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Towards a Theory of Transpersonal Decision-Making in Human-Systems

A Neurolinguistically-Modeled Phenomenography

by Joseph Riggio

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Institution: Berne University
Advisor(s): Cindy Iannareilli, Ph.D, Jeff Benay, Ph.D., Carl Larsson, Ph.D.
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2005
Volume: 199 pages
ISBN-10: 1581123663
ISBN-13: 9781581123661


Decision-Making gets significant coverage in the business press and as an academic topic in business schools. However, there is a dearth of information on the transpersonal consideration on decision-making and how it effects leaders and leadership in human-systems. Maximizing positive results in human-systems, requires the decision-maker to maintain a constant consideration of both local and non-local elements impacting and being impacted by the decision(s) being made. This book introduces the concept of "Scope of Decision" as a way of arriving at higher quality decisions by considering them from a greater distance from the decision-maker in the time-space continuum. The author designed and used a unique exemplar modeling paradigm to conduct the research, using the proven methodologies of phenomenography and neurolinguistic modeling. This study presented in this book attempts to offer some insight on the transpersonal process of "intentionality" in decision-making, specifically as it applies to making high-quality decisions in human-systems. As stated in the title this study was not intended to be exhaustive, but rather to open new pathways of consideration and knowing in regard to the topic of decision-making. The conclusions arrived at read like a compass pointing to the means for dramatically improving your decision-making, and are best described in the sometimes hauntingly poetic language of the participants as they explore and discover their own processes for what goes into making exquisite decisions.

About The Author

Dr. Joseph Riggio works internationally as a strategic performance consultant assisting executive clients on achieving their outcomes - personally, professionally and organizationally. He has presented aspects of his work on decision-making and performance in speeches to executive audiences in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition Joseph also hosts a weekly talk-radio program "Leadership Intuitions." His private client work includes decision-making facilitation and support for individuals and teams, career and legacy planning, leadership development, sales performance and interpersonal communication consulting. More information and Joseph's blog and most recent articles are available on his website at: