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Transformation Bibliography by Barbara
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
Collins, James C and Jerry I. Porras. Built to Last.
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,
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
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,
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
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
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,
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
To order, send $11.00/cassette to:
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