A MatrixWorks Reading List

Aposhyan, S.; Natural Intelligence; Body-Mind Integration and Human Development, 1999

Explores the influence of emotion and motivation on an organic, level. Includes exercises, practical techniques, and case studies for personal use in achieving health and well-being.

Barkin, K.; Corporate DNA, 1998

Explores the influence of emotion and motivation on an organic, level. Includes exercises, practical techniques, and case studies for personal use in achieving health and well-being.

Benson, J.; Working More Creatively with Groups, 2009

Benson presents the essential knowledge required to set up and work with a group. He looks at how to plan and lead a group successfully and how to intervene skillfully. As well as covering the different stages in the life of a group, the book emphasizes the various levels of group experience and gives suggestions for working imaginatively with them.

Brach, T.; Radical Acceptance: Embracing your life with the heart of the Buddha

Brown, Juanita The World Café: Shaping our Futures Through Conversations that Matter, 2005

This book can help people break out of the linear, encapsulated world of every-day life, in which most are ensnared and help organizations and networks achieve collective intelligence and formulate future-focused plans. The book provides a means for engaging with many others in exploring important issues at a variety of levels: group, corporate, community, national, or international. It presents the World Cafe Process (Cafe or WCP), which generally consist of three rounds of progressive conversation, each lasting about 20 or 30 minutes, followed by a dialog among the whole group.

Capra, F.; The Web of Life, 1997

In The Web of Life, Capra takes sets forth a new scientific language to describe interrelationships and interdependence of psychological, biological, physical, social, and cultural phenomena–the “web of life.”

Capra, F.; Belonging to the Universe, 1993

The trailblazer of new science and a contemporary Thomas Merton explore the parallels between new paradigm thinking in science and religion that together offer a remarkably compatible view of the universe.

Chilton Pearce, J.; Biology of Transcendence

Clippinger, J.; The Biology of Business, 1999

The Biology of Business is a blueprint for sparking self-organization, knowledge, and rapid change in any company. Edited by Clippinger, the book is a collection of 10 essays about the complexity theory of managing

Conley, Chip; PEAK: How Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow, 2007

Conley started the California boutique hotel chain Joie de Vivre Hospitality with the Phoenix Hotel. At the center of this how-to is psychologist Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a pyramid that ranks human needs from base to self-actualizing. Used as the basis for employee, customer and stakeholder satisfaction, Conley contends, it can transform a business and its people. Conley describes how using the pyramid saved his company from bankruptcy when the dot-com bubble burst.

Colman, Arthur; Up from Scapegoating: Awakening Consciousness in Groups, 1995

Arthur Colman was a practicing analyst at the Jung Institute in San Francisco and realized the psychological peril created when deep psychological work was done without awareness of the contextual group dynamics. This book is about finding balance between the individual consciousness and the group consciousness. Also it talks about the concept of the shadow and the scapegoat, which are the dark aspects of personal and groups that we choose to block out or push upon someone or something.

Cooperrider, D.; Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change, 2005

This short, practical guide offers an approach to organizational change based on the possibility of a more desirable future, experience with the whole system, and activities that signal “something different is happening this time.” That difference systematically taps the potential of human beings to make themselves, their organizations, and their communities more adaptive and more effective. AI, a theory of collaborative change, erases the winner/loser paradigm in favor of coordinated actions and closer relationships that lead to solutions at once simpler and more effective.

Edelman, G.; Wider Than The Sky

Flaherty, J.; Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others, 3rd edition, 2010

This book frames deep questions about how humans operate across a series of interconnected domains such as the mind, body and emotions. He frames crisp distinctions about the coaching process which will generate new perspectives on the role of the coach. He leaves a trail of deeply researched threads that the reader can explore after reading to deepen their knowledge and understanding. You are invited to explore, with profound curiosity, your own beliefs on what we are as human beings and how we should show up as coaches. From his coaching metaphors, analogies and questions there are inexplicable possibilities that crystallize.

