A curated list of books, articles and videos that inspire my work.
Our inner place - the quality of our attention, awareness or consciousness, determines the result we get. Theory U describes a process for transformative growth that works with awareness. It defines four levels of listening and being, defines leadership capacities and steps in transformative growth. It is applied to individuals, teams, organizations and the society at large.
- 2 page introduction - Otto Scharmer
- Executive Summary - Otto Scharmer
- Leading from the emerging future - Otto Scharmer (book): Describes how to shift our society.
- Theory U - Otto Scharmer (book): Describes the process and leadership capacities for the U journey.
- Mapping the Integral U: The founders of Theory U (Otto Scharmer) and Integral Theory (Ken Wilber) discuss how Theory U relates to Integral Theory.
- Presencing Institute
- The Blind Spot: Uncovering the Grammer of the Social Field - Otto Scharmer: describes 19 defining characteristics of the social field.
- Articles on Huffington Post by Otto Scharmer
The Agile Manifesto was created as a better way to develop software. A way that could deal with complexity, respond to change and deliver real value for the customer. Since it’s creation, the Agile mindset has been spread to leadership, management and organizations.
- The Agile Manifesto: The guiding values and principles of the Agile movement.
- The New Methodology - Martin Fowler: About Agile Software Development
- The Nine Principles of Agile Leadership: Agile applied to leadership
- The Heart of Agile - Alistair Cockburn: Do you Collaborate, Deliver, Reflect, Improve?
- From the Heart of Agile to guest leadership - Alistair Cockburn (video)
- Characterizing people as non-linear, first-order components in software development - Alistair Cockburn: Highlights why and how we should consider humans when we talk about project methodology or processes.
- What is Crystal - Alistair Cockburnl: Crystal is a family of human-powered, adaptive, ultralight, “stretch-to-fit” software development methodologies.
- Crystal Clear (book) - Alistair Cockburn
Scrum most popular project methodology that fits the Agile philosophy.
- The Scrum Guide: Official guide.
- Scrum and XP from the trenches: A practical field guide to Scrum.
- Scrum checklist: A useful checklist to inspire reflection, evaluation and improvement of Scrum implementation.
Lean PDCA and the A3 Report:
The A3 report isn’t a tool, it as human-centered approach to continuous improvement. It is a management philosophy designed to empower every employee to do continuous improvement. As such, employees receive coaching to become more capable problem solvers. The PDCA (plan, do, check, act) process provides opportunity for deep personal growth, while simultaneously connecting this growth to business results.
Toyota’s production system got reverse-engineered into a set of principles and techniques to improve processes by reducing waste. In 1996, Daniel Jones and James Womack published these principles as “Lean Thinking”.
Eric Ries applied Lean thinking to startups. He says the biggest waste in startup originates from uncertainty: You do not know what to build (Problem-Solution fit) and if there is a market for it (Product-Market fit). Therefore, Lean Startup proposes to systematically reduce uncertainty with validated learning.
- The Lean Startup - Eric Ries
- Running Lean - Ash Maurya: A practical guide to implement Lean Startup principles.
Development Psychology for Organizations
Constructivist adult development psychology studies how adults grow over time, covering aspects such as leadership, decision making, problem solving, morality, emotional intelligence, cognition, identity and meaning making.
Our level of development influences our effectiveness at work, how we manage organizations and how we can learn and develop.
Teal Organizations - Frederic Laloux
Frederic Laloux describes a management paradigm based on the “Teal” level of adult development as defined in integral theory. As humans develop, so do the organizations we create. These organizations bring three breakthroughs:
- Self-management: Tap into a collective intelligence with self-organizing teams that have natural hierachies and distributed authority. Rather than top-down control from managers, employees are empowered to make decisions and contribute to the company.
- Wholeness: We shouldn’t be miserable at work, presenting only a small and censored version of ourselves. Teal Organizations invite employees to drop their professional mask and be themselves at work.
- Evolutionary purpose: In an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, trying to predict the future does no longer suffice. Teal Organizations are constantly adapting and evolving and have a life on their own. Instead of command and control, teal organizations sense and respond. to go.
At YouBeDo, we’ve transitioned to a Teal Organization, and this has been tremendously insightful and rewarding.
