Conversations for Action

Authors: Fernando Flores and Maria Flores Letelier (editor)
Date: 2013

This collection of essays from Philosopher Fernando Flores (his work also appears in this learning center) has developed work over the last three decades to clarify how to use speech acts, and how to employ the creative properties in generative language.

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Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Author: Shunryu Suzuki
Date: 2011

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books.  Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line.  In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss what it’s all about.  An instant teaching on the first page.  And that’s just the beginning.

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The Power of Now

Author: Eckhart Tolle
Date: 2001

Much more than simple principles and platitudes, Eckhart Tolle’s seminal writing takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.

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Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness 25th Anniversary Edition

Author: Robert K. Greenleaf
Date: 2002

see related blog post: The Time is Right for Servant Leadership

Twenty-five years ago Robert Greenleaf published these prophetic essays on servant leadership, a practical philosophy that replaces traditional autocratic leadership with a holistic, ethical approach. This highly influential book has been embraced by cutting edge management everywhere. Yet in these days of Enron and what VISA CEO Dee Hock calls our “era of massive institutional failure,” Greenleaf’s seminal work on Servant Leadership can support leaders in finding their true power and moral authority to become healthier, wiser, freer, and more autonomous.

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The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization

Author: Peter M. Senge
Date: 1994

see related blog post: Becoming the Heart of a Learning Culture, part 1

Senge’s best-selling The Fifth Discipline led Business Week to dub him the “new guru” of the corporate world; here he offers executives a step-by-step guide to building “learning organizations” of their own. Senge defines his process as including 1) personal mastery, 2) generative language, 3) mental models, 4) team leadership and 5) servant leadership.

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The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America

Author: David Whyte
Date: 1996

Has your work lost its meaning? Are you afraid of pursuing your dreams for fear of failing or–worse–getting fired? Do you yearn to find creativity, and even joy, in your job? In The Heart Aroused, David Whyte brings his unique perspective as poet and consultant to the workplace, showing readers how fulfilling work can be when they face their fears and follow their dreams.

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SQ 21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence

Author: Cindy Wigglesworth
Date: 2012

According to author Cindy Wigglesworth, Spiritual Intelligence is the ability to behave with wisdom and compassion while maintaining inner and outer peace regardless of the situation.  In her new book, SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence, Cindy helps us understand how spiritual intelligence is analogous to such concepts as IQ and emotional intelligence (EQ). Using clear, practical language she defines the 21 skills that comprise spiritual intelligence and in doing so, teaches you the steps to begin developing your own spiritual intelligence. Her method develops our muscles to shift away from thinking with our self-focused ego to behaving from our more loving and peaceful Higher Self.

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The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life

Authors: Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan
Date: 2011

The authors—who have helped hundreds of companies and individuals change and improve—say spend time and money adjusting the systems in which people operate, rather than targeting people and their performance directly. The authors show that it’s in fact possible to change everything at once—with a focus on making such transformations permanent and repeatable.

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Sex, Ecology, Spirituality: The Spirit of Evolution, Second Edition

Authors: Ken Wilber
Date: 2001

see related blog post: Integral Theory: From Behaving to Belonging, Part 1

In this tour de force of scholarship and vision, Integral Philosopher, Ken Wilber, traces the course of evolution from matter to life to mind and describes the common patterns that evolution takes in all three of these domains. From the emergence of mind, he traces the evolution of human consciousness through its major stages of growth and development. He particularly focuses on modernity and postmodernity: what they mean; how they impact gender issues, psychotherapy, ecological concerns, and various liberation movements; and how the modern and postmodern world conceive of Spirit. This second edition features forty pages of new material, new diagrams, and extensively revised notes.

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The Four Conversations

Authors: Jeffrey D. Ford and Laurie W. Ford
Date: 2009

Jeffrey Ford (whose papers are posted in this Learning Center), illustrates how most conversations to get things done at work are of one of four types-initiative conversations, conversations for understanding, performance conversations, or conversations for closure-but they are often done poorly or misused. This book shows managers and employees how to use the right conversation at the right time, plan and start each conversation well, and finish each conversation effectively.

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Coaching to the Human Soul, Volume I

Author: Alan Sieler
Date: 2005

Alan Sieler publishes the first of his 3-volume approach to Ontological Learning.

Ontological Coaching is based on a new understanding of human beings and human interaction. Grounded in a substantive and robust theoretical framework, the method and practice of Ontological Coaching enables people being coached to connect with their souls and experience deep positive change. In this first of three volumes on Ontological Coaching, a new practical understanding of language and communication, and its coaching applications, is presented.

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Coaching to the Human Soul, Volume II

Author: Alan Sieler
Date: 2007

In this second volume of Coaching to the Human Soul Alan Sieler breaks more ground in the coaching literature, as well as in the study of emotions. By addressing the nature of genuine personal transformation Alan skillfully demonstrates the centrality of moods and mood management for profound shifts in our perceptions of what is possible in life and our behavioral effectiveness. Drawing on significant developments in philosophy and biology he articulates the ideas of major thinkers in a way that is comprehensible and applicable. In this process Alan adds important intellectual and practical depth to the concept of Emotional Intelligence.

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Coaching to the Human Soul, Volume III

Author: Alan Sieler
Date: 2012

PART I: The Biological Basis of Ontological Coaching

1. Biology, Body and Transformation
2. Introducing Biology of Cognition
3. Biology of Cognition I: The Autopoietic and Structurally Determined Nature of Living Systems
4. Biology of Cognition II: Structural Coupling and Biology of Interaction
5. Languaging and the Mental Life of Humans
6. Emotioning, Bodyhood and Biology of Love
7. Conversations, Culture and Social Change
PART II: The Somatic Basis of Ontological Coaching
1. Somatic Philosophy and Ontological Coaching I
2. Somatic Philosophy and Ontological Coaching II
3. Perspectives on the Physiology of Doing
4. A Compromised Physiology of Doing
5. Towards a Poised Physiology of Doing
6. Coaching to the Domain of the Body
7. The Existential Context of Ontological Coaching
Glossary: Biology of Cognition

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