Fredrickson, B.; Love 2.0: Finding Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection

Gladwell, Malcolm; The Tipping Point

Gladwell, Malcolm; Blink

Goleman, D.; Working with Emotional Intelligence, 2000

Working With Emotional Intelligence takes the concepts from Daniel Goleman’s bestseller, Emotional Intelligence, into the workplace.

Goleman, D.; Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence, 2004

“The fundamental task of leaders… is to prime good feeling in those they lead. That occurs when a leader creates resonance—a reservoir of positivity that unleashes the best in people. At its root, then, the primal job of leadership is emotional.” So argue Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) and EI (emotional intelligence) experts Boyatzis and McKee. They use The word “primal” is used, not only in its original sense, but also to stress that making employees feel inspired and empowered is the job a leader should do first.

Goleman, D.; Social Intelligence, The New Science of Human Relationships, 2007

In this companion volume to his bestseller, Emotional Intelligence, Goleman persuasively argues for a new social model of intelligence drawn from the emerging field of social neuroscience.

Hansen, R.; Hardwiring Happiness

Johnson, Steven; Emergence: the Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, 2002

An individual ant, like an individual neuron, is just about as dumb as can be. Connect enough of them together properly, though, and you get spontaneous intelligence. Web pundit Steven Johnson explains what we know about this phenomenon with a rare lucidity. Starting with the weird behavior of the semi-colonial organisms we call slime molds, Johnson details the development of increasingly complex and familiar behavior among simple components: cells, insects, and software developers all find their place in greater schemes.

Johnson, Sue: Hold Me Tight; Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, 2008

There’s something appealing about this book’s honest, no-holds-barred approach. By creating complete emotional safety and by willing to be fearless about it, it seems to me, not only can real love be kept alive, it can flourish

Kahane, A: Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change, 2009

War is no way to resolve our most problematic group, community, and societal issues, but neither is a peace that simply sweeps our problems under the rug. To create lasting change we have to learn to work fluidly with two distinct, fundamental drives that are in tension: power—the single- minded desire to achieve one’s solitary purpose; and love—the drive towards unity. They are seemingly contradictory but in fact complimentary. As Martin Luther King put it, “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.” Kahane reveals how to dynamically balance these two forces. Just as when we are toddlers we learn to shift from one foot to the other to move ourselves forward, so we can learn to shift back and forth between power and love in order to move society forward.

Kayser, T.; Mining Group Gold, Third Edition: How to Cash in on the Collaborative Brain Power of a Team for Innovation and Results, 2010

Based on practical advice rather than fluff or theory, the Mining Group Gold systematic approach is the essential guide to building and maintaining strong, collaborative organizational teams.

Kelley, S.; The Complexity Advantage, 1999

This is a very clear presentation of a difficult topic-the relationship of the new field of complexity science to business. It is particularly useful for anyone who is thinking “Complexity science is interesting, but what are the implications for the real world.” This book gets off to an outstanding start with the unit “The Main Point: Self-Organization.” This indeed is the aspect of complexity science that has the most relevance for business.

Koestenbaum, P.; Leadership: The Inner Side of Greatness, 2002

Believing that leadership is a “mindset and a pattern of behaviors” that can be learned and taught, Koestenbaum presents and illustrates the meaning of his “Leadership Diamond.” This consists of “four strategies for greatness”: vision (thinking big and new), reality (having no illusions), ethics (providing service), and courage (acting with sustained initiative).

Lemkow, A.; The Wholeness Principle: Dynamics of Unity Within Science, Religion, and Society, 1990

Integrative approaches to religion, philosophy, science and world affairs to shape a bright future.

Levoy, G.; Callings; Finding and Following an Authentic Life, 1998

How do we know if we’re following our true callings? How do we sharpen our senses to cut through the distractions of everyday reality and hear the calls that are beckoning us? Drawing on the hard-won wisdom and powerful stories of people who have followed their own calls, Gregg Levoy shows us the many ways to translate a calling into action.