- Reinventing Organizations - Frederic Laloux: Download the book, Pay what you want afterwards. Or order a physical copy at YouBeDo and donate to charity.
- Reinventing Organizations Wiki: A knowledge base
- Holacracy: A self-management practice
Deliberately Developmental Organizations - Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey
Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey are developmental psychologists. They researched companies that facilitate vertical development of their employees in daily work. They found that personal development is inseparable from organization development, and these companies are thriving. From their research, they have distilled essential ingredients that enable this type of learning organization.
- Making business personal: Harvard Business Review article.
- Delibrately Developmental Organizations (pdf): Introductionary article.
- An Everyone Culture: The book.
- Self-assessment - Mark Marijnissen
Action inquiry - William R. Torbert
- Seven transformations of leadership - William R. Torbert: Describes how the level of adult development influences leadership performance.
- Action Inquiry - William R. Torbert (book): Describes a method for transformational learning that requires skillfull moment-by-moment awareness and action.
Art of hosting
Art of hosting is a collection of techniques to facilitate group conversation. It is used to facilitate learning, transformation, collaboration or problem solving.
- Appreciative Inquiry
- Art of Hosting
- Open Space Technology
Nonviolent Communication is a communication model and way of life developed by Marshall Rosenberg. It teaches a compassionate perspective that transforms the relation with yourself and others. It is applied in prisons, schools, business and personal life to increase emotional intelligence, improve relationship, create connection and resolve conflict.
- Connecting2Life - Yoram Mosenzon (website): My teacher - highly recommended!
- Vulnerably Honesty - Yoram Mosenzon (TEDx Talk)
- Nonviolent Communication - Marshall Rosenberg (book): The official book is a great introduction.
- Demonstration - Marshall Rosenberg (YouTube)
- 3 hour workshop - Marshall Rosenberg (YouTube)
- Mediate your life: Their Training Manual features succinct and powerful maps to practice Nonviolent Communication and navigate various situations. Highly recommended for trainers. Their book series provide an excellent job in explaining the maps in the Training Manual step by step.
- Compassion Course: A global and yearlong course in compassion. You receive an e-mail with theory and exercise every week, and you can connect with over 6000 fellow students using a private Facebook Group.
Friends and colleagues:
- Marianne van Dijk: Cup of Empathy (YouTube videos)
- Cara Crisler: Crisler Coaching
- Loes Berkhout: Verbindwerk
- Astara Lieuw-On: Communiceren met compassie
Meditation is a wide range of mental exercises that train attention, feeling and body awareness. Meditation has many benefits, such as increased concentration, clarity, compassion and emotional resilience.
- Culadasa (John Yates) - The Mind Illuminated
- Shinzen Young - Unified Mindfulness
- Mahasi Sayadaw - Manual of Insight
- Daniel Ingram - Mastering the core of Buddha’s Teaching
- Goenka - 10-day vipassana retreat
- Shaila Catherine - Focused and Fearless
- Wake Up - Meditation Community based on Thich Nath Than
Circling is an intersubjective meditation practice where you share with each other what’s happening right here, right now. It fosters presence, aliveness and connection and is an integral container for transformative personal growth.
Therapy & Coaching
- Coaching for Transformation
- Coaching from Presence
- Core Energetics
- ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Wikipedia article, describing the underlying philosophy and guiding principles.
- Get out of your mind and into your life - Steven Hayes (book)
Developmental Psychology researches how human beings grow over time, covering aspects such as effectiveness, leadership, morality, emotional intelligence, cognition, identity and meaning making. Developmental Psychology provides key insights that can be used for personal and spiritual growth.
Theory of ego development - Susanne Cook-Greuter
- Susanne Cook-Greuter’s theory of Ego Development describing 9 levels of how we make meaning.
Orders of Consciousness - Robert Kegan
- The Elegant Self by Robert McNamara: I highly recommend this practical and insightful treatise on the shift from Self-Authoring to Self-Transforming mind.
- In over our heads - Robert Kegan (book)
Action logic - William R. Torbert
- Seven transformations of leadership - William R. Torbert
- Action Inquiry - William R. Torbert (book)
The StAGES model - Terri O’Fallon
- Terri O’Fallons StAGES model