+In this resource area of my website, you can find links to white papers, comparison tables and other material that address issues of developmental theory, action inquiry and reflective practice.

1) The following three papers appeared in  AQAL: the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice.

Cook-Greuter, S. Assumptions vs. Assertions: Separating Hypotheses from Truth in the Integral Community, 2014 Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 8(3&4), 227-236 (Available in English and Russian)

Cook-Greuter, S. 20th Century background for Integral Psychology. AQAL: Journal of integral theory and practice. pp. 144-184,  Vol. 1, No.2., 2006. Integraluniversity.org

Cook-Greuter, S.   AQ as a scanning and mapping device. AQAL: Journal of integral theory and practice pp. 142-157,  Vol. 1, No 3., fall 2006. Integraluniversity.org

2) A detailed description of action logics is geared towards more organizational context and uses W. R. Torbert's names for the stages or action logics.

3) Making the case for a developmental perspective This paper introduces the concept of action logics as increasingly complex and flexible systems of meaning making to the management field. It adds the developmental perspective (vertical transformation) to the training and development concept of growth as lateral expansion. It outlines the major shift from viewing people mostly as different types to also considering differences in the level of their meaning making capacity.

4) Comprehensive language awareness  This is a summary of aspects of language relevant to understanding meaning making and assessing adult development via a language-based test. Though there is more current research, this is still a good overview. In the second part, the paper goes on to explore how the development of language awareness is treated in the constructivist developmental literature.

Additionally, I offer you two fascinating short stories. One by the Italian author, Primo Levi, A Tranquil Star (2007), the other by Steven Millhauser entitled: History of a Disturbance (2007). Both were published in the New Yorker magazine.  If you are one to contemplate what it means to “swim in a sea of words” (Gardner, The Unschooled Mind, 1991, p.55), then I recommend you delve into these readings as they deal in a creative way with the very topics raised in my more academic paper.

Since ancient times, the sages have been aware of language and its power to imprison, curse, and manipulate as well as to liberate, educate, and heal. Here are Laotse’s words.

5) For those of you who are interested in  the pros and cons of Kegan’s Subject-Object interview and the Leadership Development Profile, I include a detailed three-page comparison table. These two different approaches to measuring a person’s stage or center of gravity are evaluated on a number of criteria.  In conclusion,  the two measures (1) differ in psychometric properties, (2) have different limitations, and (3) produce different types of data useful for different kinds of purposes and analyses.  As always, feedback and discussion are welcome.

6) Paul Landraitis from Integral Development Associates (IDA) created the following vibrant, graphic comparison between Spiral Dynamics and the Leadership Development Framework. Any credit for the graphic goes to Paul Landraitis.

Here is a brief reflection on the visual.  The side by side list of the respective stages in colors  illustrates that the LMF distinguishes more stages both in the middle range of the spiral, or the conventional tier, as well as at the high-end of personal development. Moreover, the LMF provides a logical link to the evolution to transpersonal stages or fourth tier in a full spectrum developmental theory.

7) Russ Volckmann has been publishing an influential Integral Leadership Review since 2001 that  brings you  articles, book reviews, commentaries, updated summaries  of new books and articles, leadership quotes, insightful  interviews with leading minds and practitioners in the field and announcements of upcoming leadership-related workshops.  Subscriptions are complementary. Over 1600 people in more than sixty countries have subscribed. Check it out and see for yourself the benefits and succinct reading it offers. http://www.integralleadershipreview.com/

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