Lewis, Th. MD; A General Theory of Love, 2001

A General Theory of Love, by San Francisco psychiatrists Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon, is a powerfully humanistic look at the natural history of our deepest feelings, and why a simple hug is often more important than a portfolio full of stock options. Their grasp of neural science is topnotch, but the book is more about humans as social animals and how we relate to others–for once, the brain plays second fiddle to the heart.

Lipman-Blumen,J.; Connective Leadership: Managing in a Changing World, 2000

Lipman-Blumen posits that organizations wanting to succeed in a world that is becoming more interdependent and more diverse simultaneously require a new leadership model. The book’s three parts examine the origin and evolution of the human need for leadership, detail what is described as the Connective Leadership Model and explore the empirical organizational results and philosophical implications of this new model

Lipman-Blumen,J.; Hot Groups, 1999

Hot Groups makes a passionate case for injecting strategic disorder into disciplined organizations. Packed with information, it is clearly written, superbly organized and entirely original. Anyone who has an interest in fostering quick and real organizational change to confront a rapidly transforming world will want to read it and refer to it

Macy, J.; Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World, 1998

At the interface between spiritual breakthrough and social action, Coming Back to Life is eloquent and compelling as well as being an inspiring and practical guide. The first third of the book discusses with extraordinary insight the angst of our era, and the pain, fear, guilt and inaction it has engendered; it then points forward to the way out of apathy, to “the work that reconnects”. The rest of the book offers both personal counsel and easy-to-use methods for working with groups in a number of ways to profoundly affect peoples’ outlook and ability to act in the world.

Masaru, E.; Messages from Water and the Universe, 2010

This fascinating book explains how our prayers, goodwill, and positive words heal us humans—as well as viruses and the universe as a whole—through water

McClure, B.; Putting a New Spin on Groups: The Science of Chaos, 2nd edition, 2004

A radical and innovative look at group dynamics.

Mindell, A.; Sitting in the Fire: Large Group Transformation Using Conflict and Diversity, 1995

this volume offers practical methods for working with conflict, leadership crises, stagnation, abuse, terrorism, violence, and other social action issues. It brings an understanding of the psychology of conflict and the knowledge that many disputes can be traced back to inequalities of rank and power between parties, providing tools that will enable people to use conflict to build community.

Mindell, A.; The Leader as Martial Artist: Techniques and Strategies for Revealing Conflict and Creating Community, 2000

Deep democracy, the inherent importance of all parts of ourselves and all viewpoints in the world around us, is introduced as the concept that facilitates conflicts in relationships, communities, and the world. Skills and attitudes needed in situations of chaos, attack, transformation and conflict are provided, and examples from all over the world illustrate the theory.

Ornish, D.; Love and Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health, 1999

With best-sellers on reducing stress and modifying diet to alleviate and reverse the effects of physical heart disease to his credit, Ornish now tackles “emotional and spiritual heart disease,” the remedy for which consists of “love and intimacy.” The benefits of opening our hearts to others go beyond curing our bodies of disease; it’s also the first step toward healing our entire lives.

Oshry, B.; The Possibilities of Organization, 1986

In a disarmingly simple book, Oshry strips away much of the mystery and mythology of organization life. Part I deals with “Internal Warfare”, a painfully familiar scenario of organization life. Part II takes you into the distinctly different worlds of Tops, Middles, Bottoms and Customers of organizations. You see how misunderstanding and conflict develop across “worlds” and how cooperation can be achieved. Part III confronts you with critical choices faced every day, choices that can transform your life and the life of your organization.

Oshry, B.; Seeing Systems: Unlocking the Mysteries of Organizational Life, 2007

Seeing Systems is a reader-friendly way to explore the powerful and uncomfortable truths of Oshry’s 25 years’ experience with workshops on power. His stories, poetry, and conversations will captivate and confront us all. It’s a timely book to read if you’re thinking something should be changed.

