the Millennials will make up 75% of the U.S. Labor Force (Tyler, 2013, para. 1). Many organizations are facing several challenges including transferring valuable knowledge to a younger […]
9/24 – An Integral Theory Analysis of Complexity Leadership
Jim Best
Jim Best Background Purpose In this paper I provide a description of complexity leadership theory and its antecedents in complexity science, and then use integral theory as a meta-theory to evaluate complexity leadership theory.  I will use Wilber’s AQAL model as interpreted by Forman and Ross, focusing on quadrants, lines, stages, and meaning-making systems.  Complexity […]
8/15 – Integral Conscious Evolution
Jorge Taborga
Jorge Taborga Abstract This essay examines conscious evolution through an integral lens. It presents a perspective on the dilemma of our times focusing on evolutionary responsibility. Evolution is examined from the dimensions of depth and complexity, or subjectivity and objectivity. Frameworks are explored encapsulating human evolution from both of these dimensions. The integral framework is […]
6/26 Correlations Between Crisis Management and Innovation
Christine Haskell
Christine Haskell Abstract Corporate leaders focus primarily on growing their businesses. They should also focus on mitigating potential setbacks (crises). Innovation (in its many forms) is a guided exploration of purposeful uncertainty. A company knows they want to grow but are generally unsure how. Customer-centric approaches such as participatory innovation are a recent focus for […]
Occupy The System: An Integral Perspective on Leading Through Social Change
Eric Reynolds
Eric Reynolds [This is a revised version of a paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a PhD seminar, Integral Leadership, offered at Saybrook University by Russ Volckmann in the Fall 2012. The assignment was to bring an integral lens to three articles on leadership that were not required reading for the course. […]
Interpreting Along the Deckled Edge: The Artist’s Place in Leadership
Diane Meyer
Diane Meyer Life is—or has—meaning and meaninglessness. I cherish the anxious hope that meaning will preponderate and win the battle. (Jung, 1998, p. 359). Art reflects the soul of humanity, its beauty, dissonance, and struggle. We can’t imagine our world without art. But artists, unless they have received the acknowledgement of the great museums, are […]
Inca Wisdom and Integral Theory
Giorgio Piacenza Cabrera
Giorgio Piacenza Cabrera Part One: Inca Quadrants Similar to Those of Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory Introduction The four dimensions that combine to form the quadrants in Integral Theory are the Individual, Plural, Interior and Exterior. These quadrants are similar to the main dimensions defining the Quechua-Andean quadrants. Like Integral Theory, these dimensions also complement each […]
Living Leadership: Integral Dimensions of a Complete Life
Walker Karraa
Walker Karraa As integral leadership juxtaposes Western and Eastern leadership philosophies and epistemologies, the contrast can often feel murky, ambiguous to those of us striving to live a life of leadership grounded in appreciation of difference, dare I say diversity. At this cross roads, Eastern philosophies appear more palatable to the West, and theories of […]
Leadership Stage Development and its Effect on Transformational Change
Jorge Taborga
Jorge Taborga Abstract This case study investigates the impact of leadership stage development in transformational change initiatives. In particular, it looks at how the structure and characteristics of leadership teams determine large change outcomes in organizations. The core theory that grounds this research is that post-conventional leadership is required for organizational transformation to take place. […]
Learner Paper: Complexity Leadership
Barrett C. Brown
Complexity Leadership: An Overview and Key Limitations Barrett C. Brown Abstract An overview of the complexity leadership literature is provided. This includes a history of complexity theory and its core concepts, the central propositions of complexity leadership, a review of six prominent frameworks, and a summary of practitioner guidelines. The article also discusses two key […]
Learner Papers: How Organizational Archetypes Manifest at Each Level of the Gravesian Value Systems
Jorge Taborga
How Organizational Archetypes Manifest at Each Level of the Gravesian Value Systems Jorge Taborga Abstract Organizational culture provides the impetus for the behaviors in an organization which work to fulfill its mission or work against it. Schein (2010) stratifies culture into artifacts, values and beliefs, and underlying assumptions. The latter are the deeper and unexamined […]
Learner Paper: Coaching with an Integral Lens
Lynn Harrison
When we can find them we publish PhD student papers from various institutions. These papers are typically done as part of a class in leadership, integral leadership or other related topics. Learners and professors are invited to submit papers for publication. Coaching with an Integral Lens Lynn Harrison Saybrook University   Introduction Leading successfully in […]
Learner Paper: The Mechanisms of Social Innovation: Creating Knowledge and Developing Leadership via Process
Stacy Townsley
Stacy Townsley Introduction: Perspectives on Change My research interest centers on how we can bridge old and new social structures in addressing societal needs. Social entrepreneurship (SE)—also referred to in this paper as social innovation—is possibly one type of ‘bridge’ social structure. The definition of social entrepreneurship varies, although all conceptions at least implicitly center […]
Learner Paper: The Evolution of Leadership and Mentorship from 1975 – Present
Kelly McInnes
Kelly McInnes, University of Saskatchewan, Canada Introduction The purpose of this paper is to review the evolution of leadership and the evolution of mentorship as it has occurred over the last 34 years and provide speculation about the next phase of mentorship in relation to the evolution of leadership. Both leadership and mentorship are constructs […]
Student Paper: Integral Theory’s Contribution to Leader and Leadership Development
Laura Santana
Abstract:Increasing complexity and demands of leadership in the twenty-first century challenge leaders to find effective and meaningful ways of leading, challenge our thinking about how cultures and systems can support the emergence of leadership, and seek solutions to unexpected challenges that face our organizations and societies. Integral philosophy offers a unifying lens to advance an […]
Emerging Scholars
4/22 – A Critical Review of Pre-Engagement Organizational Consulting Diagnosis Methods
Todd Hatley
Todd Hatley Introduction While there’s uncertainty regarding the success rate of organizational change and improvement efforts, many reports show failure rates of 60-70%. Decker and his colleagues (2012) suggest that change and improvement efforts can be improved by appropriately diagnosing what changes are needed and the organization’s readiness to change. My reading in the areas […]
11/27 – Connections: The Invisible Dynamics of Leadership
Sherill Lambruschini
Sherill Lambruschini Abstract This article is a review of the literature and serves as a theoretical framework that helps shed light about experiences of interpersonal connections of leaders in the workplace.  Literature from several fields within leadership that influences the area of inquiry related to interpersonal connections and emotions of leaders will be discussed.  In […]
Student Paper
Jeannie Carlisle Volckmann
The Nonlinearity of Cultural Tradition: Baron Carl von Clausewitz, the First Vector of the On War Fractal X by Jeannie Carlisle Volckmann Few would disagree that On War by Barron Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831), is the most influential book ever written on military philosophy in the Western world. Its popularity has not waned since the […]
Notes from the Field
8/31 – Leap into Life – a new business model for a Sharing Economy*
Alain Volz
Alain B. Volz Based on traditional values of the Dagomba tribe in Ghana Northern Region and 21stcentury Holistic principles we are developing a Sharing Economy called Leap into Life. The last 2 years we have been working from grass root level in Ghana and The Netherlands on the design of an informal economy where people […]
4/22 – Integral Thinking in Society As a Development Path for Humanity
Aleksandr Drobiazko
Aleksandr Drobiazko “Only the whole makes sense” – G.W.F. Hegel As it has been pointed out by Ken Wilber in his work “Introduction to Integral Theory and Practice”, over the last three decades we have witnessed a situation that is unprecedented in history: from now on we have access to all the cultures of the world. […]
4/22 – Proactive emotional management through the integral perspective
Galina Svirina (Susloparova), Ph.D.
Galina Svirina (Susloparova), Ph.D. What can be more important than harmony in personal and working relationships? Yet, it seems that this area of our life tends to be challenging, even for the most successful people. Many thinkers, psychologists, religious and spiritual leaders, have been trying to find a philosopher stone, one secret element necessary for […]
8/31 – Social Acupuncture: SDG’s & the Future of Humanitarianism, Nexus at the United Nations, 2016
Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk
Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk Note to reader: Traditional humanitarianism seeks to alleviate a symptom. Integral humanitarianism views an individual project as a Systemic remedy. Identifying where within the ecological, social, cultural and economic systems one can have the greatest positive impact and what methods should be used is Social Acupuncture. The people’s transformation into conscious cultural […]
8/31 – What can we learn from tradition and conflict?*
Alain Volz
Alain Volz This article is an English translation of an article previously published in Dutch on July 2nd 2016. With special thanks to Michiel Doorn who helped with the translation. Those that know me are aware that, already for five years, I have been traveling between Ghana and the Netherlands. In Ghana, I work with […]
8/31 – Leap into Life – Dipaliya*
Alain Volz
Alain Volz Story of an emerging Social Economy that combines tradition with innovation.  In this article I will describe the journey Umar Mohammed and I are travelling as Leap into Life Dipaliya and how my journey started. Those who know the Star Trek series recognize the first sentence written here above. Though we haven’t left […]
4/28 – And so it begins: The Inaugural Conference of the Human Science Institute
Kevyne Baar
K. Keyvne Baar As we, the Human Science Institute (HIS), prepare for our second conference (8-10 September 2016 in Salt Lake City), it was decided that a recap of the experiences from the inaugural conference was in order. I was nominated for the assignment. In many ways I am the least obvious person to take […]
1/18 – Gaining Maturity on the Path (Notes from the Russian Fields)
Lev Gordon
Lev Gordon Last two months I was going through an interesting period, which was over yesterday… On November 12 I turned 42 (an age often referred to as “middle age crisis”) and so it seems that a month before and a month after were some sort of cutting ties with the past and searching for […]
1/18 – To Russia, with love of extremes
Anouk Brack
Anouk Brack, MSc. In 2015 I traveled to Moscow twice to teach about Leadership Embodiment in the Embodiment Facilitator Course (EFC) by Mark Walsh and Alexandra Vilvovskaya. I was asked to reflect on my experience teaching in Russia for this special edition of Integral Leadership Review. Context: the Embodiment Facilitator Course This course is aimed […]
11/30 – Leveraging Integral Leadership to Shift Sustainability Mindsets into a ThriveAbility Paradigm
Bill Baue and Robin Wood
Bill Baue and Robin Wood To achieve sustainability, we need to transcend the sustainability paradigm – a limiting mindset that (counter-intuitively) has only succeeded in solidifying unsustainability. We need to transcend and include sustainability by integrating it into a new meta-paradigm that spawns systems designed to thrive, sustainably. To get from here to there, integral […]
11/30 – ILR at the ILA
Mark McCaslin
Mark McCaslin Recently, I had the pleasure of representing Integral Leadership Review and the School for Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix, at the International Leadership Associations’ annual conference.  Being involved as I am with the Integral Leadership Review I am often questioned by the affiliates of the Center for Leadership Studies and Educational Research, the […]
11/30 – The Amara Adventure: Bringing Transformation to Life in Organizations
Jane Allen and Nick Owen
Assembled & edited by Jane Allen and Nick Owen Snapshots of a transformational leadership conference with inputs from Bill Torbert & Frederic Laloux Amara is a collaboration of likeminded leadership practitioners formed earlier this year with the stated purpose of doubling the number of leaders with transformational leadership capacity worldwide within 25 years. The founders […]
10/9 – Review of The Third Act Workshop
Edward Kelly
Edward Kelley INTRODUCTION  Over the past 2-3 years we have run a number of retreats on The Third Act in life. In April of this year we also ran a successful Third Act Conference. More recently we have been running Third Act workshops in which we have moved our attention to what work we can […]
8/19 – Elza Maalouf on Integral Design Amidst Chaos, Bloodshed and Revolution
Jeremy Johnson
Jeremy D. Johnson Elza Maalouf gave her ITC2015 keynote on Saturday morning. I was present – as the ITC live blogger – and published the bulk of my notes for her talk on my homepage[i] The following is an extended version of that morning’s blog post. As Mark Fabionar mentioned to me back in June, “Elza […]
8/19 – See Video of Sean Hargens’ Opening Presentation at ITC 2015
You can buy a video of Sean Hargens’ opening presentation and more from ITC 2015 here. Well worth watching for a status of integral theory, its impact and potential. His presentation on the list of projects around the world is remarkable. In the US, Europe and Asia individuals are applying integral approaches and making remarkable impact. Also […]
8/19 – 2015-16 State of the Future – The Millennium Project
Russ Volckmann
2015-16 State of the Future Jerome C. Glenn, Elizabeth Florescu and The Millennium Project Team http://millennium-project.org/millennium/201516SOF.html Concerned for “the” and “our” future? Highly recommended report by the UN sponsored Millennium Project. The report contains much more useful information than can be offered in this space. The link above provides access to the full report and […]
8/19 – Rethinking Postgraduate Higher Education from Transdisciplinary Perspectives
Paul Gibbs
Paul Gibbs In late July, Middlesex University hosted a symposium of invited academics, thinkers and practitioners to discuss the nature of transdisciplinarity in the context of UK postgraduate higher education. Participants included Professor Nicolescu and academics from universities in the UK including Middlesex, Kings, University College London Institute of Education (UCL IOE) and Manchester, and […]
8/19 – Integral Flow Experience with Bence Ganti
Elizabeth Kennedy
Elizabeth Kennedy The altar stood tall, and stood out in the room.  Simply walking into Bence Ganti’s Integral Flow Experience you sense something special is going to happen here.   Bence uses an altar and ceremony to affect the lower left aspect of the class – and it works beautifully.  Integral Flow experience is truly a […]
8/19 – Enlivening Edge: News from Next-Stage Organizations, online newsletter/website
Alia Aurami
Alia Aurami  A nexus for integral, next-stage organizations is born Since Frederic Laloux published his Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next-Stage of Human Consciousness, with foreword by Ken Wilber, the impact of Integral on businesses and other organizations will never be the same. The author seems to have hit a […]
8/19 – Reflections on Anthropocene Governance: ISSS2015 BERLIN (59th Meeting of the ISSS)
Bill Toth
Bill Toth As I stood on the balcony of the Herrenhausen Palace, overlooking the magnificent gardens I felt very fortunate to be invited, along with 26 other PhD students to this gathering of systems thinkers from around the world to consider the interesting problem of Anthropocene governance.  It was not initially clear what the objective […]
6/16 – Conscious Business Network Meeting – Designing Conscious Space
Therese Rowley
Therese Rowley Notes from June 10, 2015 A panel of three young, knowledgeable professionals, representing the fields of green architecture, engineering, construction and interior design spoke about how they were purpose-driven in each deciding to start their own companies. They were each determined to achieve business success (for themselves and their clients) by partnering with […]
6/16 – Crisis Management in Renton
Dena Rosko
Crisis Management Workshop: Renton Washington: April 29, 2015 – May 1, 2015 Dena Rosko I supported community engagement for the crisis management workshop and certificate program from Saybrook University. My team members included Roderick Campbell and Eric Dooley-Feldman, with faculty members Nancy Southern, Gary Metcalf, and Ian Mitroff. The workshop was distinctive because it focused […]
6/16 – Inspiring Space, Place, and U.Lab: A personal reflection on The Presencing Institute’s Foundations Program in Cape Town, South Africa
Allison Stern
Allison Stern Travel offers many opportunities, among them the chance to broaden one’s mind. As a lived experience, travel also offers access to insight through other, more holistic ways of knowing. My recent excursion to Cape Town, South Africa was just that: an integrated foray into other ways of knowing via The Presencing Institute’s in […]
1/15 – Integral City Development in the Russian City of Izhevsk
Eugene Pustoshkin
Integral Workshop on December 18-21 at the Center for Development of Entrepreneurs (Sberbank) in Izhevsk. Eugene Pustoshkin I was invited to come to Izhevsk on December 18-21, 2014. There is a group of people who work on Integral development of this city and promoting ideas of holistic vision as applied to urbanism. The group is […]
12/21 – 3rd International Taoist Forum – Yingtan, Nov 25/26 2014
Jean-Claude Pierre
Taoism: a gift to the world: Key takeaways from the 3rd International Taoist Forum Jean-Claude Pierre On November 25/26 2014, the 3rd international Taoist Forum, held in Longhu mountains, Jiangxi province, China, gathered some 600 participants from 27 countries. After a bit of history about this forum, its aim and a few words about the […]
12/21 – The Emergence of Integral Consciousness in Europe
Dennis Wittrock
A first person account of creating the 1st Integral European Conference, May 8-11, 2014 in Budapest Dennis Wittrock So it’s over now. We did it. What a blast, what a joy, what an amazing conference experience this has been! What a ride! Let’s rewind the tape right back to the beginning. Where is the beginning […]
12/21 – Alethic Living: Connecting to Your Pulse of Freedom Retreat
Donald Clark
A Personal Review Donald Clark Over the weekend of September 12th to 14th, I attended an Alethic Living retreat run by Gary Hawke. This is the third year I have attend a weekend retreat run by Gary, each year he offers a deeper exploration of how a metatheory that links Wilber, Bhaskar, Laske, and Levinas […]
9/24 – Emergence and Leadership – A Report from the Academy of Management Conference
Benyamin Lichtenstein
Benyamin Lichtenstein Each year, scholars from business schools around the world gather to share our research and explore new ideas and approaches in management, leadership, entrepreneurship, strategy, ethics, organizational change, and more. This year the conference hosted over 10,000 academics who attended over 2000 different sessions, representing up to 100 different presentation sessions at each […]
9/24 – Bay Area Integral Presents: Bence Ganti: Integral Flow Therapy
Bill McCart
In October we have the privilege of hosting Bence Ganti for an evening introduction to his Integral Flow Therapy process. Bence is something of a rising star in the integral community. He was the main organizer of the first Integral Europe conference in May, which drew over 500 people, and has for some years been […]
8/15 – Luxury Ecology, Cradle to Cradle, The Cog Lab, Integral Budapest Bash, SOL rising in Paris – Spring is CONFERENCE SEASON IN EUROPE
Brian Van der Horst
Brian van der Horst The world does not sing the praises of Paris in the springtime for naught. For the sphere of integral leadership, it was certainly is the season for international conferences to be jolly at in France– generally listed as the world’s top vacation destination, with more that 32 million people visiting the […]
8/15 – Integral Epigenetic Love Therapy 24/7: A Sketch
Millis Mershon and Robert Wayne Johnston
Huntington’s Disease Survivor Millis Mershon and Caregiver Robert Wayne Johnston By Way of Introduction This sketch is intended as an introduction to the new therapy my wife Millis and I developed to treat her gene-driven Huntington’s Disease (HD). It is based mainly on Bruce Lipton’s pioneering epigenetic research; we call it Integral Epigenetic Love Therapy 24/7. After two […]
8/15 – Knowledge without Boundaries: Growing our Culture of Scholarship
Lynne Devnew
Lynne Devnew  I had the opportunity to spend two days in Phoenix, Arizona at an exciting event introducing the first nine University of Phoenix Research Centers. I thought I’d share what I thought were the most relevant highlights with you. My focus will be on the intended contributions the research centers will make to the growth of scholarship […]
4/29 – The Society For The Anthropology of Consciousness
Tom Christensen
34th Annual Conference – From Margins to Center: Bringing Consciousness Forward Tom Christensen From Wednesday until late on Saturday, 27-30 March, 2014, at a beautiful, bucolic, and art filled setting in Portland, Oregon a group of 60-80 people gathered to share an inquiry into the nature of human consciousness. Some of these folk have been […]
4/1 – Tim Winton’s PatternDynamics
Alia Aurami, Laurel Johnson and Amanda Suutari
Tim Winton’s PatternDynamics™ Level One Training, Bellingham, Washington, USA, January 26, 2014 Alia Aurami, Laurel Johnson, Amanda Suutari Alia Aurami’s Review Note: Most of my text below is close paraphrase or near-quotation, and except as otherwise noted, “I” is Tim. Reflections and comments by this author, and “I” as this author, should be clear in […]
2/23 – Transformational Leadership, Bangladesh
Transformational Leadership: Tapping into Your Personal DNA – An Executive Education program facilitated by Prasad Kaipa in Bangladesh. Every now and then I encounter something that surprises me or deepens my thinking about it. Usually I notice that I have not been aware of an assumption or perspective I hold. This experience opens the door […]
2/23 – Ed Kelly’s Third Act Workshop
Nick Owen
Ed Kelly’s Third Act Workshop, Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland, January 24 – 26, 2014 Nick Owen An e-mail arrived about a week before the programme started. It said something like: Bring a bottle of wine or maybe a cake. Even better bring an anecdote, a story, a song or a poem to share after dinner. […]
1/23 – Integral Leadership Reading List
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann The following is the current list of resource material for the advanced PhD seminar in integral leadership that I am teaching at Saybrook University (online discussion/presentations) beginning the first week of February 2014, This list is growing and does not inlcude, for example, material from the last year of Integral Leadership Review. If […]
1/20 – The Integral Living Room, Boulder, Colorado, USA October 31 – November 3, 2013
Alia Aurami
Alia Aurami Leadership on the Bleeding Edge of Humanity’s Evolution  All event photos courtesy Alyssa Morin, used by permission.[i] Most challenges for Integrally-oriented leaders stem from working with people/situations primarily at First Tier consciousness. If you’re interested in the following entirely different kinds of leadership challenges, you would have loved the 2013 “Integral Living Room” […]
1/20 – The Program – The Development of Meta-Systemic Cognition
Mark Roddam
Mark Roddam Like I am sure many other readers of the Integral Leadership Review, I have a deep appreciation of the need for humanity to take a giant leap in consciousness if we are to successfully tackle the collective challenges we face. Humanity is edging ever closer to crisis. The old ways of doing things […]
1/20 – Grace & Grit Stage Play and Integral Recovery in Russia
Eugene Pustoshkin
Eugene Pustoshkin November and December 2013 were rich on Integral events in Russia. In November, the Russians finally saw the fruits of literally a few years of publishing endeavors. The long-awaited Ken Wilber’s works Integral Spirituality and Boomeritis were released as ebooks; and Moscow-based Postum Publishers printed Wilber’s A Theory of Everything. Now a team […]
11/27 – Building an Integral Culture
Eugene Pustoshkin
Eugene Pustoshkin I went to sleep and woke up thinking about something Ken Wilber said in the previous day’s talk at the Integral Center (Boulder, Colorado, USA)—an important talk which I recommend all to watch. At some point in the talk Wilber spoke about the differences between translation and transformation (I partially touched this issue […]
10/26 – ILiA 2013
Michael McElhenie
The Online Conference: Co-Emergence: Leading from the Edge of Possibility Michael McElhenie For Integral Leadership in Action, our 2013 conference was a grand and periodically terrifying experiment. Our organizing group had prepared for an in-person conference in Santa Cruz, yet economic and logistical considerations influenced us to switch gears to an interactive, online format. With […]
10/26 – Shift New Orleans and Tulane School of Social Work
Don Beck
Dr. Don E. Beck Julianna D. Padgett, Ph.D., LCSW, Assistant Dean of the School of Social Work at Tulane University led the organization of a presentation and a meetings/trainings between Don Beck, students and faculty with Dr. Laura Horn and Darrell Gooden participating in support. In total, 210 people attended. Additional trainings are scheduled for […]
09/17 – The 2013 Integral Theory Conference: Connecting The Integral Kosmopolitan
Eric Reynolds
Eric Reynolds Introduction Integral Theory, as I understand it, is a developmental framework for integrating all kinds of knowledge. It is a transdisciplinary space, a sort of memetic scaffolding where the complex, emergent reality that IS can be mapped, navigated, and ultimately consciously co-created by interested parties coming from a multitude of different perspectives. In […]
08/15 – The Next Stage Facilitation
Chela Davison
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 […]
08/15 – ITC Perspectives: A Giant Leap Forward or a Bridge Too Far?
