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“A book that brings into the world a rare seeking that is often kept at a distance.... The authors have proposed a ‘musical composition’ that smudges organizational and individual separators, persuading the philosopher and the pragmatist to find each other within themselves.”
Through this book, we are introduced to the Transformative Alignment Map (TAM), which is a profound concept that seeks to explain the relationship between the individual and the system. The high level of clarity that the authors have about the concept has enabled them to treat this complex subject with astounding simplicity. The engaging style of writing makes this book a compulsory read.
An alchemist is one who transmutes something ordinary into something special. There is an alchemist in each of us waiting to help know and value ourselves. The authors through their sound philosophical foundation and deep research combined with magical insights have created a framework that allows us to discover our inner nature and helps us align within and with others as well as with the context. Read on to discover yourself and enjoy awakening the alchemist in you….
At a time when more and more individuals search for meaning and alignment in their organizational roles, the authors offer through Discover the Alchemist Within a refreshingly new perspective by means of a bold and ingenious synthesis of the essence of Karnatik music and Jungian psychology. Brilliant!
The TAM, introduced to us through this book, is a refreshing approach to working simultaneously with the layers of self-role in an organizational context. The framework is inviting and yet not definitive in boxing you down. Through a playful yet serious narrative, the authors encourage you to discover and then shape aspects of your stances that contribute to or hinder a more wholesome engagement in multiple roles and systems.
This book is for those serious about creating transformation! The authors have combined their extensive research and work with symbols, and insights from Indian music as they explore the self in roles and organizations. Discover the 16 identities around you, as you work your way to create wholesome integration. Having used their self-assessment myself, I am amazed at how much of me it reveals.
Discover the Alchemist Within is a book that made me think about the dynamic interplay between multiple individual identities and various roles one plays in organizations. Discovery and deeper understanding of these identities help an individual to find that alignment which could catapult one’s effectiveness to newer heights. The state of integration and wholeness is an outcome of perfect alignment in four spaces, namely self and role, role and organization, self and organization, and organization and context. The TAM framework explains this phenomenon.
This book is a lyrical voyage across the psychological worlds of ‘connectedness’, ‘flow’, ‘autonomy’ and ‘structure’ which reside in each of us. It is an engrossing narration of self-discovery which weaves through multiple signposts ranging from the works of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, works of poetry and literature to popular movies, scriptures and stories…and brings one to meet and understand the archetypes of personal transformation. A delightful reading, this book itself is a work of alchemy….
Discover the Alchemist Within is a must-read for anyone seeking a rich, meaty, value-added dimension to understand human behaviour. In my 30 years of leadership study, application and teaching, I have rarely encountered a book that has expanded and stimulated me as much as this one. The authors provide fantastic vistas with two paradigm-shifting constructs: the TAM revealing 4 ‘psychological worlds’ and 16 ‘symbolic identities’ or memes.
This book beautifully draws out learnings for living and working from art forms and philosophies that are timeless and elevating, particularly relevant for today’s world of increasing disconnect and discord. In a lilting style, it beckons you to reflect on yourself and recognize your identity/ies, nudges you to be ‘more’ in your roles and, most importantly, to realize the value of harmony and inclusivity.
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.