Pascale, R.; Surfing the Edge of Chaos: The Laws of Nature and the New Laws of Business, 2001

Extracting key “dynamics of survival” from the life sciences, these three management consultants successfully show business leaders how to turn their companies into agile and adaptable “living systems” that achieve long- term vitality and sustainability in a swiftly evolving environment. Their four “bedrock” principles are “Equilibrium is a precursor to death”; “Living things move toward the edge of chaos”; “Components of living systems self- organize” in response to turmoil; and “Living systems cannot be directed along a linear path.”

Pert, C.; Molecules of Emotion

Porges, S.; Polyvagal Theory, 2011

Porges is the mind behind the groundbreaking Polyvagal Theory, which has startling implications for the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and autism. Adopted by clinicians around the world, the Polyvagal Theory has provided exciting new insights into the way our autonomic nervous system unconsciously mediates social engagement, trust, and intimacy.

Ramachandran, V.; Phantoms in the Brain

Sawyer, Keith.: Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration

Forget about the myth of the solitary genius: collaborative effort generates ideas and inventions, says this useful, upbeat book about how innovation always emerges from a series of sparks—never a single flash of insight. Judiciously wielding exercises and dozens of examples, Sawyer (Explaining Creativity) helps the reader understand how people think and function in and out of groups.

Schldrake, R,; Aspects of the Extended Mind

Schultz, M.; The New Feminine Brain

Senge, P.; The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization, 1994

How to build an organization that learns – through Systems Thinking, Personal Mastery, Mental Models, Shared Vision, and Team Building. Includes practice and a ‘where do we go from here’ chapter.

Senge, P.; Presence

Senge, P.; The Dance of Change: The Challenge of Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations, 1999

If you believe that people are the only long-term competitive advantage and lifelong learning is the way to fully develop that advantage, you must read this book. It’s about the real work, the work of implementation!

Siegal, D.; The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are, 2001

Siegel creatively integrates state-of-the-art knowledge of emotional development, neurobiology, cognitive science, attachment research, and and complexity theory. The resulting model cogently describes how a developing brain/mind organizes itself in the context of an emotional relationship with other brain/minds. This cutting-edge volume is essential reading for clinicians, researchers, and anyone who is intrigued by one of science’s fundamental problems–the psychobiological origins of the human mind.

Siegal, D.; The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-being, 2007

Siegel blends personal experience with scientific research, attempting to capture the spiritual as well as the physiological phenomenon of “mindfulness”-or, in Siegel’s acronym-speak, COAL: the state of simultaneous Curiosity, Openness, Acceptance and Love.

Sills, F.; Craniosacral Biodynamics: The Breath of Life, Biodynamics, and Fundamental Skills, 2001

Craniosacral therapy is based on the belief that functions of the human system are maintained and integrated by a biodynamic force known as ‘primary respiration,’ or the breath of life. Found in the brain, spinal cord, and bodily fluids, this rhythmic pulse promotes healing and health.

Simmons, A.; A Safe Place for Dangerous Truths: Using Dialogue to Overcome Fear and Distrust at Work, 2006

his illuminating guide gets people to tell the truth at the meeting–not in the bathroom afterwards.

Smith, Kenwyn K. and Berg, David:
Paradoxes of Group Life: Understanding Conflict, Paralysis,
 and Movement in Group Dynamics, 1997

In this groundbreaking classic, Kenwyn Smith and David Berg offer a revolutionary approach to understanding groups and overcoming the problems that often paralyze group members, the group as a whole, and relations among groups. They explore the hidden dynamics that can prevent a group from functioning effectively. And they show how an apparently paradoxical suggestion, for example, inviting a success oriented group to risk failure, or affirming the benefits of going nowhere to a group focused on moving ahead can break action barriers, overcome conflicts, and improve group performance.