Jonathan Reams
Jonathan Reams I attended the 2013 Integral Theory Conference with my usual tendency to sit somewhat on the margins and observe the gathering with a mix of appreciative and critical eyes. One part of me is grateful for all the work to enable a gathering of people who have a diverse commonality in that they […]
08/15 – Rosace: A New French Approach Aimed at Getting Work for Integral PhDs
Bruno Roussel and Brian Van der Horst
Bruno Roussel and Brian Van der Horst At the Unversity of Toulouse in the South of France, a new organization called Rosace  (the French word for those huge rose-shaped stained-glass windows in cathedrals) has been founded to consult and orient those earning integral doctorates to actually finding gainful employment in the real world. http://rosace.univ-tlse3.fr/ In […]
08/15 – A (Relative) Newcomer’s Practical Take on the ITC 2013
Mundy Viar
Mundy Viar As a relative newcomer to the world of integral, this was my first ITC. It was with both excitement and reticence that I ventured into the dense integral sea in Burlingame. Sessions led by seasoned thought leaders, as well as some lesser known at this time, provided ample opportunity to further explore theories […]
08/15 – Permeability Outside-In and Inside-Out: ITC 2013
Lisa Norton
Lisa Norton I attended the ITC for the first time in glorious San Francisco in July as a volunteer. I learned a great deal and gained real appreciation for the dedicated co-organizing group comprised of Jeff Bellsey, Valerie Beltran and Lisa Celentano and their generous volunteer team. I hope the following first-person impressions of ITC 2013 […]
The Divine in Leadership: In Claritas Spring Retreat, Salisbury 2013
Pam Fuhrmann
Pam Fuhrmann Our relationship to the divine impacts our worldview and our orientation to self and leading others. Our notions of control and emergence; attitudes towards change; ways of relating, collaborating and creating shared meaning; and our perception of paradox are a few such examples the divine’s influence. Through one’s orientation to the divine, one […]
Vancouver, B.C., Canada: The Next Stage Facilitation
Chela Davison
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 […]
Notes from the Heart of Texas
Barbara N. Brown
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 […]
From Paris: Modes of Explanation, “A Discussion Conference”
Brian Van der Horst
Brian Van der Horst Modes of Explanation, “A Discussion Conference” was held here in Paris—the perfect venue for a post, postmodern gathering of cognitive scientists– on May 21-25. Some 50 participants from around the world included experts in neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory, theoretical computer science, anthropology, cybernetics, sustainability, complexity, philosophy of science, creativity, […]
Building a Village Community
Ian McDonald
Ian McDonald Nearly a year ago, one of the online Integral forums put out a request for case studies covering organisations where Spiral Dynamics Integral or the Integral lens had made a measurable difference to a project outcome. No sector or geographical boundaries.  It became very clear to me, in reading the subsequent threads, that […]
Basarab Nicolescu Is Already 70 Years Old.
Magda Stavinschi
Basarab Nicolescu is already 70 years old. Those who know him can hardly believe it.  So young, so full of energy, at 70? To understand this exceptional case we should get to know him more closely. This is what we tried to achieve in the past few months through many essays, sessions, articles and works, […]
Tim Winton’s Pattern Dynamics™ Workshops in USA and Canada, January/February 2013
David MacLeod Trevor Malkinson Alia Aurami and Marilyn Hamilton
David MacLeod, Trevor Malkinson, Alia Aurami, and Marilyn Hamilton There was an evening workshop in Bellingham, WA, USA, the evening of January 29, 2013, and a one-day workshop in Vancouver, BC, Canada, on February 2, 2013. Notes from David MacLeod on the Bellingham Workshop PatternDynamics ™ is the brainchild of Tim Winton, who developed the […]
What Next Conference: Integrating the Future
Michael Stern
 Michael Stern Hooray! The world did not end on December 21, 2012, and thus I had the privilege of attending the What Next conference and ringing in the New Year with the international integral tribe. I spent five days at the lovely Omni Interlocken Resort with around 400 incredibly smart, loving, passionate people. The conference […]
Integral Theory meets Arab Spring – German Foreign Ministry Funds a Binational Integral Training for Young Potential Leaders
Adrian Wagner Evronia Azer and Anna-Charlotte Lipp
Adrian Wagner, Evronia Azer and Anna-Charlotte Lipp In the Autumn 2012 an integral encounter of a special kind took place: 20 young potential leaders who are involved in projects of different kinds aiming to shape their political and civil societies in their own countries – Egypt and Germany – met for the first time. This […]
Center For Human Emergence – USA (CHE-USA)
Center For Human Emergence – USA (CHE-USA) Spiral Dynamics Integral (SDi) – Educational and Human Resources In the Dr. Donald E. Beck lineage – www.spiraldynamics.net CHE-USA Executive Director – Tom Christensen www.CHE-USA.org (under construction) 1243 Jenifer, Madison, WI 53703 Ofc 608-255-4242   Skype  tomc1243 Given all of the years we have been writing and publishing about […]
The Integral Movement in Russia: Bigelow, Fuhs and Wilber
Eugene Pustoshkin
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 […]
France—The Integral Year in Review
Brian Van der Horst
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 […]
An Integral Look at a Conference in Transformative Learning
Eric Reynolds
Eric Reynolds The 10th International Conference on Transformative Learning entitled A Future for Earth: Re-imagining Learning for a Transforming World was held on November 1st thru 4th in San Francisco, California. There were over 150 presenters teaching a smorgasbord of daily transformative offerings. The majority of the presenters were also participants in the conference, making […]
The Value of Experience or the Leadership of the Heart (Colin Bigelow in Spain)
Raquel Torrent
Raquel Torrent My name is Raquel Torrent, a Spanish woman that has been introducing and developing Integral Consciousness in Spain since 2003, thanks to my work as a psychologist, Integral counselor and teacher. On top of that I am a clear example of a dream come true. To explain such a statement, I have already […]
Madrid: A New Opportunity to Improve a Social Reality
Roberto Bonnilla Nunez and Catia Bernaldo de Quiros
Roberto Bonilla Núñez and Catia Bernaldo de Quirós Last October 2012, Dr. Don Beck was invited by a chapter of the Spanish Integral  Association to deliver a Spiral Dynamics Integral workshop (certification level 1). This invitation  was issued thanks to the diligent efforts of Catia Bernaldo de Quirós who several months before started exchanging emails […]
The Charity Association for Person Centred Medicine
Paolo Roberti di Sarsina
The Italian Leader Initiative Towards Sustainable, Safe, Participatory, Inclusive Person-Centered Medicine Paolo Roberti di Sarsina The Charity Association for Person Centred Medicine has been founded in Bologna, Italy, on 1st December 2007. It is registered at the Unified Charity Register Office of the Republic of Italy, in the Section for Social and Social-Health Assistance. The […]
SIETAR Forum 2012+38 in Berlin
Sergej van Middendorp Kazuma Matoba and Barton Buechner
Sergej van Middendorp, Kazuma Matoba and Barton Buechner From 27 to 29 September 2012, a community of scholars and practitioners gathered in Berlin for the SIETAR 2012+38 forum. What drew them together was their strong desire to help bring about Global Integral Competence and Cosmopolitan Communication. To invite the leading edge of practice and thought […]
SDi Confab: Are you an app?
Jon Freeman
Reflections on the 2012 SDi Confab – Dallas, Texas Jon Freeman I don’t want to offend anybody – really I don’t – but from the depths of my being I have to say this.   There’s a lot of unconsciousness about conscious evolution.  Conscious Evolution is not the same as personal development, enlightenment or raising personal […]
Spiral Dynamics in Action: the Momentous Leap: The Confab 13, 9/6-9
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann It had been ten years since I attended SDi 1 and SDi 2 certifications in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Marilyn Hamilton was working with Don Beck to facilitate the sessions. If memory serves, there were about 50 people in attendance, almost all unknown to me. But these sessions were all Don. He served […]
Working with the Deeper Field of Evolutionary Potential – A Week of Events with Stephen Busby
Michael Stern and Michael Pergola
Michael Stern & Michael Pergola The deeper field invites me into a more embodied experience of life, where I more fully feel ‘the whole’ – the interdependent systems of which I’m a part, and where I may choose to navigate intuitively and creatively using an inner compass. The subtle skills and sensitivities intrinsic to Whole Field […]
Integral City EXPO & eLaboratory
Marilyn Hamilton
Grow Leaders ? Grow Habitat; Add Speed Bumps, Surprises and Synchronicities Marilyn Hamilton “Make no small plans for they do not have the power to move human’s souls.” Create a Learning Habitat In integral circles, when we talk about designing leadership development capacities, some of us have been known to talk about “creating habitats for […]
Emerging Integral Thinking South of the Border
Giorgio Piacenza Cabrera
Giorgio Piacenza Cabrera I’m a “bird” of several worlds. I was born in Perú and studied many years in the U.S. Now, I’m spending some time again in Perú and recently found that the outstanding and publicly involved French philosopher of complexity Edgar Morin recently came here twice and inspired some local intellectuals to create […]
A Brief Review of the 2012 Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit
Jeff Klein
Jeff Klein The sold out Summit received rave reviews from the 160 participating CEOs and other business leaders. The presenters, presentations and practicums were exceptional and the overall program structure was extremely effective. And while all of this was wonderful, ultimately, the most satisfying and encouraging aspect of the Summit was the energy, enthusiasm and […]
Don Beck and the New Face of Philanthropy
Rafael Nasser
Rafael Nasser It has been years since I experienced Dr. Don Beck work his magic in a crowd. The last time I saw him in action was in NYC about four or five years ago. It was wintertime, and before the event, I recall him describing with childlike glee the excitement he felt walking past […]
`Developing Change from Within – in the Development Sector’ with Sara J. Wolcott
Ali Avery
Ali Avery What might an integral approach to development look like? What could its scope be? The London Integral Circle Salon met last month to hear Sara J. Walcott present her findings from a study that sought to measure the impact of an Indian public-sector Change Management Programme on the values of the people involved. […]
Alethic Integral Retreat, 18th – 20th May at Overmoigne, Dorset.
Tessa Martin
Tessa Martin I’m almost reluctant to attempt to write a review of the weekend that 14 “integral” lovers (8 Men, 6 Women) experienced with Gary at a beautiful venue in the Dorset countryside, from 2:00 PM Friday to 4:00 PM Sunday, I’m reluctant, as I don’t think my mind awareness can recall enough or my […]
Leadership3 – Festival of Perspectives – Living a New Leadership Culture
Hendryk Obenaus and Jonathan Klodt
Hendryk Obenaus and Jonathan Klodt How does a contemporary leadership culture look like, that can adequately face the challenges of the 21st century? This question was central to the conference – less theoretical but more as a lived experiment. Already preceding the conference this new culture in the working style of the core team and […]
Reflections on the Integral Forum, Berlin, 2012
Nataliya Yefimova
Nataliya Yefimova This summer we participated in the Integral Forum in Berlin. The decision to go there was made, first of all, from our deep desire to meet in person our European integral friends, who we’d known mainly through the network by that time. And surely it looked really attractive to make the acquaintance of new […]
Integral Leadership in Action 2012, Evolving Leadership for an Awakening World: Transforming Leadership through Theory, Action and Application
Lisa Norton and Lynne Palazzolo
Lisa Norton and Lynne Palazzolo LN: The Integral Leadership in Action (ILiA) conference May 17-21, 2012 in Santa Cruz, CA, created both an emergence and a continuance of the WE space in the Integral Community. During DJ Sosan’s fabulous dance party, Jennifer Blalock asked me if I would like to write a brief post-conference reflection. […]
The 22nd Annual National Leadership Symposium, University of Richmond, Virginia
Marilyn Bugenhagen and David Rosch
Marilyn Bugenhagen Sponsored by the National Association for Campus Activities and the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs For over 22 years, two organizations have been holding an annual symposium on leadership programs to further dialogue on the evolution of leadership development and to promote the various aspects to developing leadership through higher education.  The focus […]
Integral Journey, 2012: Hawaii – San Francisco – Denver
Marina Danilova
Marina Danilova An Integral Journey is a unique way to find a source of energy and drive it into yourself, an exciting opportunity to disclose your own strengths to realize what used to seem to belong to the world of dreams only. What am I doing? What am I contributing to the world? What do […]
Stuart Davis and Integral New York – An Intimate Dialogue
Robin Reinach
Robin Reinach Stuart Davis shared himself, his art, and his thoughts about the Integral Movement with members of Integral New York. On April 20, we met at the TAI center— located at 150 West 30th Street—a new venue for Integral events in NYC. The room was lovely in its starkness, the walls were black, and […]
Integral Alignment Series, New York City: Patten, Ucik and Hübl
Julia Fischer
Julia Fischer Terry Patten On the weekend of March 3rd and 4th, 2012, I attended the first in the series of workshops, Encountering the Beloved, with Terry Patten (and Deborah Boyar). When I arrived, Michael Pergola – whose Integral Alignment organization put on the workshop series – was speaking in a visionary tone. He said […]
ILiA 2012
Mark McCaslin
Evolving Leadership for an Awakening World: Transforming Leadership through Theory, Action and Application Mark McCaslin I had the opportunity to travel to Santa Cruz, California to attend the Integral Leadership in Action conference. With my increasing involvement with the Integral Leadership Review I was very excited about the opportunity to learn more about this emerging […]
Integral Leadership Collaborative Call with Ken Wilber
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Brett Thomas arranged a conference call for people in the Integral Leadership Collaborative (www.integralleadershipcollaborative.com) and future conference calls with thought leaders. For example, a recently hosted call featured Maureen Metcalf and Mark Palmer, authors of the Innovative Leadership Fieldbook. This initial call included a presentation by Ken Wilber and participation by Brett, Jeff […]
Core Integral’s Advanced Integral Course: A Review
Michael Kruze Craig
Michael Kruse Craig Editor’s Note: Since the author took the advanced integral course, two sets of CDs have been released by Core Integral (https://www.coreintegral.com/) as they continue to offer these learning opportunities both through online courses and sets of CDs. These are featured in the images on either side of this note.  A third course […]
And then what…? The Aftermath of the 2009 Iceland National Assembly
Bjarni S. Jonsson
Bjarni S. Jonsson In November 2009, Iceland residents were invited to engage in a dialogue on issues facing the nation following a total collapse of its financial system and resulting in a severe national crisis. The challenge was that of a general visioning for the society and to establish a desirable evolutionary pathway. The event […]
Sacred Economics Author Charles Eisenstein with Integral New York
Gregg Hill
Gregg Hill One Spirit Learning Alliance on February 3, 2012 In deeply contemplating the ever increasing, ever more complicated and intertwining crises facing the world today, one can find a common thread: the financial system and the human species’ relationship to money.  No matter what the problem, if one looks deeply to the root cause, […]
The Ecology of Occupy
Gary Hawke
Gary Hawke Once the London Occupy Movement had set up camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral there was a decision made to work towards occupying the mind through community education. To achieve this aim the movement occupied an abandoned Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) building and created a community space known as The Bank of Ideas. […]
Spiritual Friendship with Thomas Hubl: A Weekend Workshop at One Spirit Learning Alliance
Michael Stern
(October 15-16, 2011) Michael Stern One of the brightest stars of the Integral spiritual scene, in my opinion, is Thomas Hubl, a young Austrian teacher who brings a clarity and depth of presence that is as profound as it is soothing. Thomas has quite a large following in Europe, but his popularity in the United […]
Martin Ucik, Author of Integral Relationships, in Discourse with Integral New York
Robin Reinach and Barbara Larisch
Barbara Larisch and Robin Reinach Does Integral make us happier? Martin Ucik questioned at the beginning of his presentation to Integral New York on Oct. 17, 2011. This issue hung in the air throughout Ucik’s presentation at iNY’s beautiful new home at One Spirit Interfaith on West 36th Street. Our long rectangular room was packed […]
The Spiral Dance of Spiritual Growth: Navigating the Whitewater of Individuation and Belonging
Michael Stern
Michael Stern When I arrived home in New York City back in September, my number one priority was to find the NYC Integral community and get involved. One of the first places my search led me to was One Spirit Learning Alliance. I recently enrolled in the Integral Mentors and Ministers program there, and my […]
International Integral Journey with Coach Institute, Russia
Alexander Savkin and Philipp Guzenuk
Alexander Savkin and Philipp Guzenuk In October of 2011 the Coach Institute Russia, located in St. Petersburg, joined in partnership with our United States strategic partner Dana Carman, to host a two-week adventure in the US that we called the International Integral Journey. At Coach Institute we have been studying and practicing integral theory and […]
The 4th Integral Meeting: Mindful Mind, Conscious Life – Gdańsk, Poland
Ola Solawe
SPIN 2011 18-20th Nov. 2011 Ola Solawe The Madness of Modern Life In modern-day rapid changes, information overload, ever-growing complexity and chronic stress are “normal” state. On a global scale these take shape of unresolvable conflicts, whose reasons and possible solutions remain totally unknown. One example is the latest crisis, unfolding before our very eyes. […]
The 13th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference, October 2011 in London, England
David Holzmer
David Holzmer In A Theory of Everything Ken Wilber (2001) makes the point that “catalytic factors from several dimensions need to be present in order for transformation to occur”(p. 33). As Wilber goes on, he makes the point that conditions and/or circumstances from multiple quadrants of the AQAL model need to simultaneously be aligned in […]
Russian December: The Layers of Protests in Russia
Dmitry Baranov
Dmitry Baranov   Image acquired from the Wikipedia article on 2011 Russian protests Dmitry Baranov   Russia witnesses a complex sociopolitical situation today. It is well-known that in 1917 the country experienced a revolution, the result of which was the overthrowing of the Czar’s power and the beginning of 70 years of the greatest experiment […]
Notes from the Field: Treating Terrorism through De-Radicalization, Integral Financial Woes, and a Field of Notes from France
Brian Van der Horst
  Brian Van der Horst Europa, that cash cow of the occident, is bleating conundrums of continuity, at the time of this writing. Will the European Union survive the financial melt-downs of Greece, Portugal, Italy, and a smattering of middle-eastern nation-states? While Britain smirks with pounds of currency, the Greeks are even thinking of optioning […]
Notes from the Field: Sydney Spirituality
Trish Nowland
  Integral Spirituality in Sydney, July 2011 Trish Nowland Beginning in early 2011, through discussion and conversation, the Sydney Integral community built momentum and impetus so that the yearning amongst us, to render the heart of Integral Spirituality open and luminous, brought us to a place of shared vision, of seeking to birth something new, […]
Notes from the Field: Theory and Practice, Dallas and Pleasant Hill
Lisa Jaya Waters
 About Spiral Dynamics, Critical Realism and Integral Theory Lisa Jaya Waters September was a month of interesting events: The final week of the Integral Leadership Collaborative Conference in which I played a minor role, but learned a great deal. The Spiral Dynamics Integral (SDi) Level 1 Certification with Don Beck in Dallas, TX was held […]
Notes from the Field: Embodying Integral Sustainability
Nynke Feenstra
Venwoude, the Netherlands  24th – 28th August 2011 Nynke Feenstra At the beautiful retreat Venwoude we came together to explore and embody Integral Sustainability Leadership. Our group was 20 participants with 8 different nationalities from 4 generations. The seminar that was designed and organised by Anouk Brack, Miriam van Groen and Rik Hoevers amongst others, […]
Notes from the Field: Design Me a Planet, Austria
Michel Nguyen The
  Review of Design Me a Planet Michel Nguyen The “Design Me a Planet” (“Dessine-moi une planète”) is the name of project founded by Michel Saloff-Coste and which is still in construction. The name comes from the sentence “Dessine-moi un mouton !” (“Draw me a sheep!”) taken from The Little Prince from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. […]
Notes from the Field: Integral University Day, Paris
Michel Nguyen The
  Review of 12th Integral University Day Michel Nguyen The On Tuesday 24th May 2011 took place the 12th day of the Parisian Integral University. The theme was “integral societies and politics”. Many speakers were part of the Club of Budapest: Ervin Laszlo himself, Bénédicte Fumey, Carine Dartiguepeyrou and Michel Saloff-Coste. Edgar Morin was on […]
Notes from the Field: Profit and Business Model Generation
Foreno Van Der Hulst and Willow Dea
  Foreno Van Der Hulst and Willow Dea Brief Background: In preparation for the Embodying Integral Sustainability seminar, facilitated by Experience Integral in August, Willow Dea and I prepared a 90 minutes session on Profit and Business Model Generation. Foreno: The motivation to do this was the following: During my master’s program in Sustainable Development, […]
Notes from the Field: Update and Future Regarding Terri O’Fallon’s Research: Her Talk at Seattle, WA, USA, June 14, 2011
Rev. Alia Zara Aurami-Sou, Ph.D
Update and Future Regarding Terri O’Fallon’s Research: Her Talk at Seattle, WA, USA, June 14, 2011 Rev. Alia Zara  Aurami-Sou (Nickname “OM”) Dr. Terri O’Fallon, Ph.D., (founder, researcher, faculty, and coach at Pacific Integral) gave an update (compared to her last presentation at Integral Theory Conference 2010) on her research, and some glimpses of where […]
Notes from the Field: Reaching New Heights in Leadership Education: Report on the Annual Meeting of the Association of Leadership Educators
Eric Kaufman
Reaching New Heights in Leadership Education:  Report on the Annual Meeting of the Association of Leadership Educators Eric Kaufman Climb higher. See further. Become a more powerful catalyst for leadership development than ever before. That was the focus of the 21st annual meeting of the Association of Leadership Educators (ALE). In early July, more than […]
Notes from the Field: South West Integral Group – Integral Alive Day with Gary Hawke May 22nd 2011
Tessa Martin
South West Integral Group – Integral Alive Day with Gary Hawke  May 22nd 2011 Tessa Martin I feel fortunate to have found a group of people in the South West of the UK who meet every 4 to 6 weeks because we have an interest in “Integral”.  On 22nd May we met in a village […]
Notes from the Field: 2nd Integral Conference in Moscow: “Potential and Prospects of the Integral Approach”
Victor Shiryaev
2nd Integral Conference in Moscow: “Potential and Prospects of the Integral Approach” Victor Shiryaev The Integral wave is vast and diverse, though it is mostly associated with the Northern American community, as well as some integral salons scattered around the world. While it is true that almost all of the juicy integral stuff is going […]
Notes from the Field: The Implications and Remarkable Moments of “Russian Davos”
Eugene Pustoshkin
The Implications and Remarkable Moments of “Russian Davos” Eugene Pustoshkin Action is your manifesting gift—and for every single one mistaking kindness for weakness there’s another letting equanimity fade into hierarchical indifference. So graduate from seeking an exodus already, or striving to disintegrate into nonduality; dance, bleed, tear, laugh—accept the rapture as inevitable and continual rebirth. […]
Notes from the Field: Integral Without Borders Conference: Self-as-instrument
Susan Wright
Integral Without Borders Conference:  Self-as-instrument Integral International Development Center March 25 – 27, 2011 Vancouver, BC   Susan Wright   Integral Without Borders (IWB) is a learning center of the Integral Institute whose purpose is to bring together practitioners and organizations to develop greater clarity, depth, and rigor in their global development efforts. IWB began […]
Notes from the Field: Integral Leadership in Action (ILiA) Status Report – May/June 2011
Michael McElhenie
Integral Leadership in Action (ILiA) Status Report – May/June 2011 Michael McElhenie Integral Leadership in Action is alive and well. We are currently in an exploratory incubation period, which has already generated a number of intriguing ideas that are sure to excite our members and the wider integral community. While we did choose to cancel […]
Notes from the Field: Leading from Within: Integral Applications to Sustainability in the Niger Delta, Nigeria
Oliver Ngodo
Leading from Within: Integral Applications to Sustainability in the Niger Delta, Nigeria Oliver Ngodo Tuesday May 17, 2011, His Excellency the High Commissioner of Canada to Nigeria, Chris Cooter, was on a working visit to One Sky offices in Calabar. This visit marked the conclusion of the 10th of the 12 rounds of Intensives designed […]
Notes from the Field: Blind Spots and Pathologies at the Top of the Spiral
Robin Reinach and Barbara Larisch
Blind Spots and Pathologies at the Top of the Spiral—Notes From the Field Robin Reinach and Barbara Larisch Integral New York started spring 2011 with an exploration of the possible flaws, foibles, and shadowy missteps of individuals at 2nd Tier. One question that arose at the beginning of the meet up was about splits that […]
Notes from the Field: Change for Good: Dynamically Steering towards a Healthy Humanity on a Healthy Planet
Anouk Brack
Change for Good: Dynamically Steering towards a Healthy Humanity on a Healthy Planet—5 Reflections on the Authentic Leadership in Action (ALiA) Europe Conference Anouk Brack 1. Change for Good – introduction to ALiA conference theme 2. Practice & Purpose – possible definitions 3. Experience of Embodied Leadership – getting a somatic sense of Embodied Leadership […]
Notes from the Field: Mexico from an Economic Miracle to Potential Failed State
Roberto Bonilla N.
