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Leading Comments

Russ Volckmann

Before looking at the material we are providing in this issue of ILR, I would like to thank our interns for 2011-2012.

  • David Houglum, Gonzaga University, Tacoma, Washington
  • Kathleen Huggins, Gonzaga University, Tacoma, Washington
  • Vivian Pettries, Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota

If it were not for this team of interns there would be a lot more typos and questionable editing than there is. However, I must take full responsibility for any that you still find. Sometimes, the pressures of deadlines make it impossible to run pieces past this talented crew.

We are pleased to announce that Kathleen Huggins will continue on to a second year of internship with us. She has made significant contributions to our work above and beyond proofing and editing. For example, she drafted the submission guidelines that you can link to on the ILR welcome page. We highly recommend that all authors and potential authors review these guidelines.

Joining Kathleen this year will be PhD students at or near dissertation stage:

  • Felisa Parris, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mundy Viar, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California.

In addition, we will have two more interns. One will work with Jeannie Carlisle, Editor of ILRParticles and will have major responsibility for writing material for that digest presentation of ILR articles and interviews. This will be Karen Tanguma who is working on her PhD at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

For the first time we will also have an intern working with us for part of the year on social media. We are hoping that we can discover and implement social media in a way that is useful to our subscribers. Walker Karraa, who is working on her PhD at Sofia University, Palo Alto, California, will be bringing her skills to this role.

Add this talent to the Bureau Chiefs around the world and the others associated with ILR and we look forward to the next five issues. By the way, the January 2013 issue is being guest edited by Italian Bureau Chief, Antonio Marturano, PhD, in Rome. Previews suggest this will be a most interesting issue.

Now for this issue’s highlights.

Fresh Perspectives includes two interviews, one with Scott Conard, MD. Scott has had extensive training in integral leadership with Stagen in Dallas, Texas. He is presenting his integral views on healthcare in the United States. Tom Albanese is the CEO of Rio Tinto, a major global corporation in the mining and refining industry; this is the first time that I have interviewed someone in the top management position of a global corporation.

Articles in this issue feature a return visit from Otto Laske and his work on dialectics and adult development, Shawn O’Fallon discussing unitive leadership with a focus on Nelson Mandela, Tom Bruno-Magdich on integral creativity and innovation, and Todd Duncan focuses on ways to cultivate a frame of mind from which wise decisions naturally arise. Robert Wayne Johnston returns with a model of power and leadership and Associate Editor, Mark McCaslin, is joined by Karen Scott to introduce a new concept: metagogy.

Our in depth book reviews include Richard Couto bringing his senior scholar status to an assessment of Barbara Kellerman’s The End of Leadership (see the interview with Kellerman in the June 2012 ILR) and Graham Mummery shining his integral lens on Sedlacek’s timely consideration of economics as good and evil.

We have added to our distinguished list of columnists, Lisa Norton and her introductory column in integral design leadership. Then check out, Don Beck, Mark McCaslin, and Alfonso Montuori. Where else can you find scholars and practitioners of this caliber all in one issue of the same journal?

Also, we bring two exceptional PhD learner papers. Jorge Tabroga of Saybook University returns to ILR with a paper looking at stages of development of leaders and organizational transformation. Soon to be intern from Sofia University, Walker Karraa offers interesting insights into the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Add to this, a remarkable international list of Notes from the Field, Leadership Emerging and what I hope is a thoughtful and even provoking CODA for this issue and you have plenty to keep you busy. Who knows? Maybe you will add your comments or be included in a future ILR Table of Contents. And don’t forget, if you want to take a quick look at the contents of this issue, check out Editor Jeannie Carlisle’s always graphically interesting ILRParticles. It is a great way to get a sense of the key messages of interviews and articles in ILR.

Russ Volckmann

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