Curated Works for Your Learning & Development

We have curated and organized several books in the following seven categories to invite further learning. Each of these books offers time-tested wisdom from scholars, artists, and philosophers we’ve used to inform our designs, programs, and services.  We organized each selection as follows:

Accessible Reading = introduces the topic/concept. Intermediate Reading = presumes some experience with topic/concept. Advanced Reading = involves an extensive application of topic/concept in various contexts.

We also offer the following booklist by Tony Zampella, which has informed his work.

Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system economies

Author: Otto Scharmer, Kartin Kaufer
Date: 2013

Intermediate Reading


Leadership and Self Deception: Getting Out of the Box

Author: The Arbinger Institute
Date: 2000

See link to Video Clip

Accessible Reading


Building Trust: In Business, Politics, Relationship and Life

Authors: Robert Solomon and Fernando Flores
Date: 2001

See related blog post: Trust: Leadership Intelligence, part 2

Intermediate Reading


Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership

Author: Bill Torbert
Date: 2004

Intermediate Reading


Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness 25th Anniversary Edition

Author: Robert K. Greenleaf
Date: 2002

see related blog post: The Time is Right for Servant Leadership

Robert Greenleaf published these prophetic essays on servant leadership, a practical philosophy that replaces traditional autocratic leadership with a holistic, ethical approach. This highly influential book has been embraced by cutting edge management everywhere.

 Accessible Reading


The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success

Author: Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman, Kaley Klemp
Date: 2015

 Accessible Reading


The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life

Author: Parker J. Palmer
Date: 1997

 Accessible Reading


The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization

Author: Peter M. Senge
Date: 1994

See related blog post: Becoming the Heart of a Learning Culture, part 1

This Fieldbook provides notes from the field on Senge’s original best-selling text: The Fifth Discipline. The lessons learned present scenarios and experiences for building “learning organizations” of their own. Senge presents dialogues, lesson, connections and processes that support 1) personal mastery, 2) shared vision, 3) mental models, 4) team learning, and 5) systems thinking.

Advanced Reading


The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization

Author: Peter M. Senge
Date: Original 1992 / 2006 (revised)

See related blog post: Becoming the Heart of a Learning Culture, part 1

Senge’s best-selling original text, The Fifth Discipline was ranked one of the 50 best management books of the 20th Century. Here Senge’s offers executives a step-by-step guide to building “learning organizations” of their own. Senge defines his process as including 1) personal mastery, 2) shared vision, 3) mental models, 4) team learning, and 5) systems thinking.

Intermediate Reading


The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations

Author: Peter Senge
Date: 1999

Peter Senge’s follow up to the “Fifth Discipline” shared how changes work in the field enacting the five disciplines.

Advanced Reading


Reinventing Organizations: An Illustrated Invitation to Join the Conversation on Next-Stage Organizations

Author: Frederic Laloux
Date: 2016

Accessible Reading


Learning to Learn and the Navigation of Moods: The Meta-Skill for the Acquisition of Skills

Author: Gloria P. Flores
Date: 2016

Accessible Reading


Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values

Author: Fred Kofman
Date: 2006 (paperback, 2013)

Accessible Reading


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Author: Carol S. Dweck
Date: 2007

See related blog post: Which is it: Fixed or Growth?

Intermediate Reading


Conversations for Action

Authors: Fernando Flores and Maria Flores Letelier (editor)
Date: 2013

This collection of essays from Philosopher Fernando Flores (his work appears in other areas of our Learning Center) has developed work over the last three decades to clarify how to use speech acts, and how to employ the creative properties in generative language.

 Advanced Reading


The Art of Communicating

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Date: 2014

 Accessible Reading


Language and the Pursuit of Happiness

Author: Chalmers Brothers
Date: 2004

 Accessible Reading


On Dialogue

Author: David Bohm
Date: original, 1996, 2nd edition, 2004

Advanced Reading


How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work

Authors: Robert Kegan and Lisa Lakow Lahey
Date: 2001

Intermediate Reading


The Four Conversations

Authors: Jeffrey D. Ford and Laurie W. Ford
Date: 2009

Jeffrey Ford (whose papers are posted in other areas of our Learning Center), illustrates how most conversations to get things done at work are of one of four types-initiative conversations, conversations for understanding, performance conversations, or conversations for closure — but they are often done poorly or misused. This book shows managers and employees how to use each conversation.