Mexico from an Economic Miracle to Potential Failed State Roberto Bonilla N. The problems we confront are not due to our failures, but to our previous success Don E. Beck, PhD “We do not deserve this country,” a young businessman said to Dr. Don Beck back in April 2007, when we (Dr. Don Beck, Karina […]
Notes from the Field: “Big Society” Lacks the Leadership Skills to Make It Happen
Nicholas Shannon
“Big Society” Lacks the Leadership Skills to Make It Happen Nick Shannon With much fanfare, the UK prime minister David Cameron recently relaunched the Conservative party’s flagship policy called “Big Society”. Up to now, the UK public have struggled to get their minds around exactly what the “Big Society” means, and the idea has frequently […]
Notes from the Field: Emerging Integral Approaches at a Large Land Development Project in the Netherlands
Machiel Doorn
Emerging Integral Approaches at a Large Land Development Project in the Netherlands Machiel Doorn This paper discusses the development and implementation of an integral sustainability framework, inspired by Cradle to Cradle principles, at a large land development project and horticultural show in the Netherlands.  It provides hands-on, real-world accounts and discusses novel monitoring and reporting […]
Notes from the Field: The Integral Leadership Panel at Fielding Graduate University
Sergej van Middendorp
The Integral Leadership Panel at Fielding Graduate University Sergej van Middendorp This January, at Fielding Graduate University’s winter session, Jerry Snow facilitated the integral leadership panel. In this session, a group of doctoral students and alumni gathered around Russ Volckmann, Clint Fuhs, Aliki Nicolaides, Nancy Wallis, and Anne Acosta to listen to and discuss their […]
Notes from the Field: Integral Spiritual Experience
Barbara Alexander
Integral Spiritual Experience Barbara Alexander “You know an authentically pleasurable experience by its aftertaste” says my friend Marc Gafni, one of the key architects of Integral Spiritual Experience 2. He and his partners certainly produced an authentically pleasurable experience. More than two months later, the aftertaste, rich and challenging, remains with me. Integral Spiritual Experience, […]
Notes from the Field: Evolving States and Stages of Consciousness
Russ Volckmann
Evolving States and Stages of Consciousness Venita Ramirez, Geoff Fitch and Terri O’Fallon How do people develop? What do the later stages of consciousness look like? Are there methods and practices we can employ to facilitate the process? Robert Kegan (1994), Suzanne Cook-Greuter (2002) and others have contributed a great deal to the field of […]
Notes from the Field: The Spiral Dance of Spiritual Growth: Navigating the Whitewater of Individuation and Belonging
Michael Stern
The Spiral Dance of Spiritual Growth: Navigating the Whitewater of Individuation and Belonging (and a poem by Brianna Schlesinger) Michael Stern When I arrived home in New York City back in September, my number one priority was to find the NYC Integral community and get involved. One of the first places my search led me […]
Notes from the Field: Integral New York Explores Empathy
Robin Reinach
Robin Reinach On the eve of winter, Integral New York examined empathy and “the miracle of we.” Gilles Herrada led twenty-four Ken Wilber Meet Up participants in exploring questions such as: How important is empathy to Integral theory? How does empathy look through the lens of the four quadrants? And how do we each experience […]
Notes from the Field: African Integral Development Network (AIDEN) 2010 International Conference
Oliver Ngodo
Oliver Ngodo Saturday December 11, 2010, AIDEN held its first International conference in the main auditorium of One Sky, the Canadian Institute of Sustainable Living, in Calabar, the capital city of Nigeria’s South-South state of Cross River. This event elicited free-flowing expressions of joy and fulfillment from participants – the reality of AIDEN is a […]
Notes from the Field: International Centre for Integral Studies (ICIS)
Matthew Rich
Matthew Rich During my time working in India in 2010 I became increasingly interested in the work of Sri Aurobindo. I had obviously encountered Aurobindo’s name through my readings of Ken Wilber and thought that I had familiarized with a lot of his key ideas (in retrospect I don’t think that this was the case […]
Notes from the Field: Playing for Change: Transforming the World with Joy
Vanita Ramirez
Vanita Ramirez One of Ken Wilber’s visions is of a world federation led by individuals at later stages of consciousness, individuals who can see with greater complexity and make decisions that will bring greater beauty, truth and goodness to all of us, individuals who support the evolution of consciousness in service to a better future […]
Notes from the Field: Research Work Supporting an Integrally Informed Master of Arts Program in Conflict Analysis and Engagement
Richard McGuigan
Richard McGuigan The Master of Arts program in Conflict Analysis and Engagement (CAE) at Antioch University Midwest (AUM) is a hybrid distributed learning program designed to engage the whole person and to facilitate the growth of consciousness and complexity of meaning-making among its students. In support of the Master of Arts program, several research studies […]
Notes from the Field: Breakthrough Solutions for People and Planet: A Review of the Bioneers Gathering at Findhorn, Scotland, UK
Anouk Brack and Rik Hoevers
Anouk Brack & Rik Hoevers Bioneers is an emerging culture of social and scientific innovators who are mimicking nature’s operating instructions to serve human ends while healing nature. For more than twenty years Bioneers have promoted practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring Earth’s imperiled ecosystems and healing our human communities. In their journey […]
Notes from the Field
Russ Volckmann
International Leadership Association Webinar May 26, 2010 Leadership Development Grady McGonagill and Tina Doerffer by Russ Volckmann Consultant McGonagill and Doerffer of the Bertelsmann Foundation presented their report of a study they did of leadership development in the United States. Their presentation was one of the best hours I have spent online for some time. […]
Notes from the Field
Marc Quinn
The Gathering by Marc Quinn On March 27th, 2010, a group of 25 people (all but 2 being men) gathered in South London to discuss the state of men in the UK, and what could be done to bring more purpose, power and meaning to their lives. Man Collective was started last November when Alex […]
Notes from the Field
Ulas Kaplan
Reflections on Adult Development through the SRAD Symposium by Ulas Kaplan The 25th Annual Symposium of the Society for Research in Adult Development (SRAD) took place in Philadelphia on March 9 and 10, as a preconference for the Society for Research in Adolescence Biennial Meeting. Driving from Virginia to Philadelphia, I was listening to an […]
Notes from the Field
Emil Moller
Breaking the Investment Barriers for “Plan B” May 12th, 2010 on board the SS Rotterdam by Emil Möller “Plan B is a ‘plan of hope’ because the necessary technology, economic instruments and financial resources are all available -for competing global warming, demography, poverty and restoring ecosystems. The encouraging is that if you manage to do […]
Notes from the Field
George Pór
Evolutionary Worldview Rising by George Pór Collective Emergence “I don’t want followers, I want partners” is a rare statement from any spiritual teacher. Yet, those were the exact words I heard Andrew Cohen speaking in his seminar on March 27, in London. The upper floor in the EnlightenNext Centre in Islington was packed with his […]
Notes from the Field
Oliver Ngodo
Asia Business Forum Integral Perspective–The State of Awareness in Southeast Asia by Oliver Ngodo It was a momentous event. From March 22-25, the Asia Business Forum (ABF) meticulously packaged an International Conference on “Branding and Marketing Asia Higher Education” for countries in the South East Asia sub-region. The brainstorming sessions took place at the cozy […]
Notes from the Field
Anouk Brack
Review of Wendy Palmer’s Conscious Embodiment Seminar by Anouk Brack “It is not that I stay balanced all the time, I just recover so fast, nobody notices the imbalance.” –paraphrasing O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the martial art Aikido I highly recommend Wendy Palmer’s teaching of embodied leadership through conscious embodiment practices that she […]
Notes from the Field
Oliver Robinson
The Cosmos and Consciousness Group: Can Facebook Be Integral? by Oliver Robinson When the history of the Internet is written at the end of this century, March 2010 will be remembered as a pivotal moment in its very early years. It was in this month that Facebook overtook Google as the most popular website in […]
Notes from the Field
Galina Knopman
NeuroLeadership Summit Los Angeles,CA, USA from 27th-29th October 2009 by Galina Knopman I eagerly downloaded the conference schedule, reading the topics and speakers’ bios, and checking off which talks I wanted to attend. I checked my stack of books beside my bed and re-prioritized what to read in preparation for the conference. I got my […]
Notes from the Field
Gary Hawke
Five days in the Incubator, March 2010 by Gary Hawke In 2009 at the Integral Leadership in Action conference, I was a panel member on the pre-conference discussion “The Frothy Edge of Integral Leadership”. The consensus of the panel was that we have made the 50,000-foot altitude now we need to begin the work of […]
Notes from the Field
Don Beck
11th Annual SDi Confab Grapevine, Texas by Dr. Don Beck This will be the first report on the 11th Annual Confab event held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Grapevine. Texas. The theme this year dealt with the “Bio” in the Gravesian “Bio-Psycho-Social” framework, a focus that puts Spiral Dynamics at the forefront of any […]
Notes from the Field
Graham Mummery
Battle For the Economy Institute of Ideas Seminar 16 May 2009, Goodenough College, London by Graham Mummery In the Great Hall of Goodenough College, London, its founder looks down on the proceedings. I am familiar with his name from induction courses during my, now defunct, banking career. He was Barclays Bank’s chairman in the 1920’s. […]
Notes from the Field
James Blacker
The Purpose of The Model of Personal Development and Global Change by James Blacker This article relates to The Papillon Human Potential Model of Personal Development and Global Change, a teaching presentation that we present from the homepage of our multi-website Integral Wisdom Movement, Whole Life Whole World (.com). For information, Papillon Human Potential morphed […]
Notes from the Field
Lynne Feldman & Joanne Rubin
Terry Patten & Deborah Boyar at One Spirit Learning Alliance by Lynne Feldman and Joanne Rubin While a blizzard raged to our south, it was cold and clear outside in New York City. Inside the airy room at One Spirit Learning Alliance about 40 people had gathered to welcome Terry and Deborah present on Embodied […]
Notes from the Field
Jordan Schachter
Karma and the Quadrants: Reflections on a Presentation to iNYC by Jordan Schachter I have been attempting to share for this publication a summary of my PowerPoint presentation. The presentation is designed to move Integral people beyond Yellow to Turquoise. The challenge is that Yellow is about rational. My re-telling of Turquoise is post-rational. My […]
Notes from the Field
Gary Hawke
Five days in the Incubator: Integral Boulder March 2010, by Gary Hawke In 2009 at the Integral Leadership in Action conference, I was a panel member on the pre-conference discussion “The Frothy Edge of Integral Leadership”. The consensus of the panel was that we have made the 50,000-foot altitude now we need to begin the […]
Notes from the Field
David McCallum, S.J.
Integral Leadership in Action Conference – 2009 by David McCallum Five years ago, back in February/March 2004, I attended the first Integral Leadership seminar that Integral Institute (yes, Institute—it was that long ago) offered. It was full of growth, development, community, exploration and a sense of creating a structure for something that we didn’t want […]
Notes from the Field
Gary Hawke
Integral Leadership in Action by Gary Hawke The 4th Integral Leadership in Action (ILiA) conference took place from October 15th-18th at The Crossings in Austin, Texas. Keeping connected to the inquiry of “What is Integral Leadership?” ILiA took the bold step to focus this conference on consciously leading and living through turbulence and transformation. The […]
Notes from the Field
Jonathan Reams
Reflections from Prague: The International Leadership Association’s 11th Annual Conference by Jonathan Reams “Leadership for Transformation” was the theme, and the setting was just right – Prague on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. Concerns that holding the conference away from the US, with the current economic constraints possibly restricting attendance proved […]
Notes from the Field
Bjarni S. Jonsson
Iceland National Assembly by Bjarni S. Jonsson A Short History from a Personal Perspective Every member of the organizing group, of the National Assembly, called the Anthill, has their own story to tell prior to the actual foundation of the group, since they had all been working one way or another towards some sort of […]
Notes from the Field
Michel Nguyen The
Integral University in Paris Michel Nguyen So far, the Integral University (“Université Intégrale” in French) in Paris refers to a cycle of conferences organized by the French chapter of the Club of Budapest, based on an idea put forward by Michel Saloff-Coste. It is not an institute as such, as it is still in its […]
Notes from the Field
Jessica Roemischer
“Evoking Beauty—Music in Action” Transformative Workshops with Jessica Roemischer by Jessica Roemischer Over the past twenty-eight years, I have taught piano to hundreds of students. And yet, what probably comes to mind when you think of “piano lessons,” has little to do with what happens for people when they sit with me at the keyboard. […]
Notes from the Field
Hadassah Weiner-Friedman
The ILA Experience by Hadassah Weiner-Friedman It all started two semesters ago at the Union Institute and University residency meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio when Dr. Bernice Ledbetter made the announcement of the November 2009 conference for the ILA (International Leadership Association) meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. At that point she got my full attention and […]
Notes from the Field
Emil Moller
Authentic Leadership in Action-Europe Conference January 10-16, 2010, Elspeet, Netherlands by Emil Moller I’d like to start this review with the notion of courage and trust. The reason is that the morning I left the venue for my wife and children, there was an option to take the 10 am shuttle service and stay around […]
Notes from the Field
Gayle Young
Integral Spiritual Experience Year 1: A Part-Whole Experience of a Journey into Unique Self by Gayle Karen Young Five hundred people gathered in Asilomar, California over New Year’s Eve for the first ever “Integral Spiritual Experience” (ISE). The ISE experience was a banquet of tasting from various sources of deep devotion, including one’s own, the experience […]
Notes from the Field
Terry Patten
The Renaissance2: Great Shift Gathering And A Political Op-Ed Piece Too Good Not to Publish (with apologies to Terry for not asking permission—Russ) by Terry Patten On October 22th to 26th, 2009 over 70 participants from 20 countries and 4 continents gathered for the Renaissance2 “Great Shift Gathering: Catalyzing the Second Renaissance” at Chateau La Tour […]
Notes from the Field: Integral Leadership in Action
Gary Hawke
Gary Hawke The 4th Integral Leadership in Action (ILiA) conference took place from October 15th – 18th at The Crossings in Austin, Texas. Keeping connected to the inquiry of “What is Integral Leadership?” ILiA took the bold step to focus this conference on consciously leading and living through turbulence and transformation. The Crossings was a […]
Notes from the Field: A Gathering of Developmentalists
Terri O'Fallon
Terri O’Fallon The day was a bit misty, but despite the rain sixteen interested developmentalists from around the world rang the doorbell next to Bill Torbert’s front door on October 3rd, 2009 to engage in a dialogue on developmental theory and its measurement. This meeting was sparked by an article in the Integral Review, “Models, Metrics, […]
Notes from the Field: Notes from the Field Integral Leadership for Sustainability
Erik Möller
Emil Möller “Integral Leadership for Sustainability” held 4-9 Aug 2009 in the Netherlands. From the ExperienceIntegral website: Are you awake? Are you on a mission? Do you have a big ego and an even bigger heart? Are you an emerging leader? You are an emerging leader if you are striving to offer your best to […]
Notes from the Field: Interview for CEEMAN (Central and East European Management Association) with Ichak Kalderon Adizes
Editor
[This is the first time that Integral Leadership Review has published something that had previously been published elsewhere, in this case as a blog. Ichak Adizes is the author of Corporate Life Cycles. This seems to be a useful and timely set of reflections. Note that at the end of the interview there is a free offer […]
Notes from the Field: Edition and Publication of “INTEGRAL EVOLUTION” Personal and collective leadership in a dream’s fulfilment
Raquel Torrent
Raquel Torrent Integral Evolution is the title of a new book that has been published in Spanish by Kairós in October 2009 in Spain, Mexico, Argentina and Chile. It will be presented at the VII Integral Conference in Barcelona where Joanna Hunt, and Laura Divine will be lecturing about their well known, useful and well […]
Notes from the Field: Orchestrating a New Meshwork for Mexico: a Natural Designs Approach
Roberto Bonilla N.
Since January 2007 when formally we started the Integral Mexico Project, we focused on identify key leaders both in government and Mexican NGO’s. What we have found in the case of government leaders, is their focus in the next election, rather in the next generation (at least!). On the other hand, the NGO’s leaders are […]
Notes from the Field: The Center for Human Emergence, UK
Keith Rice
The Centre for Human Emergence UK (CHE-UK) was born on 26 June 2009 in a basement room of the Holiday Inn, Oxford Circus, London. It was formally launched the next day at the ‘Regent’s Summit on the Future of the UK’, a 2-day event (27-28 June) at Regent’s College. This is the story of that […]
Notes from the Field: The Power of Vision for Leadership: Open Day at the European Leadership Academy, Berlin
Anja Schmidt
In June the European Leadership Academy invited guests, partners and friends to its first Open Day. This is a report from Anja Schmidt, Head of Marketing and Customer Services at the European Leadership Academy. What is the European Leadership Academy? It is “A place for leadership. A place where people are given the opportunity to […]
Notes from the Field: Catalyzing Conscious Capitalism (C3) Conference
Steve Frazee
In early November 2008 at a retreat center just outside Austin, Texas, a group of just over one hundred executives, business owners, consultants and academics answered John Mackey’s invitation to talk about serving the world through the vehicle of business. The event was called the Catalyzing Conscious Capitalism (C3) conference, and was the first public […]
Notes from the Field: Integral Sustainability 101 in Seattle
Alan Seid and Sandra Paulson
The EOS Alliance (www.eosalliance.org) hosted an introduction to Integral Sustainability on February 28, 2009. The course was co-led by Alan Seid, Director of Training and Lead Consultant for Cascadia Training & Mediation (www.cascadiatraining.com), and Sandra Poulson, Principal at RealTrust Consulting (www.realtrust.us), and Senior Organization Effectiveness Consultant, Region 10 of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. […]
Notes from the Field: Peter Merry and Meshworking for Change and Development
Editor
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: http://www.petermerry.org/Peter_Merry/Film/Entries/2009/3/7_Meshworking_for_MDG5.html And, by the way, Peter Merry’s book, Evolutionary […]
Notes from the Field: London Integral Salon Notes from the Field January 18, 2009 A Dialogue and Discussion on Integral Politics With John Bunzl and Victor Anderson, Facilitated by Michael Herrick
Dave Pendle
The dialogue was constructed around a series questions to explore the existence and potential nature of Integral Politics. This summary only attempts to cover those points raised in the dialogue not the ensuing discussion. These notes are an effort to capture the flavour of the contributions of the invited speakers during the course of the […]
Notes From the Field: Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change Conference Report
Prasad Kaipa
 The Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC) of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India, organized a three day conference between October 23-26, 2008. It was very well attended—150 participants, 20 sponsored delegates and about 30 volunteers and ISB community members. The conference was supported by State Bank of India (Diamond Sponsor), Andhra […]
Notes From the Field: Conference Review: International Leadership Association 10th Anniversary Conference
Yung-Pin Lu
The International Leadership Association (ILA) 10th anniversary conference was held in Los Angeles, California, United States of America, on November 12-15th 2008. “Global Leadership: Portraits of the Past, Visions for the Future” was the topic of this conference with 900+ participants and 100+ simultaneous sessions facilitated by presenters from all around the world. Due to […]
Notes From the Field: The French Letter: Integral News, Happenings and Events in France
Brian Van der Horst
Since this is my first report of integral news from France, I’ll make this more of a year’s summary of 2008 happenings. In future postings, I’ll check in with each issue of Integral Leadership Review. Perhaps the most significant literary event last year was the March publication of Ken Wilber’s The Integral Vision, by the psychology division […]
Notes From the Field: Integral Neuroscience: An Evening with Alan Watkins at the London Integral Circle Salon
Michael Dewan-Herrick
The London Integral Circle hosted Alan Watkins to speak at our November salon on the topic of “Integral Neuroscience”. Alan holds a medical degree from the University of London, as well as a Ph.D. in immunology and an undergraduate degree in psychology. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Psychological Medicine at Imperial […]
Notes From the Field: The Hague Center for Global Governance, Innovation and Emergence Getting our Act Together
Peter Merry
Introduction For a number of years, Dr Don Beck has been coming to the Netherlands, and every time he has said that the Hague will host the next generation of the United Nations. I guess I had heard him say it so many times, that when the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs put out a […]
Notes From the Field: Third ILiA Collaborative: Leading from Goodness, Truth, and Beauty
David McCallum, S.J.
The third Integral Leadership in Action (ILiA) Collaborative, in partnership with Boulder Integral, took place from October 9-12th in Boulder, Colorado. Continuing to explore the line of inquiry first introduced in 2004 at the Integral Leadership Seminar, “What is Integral Leadership in Action?” ILiA 3’s inquiry was flavored by attention to three classic orienting values: […]
Notes From the Field: Integral Coaching in London – 8 October 2008
Stuart Black
Generously hosted by Indra in her home, it was literally full to the rafters at the London integral Circle’s October meeting as people sat on the staircase that leads to the roof. Joanne Hunt and Laura Devine, the founders of Integral Coaching®, the only approach to coaching that has been accredited by the Integral Institute, […]
Notes From the Field: Integrative Leadership Conference, University of Minnesota
Yung-Pin Lu
The Integrative Leadership Conference was held at the Center for Integrative Leadership, University of Minnesota, on October 5th to 7th 2008. This conference focused on leadership by leading across boundaries for the common good. The Center of Integrative Leadership seeks to examine and advance a new vision for a cross-sector leadership, integrative leadership. The vision […]
Notes From the Field: The Wisdom of Women: Notes from the Women’s Integral Practice Retreat
Gayle Young
There’s a tribe from Africa that makes a point of welcoming people. For instance, if one of them met you outside at a gathering, they would welcome you. If they met you inside the gathering again, even though you had only crossed paths moments before, they welcome you anew out of a belief that people […]
Notes From the Field: Apex Perspectives: Leadership Applications of Big Mind
Gayle Young
The process of becoming a leader is much the same as the process of becoming an integrated human being. For the leader, as for any integrated person, life itself is the career. Discussing the process in terms of ‘leaders’ is merely a way of making it concrete. ~Warren Bennis Understanding this quote means having a […]
Notes From the Field: Spiral Dynamics Bootcamp: A Learning Adventure with Rafael Nasser
Lesley Stoller
The First Exercise You are either a howler, or a growler. Put differently, in the course of satisfying your primal survival needs—getting food and shelter or fighting off predators—you might either howl or growl. Put even differently, during the BEIGE stage of human emergence, when only the earliest manifestations of human consciousness and fundamental tools […]
Notes From the Field: Renaissance2- A Quick Update on the 2nd Quarter of 2008 & Forthcoming Events
Robin Wood
At the beginning of this year Renaissance2 was just a very exciting vision amongst a small group of people. Six months later this vision is starting to become reality, and our progress is now accelerating as we connect with more and more people inspired by the possibilities. What follows is a brief update on our […]
Notes from the Field: A Photo Presentation of the Integral Theory Conference
Kim Smith
Introduction: For many involved this conference was not only an eagerly anticipated meeting of minds, but a gathering of kindred Spirits – a family reunion – nourishing for the soul. The Integral Theory Conference was a refreshing reminder of why we make regular travel to integral gatherings and highlights the importance of sharing how we each […]
Notes From the Field: The Simplicity of Complexity: New Eyes, New Lenses, New Palestine A 2nd Tier Presentation by Don Beck and Elza Maalouf at the World Future Society
Laura Horn
As I sit here, writing and editing this piece for the Integral Leadership Review, I’m also reflecting on the 3.5 decades I’ve lived with and worked within the theory and framework, designed by Clare Graves, to understand individual, organizational and cultural human development. Three and a half decades ago, I didn’t know it would be known […]
Notes from the Field: Integral Theory Conference, 2008
Editor
I would suggest that the Integral Theory Conference, held at JFK University in August 2008 was an unqualified success. Sean Esjborn- Hargensand Mark Foreman were the organizers with a whole lot of help from others. In order to provide you with a sense of the conference I asked Ed Kelly of Ireland, Australia and currently […]
Notes from the Field: Integral Mexico Project: Creating a Mexican MeshWork, One Step at a Time
Roberto Bonilla N.
In 2003 Dr. Don Beck and I were at Los Pinos (the Mexican White House); a couple of friends of mine “opened the doors”. We were in a huge conference room with more than 50 important people who run our country’s destiny every day. Don was telling them how we plant seeds with these (SDi) […]
Notes from the Field: The Leadership Circle Comes to Europe!
Jonathan Reams
May 12-14th saw the first certification training in Europe for Bob Anderson’s Leadership Circle (TLC –http://www.theleadershipcircle.com/index.html). Paul Matthews and his wife Sara are taking on the challenge of opening up a franchise for the UK as TLC begins to expand worldwide. (There are also franchises opening in Australia and South Africa). This will bring access […]
Notes from the Field: “CLIC” for a Change! Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India
Prasad Kaipa
What is CLIC? CLIC is an acronym for Centre for Leadership, Innovation and Change management. It is the fifth centre of excellence in the highly rated Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India and started in 2008. It’s purpose is developing global leaders based on an integral approach—marrying lessons from wisdom traditions with management and scientific […]
Notes from the Field: Let’s Meet in Istanbul
Yene Assegid
SubSaharan Africa Bureau Chief, Integral Leadership Review “When you reach the Hagia Sofia, go towards the Blue Mosque and take a left – there we will be.” After a long journey from Freetown, Sierra Leone to Istanbul, Turkey, through Casablanca, Morocco, I arrived in Istanbul and fumbled across this new place to find my little […]
Notes from the Field: Natural Design Solutions for Indigenous Cultures ~ The Next Frontier in Geo-Political Strategy
Said E. Dawlabani
“The FBI will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and I would have to say that the interview with Saddam Hussein is one of the top accomplishments in our agency’s history.” ~FBI Assistant Director Joe Persichini This statement was made to the CBS news program 60 minutes about the work of one George Piro, a young […]
Notes From the Field: Integral Coaching Canada, May 12-16 2008, Washington D.C.
Robin Reinach
Integral Coaching Canada Inc., currently the only coaching training program officially partnered by Integral Institute, offered their first US training in Washington DC this May. I attended the five day seminar that kicks off Module 1: Foundation and Apprenticeship and was instantly impressed with this embodied, nuts and bolts application of AQAL theory to the […]
Note from the field: Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps Unplugged
Rafael Nasser
Steve McIntosh is the CEO and created Now & Zen’s brand aesthetic by combining the harmonic proportions of sacred geometry with motifs from traditional Japanese culture. This has resulted in product designs that have a timeless, universal appeal. Prior to the incorporation of Now & Zen, Inc. in 1995, Steve was Director of Corporate Development and […]
Notes from the Field: EuroConFab 2007 September 28th-30th, Dalfsen, The Netherlands Hosted by the Dutch Node of the Center for Human Emergence(CHE)
Douwe Dronkert
An in-depth follow-up on Helen Tichen Beeth’s review in November http://integralleadershipreview.com/archives/2007_11/2007-11-notes-beeth-helen.html Introduction I was asked to report on this event I attended in the process of my internship—researching what it is that CHE the Netherlands actually does. I think CHE offers society invaluable insights, tools and practices that will become the transformational drivers of the […]
Notes from the Field: From Wooden Shoes to Global Minds: The Dutch Experience
Don Beck
On December 27, 1657, a small group of 30 Dutch immigrants to the “New World” signed what was known as the Flushing Remonstrance, a manifesto declaring, “no one shall be persecuted because of his religion.” Further, “if any said persons (meaning the Quakers who were quite disruptive at the time) come in love unto us […]
Notes from the Field: Organising for Integral Impact Dispatches from the Frothy Frontier
Peter Merry
This piece draws on blog entries from the last couple of years, describing the journey I have been making with the Center for Human Emergence as we look to trigger the transformation into integral evolutionary consciousness, in the Netherlands, for the world. March 31st, 2006 – Klaar om te Wenden 900 people show up for […]
Notes from the Field: Tryggare och Mänskligare Göteborg: An Interview with Borghild Håkansson
Jonathan Reams
Tryggare och Mänskligare Göteborg—A safer and more humane Göteborg—is an innovative approach to urban crime prevention and safety promotion. The authorities in the city of Göteborg established a council for this project in 2001, designed to govern and support the activities of the secretariat, an office of seven staff members with different types of expertise. […]
Notes from the Field: History of Radical Organisational Design Notes From London Integral Circle Salon Meeting 3rd Oct 07 Presentation of Research Material And Participants’ Comments
John Oliver
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Londonintegralcircle/ Original Introduction: **A History of Radical Organisations – through the lenses of the AQAL model** “The session’s goal is to introduce Organisational Design as a specific discipline for looking at the structures that define our working lives. Ken Wilber’s’All Quadrants, All Levels’ map, including the dynamics of social holons, will provide the structure of […]
Notes from the Field: Human Emergence Confab The Netherlands – 28-30 September 2007
Helen Titchen Beeth
Hosted by the Dutch chapter of the Center for Human Emergence (CHE), organised by Peter Merry, Anita Floris and Anne-Marie Voorhoeve, with participants from the Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland, Israel, the UK, USA, and Switzerland. We were sorry that our spiritual father, Don Beck, was prevented from attending by a vicious bout of flu. But we […]
Notes from the Field: Changing Global Values in the 21st Century
Alan Tonkin
In looking forward into the 21st Century there is no doubt that changing values on issues such as the environment and global warming, the issue of providing clean energy and global terrorism are providing very different responses around the globe. In the developed OECD countries there is a rapidly emerging awareness of the urgency to […]
Notes from the Field: Democracy for Africa: A Fabulous Dream or an Attainable Reality?
Yene Assegid
In September 2007, something amazing took place in Sierra Leone. What was this amazing thing? The elections! It was amazing to witness communities throughout the nation express their wishes through the democratic process. People chose to act on their future through votes as opposed to acting with the usual chaos which African nations have been […]
Notes from the Field: Leadership Studies at USD gets a BIG boost!
Cheryl Getz
The Leadership Studies program (one of the oldest Leadership programs in the nation) is on the move! Two years ago, the president at the University of San Diego (USD) agreed with School of Education Dean Paula Cordeiro that the name “School of Education” did not accurately represent the totality of the work being accomplished across […]
Notes From the Field: Integral Education Seminar Reflections
Jonathan Reams
This presentation is focused on integral education. While the content of Jonathan’s report may be focused on education in the classroom andoutside of it, for children and adults, I see in it challenges to leadership education and leadership development. Jonathan, himself, teaches at the university level, so this connection seems obvious. But how can these ideas and […]
Notes from the Field: Dr. Beck Designs A United Nations Global Action Plan for Human Emergence & Elza Maalouf presents a Model for Palestine 21
Elza S. Maalouf
The following reports was shared by Elza in July 2007. To augment this presentation we talked with Elza in August. A report of this conversation appears below the report. On June 21st, 2007, Dr. Beck and I spoke at the Values-Caucus at the United Nations to a standing room only conference hall. Representatives of various […]
N otes from the Field: In the Slums of Delhi
Miriam Hadcocks
This is an unusual piece to be included in the Integral Leadership Review. But when I read it, I couldn’t resist sharing it with you. It is so easy to forget that leadership shows up in many places, not just the corporation or other organization. It shows up in communities of all types all over […]
Notes from the Field: Integral Leadership in Action 2007: Falling in Love Again
Michael McElhenie and Allison Conte
  Typically, one would reach into the heart of a group to find its purpose. What if the heart itself is its purpose? For Integral Leadership in Action (ILiA) 2007 attendees, the heart is the thread that connects us to each other and to our shared mission of creating a better world. In March, we […]
Notes from the Field: The Center for Human Emergence in Mexico
Roberto Bonilla and Karina Eichner
  It was an amazing experience to be able to see Dr. Don Beck during his trip to Mexico. In the beginning we weren’t sure what kind of an event the four precious days that we had with him would be. First, we had the idea to organize two events, one for a select group of people […]
Notes from the Field: Forum on Business Innovation for Sustainability
Bob Siegel
  The Society for Organizational Learning (SOL) held a Forum on Business Innovation for Sustainability in Atlanta at the end of March 2007. The event was presented by SOL’s Sustainability Consortium (SSC). The Sustainability Consortium was founded in 1999 by ten companies in response to the question, “How can we accelerate learning for Sustainability?” This […]
Notes from the Field The Integral Psychograph, A Personal Journey
Ewan Townhead
  The following article was written in response to a conference call in January 2007 concerning the Integral Psychograph with Integral Institute’s David Zeitler, and organised by Joanne Rubin of the Integral Psychology Affinity Group. While I have done my best to represent the material from the call when used, it does not necessarily represent […]
Notes from the Field: Integral Leadership in the 21st Century
Alan Tonkin
Introduction The 1st European Integral Leadership Summit was held in London over the weekend of 18 to 20 October, 2002. It was put on by Inspiral World in conjunction with a number of sponsors including the Global Values Network (GVN). As part of the Leadership Summit the GVN ran a specialized GVM WorldSCAN Integral Leadership […]
Integral Publishers' Bookshelf
8/31 – From the IP Bookshelf: Shadow Light Workbook by Keith Witt
Jeannie Carlisle Volckmann
Integral Publishers Partner and Chief of Acquisitions and Editorial, Jeannie Carlisle interviews Keith Witt about his latest work, Jeannie: Thanks for joining us today, Keith. It’s always such a pleasure to speak with you about your work. You are one of the most passionate and joyful authors we have the privileged to publish. Could you […]
4/22 – Jeannie Carlisle with Marilyn Hamilton: Integral City, Inquiry & Action
Jeannie Carlisle Volckmann
ILR’s Jeannie Carlisle interviews Marilyn Hamilton, author of the new work, Integral City Inquiry & Action: Designing Impact for the Human Hive JC: Hello Marilyn, and welcome! In a few sentences, please describe the premise of this important new book for our readers. MH: Integral City Inquiry & Action: Designing Impact for the Human Hive […]
Leadership Emerging
10/9 – Jeffrey Pfeffer, Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time.
Russ Volckmann
Jeffrey Pfeffer (2015). Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time. New York: Harper Business. In the year 2000, Chris Argyris introduced the new century with his publication of Flawed Advice and the Management Trap: How Managers Can Know When They’re Getting Good Advice and When They’re Not. In this exceptional book […]
10/9 – A Leader’s Guide to ThriveAbility: A Multi-Capital Operating System for a Regenerative Inclusive Economy
Maureen Metcalf
Robin has brilliantly woven his ThriveAbility model into a field manual for executives, policy makers and change agents in service of creating a better world for future generations. Earth’s 7.3 billion citizens are currently consuming 1.6 times its available resources. This rate is clearly not sustainable, and trends indicate it will continue to rise. We […]
8/19 – John Brockman, Ed. This Idea Must Die.
Russ Volckmann
John Brockman, Ed. This Idea Must Die. New York: Harper, 2015. This is a most unusual book to be included in Integral Leadership Review. But it is a significant contribution to integral understanding. It is a book of very short entries by scholars and other intellectuals on ideas that are current in the various sciences, […]
8/19 – Brian J. Robertson, Holacracy
Russ Volckmann
In 2007 Inteegral Leadership review featured a couple of articles about holacracy (http://integralleadershipreview.com/5328-feature-article-organization-at-the-leading-edge-introducing-holacracy-evolving-organization/ ; http://integralleadershipreview.com/5333-feature-article-holacracy-in-action-theory-to-practice/), Brian Robertson’s innovative organizational approach in the software company he built and his subsequent entrepreneurial activity.
10/9 – Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt. Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World.
Russ Volckmann
Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt. Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.   The foundational theme of this book: “Meeting complexity with complexity can create more confusion than it resolves.” Stuff interacts in a variety of ways. Complex approaches can overwhelm us. Simple Rules asks, what alternative […]
8/19 – Jennifer Garvey Berger and Keith Johnston. Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders.
Russ Volckmann
Jennifer Garvey Berger and Keith Johnston. Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015. Here is a book that seeks to confront our historic, cultural approach to leadership and nudge leading toward addressing the more rapidly changing and complex organizational and contextual landscape. Their strategy is to […]
8/19 – Mauk Pieper. Humanity’s Second Shock and Your Unique Self
Russ Volckmann
Mauk Pieper. Humanity’s Second Shock and Your Unique Self: Integral Leadership & Spirituality. Lage Vuursche, The Netherlands: Venwoude, Press, 2014. Essentially, we have here a highly readable and understandable presentation of our developmental relationship to self and the universe that is built on the work of Ken Wilber and Marc Gafni, among others. It is […]
10/9 – Scott K. Edinger and Laurie Sain. The Hidden Leader
Russ Volckmann
Scott K. Edinger and Laurie Sain. The Hidden Leader: Discover and Develop Greatness within Your Company, Foreword by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. New York: Amacom, 2015. I sometimes find that I have snobbish tendencies. One way they come out is in relation to books published by AMACOM. Most of what I have […]
4/7 – 2nd Tier Teal Organizations: Magic, Myth or Evolutionary Step?
Eric Reynolds
“[E]very time humanity has shifted to a new stage, it has invented a new way to collaborate, a new organizational model” (Laloux, 2014, Kindle Locations 385-386). The above quote is the premise of Frederic Laloux’s Reinventing Organizations. As he points out in the book, data in this area is as yet pretty slim. That being said, […]
12/21 – Western Buddhism’s Political Challenge
Russ Volckmann
In a recent online posting –(http://www.salon.com/2014/10/26/the_dangerous_american_myth_of_corporate_spirituality/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow) – Shawn Van Valkenburgh offers “The dangerous American myth of corporate spirituality: How invocations of “karma” and Zen are being used to justify deeply unequal systems of power,” (accessed 10/27/14). There he wonders about the spiritual materialism of adoptions of Buddhist meditation and philosophy (note The Secret). He sites […]
6/26 Integral Development by Alexander Schieffer and Ronnie Lessem.
Alexander Schieffer and Ronnie Lessem.  Integral Development. Burlington, VT: Gower Publishing, 2014. Schieffer and Lessem introduce a ground-breaking development framework and process to address the most burning issues that humanity faces. While conventional top-down, outside-in development has reached a cul-de-sac, a new, integral form of development is emerging around the world. Integral Development uniquely articulates […]
5/9 – Trompenaars and Voerman. Servant Leadership Across Cultures
David C. Wigglesworth
Trompenaars, Fons and Ed Voerman. Servant Leadership Across Cultures – Harnessing the Strength of the World’s Most Powerful Management Philosophy. Infinite Ideas Ltd, Oxford, UK:2009. 190 pp. David C. Wigglesworth A quotation on the back cover of this book from Herman Whijffels of the World Bank, Washington,DC and Director of the Board for the Greenleaf […]
5/9 – Giannantonion and Hurley-Hanson (Eds). Extreme Leadership
David C. Wigglesworth
Giannantonion, Christina M. and Aky E. Hurley-Hanson (Eds). Extreme Leadership – Leaders, Teams and Situations Outside the Norm. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK-Northampton, MA, USA. 2013. David C. Wigglesworth This is a collection of articles, as the title implies, that focus on “extreme leadership” – extreme   from obviously very different definitions since the leaders runs the […]
5/9 – Vielmetter and Sell, Leadership 2030
David C. Wigglesworth
Georg Vielmetter and Yvonne Sell. Leadership 2030: The Six Megatrends You Need to Understand to Lead Your Company into the Future. AMACOM: New York, 244 pp. David C. Wigglesworth This is a two part book. The first part addresses the six megatrends that they see the world is facing and the place of leadership in […]
4/29 – John Bunzi, Global Domestic Politics
David C. Wigglesworth
Bunzi, John M. GLOBAL DOMESTIC POLITICS: A Citizen’s Guide to Running a Diverse Planet. London: International Simultaneous Policy Organisation,  2013 113pp. This is a serious book about the problems of our world and the utilization of domestic politics to make running it more effective. The author, the founder of SIMPOL, the international simultaneous policy organization, […]
4/1 – Dana Ardi, The Fall of the Alphas
Carol Burbank
Ardi, Dana. The Fall of the Alphas: The New Beta way to Connect, Collaborate, Influence – and Lead.  NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2013 Carol Burbank Consultant Dana Ardi wants to change the world, one company at a time. She calls herself a “corporate anthropologist,” studying the culture of corporations, “how they grow and develop, and […]
4/1 – Kai Hammerich and Richard D. Lewis Fish Can’t See Water: How National Cultures can Make or Break Your Corporate Strategy.
David C. Wigglesworth
Hammerich, Kai and Richard D. Lewis Fish Can’t See Water: How National Cultures can Make or Break Your Corporate Strategy. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Chichester, UK 297pp. . David C. Wigglesworth This book seems to be an amalgam in which the authors have great difficulty in making the parts stick together. The parts that […]
2/23 – E.S. Wibbeke and Sarah McArthur. Global Business Leadership
Carol Burbank
E.S. Wibbeke and Sarah McArthur. Global Business Leadership (2nd Edition). NY: Routledge, 2014. With a foreword by Warren Bennis, this second edition of Global Business Leadership offers a thoughtful look at intercultural leadership in a “flat world,” and the imperative of informed and culturally sensitive leadership responsive to the dynamics of globalization. The authors propose […]
08/15 – Lois Melina et al, eds.The Embodiment of Leadership
Lois Ruskadai Melina, Gloria J. Burgess, Lena Lid Falkman, and Antonio Marturano, eds. The Embodiment of Leadership:A Volume in the International Leadership Association Series, Building Leadership Bridges. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2013. One of the Editors, Antonio Marturano, is the Integral Leadership Review Associate Editor and Bureau Chief for Italy. He also guest edited the special […]
08/15 – Greg Park, Collaborative Wisdom: From Pervasive Logic to Effective Operational Leadership
Greg Park, Collaborative Wisdom: From Pervasive Logic to Effective Operational Leadership. Burlington, VT: Gower, 2013. It seems relatively rare to come across a truly thoughtful work on operational leadership. It seems that most writers romanticize leadership as something that occurs at the top of a team, an organization, a company, a country, any human system. […]
John P. Forman and Laurel A. Ross. Integral Leadership: The Next Half-Step.
John P. Forman and Laurel A. Ross. Albany, NY: Excelsior Editions, SUNY, 2013. If you are looking for an introductory text that you can include in an undergraduate or Master’s course on leadership, here it is. In addition to laying out the elements of the Wilberian integral model in relation to leadership, the authors have […]
Richard Katz and Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Eds. Synergy, Healing, and Empowerment: Insights from Cultural Diversity.
Richard Katz and Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Eds. Synergy, Healing, and Empowerment: Insights from Cultural Diversity. Calgary: Brush Education, 2012. It was the cultural diversity part that drew me to this book. Richard Katz is a scholar who has done research in multiple cultures, while Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu is born of and has varied life experiences in at […]
Therese Rowley. Mapping a New Reality: Discovering intuitive intelligence
Mark Harman
Therese Rowley. Mapping a New Reality: Discovering intuitive intelligence. Author, 2012. Mark Harman As one reads the book, Mapping a New Reality by Dr. Rowley, it is quickly observed that she strives to encourage the reader to explore and find the patterns and interconnectedness among their personal experiences. Conceptually, the experience is similar to constructing […]
Robert E. Kaplan and Robert B. Kaiser. Fear Your Strengths.
Robert E. Kaplan and Robert B. Kaiser. Fear Your Strengths. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2013. This 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 […]
David K. Hurst, The New Ecology of Leadership: Business Mastery in a Chaotic World
David K. Hurst. The New Ecology of Leadership: Business Mastery in a Chaotic World. New York: Columbia Business School Publishing, 2012. David Hurst gets it. Apparently not directly influenced by integral theory or Spiral Dynamics, David Hurst gets the importance of context. After all, that is a core contribution of integral theory – identifying the […]
Ian I. Mitroff and Donna D. Mitroff. Fables and the Art of Leadership
Ian I. Mitroff and Donna D. Mitroff. Fables and the Art of Leadership: Applying the Wisdom of Mister Rogers to the Workplace. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. When I see a book written by Ian Mitroff I pay attention. The father of Crisis Management, co-author of Spiritual Guide to Corporate America, critic of the dominance […]
Hilarie Owen, Ed. New Thinking on Leadership: A Global Perspective.
Hilarie Owen, Ed. New Thinking on Leadership: A Global Perspective. Philadelphia: KoganPage, 2012. In this small volume there are contributions from leadership scholars in many parts of the world. There is, indeed, a global perspective to be gained from these chapters, ranging from leadership in schools in China to collaborative approaches to leadership in Latin […]
Mike R. Jay, et al. @F-L-O-W
Barbara N. Brown
Mike R. Jay, et al. @F-L-O-W, Find, Design, Use Talent to Emerge Happiness & Success in a Post-Modern World. NP: @F-L-O-W Publishing, 2012. Barbara N. Brown In his new book, @F-L-O-W, Find, Design, Use Talent to Emerge Happiness & Success in a Post-Modern World, Mike R Jay, an executive coach for 25 years, will start […]
Patricia Leavy, Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research: Using Problem-Centered Methodologies
Patricia Leavy. Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research: Using Problem-Centered Methodologies. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2011. There has been a fair amount written about transdisciplinarity in the pages of Integral Leadership Review, but none of it as practical for scholars, innovators and researchers as this guide to the methodologies. Keep in mind that transdisciplinary is about […]
Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley. The Emotional Life of your Brain.
Mark Harman
Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley. The Emotional Life of your Brain. New York, New York: Hudson Street Press, 2012. Mark Harman, M.D. Current Psychology defines and explains one’s reactions and behaviors to their environment through statistical derivation of observed behavioral patterns. While predictable 70% of the time, these models fall short of an encompassing […]
Michelle Obama and the Business Roundtable
First Lady Michelle Obama Challenges America’s CEOs To Be Bold in Finding Ways to Hire Veterans http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/03/13/first-lady-michelle-obama-challenges-americas-ceos-be-bold-finding-ways-hire-veteran?utm_source=031413&utm_medium=photo&utm_campaign=daily From a posting by Colleen Curtis March 13, 2013 This issue has an unusual political presence, given the interviews with Terry Patten and Diane Krauthamer, Don Beck and Alfonso Monruori’s columns. Now this Leadership Emerging piece on Michelle […]
Jonathan Reams and Anne Caspari. Integral Leadership
Reams, J., & Caspari, A. (2012). Integral leadership: Generating space for emergence through quality of presence. Wirtschaftspsychologie, 14(3), 34-45. Abstract: This article outlines a view of integral leadership as integrity with a quality of presence that opens spaces for what wants to emerge. A focus is on describing Heifetz’s notion of adaptive leadership as creating […]
Douglas Board, Choosing Leaders and Choosing to Lead
Douglas Board. Choosing Leaders and Choosing to Lead: Science, Politics and Intuition in Executive Selection. Burlington, VT: Gower Publishing Company, 2012. It is not often I pick up a book with a Foreword by a baroness, Baroness Prashar of Runnymede. This baroness earned her title by serving as the First Civil Service Commissioner in the […]
John Renesch, The Great Growing Up
John 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 […]
Steven Snyder, Leadership and the Art of Struggle
Steven 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 […]
Lina M. Echeverria, Idea Agent
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 […]
Antonio Marturano, Editorial, Leadership, 2012 8: 205
Antonio Marturano, Editorial, Leadership, 2012 8: 205. http://lea.sagepub.com/content/8/3/205.citation 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 […]
Philip Weiss, Hyperthinking
Philip Weiss.   Hyperthinking: Creating a New Mindset for the Age of Networks. Burlington, VT: Gower Publishing, 2012. In the world of integral leadership we read a lot about developing worldviews, values, consciousness and the like. Often cognitive development is assumed. In this small volume we find a presentation of an approach to thinking this is […]
Bob Vanourek and Gregg Vanourek. Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations.
Bob Vanourek and Gregg Vanourek. Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012. Drawing from interviews with CEOs of sixty-one major corporations and organizations, this former CEO (Bob) and academic/entrepreneur (Gregg) have distilled five practices to generate excellent, ethical and enduring (the triple crown) organizations. These are: • Head and […]
Stephen Brookes and Keith Grint, Eds. The New Public Leadership Challenge.
Stephen Brookes and Keith Grint, Eds. The New Public Leadership Challenge. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010. The English/British Civil Service is a venerable institution that has left its imprint around the world, particularly where there was British colonial rule. In the intervening years there have been many changes in those cultures where it was established: […]
Thomas E. Cronin and Michael A. Genovese. Leadership Matters: Unleashing the Power of Paradox.
Thomas E. Cronin and Michael A. Genovese. Leadership Matters: Unleashing the Power of Paradox. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2012. This book has got to be good; it has received thumbs up from several of the giants of leadership theory: Bennis, Burns, O’Toole, etc. Basically the message is that leaders are responsible for getting things done […]
Barbara Maria Stafford, Ed. Bridging the Humanities-Neuroscience Divide: A Field Guide to a New Meta-Field.
Barbara Maria Stafford, ed. Bridging the Humanities-Neuroscience Divide: A Field Guide to a New Meta-Field. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. When I saw the title of this book on the Internet, I was sure this was something important for me to read. I was not mistaken. Here is an extraordinary scholarly contribution to the […]
Ryan Caradonna and Jake Caines. Debunking the Leadership Myth: The Story of Conscious Leadership.
Ryan Caradonna and Jake Caines. Debunking the Leadership Myth: The Story of Conscious Leadership. Pennsylvania: 5I’s Publishing, 2012. If you are in the leadership industry or just interested in the evolution of our practicing, developing and thinking about leadership, this will be an interesting book for you. It begins, This book is written for leaders […]
Top 10 Takeaways from Conscious Capitalism Summit
Howard J. Leonhardt
Howard J. Leonhardt  http://www.calstockexchange.com/top-10-takeaways-from-conscious-capitalism-summit/ Posted on October 20, 2012 October 15th, 2012 – Santa Monica, CA – Last week I had the honor of being a California Delegate to the Conscious Capitalism Summit in Austin, Texas. What an amazing great experience! I had a chance to meet so many like minded people that believe that […]
Mats Alvesson and André Spicer, Metaphors We Lead By: Understanding Leadership in the Real World.
