Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership and Change / Edition 1

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Overview

Spiral Dynamics introduces a new model for plotting the enormous economic and commercial shifts that are making contemporary business practice so complex and apparently fragmented. Focusing on cutting-edge leadership, management systems, processes, procedures, and techniques, the authors synthesize changes such as:

  • Increasing cultural diversity.
  • Powerful new social responsibility initiatives.
  • The arrival of a truly global marketplace.

This is an inspiring book for managers, consultants, strategists, and leaders planning for success in the business world in the 21st century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405133562
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/2/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 496,425
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Beck is Co-founder of The National Values Center, Denton, Texas. He taught at the University of North Texas; played a major role in the South African transformation; and applies and enhances Gravesian/Spiral Dynamics concepts in corporate, educational, and geopolitical initiatives worldwide. He is active with Ken Wilber in the Integral movement.

Chris Cowan is Co-founder of The National Values Center and is based in Santa Barbara, California. He is partner in NVC Consulting which seek to continue and build on the legacy of Dr Clare W. Graves through research, application, and publications.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Overview of Spiral Dynamics:.

1. Different Times Produce Different Minds.

2. The Nature of MEME systems.

3. The Mind of the Spiral.

Part II: The Dynamics of the Spiral's MEME's:.

4. Change and the Spiral.

5. The Dynamics of Leadership.

6. Spiral Wizardry.

7. Spiral Alignment: Streaming Visions into Reality.

8. Spiral Integration: Power and Precision in Organization Design and Transformation.

Part III: The Spiral Wizard's Field Manuel: .

9. Beige: Survival Sense. The Instinctive MEME.

10. Purple: KinSpirits. The Clannish MEME.

11. Red: PowerGods. The Egocentric MEME.

12. Blue: TruthForce. The Purposeful MEME.

13. Orange: StriveDrive. The Strategic MEME.

14. Green: HumanBond. The Relativistic MEME.

15. Stepping Over to the Second Tier. Yellow: FlexFlow. The Systematic MEME.

16. The Second Tier, A Second Step. Turquoise: GlobalView. The Holistic MEME.

Part IV: Global Order and Chaos on the Dynamic Spiral:.

17. Global Awakenings: 'New World Order' (and Chaos).

Resources for Spiral Wizards

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    A book that presents some of the most concrete ideas on managing

    A book that presents some of the most concrete ideas on managing people to maximize theirs (and your) effectiveness.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

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    A demanding - but worthwhile - read about the forces that drive human behavior

    Management consultants Don Edward Beck and Christopher C. Cowan based this 1996 study on potentially game-changing work that professor Clare Graves completed 30 years earlier. The authors describe a series of spirals as the basic construct in the life cycle of a person, organization or nation. All the spirals or levels in this “spiral dynamic” system can be present simultaneously, and they are infinite – they place no limit on human or group development. Anyone who has worked with other people will find that spiral’s levels look familiar and make sense. A less useful book might end by describing the levels and their values or “memes,” but here, the authors supply dozens of examples and a detailed blueprint for putting knowledge of the levels into practice to help people and groups change. While smart and applicable, the book is difficult to parse: It is stylistically flawed, the editing is shaky and the structure is baffling. After reading the introduction and chapter 1, readers should skip to section 3 – a rich, interesting description of each level on the spiral. After this, getAbstract finds, reading chapters 2 to 8 – which cover the actual application of spiral dynamics – will be far more rewarding.

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