This book is a definite read for everyone who is on a journey of transformation and wants to explore their internal world. I have not read any other book that uses the concepts of Jungian archetypes so masterfully and applies it to the context of organizations and organizational systems. The book is beautifully written and conjures up a kaleidoscope of endless possibilities for personal growth.
A very simple and yet so relevant framework. Really triggered few first of its kind idea and I am planning to brainstorm with the authors to see how we can put this framework into effective use in an organization.
An amazing Indian model integrating Karnatic music with Jungian Archetypes, Gareth Hill's Masculine/Feminine energies, work of Angeles Arrien and many others, this is a must read for the serious explorer of the self. It is sophisticated and yet simple. You will find triggers and insights if you are looking for quick answers to who am I? Why am I like this? and so on. If you are willing to invest and work with yourself as you read, you may find that which transforms the self - the Alchemist! Happy exploring.
I've been a student of one of the co-authors (Vishwanath P) and have tremendously enjoyed his classes, especially for the literary allusions - he introduced me to authors such as Viktor Frankl. So when I heard about a book that he had co-authored, I jumped at the first available chance to buy it and read it (thank you Kindle for the instant gratification!)
This is an important book, first and foremost, for the authors' masterful blending of Indic philosophy (via their obvious fondness for and expertise in Carnatic music) and personality development - for me, this is a first. From the get go, the way the authors spoke of 'alignment' using analogies from classical music resonated with me. Then came the introduction to the four worlds - the worlds of structure, autonomy, connectedness and flow - each one described so well, and illustrated vividly with real world people and examples (Nirupa Roy's 'mother' characters as the personification of the WCN persona? Bang on). These worlds are the entrances to a universe of characters within us - the administrator, the artiste, the mother, the muse and so on. As I went through the chapters, I could so easily identify facets of those in my circle in these identities. More importantly, I could identify facets of MYSELF in them. The finale was the TAM playbook - probably the most important part of the book - an actionable set of exercises that help the reader start his/her journey of transformation. The authors end with painting the way forward.
I am going through the exercises and may have more to add after I do. Thank you Vishy, Kartik and Rachna for an illuminating read. I hope to see more emerge from the TAM philosophy in the coming months and years.
This book is unique in what it offers. The language is simple and free flowing and has something deep to offer in its wide ranging examples from Greek Mythology to Hollywood cinema to day to day life experiences and many more weaved together seamlessly. It is highly engaging as it details out very gracefully, identities that are part of each of us in varying measures. Every reader is bound to engage with it at a level that is unique to their life experiences. It beautifully guides an inner dialogue for the reader helping to reflect on their own lives and offers triggers for exploration for anyone even mildly inclined towards their personal growth.
The purpose of this book seems to be for a larger cause of human wellness. Kudos to the authors. Am yet to go through the play book at the end..looking forward to it as I hear very positive things about it.