Don Benson
Don Benson Mats Alvesson and Andre Spicer (2011). Metaphors We Lead By: Understanding Leadership in the Real World. New York: Routledge. My friend cares a lot about leadership. And therefore so do I. The trouble is that there seems to be more written about leadership than I can make sense of. The deconstruction of leadership […]
Andy Stefanovich, Look @ More
Andy Stefanovich (2011). Look @ More: A Proven Approach to Innovation, Growth, and Change. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. In many ways the title of this book is at the heart of the integral, meta and transdisciplinary approaches to comprehending any occurance, personal, interpersonal, organizational, etc. Here Andy Stefanovich shares what he has been bringing to organizations […]
Joann Danelo Barbour et al, Eds. Leading in Complex Worlds
Joann Danelo Barbour, Gloria J. Burgess, Lena Lid Falkman, Robert M. McManus,  Eds. (2012). Leading in Complex Worlds, A Volume in the International Leadership Association Series, Building Leadership Bridges. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Every year the International Leadership Association produces a book in their Building Leadership Bridges series. This volume sought contributions that were “multiperspetive in […]
Carol S. Pearson, Ed., The Transforming Leader
Carol S. Pearson, Ed., (2012). The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century. San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. This is a book I had great hope for when I first learned of it. First, it was published by my favorite publisher of popular works on leadership and development. Second, it was edited […]
Carter Phipps, Steve McIntosh and Andrew Cohen on Evolution
Here are three books written by three people who are linked in their work and/or their writing, all related to the subject of evolution. Phipps was editor of What is Enlightenment, later EnlightenmentNext, publications sposored by Andrew Cohen and in which Cohen’s work and dialogues with Ken Wilber were featured. Phipps and McIntosh reference each […]
Ginny Whitelaw, The Zen Leader
Ginny Whitelaw (2012). The Zen Leader: 10 Ways to go From Barely Managing to Leading Fearlessly. Pompton Plains, NJ: Career Press. Ginny Whitelaw is a leadership expert and roshi (Zen master). She is the author of The Zen Leader and founder of the Institute for Zen Leadership. She has taught and coached in global leadership […]
Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
Renee Snow
Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter. New York: HarperCollins, 2012. Renee Snow The opening quote of Multipliers summarizes the grand tour theory that those who are Multipliers make those they encounter feel like the smartest people in the room, while Diminishers suck the brainpower out of others by […]
Nick Petrie, Future Trends in Leadership Development: A White Paper.
Editor
Nick Petrie (December 2011). Future Trends in Leadership Development: A White Paper. Greensborough, North Carolina: Center for Creative Leadership.   Many of the ideas associated with integral leadership are beginning to show up in the mainstream business and organizational literature. Note, for example, the leader-follower-context model of Barbara Kellerman discussed in Russ Volckmann’s interview with […]
Jennifer Garvey Berger, Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World
Editor
Jennifer Garvey Berger. Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World. Stanford, CA: Stanford Business Books, 2012. It is unusual to find an integrally informed author showing up in a university press, aside from SUNY and their integral series. Berger lives in a small seaside village in New Zealand, but her background is […]
Marjolein Klips-Wiersma and Lani Morris. The Map of Meaning: A Guide to Sustaining Our Humanity in the World of Work
Editor
Marjolein Klips-Wiersma and Lani Morris. The Map of Meaning: A Guide to Sustaining Our Humanity in the World of Work. Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publications, 2011. This book is exactly the kind of thing we should be looking forward to as a result of our efforts to meet the complexity facing us head on and in […]
Micha Popper. Fact and Fantasy About Leadership
Editor
Micha Popper. Fact and Fantasy About Leadership. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2012. Here is a book aligned with some of the thinking of folks like Barbara Kellerman and others who see the leader-follower relationship as essential to understanding either. The author states, [W]e can visualize leadership as fire — a metaphor borrowed from the researchers […]
Susan Cain. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Editor
Susan Cain. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. New York: Crown Publishing, 2012. Okay, I’m an introvert. Or am I? Am I centered in a Green or an Individualist level of development. Am I an Enneagram 7? So many categories. So many boxes. So many ways of practicing a […]
Richard Barrett. The New Leadership Paradigm: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading an Organization, Leading in Society
Editor
Richard Barrett. The New Leadership Paradigm: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading an Organization, Leading in Society. The Values Center, 2010. If you are truly interested in adult development and/or integral leadership and organizations, the odds are you have already heard about this book, although it is self-published. Barrett is a highly respected consultant who has […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
The Language of Leadership: A Departure I am taking something of a departure from my normal practice of providing highlights of a series of books related to the study and practice of leadership. I have found one chapter in one book to be so meaningful to me that I want to share it with you […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
  [These brief explorations of books, articles and other content are intended to provide a flavor for their contents and an opportunity for me to seek out elements that are tributaries to the integral, developmental, transdisciplinary ocean of thought that I have being critical to our futures. I ask forgiveness if any of my comments […]
Leadership Emerging: Six Works of Leaders and Leadership
Russ Volckmann
  Steven Denning. The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative, Revised and Updated. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. I consider the book to be a classic and welcome Denning’s update. Essentially he is offering guidance in oral communication. His suggestions mainly apply to using stories or business narrative in performing […]
Leadership Emerging: Descriptions of Books, Articles and Other Media
Russ Volckmann
Descriptions of varying lengths of books, articles and other media that might be of interest to those who are interested in leading and leadership. Russ Volckmann   Bruce J. Avolio. Full Range Leadership, 2nd Ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2011. Bruce Avolio has been a top researcher and thought leader in the area of leader […]
Leadership Emerging: Descriptions of Books, Articles and Other Media
Jonathan Reams
Richard Barrett, The New Leadership Paradigm, www.valuescenter.com www.newleadershipparadigm.com, Lulu.com, 508 pages. Jonathan Reams Last March I found myself spending a day at a European ALIA event co-sponsored by the Progressio Foundation. I was looking forward to meeting new faces and networking with like-minded individuals. Much to my surprise and pleasure, the opening speaker turned out […]
Leadership Emerging: Descriptions of Books, Articles and Other Media
Russ Volckmann
Kirsty Spence and Mark McDonald, Linking Developmental Action Logics to Transformational Leadership Behaviors, Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, December 2010. Aside from a couple of early articles of an introductory nature and Clint Fuhs integral examination of eight leadership books, articles on leadership in JITP have been rare. This should not be too surprising […]
Leadership Emerging: Descriptions of Books, Articles and Other Media
Russ Volckmann
In Leadership Emerging we bring to your attention new texts of special interest and merit. Check out these promising titles… ReVison: Special Issue on Transformative Leadership, Edited by Alfonso Montouri and Urusa Fahim, Winter 2010, Volume 30, Nos. 3 & 4. Published almost a year ago, this highly relevant issue of ReVision includes articles by […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
John Marshall Roberts. Igniting Inspiration: A Persuasion Manual for Visionaries. Self-published, 2008. First, I am surprised that this book has been out so long and only recently showing up on my radar screen. Why? Because I think it is an important book, particularly for those who wish to go beyond theory and model into the […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
Frederick Darbellay, Moira Cockell, Jerome Billotte, Francis Waldvogel, Editors.A Vision of Transdisciplinarity: LayingFoundations for a World Knowledge Dialogue. Laussanne, Switzerland: EPFL Press, 2008. This book deserves a far more in depth review that I will be able to offer at this time. It represents something that is very much at the heart of transdisciplinarity: given […]
Leadership Emerging
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Elizabeth Doty. The Compromise Trap: How to Thrive at Work Without Selling Your Soul. San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler, 2009. The Foreword is written by Art Kleiner, editor of the online publication Strategry+Business. He notes that business ethics is a thorny issue. He values this book because of “the questions it raises about organizational ethics and its […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
Linda Tarr-Whelan. Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World. San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler, 2009. The premise behind this book is that there is a 30% solution to gender imbalance in leadership of businesses and government. By filling the chairs at the tables of decision making the character of […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
The Arbinger Institute. Leadership and Self-Deception. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler 2010. Self-deception shapes our experiences of life. This book seeks to determine the extent and implications of how it blinds us to seeing the true causes of our problems. The work of the Institute in teaching people about self-deception and how to address it is that […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
E.S. Wibbeke. Global Business Leadership. Burlington, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2009. What could be more natural than to discover a more robust treatment of leadership than one that requires attention to cultural diversity? That is what we find in Wibberke’s treatment of leadership in global businesses. Granted, the focus of his discussion is on American business leaders […]
Leadership Emerging
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Laurens Van Den Muyzenberg. The Leader’s Way. Boston: Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2009. How could you not want to read a collaboration between the Dalai Lama and a Dutch business consultant? The intrigue is even stronger when we discover that this book was in the making for nine years (1991-2000)—years of […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
Milton Friesen. Ingenuity Arts: Adaptive Leadership and the New Science. Airdrie, Alberta, Canada: Ingenuity Arts, 2009. Friesen models his topic by integrating a variety of topics into a perspective on leadership. Essentially drawing on complexity theory his focus is on approaches to organizational leadership that goes beyond theories and models and has relevance as well in […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
Joanne B. Ciulla, Ed. Ethics, the Heart of Leadership, 2nd edition with a Foreword by James MacGregor Burns. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2004. Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex moral relationship between people, based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good. [xv] At the heart […]
Leadership Emerging
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Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan, The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009. Drawing on “an interdisciplinary slew of disciplines as disparate as brain science, linguistics, organizational theory, and complex adaptive systems with a few fundamental laws of human and organizational behavior” (Warren Bennis in the […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
David V. Day, Michelle M. Harrison and Stanley M. Halpin. An Integrative Approach to Leader Development: Connecting Adult Development, Identity, and Expertise. New York: Routledge, 2008. There will be an “in depth” review of this book in the January 2009 issue of Integral Leadership Review. Here I intend only to make you aware of this recently published […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
“CEO Survey: Forward March,” Inc. Special Issue 500: Meet This Year’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies, Inc. September 2008. P. 212. Elements of their CEO Survey a spread liberally throughout the publication show no statistics that I could find and excerpt out very few comments. They asked CEO’s to define their leadership styles. Here is the sampling of their […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
Robert H. Thompson The Offsite: A Leadership Challenge Fable, Forward by Jim Kouzes. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008. A student and now associate of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of The Leadership Challenge and several other books, Robert H. Thompson has produced another of those books about leadership in business that uses the fictional story format to make its points. […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
Mario Fernando, Spiritual Leadership in the Entrepreneurial Business: A Multifaith Study. Northampton, MA, USA or Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2007. Globilization is not just a phenomenon of economics and business. We have long known that it is a phenomenon of culture, as well. The Integral Leadership Review seeks to be a leader in the globilization of […]
Leadership Emerging
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Roger Martin. The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2007. University of Toronto Dean of the Rotman School of Management Martin has provided us with an overview of the model and development approaches for working with MBA students in teaching them integrative thinking. In doing so, he draws […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
Martin M. Chemers, An Integrative Theory of Leadership, Mahway, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, 1997. Stimulated by the author’s chapter in Richard Couto’s edited volume, Reflections on Leadership, I have gone back to his book published in the late 1990s to see what we might learn about his approach to integrating theories of leadership. To begin […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
Reflections on Leadership. Richard A. Couto, ed. Lanham: University Press of America, Inc., 2007. James MacGregor Burns published his major work, Leadership, in 1978. Probably more than any other individual work, this book birthed the field of leadership studies, particular in the area of politics and community. In the business sector, the subject was a […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
The Quest for a General Theory of Leadership, George Goethals and Georgia Sorenson, eds. Northampton, MA, US A: Edward Elgar, 2006. This book represents a most robust look at the study of leadership while representing multiple disciplines in a “quest” to find agreement about leadership and theory. While the quest has not resulted in finding its prize, […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
This section of Integral Leadership Review is provided to inform readers about current publications about leadership.— Russ Volckmann In this issue we take a look at a new book by Porras et al. and some recent articles in Harvard Business Review. Jerry Porras, Steward Emery and Mark Thompson, Success Built to Last: Creating a Life That Matters. Upper […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
Summary: Ken Wilber Conversation with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Part 1: The Future of Business is Integral Part 2: The Future of Politics is Integral Too http://in.integralinstitute.org/search.aspx?keyword=!business. This is, perhaps, one of the most stimulating and insightful conversations on the subject of business and an integral approach that I know of—and this coming from […]
Leadership Emerging
Russ Volckmann
Summary “Ideas as Art” The HBR Interview with James G. March, Harvard Business Review, 84, 10, October 2006, pp. 83-89. When I was a graduate student at Berkeley during the 1960s among the names of important contributors to organization theory was James G. March, along with others such as Peter Drucker, Herbert A. Simon, Wes Churchman […]
Book Reviews
8/31 – The Simpol Solution
Jon Freeman
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 […]
8/31 – Reinventing Organizations: “A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness”
Ron Cacioppe and Michael Fox
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 […]
8/31 – Excellence through Mind-Brain Development: The Secrets of World Class Performers.
Ádám Olgyay
Ádám Olgyay Harald Harung and Frederick Travis (2016). Excellence through Mind-Brain Development: The Secrets of World Class Performers. London, UK. Routledge. 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 […]
8/31 – John Stewart reviews Laske on Dialectical Thinking
John Stewart
John Stewart Otto Laske, Dialectical Thinking for Integral Leaders: A Primer. Tucson: Integral Publishers, 2015. Gregory Bateson famously said: “The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.” This statement of Bateson’s identifies a serious issue for humanity. If our thinking does not enable us […]
8/31 – Flow-Based Leadership Book Review
Jackie Damrau
Jackie Damrau Judith L. Glick-Smith (2016). Flow-Based Leadership: What the best firefighters can teach you about leadership and making hard decisions. Technics Publishers. Flow-Based Leadership: What the Best Firefighters Can Teach You About Leadership and Making Hard Decisions is about the leadership in the world of firefighting. These individuals have split seconds in which to […]
4/28 – Bradbury and Torbert. Eros/Power – Love in the Spirit of Inquiry
Joseph Friedman
Joseph Friedman Eros/Power is a wonderfully brave and highly readable book. Brave because, although both Hilary Bradbury and Bill Torbert are acclaimed scholars, they have stepped from behind the safety of footnotes to write in a deeply personal manner,of eros (love, life energy, sensuality and sexuality) and power ( energy applied for effect, both unilateral […]
4/28 – Carole and David Schwinn.The Transformative Workplace: Growing People, Purpose, Prosperity, and Peace
Nancy Southern
Nancy Southern We all are keenly aware of the importance of workplaces in shaping people, culture, and society. Our workplaces can create the conditions to support people in finding meaning in their life and work, engaging with others in ways that create new patterns of behavior that extend to cultural change within organizations and ultimately […]
4/28 – Sudbrink. Leading with GRIT – Inspiring Action and Accountability with Generosity, Respect, Integrity, and Truth
Arzina Zaza
Arzina Zaza Overview of the Work This book was very well written and it was extremely inspiring. From the time I picked up this book, I could not wait to keep reading and reviewing tips on how to continue to include GRIT into my life. This book is an excellent guide whether the reader is […]
4/28 – Paul G. Stoltz. Grit – The New Science of What It Takes To Persevere – Flourish – Succeed
Arzina Zaza
Arzina Zaza Overview of the Work According to Dr. Stoltz, this book was written to help its readers understand what grit means, how to use grit and learn how to incorporate grit into their lives. The book first started with an introduction called Nitty-Gritty where the author presented what Grit was and what it means […]
3/7 – Vladimir Ern’s Philosophy of Eros and Logos (Excerpts from Ern’s Struggle for Logos)
Vladimir Ern
Vladimir Ern Translator’s note: Russian culture cannot be fully comprehended without rediscovering its sacred roots in the form of sophisticated and advanced Integral philosophical systems, often known as Russian religious or spiritual philosophies. What follows are some striking excerpts from Vladimir Ern (1882–1917), a noteworthy Russian philosopher and passionate defender of Eros and Logos who is […]
1/18 – Cultural Landscape: An Integral Perspective
Eugene Pustoshkin and Alexander Malakhov
Milana Vladimirovna Ragulina. Cultural Landscape: An Integral Perspective. (In Russian: Kul’turniy landshaft: integral’niy vzglyad). Ulyanovsk: Zebra, 2015. The book is available for free in Russian at elibary.ru. Eugene Pustoshkin and Alexander Malakhov Milana Vladimirovna Ragulina, PhD in Geographical Sciences, Doktor Geographicheskikh Nauk; leading research scientist at the Laboratory of Resource Management and Political Geography of the V. B. Sochava Institute […]
8/19 – Robin Lincoln Wood. The Trouble with Paradise: A Humorous Enquiry into the Puzzling Human Condition in the 21st Century
Russ Volckmann
Robin Lincoln Wood. The Trouble with Paradise: A Humorous Enquiry into the Puzzling Human Condition in the 21st Century, Foreword by Ken Wilber. Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2014. Russ Volckmann I met Robin Wood about a decade ago. He was in San Francisco to explore and promote his work in Europe, Renaissance 2, an integrally informed […]
8/19 – Otto Laske, Dialectical Thinking for Integral Leaders
Russ Volckmann
Reflections on Otto Laske, Dialectical Thinking for Integral Leaders: A Primer Otto Laske, Dialectical Thinking for Integral Leaders: A Primer. Tucson: Integral Publishers, 2015. Russ Volckmann Full disclosure: I am the publisher of Otto Laske’s newest book, Dialectical Thinking for Integral Leaders: A Primer. As such I must acknowledge that I am part of a […]
6/16 – Paul Gibbs. Transdisciplinary professional learning and practice.
Sue L. T. McGregor
Gibbs, P. (Ed.). (2015). Transdisciplinary professional learning and practice. New York, NY: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-11589-4; eBook ISBN 978-3-319-11590-0 Sue L. T. McGregor This review profiles a recent edited collection about transdisciplinary professional learning and practice. It contains invited contributions, coordinated and edited by Dr. Paul Gibbs (Middlesex University in England). Although I wrote the first chapter, […]
4/7 – Basarab Nicolescu. From modernity to cosmodernity: Science, culture, and spirituality.
Sue L. T. McGregor
Basarab Nicolescu. (2014). From modernity to cosmodernity: Science, culture, and spirituality. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. ISBN 978-1-4384-4963-0 or Kindle version. Sue L T. McGregor I am very familiar with Basarab Nicolescu’s formulation of transdisciplinarity, having been a keen student of his approach for over a decade. I have a deep respect for the brilliance and the quantum nuances of […]
1/15 – The Pulse of Possibility – A Retrospective Review of the Work of Bruce Sanguin
Trevor Malkinson
Trevor Malkinson This new cosmological model called the human being comes equipped with the creative power of a supernova, the radiance of a golden spruce, the resiliency of our bacterial cousins, the determination of a spawning Coho salmon, and the heart-wisdom of Sophia. And in the “fullness of time”, Jesus emerges, a perfect reflection of […]
2/15 – (Re)Joining the Conversation: Commenting on Integral Voices on Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Critical Inquiries
Diana Claire Douglas
Diana Claire Douglas Sarah Nicholson and Vanessa Fisher were inspired to start a conversation within the Integral Community about sex, gender and sexuality. Their edited book Integral Voices is the result, and for many of their authors, just the beginning of that conversation. Invited to review Integral Voices, I was aware that I was dropping […]
9/24 – Barbara Kellerman. Hard Times: Leadership in America
Russ Volckmann
Barbara Kellerman. Hard Times: Leadership in America (Uncorrected page proofs). Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2014. Russ Volckmann In June 2012 we published an interview with Barbara Kellerman, an interview that was prompted by the publication of her important critique of the “leadership industry,” The End of Leadership. (Fresh Perspective: Barbara Kellerman and the Leadership […]
8/15 – Gangadeep Singh and Raghu Ananthanarayanan. Organizational Development and Alignment: The Tensegity Mandala Framework
Russ Volckmann
Gangadeep Singh and Raghu Ananthanarayanan. Organizational Development and Alignment: The Tensegity Mandala Framework. New Delhi: Sage, 2013. Russ Volckmann About fifteen years ago, Prasad Kaipa, Chris Newham and I managed to get a highly innovative article published by the Society for Organizational Learning. A copy of this article can be found at: http://selfcorp.prasadkaipa.com/selfcorpnew/pyramidbuildingapplication.htm. We spent […]
8/15 – Elza S. Maalouf. Emerge! The Rise of Functional Democracy and the Future of the Middle East.
Russ Volckmann
Elza S. Maalouf. Emerge! The Rise of Functional Democracy and the Future of the Middle East. New York: Select Books, 2014. (NOTE: This book has not been released as yet.) Russ Volckmann One of the challenges with Spiral Dynamics integral has not been the clarity of the Gravesian framework, but the fragmentation of information on […]
5/16 – Mark Gilbert, Our Spiritual Evolution: Transcending the Third Dimension
Robert Brzezinski
Mark Gilbert, Our Spiritual Evolution: Transcending the Third Dimension. Conscious Bridge Publishing, 2014. Robert Brzezinski Mark Gilbert creates an easy to follow and comprehend experience of understanding our personal worldview and how that fulfills our mission on the planet. He states his premise quite clearly when he writes, “You and I are on a journey. […]
5/12 – Jeremy Rifkin. The Zero Marginal Cost Society
Bruce Gibb
Jeremy Rifkin. The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014. Bruce Gibb My intention in this review is to show relevance of the book to Spiral Dynamics Integral. In summary, Rifkin uses a similar conceptual framework and his analysis proceeds from a […]
1/22 – Du Plessis, Sehume and Martin. (2013). The Concept and Application of Transdisciplinarity in Intellectual Discourse and Research
Sue L. T. McGregor
Hester Du Plessis, Jeffery Sehume and Leonard Martin. (2013). The Concept and Application of Transdisciplinarity in Intellectual Discourse and Research. Johannesburg, South Africa: Real African Publishers. Sue L.T. McGregor In March 2011, the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) was launched in South Africa, www.mistra.org.za It is an independent research institute (a think tank) that […]
1/20 – Said Dawlabani, MEMEnomics
Laura Frey Horn
Said E. Dawlabani. MEMEnomics: The Next Generation Economic System. New York: Select Books, 2013. Laura Frey Horn In MEMEnomics: The Next Generation Economic System Said Dawlabani presents a holistic approach to understanding the history and future of U.S. economics that goes well beyond money and finances. He embraces a whole systems philosophy that includes developing […]
Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business,
Russ Volckmann
John Mackey and Raj Sisodia, Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, Foreword by Bill George. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2013. Preface This essay/review is primarily US-centric and my irresistible attraction to digging a little deeper into the lives of the authors, as well as exploring their work. I have labeled this section […]
Prasad Kaipa and Navi Radjou. From Smart to Wise: Acting and Leading With Wisdom
Russ Volckmann
Prasad Kaipa and Navi Radjou. From Smart to Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2013. Russ Volckmann In the spirit of full disclosure, the reader should be aware that I have known one of these authors for decades. Not only have we worked together with corporate clients and professional training groups, but […]
Carolyn Kenny and Tina Ngaroimata Fraser (2012). Living Indigenous Leadership: Native Narratives on Building Strong Communities.
Julia Buchanan
Living Indigenous Leadership: Native Narratives on Building Strong Communities: Edited by Carolyn Kenny and Tina Ngaroimata Fraser. Julia Buchanan While pursuing my doctorate, I met a student in a leadership graduate program who was told his understanding of leadership was “incorrect.” When I probed further, I learned that according to him and the teachings of […]
Faisal Hoque. The Power of Convergence: Linking Business Strategies and Technology Decisions to Create Sustainable Success
Felisa Parris
Faisal Hoque, F. The Power of Convergence: Linking Business Strategies and Technology Decisions to Create Sustainable Success. New York: AMA, 2011. Felisa J.Parris Faisal Hoque, a former executive, is the founder and CEO of BTM Corporation. The BTM Corporation specializes in convergence transformative practices and best practices research. In 2008, Hoque was christened “Mr. Convergence” […]
Roger Klev and Morten Levin, Participative Transformation: Learning and Development in Practising Change.
