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Transformation Bibliography by Barbara Waugh


Bateson, Mary Catherine. Composing a Life. Plume, 1990.

Mary Catherine Bateson is the daughter of Margaret Meade and Gregory Bateson. A cultural anthropologist, she explores the limitations implied by the myth of the "quest"- the cornerstone of Western culture. She proposes alternative myths-for example, the quilt-by which to make meaning in our lives. Bonnie Severy and I did this at a TWC workshop several years ago.

Bornstein, David. The Price of a Dream: the Story of Grameen Bank. University of Chicago, Press, 1997.

The Grameen Bank story is the most exciting one I've heard in the last 10 years. An economics Ph.D. from Vanderbilt, Muhammad Yunus returned home to war-ravished Bangladesh, determined to make a difference. Nothing worked. Finally, using his own money, he created a bank for the poorest of the poor. To get a loan, a person had to prove s/he had no collateral. Twenty years later, the Grameen bank lends $500 million a year to 2 million of the poorest people on earth, with a 96% return rate - significantly better than most traditional banks. People have formed sustained community, and lifted their families out of debt for the first time in generations. The Grameen bank launched the micro-lending revolution that has turned upside down how bankers think about banking; and aid agencies think about aid.

I wonder, what would the parallel paradigm shift be for HP? What if our non-customers became our biggest market? What products do the poorest of the poor need from HP?

Bryan, Mark with Julia Cameron and Catherine Allen. The Artist's Way at Work. William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1998

Written by an artist, a management consultant and a senior line manager, this wonderful workbook demonstrates how imagination and curiosity create success and satisfaction at work and in life. It provides fun-to-do exercises to harness your personal creativity and build your own sustainable personal philosophy, which you can in turn scale up to the organizational level.

Collins, James C and Jerry I. Porras. Built to Last. HarperBusiness/Harper-Collins, 1994.

In Built to Last, Collins - a former POD engineer - and Porras distinguish visionary company from visionary leader. Most management books write about the latter. But who knows who founded or currently runs 3M? Yet it's always in the top 5 most creative companies? Why? Because its core values place contribution above profit, and its policies and programs embody these values. Bill and Dave gave Collins access to the archives, and many wonderful statements emerged: that contribution not profit is the purpose of the HP company. Profit is the proof of contribution, and the enabler for the next one. And more...

Counts, Alex. Give Us Credit. Times Books/Random House. 1996.

Please see notes on The Price of a Dream, above. Alex Counts runs the Grameen Foundation, USA.  Although this book is out of print, it is available through the Grameen Foundation, USA. For ordering information, please contact:

Grameen Foundation USA
1709 New York Avenue NW, Suite 101
Washington DC 20006
Phone: (202) 628-3560
Fax: (202) 628-3880

Jaworski, Joseph. Synchronicity. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1996.

In Synchronicity, Joseph Jaworski, the son of the Watergate special prosecutor, shares his evolution from a wildly successful law practice, to a breakdown before the meaninglessness of his life, to the founding of the American Leadership Forum, to the head of Global Scenario Planning for Royal Dutch/Shell Group. He gives language to the journey we experience when we go for the big dreams, the impossible challenges, and everything falls into place; and to the controlling behaviors that choke the flow that otherwise obtains. This is a remarkable story of personal transformation and its organizational implications.

Kanter, Rosabeth Moss. Men and Women of the Corporation . Basic Books, Inc., 1977.

Men and Women of the Corporation, one of the earliest books by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, winner of the C. Wright Mills award, is her best book in my opinion. I've bought and given away at least a hundred copies of this book in the last decade. Kanter summarizes all the relevant research to demonstrate that the relative numbers of people like us profoundly shape our behavior. When we are a token (the only foreigner, or woman, or hearing-impaired, or engineer in an otherwise homogenous group) the impact we can have differs vastly from what's available if we belong to a minority; which differs vastly from the impact we can have if we belong to the majority.

Kelly, Kevin. Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World. Addison Wesley, 1994.

This book breaks my sets. I pick it up like a meditation book to provoke me and blast me out of the box when I get stuck. Although I can remember little of what I read, even the next day, I believe his concepts of chaos and self-organization have profound relevance for the future organization of HPL.

Kleiner, Art. The Age of Heretics. Doubleday Books, 1996.

The Age of Heretics, alone among books about corporate life, demonstrates the malleability and the potential for good of our organizations. Kleiner, an editor o f The Whole Earth Catalogue, documents the history of the corporation from the time of the medieval monasteries down to the present, demonstrating that it's the people who challenge the reigning organizational paradigms that continue to evolve this form of social organization. As more and more individuals and companies ask the "For the World" questions, our companies evolve as powerful forces to change society for the better. Where is HP on this landscape?

Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara. I've Known Rivers. Penguin Books, 1994.

African-American sociologist Sara Lawrence Lightfoot interviews 6 outstanding African-American professionals, and challenges the stereotype of yuppie sell-outs and assimilation. She gives language to the tension many of us experience as we attempt to live lives true to our deepest values and dreams for the world and our communities, at the same time as living up to our highest professional standards. These lives reassure us that the messy compromises required by "doing it all" make for the richest and most satisfying life.

Owen, Harrison. Expanding Our Now: the Story of Open Space Technology. Berrett-Koehler Pub., 1997.

Harrison Owen is so great! Open Space Technology tells you his story, beginning with his years in divinity school, leaving it for the Civil Rights Movement, and then the Peace Corp is West Africa, and then a number of government agencies and finally, meeting facilitation and planning where he took on the challenge: "how to make the whole conference as great as the coffee break?" Open Space Technology is a meeting facilitation process to organize anywhere from 5 to 1000 people around very tough, very important organizational issues around which there is conflict of perspectives and whose resolution is non trivial. This book is about how OST developed, how and why it works all over the world, and how it is evolving to become not just an event management process, but a way of doing work, and even, a way of life. It offers many examples of when, where and how the meeting technique has helped groups achieve their organizational goals.

Owen, Harrison. Leadership Is. Berrett-Koehler Pub., 1997.

What happens to command and control leadership in a world of self-organizing groups that tap the intelligence and distributed leadership of the whole? Harrison provides provocative new concepts and language for rethinking leadership.

Owen, Harrison. Open Space Technology: a User's Guide. Berrett-Koehler Pub., 1997.

This book is a hands-on, detailed description of how to facilitate a meeting in Open Space. It outlines the rationale, procedures and requirements of OST; when and when not to hold an OST meeting, supplies, logistics, etc.

Wheatley, Meg. Leadership and the New Science. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 1992.

In Leadership and the New Science, Meg Wheatley explores the paradigms of complex and chaotic systems for organizational life. I underlined on every page of my book.


Jaeger, Rolf. Music from Mind and Soul. Pacific Sound, 1991.

Jaeger, Rolf. Sonic Metamorphosis. Pacific Sound, 1995.

This music is guaranteed to calm hyperactive children (and their parents!) Rolf Jaeger, who composed and performed these two albums, is a department manager in HP Labs. This is some of the most beautiful meditation and healing music I have ever heard.

Rolf says of his music:

It has always been the best reward for me to be able to share with someone else the joy I had when I created the music in the first place . . . I have been most fond of the music I created for the annual World Peace Meditations, which we [Rolf and the Tri-City Church of Religious Science in Fremont, CA] have participated in since 1986.

To order, send $11.00/cassette to:

Pacific Sound
38684 Kimbro St.
Fremont, CA 94536

On the web:

E-mail Rolf at rolf_jaeger@hpl.hp.com

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