 Intermediate Reading


Coaching to the Human Soul, Volume I

Author: Alan Sieler
Date: 2005

Alan Sieler publishes the first of his 3-volume approach to Ontological Learning.

Ontological Coaching is based on a new understanding of human beings and human interaction. Grounded in a substantive and robust theoretical framework, the method and practice of Ontological Coaching enables people being coached to connect with their souls and experience deep positive change. In this first of three volumes on Ontological Coaching, he presents a new practical understanding of language and communication, and its coaching applications.

 Advanced Reading


Coaching to the Human Soul, Volume II

Author: Alan Sieler
Date: 2007

In this second volume of Coaching to the Human Soul Alan Sieler breaks more ground in the coaching literature, as well as in the study of emotions. By addressing the nature of genuine personal transformation Alan skillfully demonstrates the centrality of moods and mood management for profound shifts in our perceptions of what is possible in life and our behavioral effectiveness. Drawing on significant developments in philosophy and biology he articulates the ideas of major thinkers in a way that is comprehensible and applicable. In this process Alan adds important intellectual and practical depth to the concept of Emotional Intelligence.

 Advanced Reading


Coaching to the Human Soul, Volume III

Author: Alan Sieler
Date: 2012

In this third volume, author Alan Sieler connects the complexity of Biology, Body and Congition with language, culture, structures and social change to co-create transformation.

 Advanced Reading


Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future

Authors: Peter M. Senge
Date: 2008

Intermediate Reading



The Essentials of Theory U: Core Principles and Applications

Author: Otto Scharmer
Date: 2018

 Accessible Reading


Sex, Ecology, Spirituality: The Spirit of Evolution, Second Edition

Authors: Ken Wilber
Date: 2001

See related blog post: Integral Theory: From Behaving to Belonging, Part 1

In this tour de force of scholarship and vision, Integral Philosopher, Ken Wilber, traces the course of evolution from matter to life to mind and describes the common patterns that evolution takes in all three of these domains. From the emergence of mind, he traces the evolution of human consciousness through its major stages of growth and development. He particularly focuses on modernity and postmodernity: what they mean; how they impact gender issues, psychotherapy, ecological concerns, and various liberation movements; and how the modern and postmodern world conceive of Spirit. This second edition features forty pages of new material, new diagrams, and extensively revised notes.

 Advanced Reading


The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization

Author: Peter M. Senge
Date: 1994

See related blog postBecoming the Heart of a Learning Culture, part 1

Senge’s best-selling The Fifth Discipline was ranked one of the 50 best management books of the 20th Century. Here he offers executives a step-by-step guide to building “learning organizations” of their own. Senge defines his process as including 1) personal mastery, 2) shared vision, 3) mental models, 4) team learning  and 5) systems thinking.

 Intermediate Reading


The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations

Author: Peter Senge
Date: 1999

Peter Senge’s follow up to the “Fifth Discipline” shared how changes works in the field enacting the five disciplines.

 Advanced Reading


Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system economies

Author: Otto Scharmer, Kartin Kaufer
Date: 2013

Intermediate Reading


Spiral Dynamics in Action: Humanity’s Master Code

Author: Prof. Don Edward Beck
Date: 2018

 Advanced Reading


White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

This personal narrative by Tim Wise. Wise is effective at presenting experiences for becoming aware of how Whiteness shows up in everyday situations from early childhood, in school, and in adulthood.

Accessible Reading


Between the World and Me

This raw and penetrating personal narrative by Ta-Nehisi Coates invites inquiry and conversations, and confront many of our myths around race and racism.

Accessible Reading


White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.