Carlotta Walker
Roger Klev and Morten Levin, Participative Transformation: Learning and Development in Practising Change. England: Gower Publishing Company, 2012 Carlotta S. Walker Introduction Klev and Levin began Participative Transformation by making a clear and concise statement of the intent of their work.  They stated that the aim of their book was to “build a research-supported foundation […]
Toni C. King and S. Alease Ferguson, Black Womanist Leadership
Adeeba Deterville
King, 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 […]
Oliver Robinson, Development through Adulthood
Gerard Bruitzman
Integrative, Vedantin, or Neither Oliver 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 […]
SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual intelligence by Cindy Wigglesworth
Michael McElhenie
Cindy Wigglesworth. SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual intelligence. New York: Select Books, 2012. Michael McElhenie Let’s get one thing straight right from the start. If you scour the planet, I am probably the least objective reviewer of Cindy’s incredible, ground breaking book. I have had the great pleasure of knowing Cindy for over ten […]
The God Problem by Howard Bloom
Keith Bellamy
Howard Bloom. The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2012. Call me old or cantankerous or both if you really must, but there are very few books that I get excited about these days. Gone are the days when I scoured the internet looking for new books that I […]
Depth Economics: A Review of Tomas Sedlacek, Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street
Graham Mummery
Tomas Sedlacek, Economics of Good and Evil. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Graham Mummery If, for a moment, we accept the economic consensus view that growth is the solution to the current economic crisis, one “growth area” we might observe is the crop of books and articles about that same crisis. As the great economist […]
A Review of Barbara Kellerman, The End of Leadership
Richard A. Couto
Kellerman, Barbara. The End of Leadership. (New York: Harper Business). 2012 Richard A. Couto “I think it’s the most important leadership book of the past decade.” With that, the editor handed off Barbara Kellerman’s latest book, The End of Leadership for me to review. I was already positively biased towards Kellerman’s work. She has been […]
Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
Bruce Gibb
Haidt, Jonathan, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. (New York: Pantheon), 2012. Bruce L. Gibb The Righteous Mind is clear, accessible, and interesting. Haidt breaks the “third wall” and relates his own personal journey of developing awareness and understanding. This journey is an engaging way to do the expected […]
The New “Little Red Book”
Russ Volckmann
Russ Volckmann Stephane Hessel and Edgar Morin.s The Path of Hope, foreword by Jeff Madrick. New York: Other Press, 2012. It is an election year in Algeria, Egypt, France, Iran, Italy, the US, Israel, Russia, and elsewhere. Do you think that is a reason for so much interest in integral circles in politics and action? […]
Book Review: Gary Stamper, Awakening the New Masculine: The Path of the Integral Warrior
William Harryman
Is the Mythopoetic Men’s Movement Ready for the Leap to Integral? A Review of Awakening the New Masculine: The Path of the Integral Warrior, by Gary Stamper, Ph.D. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012. William Harryman When I see a new book coming out from someone involved with the integral movement (Stamper co-founded and led the […]
Book Review: A New Economics of Cultural Cross-Fertilization
Christian Arnsperger
A Review Essay on Ronnie Lessem’s and Alexander Schieffer’s Integral Economics (Gower, 2010) Christian Arnsperger The discipline of economics has fallen into a deep crisis, just as humanity is scrambling for a new – and, for the first time perhaps, completely global – worldview that will allow it to address the immense challenges of economic […]
Book Review: Misleadership
Paul Roscorla
Paul Roscorla John Rayment and Jonathan Smith: Misleadership: Prevalence, Causes & Consequences.  Farnham, Surrey, UK: Gower, 2011. This book has an intriguing title and therefore considerable potential to be thought provoking.  There is a good idea here that the authors, who are business academics and business consultants, have been commissioned to explore.  Whether or not […]
Book Review: Buffalo Maps
Nicholas Shannon
Nick Obolensky. Complex Adaptive Leadership. Farnham, Surrey, England: Gower, 2010 Nick Shannon In one of the appendices to this book, the author tells a story about Cheyenne Indian tribes whose initiation rights for young men included sending them out on a hunt for buffalos. Invariably such hunts were initially unsuccessful. Returning empty handed, initiates would […]
Book Review: Integral Psychotherapy and With a Commentary on Ken Wilber’s AQAL and Types
John Rowan
John Rowan Mark D Forman. A Guide to Integral Psychotherapy: Complexity, Integration and Spirituality in Practice. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2010. R. Elliott Ingersoll & David M Zeitler. Integral Psychotherapy: Inside Out. Outside In. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2010.         Two books on the same subject, from the same publisher, in the […]
Book Review: Learning to Inspire
Russ Volckmann
  John Marshall Roberts. Igniting Inspiration: A Persuasion Manual for Visionaries. Transformational Design, 2008. One of the challenges people steeped in theory and ideas have is learning to successfully communicate with those who hold different theories or ideas. Another is to communicate with those who don’t give a fig for either theories or ideas  different […]
Book Review: True North Together
Russ Volckmann
  Bill George and Doug Baker. True North Groups: A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development. San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.. 2011. During the last year I have been in a process of interviewing CEOs and entrepreneurs, We have talked a lot about their development as individuals that prepared them to be effective in […]
Book Review: Innovative Leadership
James L. Ritchie-Dunham
  Maureen Metcalf & Mark Palmer. . Innovative Leadership Fieldbook. Tucson, AZ: Integral Publishers. James L. Ritchie-Dunham What is interesting about this book?  One of my favorite papers on “interesting” suggests that showing what seems to be complicated and disparate is actually straightforward and connected is interesting (Davis, 1971).  The world of leadership development is […]
Book Review: Working for Good
Russ Volckmann
  Jeff Klein. Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living. Boulder CO: Sounds True, 2009. Russ Volckmann Not so long ago when I thought of what kind of training would best develop individuals for leader roles, I looked to people like Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner or institutions like The Center for […]
2010 Integral Leadership Review Book Awards
Russ Volckmann
It took a long time to decide on the awards this year. Well, we could have done it sooner, but we didn’t. Part of the challenge was choosing between two outstanding books. If you are interested in integral, interested in leading and leadership in organizations, interested in reading about these things, these two – yes, […]
Book Review: The Postconventional Personality: Assessing, Researching, and Theorizing Higher Development
Glen Rogers
Book Review: The Postconventional Personality: Assessing, Researching, and Theorizing Higher Development Angela Pfaffenberger, Paul Marko, and Allan Combs (Editors). The Postconventional Personality: Assessing, Researching, and Theorizing Higher Development. Albany, New York State University Press, 2011. Glen Rogers Religion is poetry that we believe in – Santayana This edited book on the farthest reaches of adult holistic development […]
Book Review: Dialogical Self Theory: Positioning and Counter-positioning in Globalizing Society
John Rowan
Hubert Hermans & Agnieszka Hermans-Konopka (2010)/ Dialogical Self Theory: Positioning and Counter-positioning in Globalizing Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. John Rowan This is a brilliant book which would be of interest to Integral people for three reasons: although it does not have a concept of levels, it does range over all four quadrants of the […]
Book Review: The Vertical Dimension. Blueprint to Align Business and Talent Development
Nicholas Shannon
Elliot Jaques Revisited Jan De Visch, The Vertical Dimension. Blueprint to Align Business and Talent Development (Connect & Transform Press, 2010) ISBN 978-94-9069-538-5. Available from http://www.connecttransform.be/ Nick Shannon At first sight this is not a book about leaders or leadership. It is a book about organizational development setting out a theory of the thinking and […]
Book Review: Bald Ambition: A Critique of Ken Wilber’s Theory of Everything
Russ Volckmann
Book Review: La Voie. Pour l’avenir de l’humanité
Michel Nguyen The
This Way, Please! Review of Edgar Morin’s, La Voie. Pour l’avenir de l’humanité Michel Nguyen The   In his last book and essay La Voie (The Way, January 2011), Edgar Morin shows us the way, for the future of humanity (as suggested by the subtitle).  He makes it clear that he is talking about the […]
Book Review: Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?
Ron Cacioppe
Robert Goffee and Gareth Jones, Why Should Anyone Be Led by You? What It Takes to Be an Authentic Leader Ron Cacioppe Many companies are managed not by leaders, but by role players and boring bureaucrats. But what does it take to be a real leader—one who is confident in who she is and what […]
Book Review: Spirituality and Business: Exploring Possibilities for a New Management Paradigm
Brian Van der Horst
Sharda S. Nandram and Margot Esther Borden, Editors. Spirituality and Business: Exploring Possibilities for a New Management Paradigm. Berlin: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg Publishers, 2010 Brian Van der Horst Writing about spirituality and business has always seemed to me about as easy as nailing Jello to a wall. However, the editor/authors of this book have done […]
Book Review: Naturally Selected: The Evolutionary Science of Leadership
Bruce Gibb
Naturally Selected: The Evolutionary Science of Leadership by Mark van Vugt and Anjana Ahuja (New York: HarperCollins), 2011. Bruce Gibb The authors purport to present a “brand new theory of leadership, grounded in evolutionary science” which they dub the “Evolutionary Theory of Leadership” or ELT. They accept what they call the textbook definition of a […]
Book Review: Child Man—The Selfless Narcissist
Arundhati Ghosh
Child Man—The Selfless Narcissist by Ashok Malhotra Arundhati Ghosh Ashok Malhotra, graduated in Philosophy before doing a post graduation in Management. His career comprises a stint in teaching at the  Administrative Staff College, leading the HR function in Indian as well as Multinational companies. He is now a management consultant who has over two decades […]
Book Review
Bruce Gibb
Book Review The Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin Bruce L. Gibb Jeremy Rifkin. The Empathic Civilization. New York: Penguin, 2009. If you are a spiralcrat, you are going to love Jeremy Rifkin’s book, a wonderful compilation of historical, psychological, and sociological stories chronicling the human journey through the vMemes of the Spiral. One might conclude […]
Review
Lucas Commons-Miller
Review Michael Horace Barnes, Stages of Thought Science and Religion through History As Seen through the Lens of Stage by Lucas Alexander Haley Commons-Miller Michael Horace Barnes. Stages of Thought: The Co-Evolution of Religious Thought and Science. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. In Stages of Thought, Michael Horace Barnes explains how societies have evolved […]
Book Review
Russ Volckmann
Mark G. Edwards. Organisational Transformation for Sustainability: An Integral Metatheory. New York: Routledge, 2010. by Russ Volckmann About The Book Bill Torbert, interviewed in this issue of Integral Leadership Review, wrote the foreword. There he wrote, “Once every generation or so, a field-defining scholarly statement appears. Mark Edwards’s metatheory for organizational transformation is such a […]
Review
John M. Bunzl
Michael Stron’s Be the Solution – How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems by John Bunzl As the title suggests, Be the Solution argues that our planetary crisis can be solved through the flowering of responsible entrepreneurship along with a stakeholder approach to business known as Conscious Capitalism. “Focused entirely on […]
Reveiw
Russ Volckmann
Raul Quinones Rosado Consciousness-in-Action: Toward an Integral Psychology of Liberation & Transformation Caguas, Puerto Rico: Ile Publications, 2007 by Russ Volckmann Have you ever been to an integral event? Workshops near Boulder, Colorado? Or ILP sessions in San Francisco or New York? Or Integral Leadership in Action in Texas? Or the Integral Theory Conference in […]
Book Review
Bernardo A. Merizalde
Measuring Hidden Dimensions of Human Systems: “Foundations of Requisite Organization”, Vol. 2, Otto Laske, (2009) Interdevelopmental Institute Press, Medford, MA, USA by Bernardo A Merizalde In Volume 2 of his series, Measuring Hidden Dimensions of Human Systems: Foundations of Requisite Organization, Otto Laske presents the second, but not less important, strand of his Constructive Developmental […]
Review
Russ Volckmann
Monologism and Dialogism in Sense-Making and Meaning Making Per Linell, Rethinking Language, Mind, and World Dialogically. Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2009 Russ Volckmann Recently I have been musing a bit about language and meaning making. This has included exploring Otto Laske’s notions of dialectical thinking and the mindset that goes with it, […]
Book Reiview
Keith Bellamy
Howard Bloom’s The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Revision of Capitalism New York: Prometheus Books, 2009 by Keith Bellamy Recently, the thought of reading yet another Integral Theory book, or even an integrally informed book, has filled me with a sense of dread. Sadly, many of the books being published in this genre are, […]
Review
Antonio Marturano
A Holistic View for Responsible Leaders Review of Peter Merry, Evolutionary Leadership Pacific Grove: Integral Publishers, 2009 by Antonio Marturano Britisher Peter Merry calls himself a synnervator (from “Syn-“ to interconnect, and “-nervate” to vitalise) who spent much of his life moving around, living in Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ghana, and currently he is in […]
Book Review: High-Altitude Leadership: What the World’s Most Forbidding Peaks Teach Us About Success
Regina Schulte-Ladbeck
Leadership Lessons from the Death Zone A Review of Chris Warner and Don Schmincke’s High-Altitude Leadership: What the World’s Most Forbidding Peaks Teach Us About Success, Jossey-Bass, 2008 Regina Schulte-Ladbeck Climbing mountains is not a sport; it is a lifestyle. I am convinced of this because I am a rock climber myself. The peaks I […]
Book Review: Salmon of Knowledge
Keith Bellamy
Nick Owen’s Salmon of Knowledge All it takes are six little words to catch and hold an individual’s attention. “Let me tell you a story.” No matter our age, from infant to nonagenarian, the thought of hearing or telling a story acts at the deepest level of our neural structures and prepares us for a […]
Book Reviews: Immunity to Change
Andrew D. Atwood
Review: How We Get Stuck, and How We Get Unstuck: A Review and Muse A Review of Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey’s Immunity to Change, Boston: Harvard Business Press, 2009 You will be glad to realize that you already know exactly when to apply the “learning platform” that Kegan and Lahey have presented in […]
Book Review: Measuring Hidden Dimensions of Human Systems
Sara Nora Ross
Step into the Service and Challenge of Dialectical Thinking: A Brief Review of Otto Laske’s Manual of Dialectical Thought Forms How we think. For many people, this may be a mysterious black box to consider. Most of the time, most of us are so busy thinking what we think that we are not observing how […]
Book Review: Putting our Differences to Work
Russ Volckmann
Differences, Diversity and Development: A Review and Exploration An Extended Review of Debbe Kennedy’s Putting our Differences to Work Russ Volckmann Debbe Kennedy has produced a remarkable book, Putting Our Differences to Work, in which she provides a convincing case for the importance of differences at work for fostering innovation. She also offers a framework for […]
Book Review: The Quest Effect
Gayle Young
Review of Randall Benson’s The Quest Effect Benson, Randall (2009). The Quest Effect: Mastering Breakthrough in Your Organization. Who is the hero, that more-than-life-sized figure of myth and history and fairy tale; the conqueror of evil, the liberator, the rescuer of the oppressed? How terrible to think of not being the hero of one’s own life; […]
Book Review: Transdisciplinary Horizons
Russ Volckmann
Lest you are concerned that this may be another academic treatise and of little practical value, please consider this: How we make meaning in the world governs all of our choices and influences our actions. The reason that work in fields such as integral and transdisciplinarity is so important is that they offer far more […]
Book Review: Obama, Leadership and Hierarchical Complexity
Russ Volckmann
A Review of Don Dunoon, In the Leadership Mode. Vancouver, Canada: Trafford Publishers, 2008. And a nod to Sara Nora Ross, “Fractal Transition Steps To Fractal Stages: The Dynamics of Evolution, II,” World Futures, Vol. 64 Nos. 05–07 (2008); and “Perspectives On Troubled Interactions: What Happened When A Small Group Began To Address Its Community’s Adversarial Political […]
Book Review: An Integrative Approach to Leader Development
Laura Santana
David Day, Michelle Harrison, and Stanley Halpin. An Integrative Approach to Leader Development: Connecting Adult Development, Identity, and Expertise. New York: Taylor & Frances Group, Routledge (2009). Mindful of the fragmented approaches to developing leaders and leadership, these authors have thoughtfully integrated fields of inquiry (cognitive, social, organizational, developmental and organizational psychology, identity theory, competency/behavior) in […]
Book Review: Evolving in the City A Review and Interview with Integral City Author Dr. Marilyn Hamilton
Jordan MacLeod
Marilyn Hamilton (2008). Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive. Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society Publishers. About Integral City Integral City describes the city as if it were a whole system, the human equivalent of the bee hive. It proposes an integral meta-framework to reframe cities as resilient, vibrant human habitats. In the context of […]
Book Review: Unmasking the Myths of “Emergence” and “Self Organization”
Sara Nora Ross
Kalman’s Kosmos Matthew Kalman is on paternity leave. We look forward to his return to Integral Leadership Review soon. In the meanwhile, we will offer the opportunity to review books (and other documents) to those with a capacityto “go deep.” Sara Nora Ross is one of those people. Additional comments about the book in which […]
Book Review: The Transpersonal in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling
Matthew Kalman
Andrew Shorrock. The Transpersonal in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling. Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. Andrew Shorrock offers us a brief—somewhat over 200 pages—yet informative canter through the highways and byways of transpersonal psychology, Ken Wilber’s intellectual home until he launched his own ‘Integral’ movement in the mid- to late-90s (though Ken backdates his actual exit from […]
Feature Article: The Nature of Transpersonal Leadership: Building Potentiating Relationships
Mark McCaslin
The gift we hold within is for the others we meet without. Introduction This much I know to be true, the easiest way to cripple a person for life is to make them blind to their greatest potentials. And regrettably, the easiest way to become this crippling force is to neglect your own emerging potential. […]
Steve McIntosh Responds to Kalman’s Critiques
Steve McIntosh
The last issue of Integral Leadership Review contained a review of my book, Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution, by Matthew Kalman. Although Mr. Kalman had a variety of complimentary things to say about my work, towards the end of the review he became quite negative and even cynical. Interestingly, I expected that my entry […]
Book Review: Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution: How the Integral Worldview is Transforming Politics, Culture and Spirituality
Matthew Kalman
Kalman’s Kosmos Steve McIntosh, Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution: How the Integral Worldview is Transforming Politics, Culture and Spirituality. St. Paul, MN, US A: Paragon House, 2007). This is a book some of your integral friends will probably already be reading. It aims to be both fully ‘Integral’, yet not Wilber-centric—indeed it even offers a critique […]
Book Review:Evolutionary Leadership
Helen Titchen Beeth
“ I am the universe writing about itself. You are the universe reading about itself. ” Russ Volckmann’s request that I review Peter Merry’s Evolutionary Leadership has been a personal gift to me. It is rare to come across writing that seems interwoven with one’s own heartstrings and core concerns. As far as I am concerned, this […]
Book Review: Theory U: Leading From the Future as it Emerges—The Social Technology of Presencing
Matthew Kalman
C. Otto Scharmer, Theory U: Leading From the Future as it Emerges—The Social Technology of Presencing. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Society for Organizational Learning, 2007, xxiv, 533 pages. Scharmer’s book on the ‘U process’ comes across as part theory, part manifesto for social change and part personal odyssey. And the new ‘social leadership technology’ he offers also comes […]
Book Review: Organization Design, Levels of Work & Human Capability – Executive Guide
Matthew Kalman
Ken Shepard (Series Editor), Jerry L.Gray, James G. (Jerry) Hunt and Sarah McArthur (Editors), and E. Forrest Christian (Writing Consultant), Organization Design, Levels of Work & Human Capability – Executive Guide. (Ontario: Global Organization Design Society, 2007) To say that Elliott Jaques’s 50 years of organisational and leadership/management research and practice is ‘controversial’ is an understatement. His […]
Book Review: The Central Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself
Matthew Kalman
Lawrence E. Harrison. The Central Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006, 272 pages) This is a great read if you’re interested in the role culture can play in enabling—or slowing—human development, along with how leaders can work to promote progressive cultural changes in […]
Book Review: Measuring Hidden Dimensions – The Art and Science of Fully Engaging Adults
Matthew Kalman
Otto Laske. Measuring Hidden Dimensions – The Art and Science of Fully Engaging Adults. Medford, M A:Interdevelomental Institute Press, 2006. This feels like a book of conside power, focus, honesty and splendour – and it’s also not for the faint-hearted. It’s tempting to say, simply, that you will want to buy this book if you have any wish […]
Book Review: Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values
Matthew Kalman
Kalman’s Kosmos Fred Kofman, Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values. Boulder, Colorado, US A: Sounds True, 2006. I knew precious little about Fred Kofman’s work before reading his new book, Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values. But I was impressed by what I did know: he was a colleague of management guru Peter Senge at […]
Book Review: Building a Values-Driven Organization: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation
Matthew Kalman
Kalman’s Kosmos Richard Barrett (2006). Building a Values-Driven Organization: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation. London: Butterworth Heinemann, Elsevier. When I read on Don Beck’s Spiral Dynamics Integral e-list that ” HearthStone Homes is one of the few companies that has instituted an Integral culture in the workplace” my ears pricked up. Has this Omaha-based home […]
Book Review: Clearings in the Forest: On the Study of Leadership
Russ Volckmann
Summary Nathan Harter, Clearings in the Forest: On the Study of Leadership. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press. Books on the study of leadership, rather than advice to those who want to be leaders, are rare. To find one that is aware of the multiple aspects of the study and practice of leadership is also rare. […]
Book Review: More Magic of Metaphor: Stories for Leaders, Influencers and Motivators
Russ Volckmann
Summary Nick Owen. (2004). More Magic of Metaphor: Stories for Leaders, Influencers and Motivators. Carmarthen, Wales, UK: Crown House Publishing Ltd. Owen’s first volume, the Magic of Metaphor includes 77 stories for teachers, trainers and thinkers. It is in its sixth printing and has been published in five languages. I must confess, despite my life’s experience […]
Book Review: Mark Edwards
Russ Volckmann
Mark Edwards: At it Again…and Again,,, and Again… “On Being Critical” and Parallel Theories of an AQAL Approach to Relationality: Three Conversations with Ken Wilber The last couple of months have seen further evidence of the value that Mark Edwards brings to integral communities and the development of integral theory. To his credit Ken Wilber […]
Summary: Mark Edwards, Another Way of Putting It, My particular take on the four quadrants, holons and suchlike
Russ Volckmann
Edwards wrote this paper to provide a brief, clear guide to key points he makes in an extended presentation also available at Frank Visser’s web site It seems a number of individuals have approached him to explore this work, but not sustained contact. I have to confess that I am probably one of the poor […]
Summary
Russ Volckmann
Journal of Organizational Change Management: Integrally informed approaches to organizational transformation, Nancy E. Landrum and Jim Paul, eds., 18, 3, 2005. There is no way I can do justice to the material in this publication. Therefore, I will highlight a couple of interesting pieces related to Integral Leadership. Here is the articles included in this […]
Summary of Rost’s Leadership Development Proposals (1993)
Russ Volckmann
The material that follows suggests some considerations for Integral Leadership development. Some of the ideas are immediately actionable, others may take a while. Rost distinguishes between leader development and leadership development: Leader development promotes the “Lone Ranger” or “John Wayne” view of leadership, variants on the great man/woman theory of leadership that has regained a […]
Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership
Russ Volckmann
Offers a powerful method that leaders in organizations of all types can use to increase the timeliness and effectiveness of their actions. Provides numerous real-world examples of action inquiry in action Includes exercises individuals and organizations can use to begin practicing action inquiry “A book for managers and students of management who are serious about […]
Summary
Russ Volckmann
Daryl S. Paulson, Ph.D., Competitive Business, Caring Busining. New York: Paraview Press, 2002. (with a Forward by Ken Wilber) Let’s address the Forward first: Ken Wilber points out that this is one of the first integrated approaches to business to be published. “It is fresh, provocative, and daring. Although I do not necessarily agree with all […]
Poetry Gallery
2/15 – 1. The Mother
Tim Merry
Tim Merry Yes to the reminder that we are just part of the universe One verse In a song So long It does not belong To Anyone Or any part Though it rests in every heart In its wholeness The caress Of the winds and rains of Pele Left me Deeply touched, moved New grooves […]
2/15 – 4. Switch it on
Tim Merry
Tim Merry Stepping up to voice My choice To let it go The flow Is beyond control So when you fall Roll Then rise Open your eyes See the fresh horizon Great eastern sun risin’ Resplendent Transcendent Heaven sent An extension To the new dimension The fourth perspective Reflective Of the so far unseen Subtle […]
2/15 – 3. Superman
Tim Merry
Tim Merry This is about the cravin’ for savin’ Wanting to control the rampant misbehavin’ Breaking the shackles of all the enslavin’ Break it down Gather round Cause we messin’ up the earth Tearing up the turf The place is our birth Right Someone turn on the light Cause we all fightin’ In the dark […]
2/15 – 2. Human Family Tree
Tim Merry
Tim Merry I’m tired Of hearing how beings are wired For self – destruction The media barrage Creating a collage Of war Environmental collapse by human cause War on terror The evening news documenting constant human error Reporting the social fabric unwinding Blinding Us to our innate State Of being fine I believe every human […]
1/15 – 2. What’s It Gonna Take to Stay Awake?
