Publications by Otto Laske may be purchased as PDF files directly from the author by using the paypal button below. Some of these pdfs contain the most recent edition of Laske’s writings, especially on agile thinking and practice. Please allow 24 hours for delivery. Soft bound versions are available from Amazon using the purchase buttons on this page.
Dialectical Thinking for Integral Leaders: A Primer
This first book on complexity thinking for integral leaders will come in handy at a time of great turmoil in the global economy, reflected in organizational attempts at agile thinking, lean start ups, and forestalling the risk of defeat by disruptive business models.The author critiques the pervasive reliance on formal logical thinking, showing how via systems thinking a path can be cleared to transformational thinking based on Bhaskar’s Dialectical Critical Realism.
In particular, the book focuses on agile teams and circles, pointing to both the risks and opportunities of fading managerial hierarchies and demonstrating the need for introducing processes that scaffold organizational learning and collaborative intelligence. It teaches the rudiments of dialectical thinking, by providing exercises for boosting agile dialog practices in teams.
By introducing the four moments of dialectic and their associated thought forms, the book suggests avenues toward transforming organizational and institutional cultures through dialog that surpasses the flatland of logical and systems thinking.
Measuring Hidden Dimensions: The Art and Science of Fully Engaging Adults (2005; 2nd edition 2010; 3rd edition 2017; translated into German, French, Japanese, and Spanish)
A textbook on how, over their lifespan, adults develop in their meaning-making, based on empirical research since 1975, — a refinement and deepening of R. Kegan’s work providing an alternative to S. Cook-Greuter’s perspective. The book is the first to spell out deliberately developmental processes. It is addressed to leadership developers, individual and team coaches, team leaders and management consultants looking for scaffolding delivery of work. The author teaches and schools listening and thinking oriented to discerning stages of meaning-making by way of evaluating transcripts of recorded interviews in organizations. He shows how developmental listening potentially transforms all of a learner’s communications, making them agile and critical. For establishing DDOs, knowing and practicing what this volume teaches is indispensable.
The most current (3rd) edition of this text is available as a PDF. Please order at the top of this page.
Measuring Hidden Dimensions of Human Systems: Foundations of Requisite Organization (MHD2 2009; 2nd ed. 2017)
This book is a handbook for learning agile thinking, written for CEOs, Board Members, process consultants, managers, and leaders. It is the first book adapting complex, dialectical thinking to day-to-day organizational practices and human capital design. The book pioneers a large number of concepts indispensable for establishing and maintaining agile organizations and deliberately “developmental” organizations without getting lost in social-emotional meaning making (as now is common practice).
Specifically, the book introduces cutting-edge tools for assessing every one’s internal workplace in terms of complexity thinking through interviews by discerning the level of use of dialectical thought forms. The book introduces tools for boosting individuals’ and teams’ Inquiring System(s) to promote agile thinking, thereby updating E. Jaques’ cognitive theory of work and adapting it to agile values, principles, and practices.
A discussion of how organizations’ Capability Architecture relates to their Accountability Architecture is a highlight of the book. The discussion equally applies to hierarchically structured organizations and those characterized by agile design thinking.
A short introduction to this book is Otto Laske’s 2015 publication entitled “Dialectical Thinking for Integral Leaders: A Primer”, published by Integral Publishers, Tucson, AZ, US. While stopping short of providing a teaching program for dialectal thinking (now in the works), the book provides many exercises for self-schooling in agile thinking. It takes a first step toward a DTF-based leadership program presently in the works at IDM.
The most current version of this text is available as a PDF, in two separate forms: the text proper (MHD2, 2nd ed.) and a stand-alone version of the Manual of Dialectical Thought Forms, newly introduced by the author (DTFM, 2nd ed.). Please order at the top of the page.