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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 Publications Pvt. Ltd

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
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
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
 
Bibliography

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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ISBN: 9789352808502
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