Educator/Academic Robin DiAngelo defines concepts that constitute what she terms White Fragility, a complex dynamic that fuels the defensiveness that maintains whiteness as an ideology of systemic bias. If you allow it, this book can open us to so many hidden ways we avoid dealing with our own guilt and pain around racism. 

Intermediate Reading


How to Be an Anti-racist

This pedagogical testimony, by historian/academic Ibram X. Kendi, weaves together personal narrative and historical context to deliver concepts in an anti-racist paradigm. The author carefully explores the Anti-Racist paradigm via specific often overlooked — foundations. Kendi weaves together a new understanding that pays special attention to the assimilation trap that many of us – some Black and most Whites — have been socialized into as Americans.

Intermediate Reading


Mindful of Race, Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

With this evolutionary view of race and being, Ruth King combines Eastern wisdom and practice with Western concepts and knowledge and offers this inquiry: Tend first to our suffering, listen to what it is trying to teach us, and direct its energies most effectively for change.

Drawing on her expertise as a meditation teacher and diversity consultant, King invites us to explore who we are as racial beings. She invites us to use mindfulness to expand to an interdependent awareness and understanding of these issues. Her work and practices support increasing racial awareness and navigating racial tensions, while teaching us how to learn together in racial affinity groups.

Intermediate Reading

Mastery, The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment

Author: George Leonard
Date: 1992

George Leonard’s classic book offers sage wisdom to begin a life of continuous learning. He identifies practices and principles that can move us beyond our Western training to bring joy and pleasure to learning and practicing. This book of wisdom is a must-read for anyone who wishes to unlearn concealed assumptions that can impede true learning. 

 Accessible Reading


Mindfulness in Plain English

Author: Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Date: 2011

 Accessible Reading


Integral Buddhism: And the Future of Spirituality

Author: Ken Wilber
Date: 2018

 Intermediate Reading


The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Date: 1999

 Intermediate Reading


How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind

Author: Pema Chödrön
Date: 2013

 Accessible Reading


Buddhism Plain and Simple

Author: Steve Hagen
Date: 1998

 Accessible Reading


Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Author: Shunryu Suzuki
Date: original, 1970, (hardcover, 2006 / paperback, 2011)

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books.  Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line.  In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss what it’s all about.  An instant teaching on the first page.  And that’s just the beginning.

 Accessible Reading


Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

Author: Joseph Goldstein
Date: 2013

 Intermediate Reading


Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Date: March 1, 1998

A primer on the practices and insights of Buddhism that avoids the use of foreign words, technical terms, lists or jargon while retaining much of the original wisdom.

 Accessible Reading


Martin Heidegger, Key Concepts

Author: Edited by Bret W. Davis
Date: 2014

Advanced Reading


Being-in-the-World: A Commentary on Heidegger’s Being and Time, Division I

Author: Hubert L. Dreyfus
Date: 1990

Advanced Reading


The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America

Author: David Whyte
Date: 1996

Has your work lost its meaning? Are you afraid of pursuing your dreams for fear of failing or–worse–getting fired? Do you yearn to find creativity, and even joy, in your job? In The Heart Aroused, David Whyte brings his unique perspective as poet and consultant to the workplace, showing readers how fulfilling work can be when they face their fears and follow their dreams.

 Accessible Reading


The Power of Now

Author: Eckhart Tolle
Date: 2001

Much more than simple principles and platitudes, Eckhart Tolle’s seminal writing takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.

 Accessible Reading


SQ 21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence

Author: Cindy Wigglesworth
Date: 2012

According to author Cindy Wigglesworth, Spiritual Intelligence is the ability to behave with wisdom and compassion while maintaining inner and outer peace regardless of the situation.  In her book, SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence, Cindy distinguishes how Spiritual Intelligence, (SQ) analogous to IQ and emotional intelligence (EQ/EI), develops our muscles to evolving from thinking with our self-focused ego to acting from our Higher Self.

Accessible Reading


Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

Author: Parker J. Palmer
Date: 1999

 Accessible Reading