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A love of learning. The most inspiring and worldview shifting publications I came across in 2016.
A love of learning
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A love of learning

This week, I’m highlighting my favourite reads in 2016. I picked these books for many reasons, but if I was to sum it up in one line; I’d say they were extremely valuable in helping me examine and shift my worldview, and reimagine what’s possible with our work at Cohere. I think you’ll find them to be valuable. Happy Reading!

Humble Consulting by Edgar Schein

What an amazing book! Organizations face problems today that are too complicated for consultants to diagnose the ‘problem’ and recommend a ‘solution’. Edgar argues that consultants today need to work with their clients in a more personal way, and create an atmosphere of genuine trust to co-create adaptive moves.

Getting Our Act Together by Glen Ochre

A wonderful book on the collective potential of groups. Glen Ochre’s insights can be applied in all sorts of group settings – community, workplace, therapy, lobbying – wherever people come together to work collaboratively. Her passion for the transformative potential of co-operation can be felt on every page.

An Undivided Life by Parker J. Palmer

We all yearn for a life that is whole—where “soul and role” are aligned and our innermost wisdom guides us in our actions. In this book, Palmer explores how we can cultivate wholeness in ourselves, our work, and our world.

The Heart of Higher Education by Parker J. Palmer

The Heart of Higher Education proposes an approach to teaching and learning that honors the whole human being—mind, heart, and spirit—an essential integration if we hope to address the complex issues of our time.

Simple Habits for Complex Times by Jennifer Garvey Berger & Keith Johnston

When faced with complex challenges or uncertain outcomes, many leaders believe that if they are smart enough, work hard enough, or turn to the best management tools, they will be able to find the right answer, predict and plan for the future. But often this approach fails to have the desired impact? Simple Habits for Complex Times provides three integral practices that enable leaders to navigate the unknown.

An Everyone Culture by Robert Kegan & Lisa Laskow Lahey

A model for unleashing organisational potential. A DDO is organized around the simple but radical conviction that organizations will best prosper when they are more deeply aligned with people’s strongest motive, which is to do deeply meaningful work.

The Social Labs Revolution by Zaid Hassan

Social Labs bring together diverse groups of stakeholders to develop a portfolio of prototype solutions, test those solutions in the real world, use the data to further refine them, and test them again.

The Purpose Economy by Aaron Hurst

There are some fundamental changes taking place in the business world. Like the Information Economy, which has driven innovation and economic growth until now, Hurst argues that our new economic era is driven by connecting people to their purpose.

Walk Out Walk On by Margret Wheatley & Deborah Frieze

A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now. People who have walked out of limiting beliefs and assumptions and walked on to create healthy and resilient communities. These Walk Outs who Walk On use their ingenuity and caring to figure out how to work with what they have to create what they need.

Leadership on the Line by Martin Linsky & Ronald A. Heifetz

Effective leadership comes from doing more than the technical work of routine management; it involves adaptive work on the part of the leader, and a willingness to confront and disturb people, promote their resourcefulness, and engage their ability to adjust to new realities.

Lead with Wisdom by Mark Storm

How Wisdom Transforms Good Leaders into Great Leaders. Rather than a formulaic managerial approach to leadership, Lead with Wisdom presents the case for leadership based on our shared humanity and the stories that unite us.

Wired to Create by Scott Barry Kaufman & Carolyn Gregoire

Looks inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people. The book shines a light on the habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Inc. mindfulness, daydreaming, seriousness, play, openness, sensitivity, solitude and collaboration.

How to Thrive in the Next Economy by John Thackara

A wonderful and practical guide to how we can build a more sustainable future. He argues that, in our eagerness to find big technological solutions, we have often ignored the astonishing creativity generated when people work together and in harmony with the world around them.

Designing Regenerative Cultures by Daniel Christian Wahl

This is a ‘Whole Earth Catalog’ for the 21st century: an impressive and wide-ranging analysis of what’s possible. The book covers the finance system, agriculture, design, ecology, economy, sustainability, organizations and society at large.

Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey & Rajendra Sisodia

It’s simply a better way to do business. Conscious business creates more value in the world, they are more successful, more ethical and are better places to work.

A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership by Steven Schein

Exploring the psychological motivations of sustainability leaders and shows how they relate to overall effectiveness and capacity to lead transformational change.

Liminal Thinking by David Gray

Create the change you want by changing the way you think. Why do some people succeed at change while others fail? It’s the way they think! Liminal thinking is the art of creating change by understanding, shaping, and reframing beliefs. What beliefs are stopping you right now?

Premises and Principles of the Evolutionary Worldview by The Institute for Cultural Evolution

A beautiful summary of integral in action, and how and “evolutionary” perspective can help us address the cultural roots of today’s challenges.

The Adaptive Challenge of Climate Change by Karen O’Brien & Elin Selboe

This book presents a new perspective on adaptation to climate change. It considers climate change as more than a problem that can be addressed solely through technical expertise. Instead, it approaches climate change as an adaptive challenge that is fundamentally linked to beliefs, values and worldviews, as well as to power, politics, identities and interests.

10 Capitals 4 Bottom Lines Framework by MetaIntegral Associates

A framework to organising and assessing the flows, capitals and impacts of initiatives. It’s focused on the design of ‘wisdom economies’ that integrate multiple forms of capital based on Integral Theory’s four quadrants.

Demystifying the Pattern(s) of Change by Beatrice Benne

A concise article on how change and transformation takes place. It explores how the process of change is nothing else than the evolutionary pattern of life and creativity—a pattern that pervades the entire universe.