Tim Merry
Tim Merry “we wakin’” up all the time I’m wakin’ up as I sit here and rhyme, when i get lost in the flow of a river feel a cold shiver notice the clouds gather on a stormy day feel sadness as one I love passes away see a huge vista from a mountain top […]
1/15 – 4. Build the Arks (King Kong Song)
Tim Merry
Tim Merry I just read about the coming of the ice age Earth’s rage The mighty mother, the sage,  Turning another page Of evolution A natural solution The vibration Of creation Melting ice caps into the gulf stream flows The European heating system blows Beyond repair My mother, father, sister, brother live there Stop, bear […]
1/15 – 3. Thank You
Tim Merry
Tim Merry I feel that our divisions point to our unity The pieces that we uniquely Most search for in our lives Are our path Each of us seeking that which will heal us Bring us back into wholeness And that is different for everyone Under the moon and the sun That is why it […]
1/15 – 1. Forgotten Places
Tim Merry
Tim Merry Finding my feet And already meeting The slowness of this soil This land Which so much has passed over A Blessing No messin’ A Blessing To have been bypassed By the viral Rampage Swallowing up my homelands My Childhood lands Which are wallowing in quicksands Wild-life dissappearing Wilderness becoming parks Peoples wild side […]
Announcements
4/28 – Human Science Institute Conference – Call for Presentations September 8-10, 2016
Human Science Institute
Compassion, Connection and Response-Ability Salt Lake City, Utah http://humanscienceinstitute.org   Today’s social and environmental challenges call all of us to engage in creating a more humane and ecologically sustainable future. But, when the media is tuned to the hyperbole of catastrophe in all areas of our lives – security and safety, economic collapse, ecological disaster […]
11/30 – MetaIntegral announces the 2016 grant finalists!!
Dear MetaIntegral Community, The moment many of you have been waiting for… The announcement of our next round of grant finalists. But first, let me just say a few words about the process.  We received a wide range of amazing proposals (24 to be exact) led by some incredible integral thinkers. As part of our selection process, […]
8/19 – International Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies
23rd CEEMAN Annual Conference Almaty, Kazakhstan 23-26 Sep 2015 This International Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies conference  will be attended by at least 150 participants from 35 countries – deans and directors of business schools and universities, corporate partners, and international publishers. The topic of the 2015 conference is Localization vs. Globalization of […]
8/19 – International Leadership Association, Barcelona
International Leadership Association to Explore Leading Across Borders and Generations at 17th Annual Global Conference Barcelona, Spain October 14-17, 2015 The International Leadership Association, the global network for all those with a professional interest in leadership, will be holding its 2015 annual global conference in Barcelona, Spain. Taking place October 14-17, ILA 2015 will bring […]
8/19 – Women Impacting Healthcare, Minneapolis
 Women Impacting Healthcare – Broadening Our Leadership November 6, 2015 Minneapolis, MN The University of Minnesota’s 4th annual full-day Women Impacting Healthcare conference, Broadening Our Leadership, is designed for women professionals in healthcare and offers unique lessons and learning opportunities for high-performing leaders. The day’s sessions will focus around diverse communities, global initiatives, and international […]
8/19 – APROS/EGOS Conference, Sydney “Spaces, Constraints, Creativities: Organization and Disorganization”
APROS/EGOS Conference “Spaces, Constraints, Creativities: Organization and Disorganization” Sydney, Australia December 9–11, 2015 Hosted by CMOS (Centre for Management and Organisation Studies) UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney in collaboration with APROS (Asia Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies and EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies). For additional information, go here.
8/19 – New Directions – International Studying Leadership Conference
New Directions in Leadership Studies: Exploring the Critical Turn Lancaster University 13th–15th December 2015 In 2015 the International Studying Leadership Conference returns to Lancaster University Management School. Having hosted the Conference in 2003 and 2005, as well as having launched the Leadership journal in 2005, Lancaster provides an ideal setting for debates and discussions about […]
8/19 – The Drucker Forum 2015, Vienna
GLOBAL DRUCKER FORUM 5 – 6 NOV 2O15 Vienna, Austria The Drucker Forum 2015 touches a key theme of our time: it will look at the technology revolution – with Robotics, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, and The Internet of Things – through the lens of humanity. This leads into fundamental questions to be […]
8/19 – British Academy of Management Conference
All delegates wishing to attend the British Academy of Management Conference will need to be a BAM member. So you will need to pay the membership and the Conference fee. The fee covers delegate’s lunches and refreshments for the duration of the conference. There is also a Gala Dinner which is held on Wednesday 09th […]
8/19 – Integral European Conference – IEC 2016
Dennis Wittrock
Dennis Wittrock has sent out the following appeal: Get behind IEC 2016 – support the team! For the 2nd Integral European Conference in 2016 I ask for your help – the help of the integral community. We need to raise funds to finance the work of our core team members for the coming 9 months. […]
6/16 – ITC 2015: Get Ready for Four Days and Three Nights of Integral Living in California Wine Country
Jordan Luftig
Jordan Luftig With one month before the fourth Integral Theory Conference gets underway, I have to say that the public’s perception of ITC 2015 probably falls short of the amazing reality we have in store for conference participants. We don’t have the requisite marketing and social media muscle at MetaIntegral Foundation, or through our new […]
4/7 – International Leadership Association
The Pursuit of Leadership Symposium: Remembering James MacGregor Burns 2-Day Symposium with George Washington’s Mount Vernon April 9 – 10, 2015 | Fred W. Smith National Lib. for the Study of George Washington | Mt. Vernon, VA, USA Home  •  Registration  •  Program  •  Accommodations  Will You Be the Next Editor of Building Leadership Bridges? The ILA is currently seeking a lead […]
4/7 – The Third Act Conference with Charles Handy and Edward Kelly
Royal College of Physicians, 6 Kildare Street, D2 | 22 April | 9am to 1pm The Third Act refers to the final third of our lives, something that has been fundamentally changed by human longevity. We are now living 30 years longer than our great-grandparents. What was old age for them is now middle age […]
4/7 – Team Coaching from an Adult-Developmental Perspective
The Otto Laske Interdevelopmental Institute (IDM) is the world-renowned teaching and research center for adult development based on the Constructive Developmental Framework (CDF). April 29, 2015 1PM ET – 6 x 1h, weekly, with time slots for independent cohort work $625.00 In this course, team leaders and team coaches acquire new competences pertaining to working […]
4/7 – Welcome to the 2015 Integral Theory Conference! Early bird til 4/13!!
2015 Integral Theory Conference Half- and full-day pre-conference workshops: July 16, 2015 (Registration for workshops opens soon!) Main conference starts Thursday, July 16 at 6 pm and ends Sunday, July 19 at 3:30 pm Post-conference workshop: July 20, 2015 (no charge) ITC 2015, the world’s largest academic conference devoted to the field of Integral Theory […]
Association for Leadership Educators
Call for Papers The Association of Leadership Educators (ALE) invites you to join us at our 25th annual professional conference in Washington, D.C. July 12-15, 2015. This year’s conference theme, “The Courage to Lead” celebrates the courage that our founding members had to create this organization, as well as the courage that those who teach, […]
8/21, 9/6 – United States, United Kingdom
Placing Announcements Not for profit organizations may send announcements to, and get additional information from, Mark@integralleadershipreview.com for posting in Integral Leadership Review. We have three issues with a total of about eight releases a year. Posting announcements is free for not for profit organizations. For profit announcements can be placed as ads on the Welcome […]
4/1, 4/14—Coming Events
If you would like your announcements to appear in The Integral Leadership Review, send brief copy and general contact information to Mark McCaslin: potentiatingarts@gmail.com. International Leadership Association Call for Chapters Leadership 2050: Contextualizing Global Leadership Processes for the Future   The 2015 Volume in the ILA Building Leadership Bridges (BLB) Series Call for Chapter Proposals […]
Coming Soon!
Danah Zohar, “SQ and Quantum Leadership” Oxford, UK, February 16-21 (http://danahzohar.com/www2/?page_id=142 ) WHAT the Course Covers: teaching, dialogue, exercises, and course materials to guide participants in enhancing their own and their clients’ vision, values, motivations, sense of purpose and vocation, adding value to their personal lives and enabling them to become high SQ and Quantum […]
08/26 – MiniTrends 2013
MiniTrends 2013: The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility Conference October 2-3, 2013, Holiday Inn Town Lake, Austin, TX For 20% off registration fee, use Discount Code ILR2013 (Code goes just above large, green Eventbrite “Register” button.) (Government/Academic/Student rates available) Minitrends—emerging trends that will soon become important but not yet widely recognized–offer attractive business opportunities […]
08/15 – Forthcoming Events: CHE, ILiA
Notice: If you want your conference or other event included in ILR Announcements, send a request through Contact Us on the ILR Welcome Page. Announcements will be deleted as the event dates occur. _____________________________________________________ The 3rd Coast Center for Human Emergence Presents INAUGURAL WEEK with SPIRAL DYNAMICS and MEMENOMICS TRAINING HOUSTON, TEXAS, 9/20-24 Dr. Don […]
Announcements
Let nearly 3000 subscribers to Integral Leadership Review know about your conference or other events sponsored by not-for-profit organizations. Send a brief announcement to russ@integralleadershipreview.com We will no longer be publishing announcements without submissions from organizers. –––––––––––––––––––– 28th Annual Symposium for the
 Society for Research in Adult Development June 21=234, 2013 The Symposium will focus […]
Announcements: Arizona, California, Colorado, Czech Republic, Peru, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa,Spain, United Kingdom
Russ Volckmann
  The New National Collegiate Leadership Association! The National Collegiate Leadership Association is an organization for any college student interested in leadership development. Membership benefits include: Monthly webinars focused on particular leadership topics Monthly Leaders Live! sessions with community leaders Access to an ePortfolio Online topical discussions Best practices sharing Discounted rate for the National […]
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Russ Volckmann
‘Good Leadership for All’ Day Tuesday, 25 October 2011 in London http://bit.ly/GLfADay25Oct2011 Good Leadership for All – A Fundamental Need of Global Citizens Good leadership is much needed around the world, not only at governmental levels and in business organisations, but also in all other contexts, cultures, and at all societal levels. Indeed, good leadership […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
Not for profit organizations are encouraged to provide brief announcements about events, conferences, workshops, meetings, publications and the like that are being held anywhere in the world. A logo or graphic many accompany each announcement. Please draft the material to be included. Keep verbiage to a minimum, but convey the important information about your activity. […]
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Russ Volckmann
The Center for Human Emergence Netherlands Fifth annual Spiral Dynamics integral EuroConFab, April 8 -10, 2011 Almere, The Netherlands Register at http://www.schoolofsynnervation.nl/en/news_201012_Confab.php The purpose is to create an internationally shared field of best practices of emergence and evolutionary change. Share  and discuss your findings and challenges as a SDi practitioner We invite you to put […]
Transforming Leadership Workshop
Brett Thomas
Join Bill Torbert or David Rooke for a three-day workshop that trains coaches, consultants, business persons, and academics in the Leadership Development Framework featured in Harvard Business Review (“Seven Transformations of Leadership”–April 2005) and the book Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership (2004). This workshop authorizes participants to commission and debrief the […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Integral Leadership Review Website Overhaul As you no doubt have noticed, we are in the process of overhauling Integral Leadership Review, and creating a website that can accommodate new interactive Web 2.0 technologies. Eventually, all of the material from the original site will be brought into the new site and be indexed and searchable via […]
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Russ Volckmann
Announcements related to Not-for-Profit conferences, programs and publications will be included if submitted toruss@integraleadershipreview.com within one week of publication in each issue. See Submission Guidelines for publication dates. Announcements of For-Profit programs and publications will be treated as promotions and advertising. Rates for this can be negotiated by contactingruss@integraleadershipreview.com. ^––––––– ^ Integral Review Integral Review 5 published […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
Do you have an event or activity that you would like the readers of Integral Leadership Review to learn about? If you are a not for profit organization, send your announcement far enough in advance to make it into an issue that is timely for your event or activity. Announcing the 2nd International Worldly Leadership […]
3000th Subscriber to Integral Leadership Review
Russ Volckmann
Freddie Northern 3000th Subscriber to Integral Leadership Review We don’t know much about Freddie (other than his amazing good taste in reading material), but here he is, Freddie Northern, the 3000th subscriber to Integral Leadership Review. Thank you, Freddie! Our way of saying thanks was to send him this special edition Integral Leadership Review mug. […]
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Russ Volckmann
Integral Review Special Issue on Integral Politics, edited by Sara Ross Available Now: http://integral-review.org/current_issue/politics-issue_index.asp   Meaning Conference 2010 The International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) is pleased to announce the 6th Biennial International Meaning Conference to be held August 5-8, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. The main conference theme this year is: Creating a psychologically healthy […]
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Russ Volckmann
Society for Research in Adult Development 25th Annual Adult Development Symposium March 9-10, 2010 ~ In Philadelphia Sofitel Hotel 120 South 17th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 Hotel Website Symposium Fees Professional $60 ($75 at the door) Student $35 ($40 at the door) Register for the Adult Development Symposium online: http://adultdevelopment.org/register_now.html Alternatively, you may register by […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
Spirals over the Rockies – Register Now! Boulder, Colorado, USA November 9-15, 2009 SPIRAL DYNAMICS IN ACTION Dr. Don Beck and The Spiral Dynamics Group warmly invite you to participate in a week of dynamic and engaging learning in beautiful Boulder. We offer these certification courses: * SDi Level One Foundations: November 9-11, 2009 * […]
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Russ Volckmann
State of the World Forum We want to inform you that the upcoming State of the World Forum has been rescheduled from November 12-14, 2009 to February 28 – March 3, 2010. This has come about due to the extraordinary success of our endeavors and the fact that what was originally an intent to convene a […]
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Russ Volckmann
Integral Theory Conference 2010 John F. Kennedy University Concord, California As part of its overall mission to promote mixed methods academic inquiry, the Integral Research Center hosts an Integral Research track at the biennial conference on Integral Theory. Please direct all conference inquiries to ITC@jfku.edu. Please include an email subject clearly addressing the nature of […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
Peter Merry, Evolutionary Leadership Order now! 20% off advance copy if ordered by April 15, 2009. ^––––––– ^ ALIA Institute Authentic Leadership Programs Join Bill Torbert and an inspired community of thought-leaders at the Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Institute programs. ALIA Institute offers a uniquely dynamic and integrative model of leadership development that includes […]
Announcements: 2009 Readers’ Choice Award
Russ Volckmann
What have you read related to Integral Leadership in 2008 that you think is outstanding? It is time once again to submit nominations for the Integral Leadership Review’s Readers’ Choice Award It can be a book, an essay, an article in any publication! Send your nominations to russ@integralleadershipreview.com 2007 winners:   Bill Joiner and Steve Josephs […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
European Conference on Developmental Psychology ECDP will be held in Vilnius,Lithuania, August 18th to 22nd, 2009,with pre-Conference workshops focused on recent methodological advances on August 17th and 18th. Abstracts for presentations must be submitted by December 15th, 2008. Notifications of acceptance will be received by March 15, 2009. Reviewers on the Scientific Committee will be […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
Integral Theory Conference Follow-up Conference Recording Purchase the MP3 Recordings of ALL conference presentations, panels and keynote presentations (over 100 hrs of leading edge integral content!). $149. Product will ship in mid-September (allow up to 4 weeks for delivery). http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=151100. JFK University Masters in Integral Theory Fall 2008 Cohort of Online Certificate and Masters in Integral […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
First Biennial Integral Theory Conference, Concord, California, USA – SOLD OUT!!! The European membership of the European Society for Research in Adult Development Spiral Dynamics integralTrain-the-Trainer Auditions, British Columbia, Canada, October 2008 Australia, Integral Training & Development Programs Launch VI Integral Conference in Spain, 17th and 18th of October, 2008 Center for Integrative Leadership, University of […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
Integral Leadership in Action 2008 Event is ON! Save the Dates!! In partnership with the Boulder Center for Integral Living (http://bcil.gaia.com) in Boulder,Colorado! The 3rd Integral Leadership in Action Conference 2008 ILIA Collaborative: Leading from Goodness, Truth, and Beauty   Main Event: Thursday Eve October 9 through Sunday October 12 Featuring Steve McIntosh, author of Integral Consciousness and the […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
January 2008 Issue of Integral Leadership Review Integral Leadership in the Netherlands This issue will feature and almost completely Dutch issue with articles and interviews all focused on integral and developmental approaches and perspectives from the Netherlands. Alain Volz, Co-director of the Center for Human Emergence in the Netherlands, is our guest editor. Stay tuned!!! […]
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Russ Volckmann
 and organize V INTEGRAL CONFERENCE OCTOBER 20th y 21st Tibetan House Exampla-Barcelona SPAIN Program in Spanish This year: Upper Left Quadrant (ULQ)+ Integral Practice Application: Workshops The two days Conference will be broadcasted to all the Spanish speaking countries through the Internet. SATURDAY- OCTOBER 20TH (Morning) 9,30: OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE: Raquel Torrent. Madrid Psychiologist, therapist, […]
Announcements – Call for Stories
Russ Volckmann
Life Lessons for Leaders is scheduled for publication in 2008 and is accepting submissions of true leadership stories to be included in the book. With a first printing of 500,000 copies, this book is part of the widely acclaimed Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The “Life Lessons” books are different from the typical Chicken Soup book in […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
International Leadership Association International Leadership Association’s Calendar of Leadership Dates and Events For an excellent source for leadership conferences Integral Leadership Review recommends: http://www.ilanet.org/Calendar/View_Month.asp?EventMonth=3&EventYear=2007 Promotions by publishers, developers and others providing products and services related to leadership. Adizes Institute The 29th International Adizes Convention July 1 to July 3 (closed session for qualified and certified associates) July […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
Notes, Conferences, Workshops and Letters Bureau Chief/Associate Editor The Integral Leadership Review is pleased to announce that it has begun filling positions as Bureau Chief/Associate Editor. We are looking for people in all major language groups who are interested in publishing in ILR, in finding appropriate materials from other authors, in providing information about leadership events in their […]
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Russ Volckmann
Notes: Resources Promote your leadership related events and publications here. It does not matter where in the world they will take place or are distributed from. We have readers in that region and/or who may be traveling there. We encourage you to send time-sensitive information to the Integral Leadership Review far enough in advance to be useful […]
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Russ Volckmann
Integral Notes In the current issue of this newsletter is an interview with Alan Mulally, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Subscriptions to this newsletter are also available. http://kaipagroup.com/newsletter/June2006_newsletter.html ^––––––– ^ Generating Transformative Change in Human Systems, beginning October 2, 2006. For those who are ready to transform their lives and their work, with an on-going, […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
If you or your organization will be holding an event of interest to the readers of this eJournal, please submit your information toruss@integraleadershipreview.com. Information should be submitted sufficiently in advance to meet our publication dates. ^––––––– ^ Integral Review Volume 2, 2006 has just published. Table of Contents Editorial Another Step: The Evolution of Integral […]
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Russ Volckmann
Kripalu Institute for Integrated Leadership in Lennox, MA. The Institute for Integrated Leadership’s new Semester Intensive is an immersion program specifically designed for 18- to 25-year-olds. Today, more than ever, the world needs the perspective, power, and passion of young adults who can influence change and make a significant, positive impact in our increasingly complex […]
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Russ Volckmann
Alchemist at Work: Two Sessions with Bill Torbert, A Review by Russ Volckmann Mike Ginn: A Report on the Integral Institute’s Presidents’ Circle Meeting John Provost: Going Deeper into Integral Life Practice Susann Cook-Greuter: Development Intensive For Professionals Mike Jay’s new book: CPR for the Soul Leadership Development Framework: Bill Torbert and Associates Spiral Dynamics Integral Praxis: Applying […]
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Russ Volckmann
ARINA: Filling A Void in Individual & Social Efforts Sara Ross In writing this introduction, I picture us walking along a cyber path toward ARINA’s entrance. I use our brief walk to share why you will find an unusually diverse yet quite coherent set of opportunities when you enter. I remember, as I grew up, having […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
Adizes Graduate School is offering a three-day Adizes BTP(Breakthorough to Prime)-March 3-5, 2005-seminar and a six-day Spiral Dynamics seminar-March 7-12, 2005 – both live in Santa Barbara, California. http://www.adizes.com/Insights16/04.htm Additional 2005 Spiral Dynamics Training and Public Events Schedule All SDi workshops and other learning events are presented by Dr. Don Beck, assisted by close colleagues in […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
Integral Organizational Leadership Here is the workshop many of you may have been waiting for. Here is Integral Leadership as applied to organizational life in our times. The faculty is a solid in-crowd from the Integral Institute and all of them are active in applying integral concepts in consulting, training, coaching, and/or executive education. If […]
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Russ Volckmann
Significant Journal Spirituality & Reality, New Perspectives on Global Issues Nancy B. Roof is the editor of this journal, published Friends for a New Civilization. Their mission is “Contributing to the enhancement of the quality of life and to the humanization of global relations through the promotion of spiritual values.” Volume II, Number 2, March […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
Global Integral Research, Inc Presents: The Wade Mindsets Leadership Development Program, Jenny Wade Ph.D. This two-day workshop is a certification program in the Wade Mindsets System for Leadership Development. This unique approach is based on adult developmental psychology and how it affects: The way people think The environment and work they prefer How they relate […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
Global Integral Research, Inc. Presents: The Wade Mindsets Leadership Development Program, Jenny Wade Ph.D. This two-day workshop is a certification program in the Wade Mindsets System for Leadership Development. This unique approach is based on adult developmental psychology and how it affects: The way people think The environment and work they prefer How they relate […]
Announcements
Russ Volckmann
First Integral Academic Program? I came across this on the web. Anyone know who is spearheading this? I know that The Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado has been doing integral classes, but this is the first “high level” program, particularly for executives, offered by a major university that I have seen. www.nd.edu/~execprog/programs/cil Executive Integral Leadership […]
Announcement
Russ Volckmann
Bay Area Coaches Conference – June 8-9, 2001 Coaches@Work Russ Volckmann will present on June 9 from 9 to 11 am. “Coaching Business Leaders: An Integral Approach”, www.BayAreaCoaches.org Join coaches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for the first Bay Area Coaching Conference – Coaches@Work! Four ICF chapters have joined together to create this exciting learning […]
Announcement
Russ Volckmann
An Invitation, March 2001 Do you want to understand more about the relationship between the needs of executives and how coaching can support those needs. So do I. Warren Bennis stated in a speech last year that the integral approach to organizations and management is the wave of the future. This is the direction the […]
Awards
Second Annual Reader’s Choice Award for Publications on Leadership
Russ Volckmann
Congratulations!!! About the first of the year, the Integral Leadership Review invited readers to submit their nominations for the best publication on leadership in the year 2008. We are pleased to announce the publication identified for the Second Annual Reader’s Choice Award. David Day, Michelle M. Harrison, and Stanley Halpin. An Integrative Approach to Leader Development: Connecting Adult […]
First Annual Reader’s Choice Award for Publications on Leadership
Editor
About the first of the year, the Integral Leadership Review invited readers to submit their nominations for the best publication on leadership in the year 2007. We received numerous responses. Remarkably and quite a surprise to us, with two exceptions all of the nominations were for one publication. Therefore, we are pleased to announce the publication identified […]
Coda
Asking Appropriate Questions
Mark McCaslin
Mark McCaslin “In the final analysis, we count for something only because of the essential we embody, and if we do not embody that, life is wasted.” – C. G. Jung This much I know to be true, the easiest way to cripple a person for life is to make them blind to their greatest […]
Transforming Capacity Building and Sustainability into Generativity
Mark McCaslin
Mark McCaslin The original idea I had held for this piece was to begin to engage our readers around the notion of sustainability. Many of you are aware of our ongoing conversations concerning how we sustain the current efforts being made to create the Integral Leadership Review. Before going further I, for one, celebrate the […]
Transitions
Russ Volckmann
How can we not think about transitions at this time of year? We have just gone through the transitions of the Mayan calendar to a new era. And we have transitioned into the beginning of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. In a week from writing this we have a full moon in […]
Health, Poverty and More
Russ Volckmann
The New York Times published an article on September 20, 2012, by Sabrina Tavernise: Life Spans Shrink for Least-Educated Whites in the U.S. The life expectancy for black women who had not graduated from high school surpassed white women of similar standing. As for the other sex, ”White men lacking a high school diploma lost […]
Integral: The “New” Human Potential Movement
Russ Volckmann
I am old enough to have lived and worked through most of the years of the Human Potential Movement. This was a period that saw the establishment of the Esalen Institute, the rising popularity of a wide range of therapies from gestalt to transactional analysis, to neoReichian body therapies and Rolfing, to sensory awareness and […]
CODA: Saturn, Death and Integral
Russ Volckmann
I think we all get that we are but miniscule elements in a vast universe, perhaps but one universe among many. Perhaps this sense of awe underlies much of spiritual and religious practices around the world. I was recently reminded of this provoker of humility by this photograph.  Source: Nasa  http://www.acienciasgalilei.com/program/fondosescrt/saturno4-cassini-800.htm If you look very, […]
CODA
Russ Volckmann
Ken Wilber, Stuart Brand and the Engineering of the Future with a Call to Action On the Integral Life website there is the “Loft Series,” a set of questions and answers between Ken and some individuals who have gone through the Core Integral program basic course. Two of these questions drew my attention: Q2: How […]
Coda: Change is on My Mind
Russ Volckmann
  Do you think you can just take over the universe and improve it? I do not believe it can be done The Universe is sacred You cannot improve it If you try to change it, you will ruin it. If you try to hold it, you will lose it. So sometimes things are ahead […]
CODA: Steve Jobs – In Memorium
Russ Volckmann
What has Steve Jobs got to do with Integral Leadership, you ask? I am not sure I can fully answer that nor do I want to take the time now to do so. The point is that Steve Jobs is dead. This man touched the lives of so very many of us, even those of […]
Coda: The State of Integral
Russ Volckmann
The State of Integral Russ Volckmann As some of you may remember I did an interview in the October 2010 issue of Integral Leadership Review with Ken Wilber on the state of integral work in the world. We (or should I say, I) only scratched the surface of this topic. The Integral Leadership Collaborative Conference […]
CODA: Local Politics and Reflections on Alex Pattakos’ “Prisoners of our Thoughts”
Russ Volckmann
Local Politics and
CODA
Russ Volckmann
Reflections on Guggenbhul-Craig’s Power in the Helping Professions. Recently, Jeannie and I had the pleasure of being the guests of Don Benson and Helen Spector (Benson) while they were vacationing in Sedona, Arizona. Don is a much-ion-demand consultant on supply change management, as well as an innovator and entrepreneur. In addition, he is probably the […]
Coda: And now…?
