Articles of Interest
"Cafe to Go" - World Cafes (2.3M)
A good introduction to one of the more popular methods of group/dialogue facilitation.
A very creative understanding of leadership by Bill Torbert - his "action inquiry" methodology is also very compelling.
As the title suggests this is a very brief overview but will likely whet your appetite for integral theory.
This is a relatively short article that compares various approaches to strategic planning, including the Appreciative Inquiry approach. Very good if you are looking for a primer on the SOAR Analysis which plays a function similar to SWOT Analysis in more traditional planning approaches.
The Johari Window.pdf (434K)
This is a simple tool you can use to develop a better sense of who you are and how you may be understood in your work place. I have extracted this from one of Charles Handy's books "21 Ideas for Managers", (2000) Jossey-Bass Inc., San Francisco CA. The book is full of short, simple exercises and insights that you may find valuable and any of Handy's several books are worth exploring.
Toxic Workplaces.pdf (100K)
LEADERSHIP AND LEARNING
A number of links to sites specializing in leadership, organizational learning and adult development.
Integral Leadership Review – Journal devoted to integralism and leadership
Integral Institute – Info on integral theory.
Appreciative Inquiry Commons – The site at Case Western Reserve - academic home of David Cooperrider, the founder of the process.
Arising – A short overview of Bill Torbert's "action inquiry" model.
Society for Organizational Learning – Peter Senge and Edgar Schien are both heavily involved with SOL.
Toxic Workplaces – The website for this book has some interesting "extras."
CONFLICT ANALYSIS AND ENGAGEMENT
LInks to resources related to conflict analysis and engagement, inluding training programs.
Antioch - Integral Studies in Conflict and Leadership MA Program – The two MA programs in which I teach.
The Program on Negotiation - Harvard Law School – A good source of current thinking on mediation and negotiation practice.
Links to sites that focus on not-for-profit organizations.
Grant Craft– A site for not-for-profit organizations
United Community Services Co-op – A group that is doing some innovative work supporting the social sector in the Pacific Northwest.
Board Development Organization – A Canadian organization dedicated to developing effectvie boards, sponsored by the United Way of Canada.
Board Source – An American organization focused on effective boards in the not-for-profit sector.
Volunteer Canada – A national organization in Canada focused on supporting volunteer agencies.
PUBLIC SECTOR WEBSITES
Links to sites primarily focused on public sector organizatons but may also be of interest to others.
National Manager's Website - Canada – The "managers' tools" and "Cafe Exchange with Bob" are good.
Here is a brief bibliography of books you may find of interest. They are presented in groups but many could easily be included in several groups. Many of the authors have several good books published but, generally speaking, I have only identified one per author. Drop me a note to see what I am reading now or for other recommendations.