Swimme,B.; The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era–A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos, 1994

Physicist Swimme and cultural historian Berry here examine and synthesize a vast body of knowledge and hypothesis from the fields of astronomy, physics, biology, anthropology, and history. They seek to provide a concise but comprehensive story of the development and evolution of the universe, the earth, and humanity.

Tharthang Tulku; Kum Nye Relaxation, Vol. 1, Vol. 2

The exercises seem simple and straight forword as they open avenues to certain feelings in you – the amazing part is, after you open that feeling flow so it flows through your body, you have established a permanent pathway whereby this “feeling” or “sensation” is available again whenever the opportunity.

Thich Nhat Hanh; Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, 2006

The book describes the four methods of mindfulness: mindfulness of the body, the feelings, the mind, and the object of mind. It teaches how to deal with anger and jealousy; to nurture the best qualities in our children, spouse, and friends; and to greet death with compassion and equanimity.

Tulku Thondrup; Boundless Healing, 2001

These are powerful, authentic and yet simple meditations to bring health to body and mind, heart and spirit. But most precious of all, Tulku Thondup shows that not only are well-being and happiness within our reach, but our whole life can be lived as a journey of peace and joy.

The Healing Power of Mind, 1998

A cosmic counselor of sorts, Thondup guides us first through simple exercises in relaxation and accepting present circumstances. His healing method centers on visualization, beginning with emotions and moving on to the body. With breathing and sound as part of the package, the meditator creates a sense of well-being and compassion that is ideally carried over mindfully into everyday activities

Waugh, B.; The Soul in the Computer: The Story of a Corporate Revolutionary, 2001

Waugh serves as a perfect role model for those who hope to effect change by “working within the system.” Part memoir and part how-to manual for corporate “revolutionaries,” Waugh’s story shows how successful transformation is the result of a series of “small wins.” She shares her victories and recommends “turning ‘enemies’ into allies; amplifying positive deviance; scaling up, scaling down; and playing with whoever shows up.”

Weisinger, H.; Emotional Intelligence at Work: The Untapped Edge for Success, 2000

EI can be developed and dramatically increased. This unprecedented book demonstrates how to master the core competencies of EI, abilities that include self-motivation, high self-awareness, mood management, and emotional mentoring. In addition, it includes scores of real-world examples and dozens of practical exercises that accelerate the process, along with step-by-step approaches to mastering a variety of EI techniques, and assure success in the workplace.

Wheatley, M.; Leadership and the New Sciences: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World, 3rd edition, 2006

An extraordinary book. The new physics is opening frontiers of knowledge that are among the most significant of this century. Applying these discoveries to management and leadership is extraordinarily eye-opening.

Wheatley, M.; A Simpler Way, 1998

This book focuses on the basic themes of play, organization, self, emergence, and notions of coherence to explore how people really systemize their existence. The authors draw upon science, poetry, philosophy, and other unconventional corporate resources to suggest a completely original method of working together.

Wheatley, M.; Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future, 2009

“The intent of this book is to encourage and support you to begin conversations about things that are important to you and those near you,” says Wheatley. “It has no other purpose.”

Whyte, D.; Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity, 2002

Gracefully using the metaphor of a sea voyage to depict the journey through the world of work, Whyte views work not only as a means of support, but as a means for interacting with the world and developing self-expression and identity.

Zohar, D.; ReWiring the Corporate Brain: Using the New Science to Rethink How We Structure and Lead Organizations, 1997

Revolutionary advice for achieving workplace change. Businesses should be operated like brains, she argues, utilizing all of the mental, emotional, and spiritual stimuli at their disposal. Ordinarily, however, most ignore the latter two and rely solely on just one-third of their “corporate brains”–a shortcoming Zohar shows how to correct so that truly effective responses can be crafted for myriad predicaments.