A curated list of books, articles and videos that inspire my work.

Organization development

  1. Theory U
  2. Agile
  3. Lean
  4. Development Psychology for Organizations
  5. Art of hosting

Personal development

  1. Nonviolent Communication
  2. Meditation
  3. Circling
  4. Therapy & Coaching
  5. Developmental Psychology

Organization Development

Theory U

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.


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.

Scrum most popular project methodology that fits the Agile philosophy.


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.

Lean Thinking:
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”.

Lean Startup:
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.

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.

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.

Action inquiry - William R. Torbert

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

Personal Development

Nonviolent Communication

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.

Friends and colleagues:


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

Developmental Psychology

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

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

Spiral Dynamics Integral