Russ Volckmann
  “Coda can denote any concluding event, summation, or section.” – From Wikipedia 1. (Music / Classical Music) Music the final, sometimes inessential, part of a musical structure. 2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a concluding part of a literary work, especially a summary at the end of a novel of further developments in the […]
CODA
Russ Volckmann
PhilosopherNotes Brian Johnson, founder of Zaadz, the popular integrally informed social networking site (which he later sold to Gaia and they have shut it down) went to Bali and developed an online series, PhilosopherNotes (http://www.philosophersnotes.com/). Now those notes are available in print and audio files. Here is the way this material is presented: Brian Johnson’s […]
CODA: Messing with Problems
Russ Volckmann
Christopher Meyer and Julia Kirby in Harvard Business Review; Ian I. Mitroff and Abraham Silvers, Dirty Rotten Strategies Are the times really changing or is it same ‘ole, same ole…’? Is there hope for progress in confronting the challenges we face in the world or have the French had it right all along (as I […]
CODA
Russ Volckmann
Reflections on Power, Love, Don Beck and Rugby in South Africa Adam Kahane. Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2010. Hot off the presses! An impressive new book by consultant Adam Kahane on the relationship between power and love in change processes! This is an important topic for […]
CODA: Attending to the Collective
Russ Volckmann
Much of the attention on integral development has the focus on individual development. We have programs and practices for attending to cognitive and emotional development, as well as attending to physical development (through variations on the martial arts and other physical activity), and meeting aspirations for spiritual development, albeit still a question of whether that […]
CODA: Integral Thinking
Russ Volckmann
Recently, John Rowan posted a piece of his on dialectical thinking on the London integral listserve, apiece he had published as “Dialectical Thinking and Humanistic Psychology,” Practical Philosophy, 3/2, July 2000, pp. 18-21. It would probably not be appropriate for me to reproduce that post here, but here are some highlights that include some of my […]
CODA: Pop Goes the Wilber
Russ Volckmann
Jurriaan Kamp interview Ken Wilber “Speaking in Tongues,” Ode Magazine, April 2009 Jurriaan Kamp is the editor of Ode, a magazine “for Intelligent Optimists” it proclaims on the cover. This special issue focuses on “Travel for a Small Planet,” turning tourism into life and economy enhancing activities. Structured in the mode of other popular magazines these […]
Coda: Compassionate Self-Discipline and Integral Life Practice
Russ Volckmann
If 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; […]
CODA
Russ Volckmann
Top Ten Forecasts for 2009 and Beyond http://www.wfs.org/Sept-Oct08/Nov-Dec, FUTURIST/topTen.htm Each year since 1985, the editors of THE FUTURISThave selected the most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts appearing in the magazine to go into our annual Outlook report. Over the years, Outlook has spotlighted the emergence of such epochal developments as the Internet, virtual reality, and the end […]
Coda: Daniel Goleman in Dialogues on Social intelligence, More Than Sound Productions (7 CDs),(http://www.morethansound.net)
Russ Volckmann
Paul Ekman and Daniel Goleman, Knowing our Emotions, Improving Our World Facial Action Coding System is a computer automated research tool for studying facial expressions and emotions. It is being deployed against terrorism in health care and a wide variety of other contexts, particularly through the identification of emotions related to lying. Six emotions have […]
Coda: Thriving in the Face of Urgency
Russ Volckmann
The World is in crisis. No, I didn’t say the world was going to come to an end on New Years Day. Or that there is some kind of huge spiritual event that will transform us… Rather, as the readers of this journal are no doubt aware, it just seems like the number and levels […]
CODA: Wilber’s Kosmos 2 Excerpts
Russ Volckmann
It is with extreme humility that I undertake the following comments on Ken Wilber’s excerpts for Kosmos 2, the next volume in his trilogy, that can be found at http://wilber.shambhala.com/: Introduction to Excerpts from Volume 2 of the Kosmos Trilogy; Excerpt A: “An Integral Age at the Leading Edge”; Excerpt B: The Many Ways We Touch: Three Principles […]
CODA
Russ Volckmann
Chris Laszlo, Sustainable Value: How the World’s Leading Companies Are Doing Well by Doing Good with a Foreword by Patrick J. Cescau, Group Chief Executive Office, Unilever, Stanford, CA, US A: Stanford University Press, 2008. Chris Laszlo has produced a truly remarkable book. I am so impressed that I hope every reader ofIntegral Leadership Review will find a way to […]
CODA
Russ Volckmann
Susanne Cook-Greuter, Introduction to Ego Development…a series of videos on stages of adult development, IntegralNaked,http://in.integralinstitute.org/live/view_cook-greuter.aspx There are seven segments of this presentation at an Integral Institute workshop. The opportunity to download these very well presented introductions to her highly important work on development and its applications is well worth the price of admission for a one […]
CODA
Russ Volckmann
Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations. New York: The Penguin Group, 2007. Like the brain where memories are not stored in hierarchies but in networks, distributed structures, human systems sometimes are formed without hierarchy, where no one is in charge. “You’d think that there would […]
CODA
Russ Volckmann
Riane Eisler, The Real Wealth of Nations, San Francisco, Berrett-Koehler, 2007. If you are not familiar with Riane Eisler’s work and her contrasting dominator with partnership models you could go back to her original work, The Chalice and the Blade, or to her books on Partnering. However, it you are interested in a system-level application of […]
CODA
Russ Volckmann
Don Beck and Doug Kruschke, Spiral Dynamics Integral: A Challenge to Leadership, Clearfire Media DVD, 2006.http://www.clearfiremedia.com In slightly more than two hours (longer if you check out all of the links and other material made available as you watch and listen to this program, Doug Kruschke facilitates Don Beck in laying out the story of Spiral Dynamics […]
CODA: Complexity and Integral Theory
Russ Volckmann
Reflections on Reframing Complexity: Perspectives from the North and South, Fritjof Capra, Alicia Juarrero, Pedro Softolong and Jacco van Uden, eds. Mansfield, M A: ISCE Publishing, 2007. The relationship between integral theory and concepts and those found in complexity theory or other more recent applications of ideas from the quantum world is not readily apparent. A key concept from […]
CODA
Russ Volckmann
Leadership and the Integral Leadership Review: Reflections on Kouzes and Posner, A Leader’s Legacy and a Presentation by Prasad Kaipa, “Leadership and the Being-Doing Gap” Please indulge me. I’m going to get a little personal here. I have been offering summaries of books and articles for several years in ILR. For the most part I have tried to […]
Coda: Keith E. Rice
Keith Rice
CODA: Keith E. Rice, Knowing Me, Knowing You: An Integrated SocioPsychology Guide to Personal Fulfillment & Better Relationships, Trafford Publishing, 2006 Here is a highly professional treatment of an approach to understanding ourselves and other people. The use of the term “SocioPsychology” serves as a clue that the author integrates the work of Clare Graves, Don […]
Coda: Brad Reynolds
Brad Reynolds
CODA: Brad Reynolds, Where’s Wilber At? Ken Wilber’s Integral Vision in the New Millenium St. Paul, MN, USA: Paragon House, 2006. Whether in conversations with individuals or in groups the question often arises as to whether there is one book that someone can read to get started understanding Ken Wilber’s work. I have heard people suggest […]
Coda: Clare W. Graves (2005) The Never Ending Quest Christopher C. Cowan and Natasha Todorovic, eds. Santa Barbara, C A: ECLET Press
Russ Volckmann
The editors have taken scraps of material and the products of extensive search efforts to assemble the pieces of this approximation of Clare Graves’ “last work.” Graves was injured in an accident and because of additional complications failed to finish the book. Working with a table of contents, Graves’ hand written notes and other material […]
Coda, Integral Leadership Review , August 2006
Russ Volckmann
Spiral Dynamics provides a developmental perspective that, when applied with an understanding of other variables, can be very, very useful. The problem is that, like any model or approach, it has been adapted or rigidified or just simply misunderstood. Below are descriptions of two invaluable tools for comprehending this useful perspective, this useful theory. Taken […]
Coda
Editor
CODA, Resilience, Leadership and Coaching Mike Jay, CPR for the Soul: Creating Personal Resilience by Design. Leadership University Press, 2006. It is probably going to become increasingly difficult to keep up with the literature based at least in part on integral theory, even when we are just concerned with leadership and related topics. Mike Jay’s latest is […]
CODA: A foot with Don Beck in the Middle East
Rafael Nasser
On November 12, 2004, the day Yasser Arafat was buried in Ramallah, I landed in Ben Gurion airport. Ten days earlier I had watched a team of professional movers disassemble my cozy Manhattan apartment and stuff the contents into 117 cardboard boxes bound to follow me across the Atlantic to my new home, Tel Aviv. […]
CODA: Introducing The International Journal of Servant-Leadership
Russ Volckmann
In his introduction to the first issue of The International Journal of Servant-Leadership, editor Larry Spears of Gonzaga University clearly lays out the essence of Servant Leadership and the work of those who have built upon Robert Greenleaf’s 1970 essay :The Servant as Leader.” He notes that there have been hundreds of books and artic […]
CODA: Colin Morley and Ken Wilber
Russ Volckmann
On July 7th Colin Morley, a marketer, who used his experience to make a real difference in the world and who touched lives all over the world-a leader, in other words-with his involvement in the Be the Change movement and the London SDi group, was killed by a terrorist bomb while riding a tube on […]
CODA: An Integral Approach Described
Michel Bauwens
A newsletter about participation in multiple worlds, multiple visions, but one humanity ; a monitor of P2P developments ISSUE 65: April 20, 2005 If you would place explanatory theories about the evolution of matter/life/ consciousness into two axes, one defined as the “relative attention given to either the parts or to the whole” and another […]
CODA: Hardball
Russ Volckmann
Remember all of that work that has been done to propagate the idea that the culture of a company and its people count? And remember all of those reports of near death experiences and the visions that people have? Well, George Stalk doesn’t put the lies to those, but he does challenge our images about […]
CODA: Business Simulations
Russ Volckmann
Here is an example of the use of simulations in business as a learning device. It suggests to me that this is an important approach to development that relates directly to an integral perspective. The source of this information is: Reworking Intuition: Business simulations spark rapid workplace renovations Bruce Bower www.sciencenews.org/articles/20041023/bob8.asp Peter Senge is reported to […]
CODA: The Integral ORGANIZATIONAL Leadership Workshop
Russ Volckmann
Fifty participants, a dozen staff and Ken Wilber– all of the makings of a truly unique learning experience as CEOs, coaches, consultants, academics mingled to explore this elusive topic of the application of integral theory and practice to leadership in organizations. Virtually everyone left feeling they had gotten something of value; some left feeling that […]
CODA: Courage
Russ Volckmann
Leadership, as has been preached in these pages for some time now, is about the individual and the context. It is about an emergence of individuals from context to demonstrate leadership. One of the things that I have not focused on very much is the traits or qualities individuals bring to these leader moments. I […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
The 100 book project on Integral Leadership A Call for Contribution Thierry C. Pauchant www.leadergraphies.com Abraham Lincoln defined leadership as a growth process – a course of development and maturation – which encourages people to act from “the better angels of their nature”. Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
David Gergen, “Stubborn Kind of Fellow,” COMPASS: A Journal of Leadership,” Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Volume I, Number 1, Fall 2003. In this article by a well-informed companion of many presidents, comes from the pen of the Director of the Center for Public Leadership. Note that the article […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
Sara Ross , “A Developmental Approa A: Integral Public Practice For Complex Public Issues” Sara Ross has been concerned with community development for a number of years. She has brought her integral perspective to this challenge in her work independently and with the Kettering Foundation. She states, “Public processes are integral when they aim public attention at […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
Sara Ross, “A Developmental Approach : Integral Public Practice For Complex Public Issues” Sara Ross has been concerned with community development for a number of years. She has brought her integral perspective to this challenge in her work independently and with the Kettering Foundation. She states, “Public processes are integral when they aim public attention at the […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
Melvin E. Miller and Susanne R. Cook-Greuter, eds. Creativity, Spirituality, and Transcendence: Paths to Integrity and Wisdom in the Mature Self, Stamford, Connecticut: Ablex Publishing Corporation, 2000. Creativity is an aspect of leadership in business and life. In this volume the editors have assembled a series of articles that focus on creativity in relation to […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
John Forman, Paul Landraitis, Steve McIntosh and Bert Parlee have published their new website http://www.integraldevelopment.com/ The site describes their business as follows: “Integral Development Associates (IDA) is a consulting firm specializing in the application of integral theory and practice to organizations and markets. As part of the growing worldwide integral movement, IDA has achieved significant results […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
Mary Hessler-Key, Ph.D. and Robin Wood, Ph.D., Developing Leadership Capacity: Searching for the Integral A paper presented at the 1st International Conference on Integral Leadership, London, England, October 2002 Abstract: Leadership studies generally brush over the issues that differences in values and cultural relativism raise by defining the test of leadership as the achievement of […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
Stuart L. Hart and Clayton M. Christensen, “The Great Leap: Driving Innovation from the Base of the Pyramid,” MIT Sloan Management Review, Fall 2002, 44,1. This article represents a larger view of leadership, business leadership, in the sense of a system leading on a developmental edge in a way that transcends many of the issues we […]
Coda
Don Beck
From: Dr. Don Beck To: The Spiral Dynamics/Integral Community Friends, Below are the links to a 45-minute presentation on how Second Tier thinking (Yellow–Left Brain with feelings–and Turquoise–Right Brain with data) might approach the current interest in finding global, Integral solutions to the myriad of problems we face on planet Earth. You can access the […]
Coda
Don Beck
From: Dr. Don Beck To: The Spiral Dynamics/Integral Community Friends, Below are the links to a 45-minute presentation on how Second Tier thinking (Yellow–Left Brain with feelings–and Turquoise–Right Brain with data) might approach the current interest in finding global, Integral solutions to the myriad of problems we face on planet Earth. You can access the audio […]
Coda
Michael D. Ostrolenk
Every now and again something happens that stirs a sense of awe in me. I tend to be stirred at a mundane level, at the level of human connection, action and achievement. While these certainly are infused with spirit, it is the manifest that first inspires awe in me. That is the feeling I had […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
For there to be effective coaching with integral leaders, it follows that we need to develop an approach that is, itself, integral. Much of the writing that is about Integral Leadership, including the coaching tips, in The Integral Leadership Review is intended to guide leaders who wish to take an integral approach to their work, organizations and […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
I find John Maxwell’s newsletter, LeadershipWired to be a continuing source of interesting presentations. This particular article relates to the notion of commitment in relation to purpose. Committing to the Commitment By Dr. John C. Maxwell At the age of 67, Thomas Edison watched as fire destroyed much of his work and equipment. Time to retire? Time […]
Coda
David Kirkpatrick
David Kirkpatrick, “ Net Gains for the World’s Poor”, Fortune, 4/2/02. What could be more of an example of Integral Leadership than building a system that uses technology to link people and capital the world over to support developmental projects and small businesses get started among the world’s poor? Such a project, initiated by two former […]
Coda
John Agno
John Agno, “ Unintended Consequences of Performance Reviews” Positive organizational change doesn’t take place unless the employee buys into the new corporate culture’s intended conformity roles and behavior. The unintended consequences of a new employee evaluation system can send the company reeling. Last year, we witnessed how Ford Motor Company’s use of a new forced-ranking system […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
“Everything Tyrone O’Sullivan knows about leadership and management he learned at the coal face, at the pithead, and on the picket line. “Take your place in history. You’ve been given a unique part to play at a unique stage of your company’s history. Make the most of it. ‘No one could write a history of […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
Special Follow-up Review: Diversity and Top Management In the November 2001 issue of LeadershipOpportunity (New Name: Integral Leadership Review) I provided a summary of Kate Sweetman, “don’t Worry, Be Happy,” MIT Sloan Management Review, Fall 2001. That article included a summary of findings from another article (Sigal G. Barsade, et al, “To Your Heart’s Content: A Model of Affective Diversity in Top […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
The importance of loyalty in leader-follower relationships is not new. However, Frederick F. Reichheld has elaborated this idea in the Harvard Business Review (July-August 2001). He has identified six principles of loyalty that apply to leaders and to companies in general. As you read these, notice your reactions – thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations – any […]
Coda
Russ Volckmann
R & D Invitation, July 2001 Thanks to those who have responded to the invitation to join an R&D project for about three months. I hope to get this started by the end of July. More information will follow. We need to understand more about the relationship between the needs of executives and how coaching […]
Global Values Update
Global Values Update
Alan Tonkin
Which South Africa in 2010: A Successful Emerging Economy or an Increasingly Polarized Failing Society? by Alan Tonkin In considering the current situation in South Africa, two widely differing scenario’s can be drawn. The first is a successful emerging economy with major infrastructure expenditure for the forthcoming 2010 Soccer World Cup in June/July, 2010. The […]
Global Values Update
Alan Tonkin
Why Western Democracy Is Not a Global Notion: Required a Values Based System of Governance by Alan Tonkin Introduction The concept of “Western style democracy” is not a globally accepted notion as we see every day on the 24 hour international news channels as well as in the world’s press. This is because different societies […]
Global Values Update
Alan Tonkin
The South African Elections 2009: A Values Perspective An Introduction: In analysing the recent national and provincial election in South Africa it is intended to use the “values prism” to evaluate the results. Commentators from a wide variety of viewpoints have analysed the results with the one major missing element being that of values and worldviews. Dr. […]
Global Values Update
Alan Tonkin
In 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 […]
Global Values Update: Evolving Values in the 21st Century: An Integrated View
Alan Tonkin
In considering the rapidly changing “Global Village” in which we live and the profound changes taking place in society at all levels, a key component of this change is the values mix experienced globally, as well as on a country by country basis. The recent publication of “Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World” produced by […]
Global Values Update: Developing a Sustainable Democracy in South Africa? How Understanding Different Values Can Shape Democracy
Alan Tonkin
The recalling of Thabo Mbeki the President of South Africa by the ANC National Executive marks a possible key turning point in the development of a flourishing democracy in South Africa. Although Mbeki, who was educated in the UK, has been seen as a supporter of policies supporting the development of a strong economy he […]
Global Values Update: Alan Tonkin Developing Countries, Democracy & Values
Alan Tonkin
Introduction In considering the role of developing countries in the 21st Century there is little doubt that their position on the “values scale” largely determines their relative progress on the economic and social fronts. There are a number of global indicators that can be used including the “Failed States Index 2008” produced by www.ForeignPolicy.com and The Fund […]
Global Values Update
Alan Tonkin
“Values in Our Global Village – Different Values – Different Stages of Democracy” In looking at our “Global Village” from a systems perspective it is often unclear why different countries behave in different ways. This is particularly the case in the developed Western democracies who often believe that the majority of the population of our […]
Letters
Letters
Editor
Letters Hi Russ. I have just read your web site and recent interview with the authors of Leadership Agility. A Conversation with Bill Joiner and Steve Joseph. I really enjoyed it and kept wondering of course if I had attained their ultimate level of leadership Agility…(It’s now 5am here in Sydney and my birthday June […]
Letters to Integral Leadership Review
Editor
Greetings Russ, …I was a student of Joe Rost (1995-97) at USD. Joe just forwarded to me a link to your interview with him…it was great! Congrats!… I also note in your journal, you had Denny Roberts write a nice note about Rost’s influence at the University of Miami-Ohio. I wanted you to know that my […]
Letters to Integral Leadership Review
Editor
In response to the Integral for the Masses column in the April 2005 issue of Integral Leadership Review: Being in the process to write an Integrally-informed thesis.it was a familiar experience, as well as an unpleasant one (to say the least) to read about the quibbles in circles supposedly integrally informed. Quibbling guys & dolls: please see the […]
Letters
Editor
Thanks for this news [ Integral Leadership Review, October 2002]. I’ve had a number of opportunities to interact with Mike Jay and he has a first class mind, with a depth of understanding of the dynamics of leadership. I strongly recommend that others read this interview. Also, the November 11, 2002 issue of BusinessWeek has an excellent feature […]
Letters
Russ Volckmann
Russ, I just wanted to thank you for the great work you’re doing with your newsletter. The time is right for a new approach to leadership, and many of us are sensing the greater possibilities while we experiment with new approaches. It seems to me we need to emphasize the higher possibilities (creativity, vision, intuition) […]
Letters
Russ Volckmann
Thanks for your consistent sharing of your e-journal! I appreciate it!! Russ, you might consider doing an article on why diversity is good business. The reality is that diversity does effect the bottom line. I personally go to businesses that represent the values that I hold, when I have a choice. Innovation, creativity and remaining […]
Retrospective
Retrospective: Summit on the Future of Great Britain – 2009
Keith Rice
Keith E. Rice [Editors’s Note: This is a retrospective that seems appropriate to include in this special issue. Born in 2009, this Spiral Dynamics integral initiative with the formation of the Center For Human Emergence UK, has since lost some of its steam. Three of the key organizers, Keith Rice, Rosemary Wilkie and Lynne Sedgmore are no […]
Special Articles
Foundations of a Neo-Integral Transformational Leadership and Organizational Development
Marc G. Lucas
Marc G. Lucas This article aims at providing a systematic overview of the concrete forms of appearance of and options for an emergent integral leadership research and related theory construction. First, the integral approach is described by its origin and validity claims. Then – in terms of a multi-theoretical approach – it is made available […]
Global Options and Linkages[1]: Towards an Evolutionary Complex Systems Approach to International Development
Alexandre (Rico) de Faria
Alexandre (Rico) de Faria Development takes place as people learn how to change/improve their daily actions/behaviour. Innovation takes place when the new behaviour results from a change in values and beliefs – that is, when change on the ground is not simply a superficial external behaviour but a reflection of an internal change in people’s […]
Student Paper
David Holzmer
The Dialogical Journey Towards a Post-Conventional Resolution of Leadership Praxis by David Holzmer Union Institute and University Despite the ongoing growth and development of leadership theory–an evolution marked by increasingly nuanced and sophisticated conceptions of leadership practice–there exists, within the deep foundations of leadership’s unfolding narrative, a disquieting tension. It is an ideological divide, arising […]
Supplement
African Integral Development Network (AIDEN) with a New Approach to Effective Leadership for Africa
Etim Omini
Welcome Address in 2011 African Integral Development Network (AIDEN)/University of Calabar International Conference on the theme Advancing into the 21st Century: Exploring Best Approaches to Effective Leadership for Africa, at Channel View Hotel, MCC Road Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, November 16 – 18, 2011. Etim Omini, FCAI President, AIDEN Today, we hold the second […]
Integral Life Practice
Lillian Enyang Oyama
Lillian Enyang Oyama Introduction Integral Life practice (ILP), as the name implies entails a conscious performance of deliberately chosen activities aimed at enhancing one’s life in a more profound, meaningful, and fulfilling way.  These activities/practices are specifically targeted at the four primary dimensions of the individual being or whole person – body, mind, spirit, and […]
International Leadership Conference and Integral Leadership Education Program in Nigeria
Oliver Ngodo
Oliver Ngodo November 2011 will go down as very significant in the history of Integral Movement globally. 16 – 18 of the month marked the graduation of the trainees of what may be one of the first formal and publicly acknowledged Integral Leadership Education Program in the world; certainly this is the first of its […]