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Discover the Alchemist Within

Discover the Alchemist Within
Taking the First Step Towards Personal Growth

First Edition
  • Kartikeyan V. - Leadership and organization consultant, coach and facilitator
  • Rachna Nandakumar - Consultant, areas of strategic human resources and organization development
  • Vishwanath P. - President and CEO, Institute of Transformational Coaching LLC

October 2018 | 268 pages | SAGE Response

You are more! You are more than the roles you play in your life, more than a set of behaviours, more than what you have been told you are. So, then, who are you? This question beckons you to commence on what may be the biggest adventure of a lifetime—the journey of discovering yourself.

In this book, the authors shift the focus from the utilitarian paradigm of ‘being the best’ to ‘being more of yourself’. This is a book for those wanting to embark upon the path of self-discovery and wholeness. It deftly weaves together elements from Karnatik music, psychology, Eastern and Indian principles of life and living to help individuals, leaders and organization systems to build meaningful agency and live integrally in the times we are in.

The exploration is made more exciting by the 4 worlds and 16 symbolic identities that exist within each of us. The book gives expression to every human being and helps readers identify the constellation of identities that are uniquely playing out in their lives. Psychological identities like the Mother, the Trickster, the Warrior and the Ruler have been part of the inner worlds of all of us and will continue to be. The book brings to fore the patterns, dilemmas, gifts and the drama of the different worlds and their inhabitants, and by befriending them, we befriend parts of ourselves. We become more.

Foreword by Anil Sachdev
An Invitation to the Alchemist in You
Introduction to the Transformative Alignment Map
The Four Worlds
The World of Structure and Order
The World of Autonomy and Initiative
The World of Connectedness and Nurturance
The World of Flow and Unfolding
The Sixteen Symbolic Identities
The Administrator
The Artiste
The Collaborator
The Curious Child
The Custodian
The Guide–Mentor
The Healer
The Mother
The Muse
The Provider of Resources
The Ruler
The Strategist
The Troubleshooter
The Trickster
The Warlord
The Warrior–Crusader
The TAM Playbook
The Way Forward
Appendix 1: The Two Axes of Orientation
Appendix 2: TAM Self-assessment/TAM Self-certification

With rapid changes happening in our life and work contexts, our dominant modes of thinking—systematically and analytically— may not deliver results. There is a need to think holistically about our roles, identities and, above all, our purpose. Discover the Alchemist Within does this by using dominant archetypes to help us understand ourselves better. The TAM allows us to examine our self, role, organization and contextual realities, and find coherence and resonance.

Vasanthi Srinivasan,
Professor, Organization Behaviour and Human Resources Management, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

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Kartikeyan V.

Kartikeyan V. is a leading Leadership and Organization consultant, coach and facilitator. With 20 years of experience in top management roles in human resources (HR) prior to his consulting, he has a significant appreciation of the challenges of the real world of executives working in volatile/dynamic contexts and structures. In addition, with his intimate engagement for over two decades with the ‘process-work’ movement in India, he imbues his work with a distinctive flavour of process-work technologies of understanding behaviour and the psychodynamicsof systems. He has worked with and facilitated... More About Author

Rachna Nandakumar

Rachna Nandakumar is a consultant in the areas of Strategic Human Resources and Organization Development. A human resource and learning professional with 15 years of experience, her primary areas of work have been in organization effectiveness, leadership development, change management, talent management and group facilitation. She believes very strongly in the spirit and potential of people and systems and works towards unleashing this energy and potential for increased organizational health where people are more productive, successful and fulfilled. Rachna is a fellow with Sumedhas Academy for... More About Author

Vishwanath P.

Viswanath P. is the President and CEO of the Institute of Transformational Coaching LLC, an organization focused on building transformative, ecosystemic leadership. He is an experienced executive coach and leadership development professional with over 23 years of organizational experience across a diverse set of industries including IT, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), retail, power and manufacturing.Vishy is a credentialed coach and a part of the Forbes Coaches Council. He works with senior leaders across the globe, spanning Asia, Middle East and the USA enabling them to lead successfully in... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789352808502