October 2012
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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 […]
Leadership Coaching Tips
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 […]
Fresh Perspective
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 […]
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 […]
Feature Articles
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 […]
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 […]
Learner Papers
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 […]
Notes from the Field
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 […]
Leadership Emerging
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 […]
Book Reviews
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 […]
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 […]