Discover the Alchemist Within: Taking the First Step Towards Personal Growth


Author: Kartikeyan V., Rachna Nandakumar, Vishwanath P.

9789352808502 | PB | pp. 268 | 2018 | SAGE Response

What does it take for you to unleash your potential? This is a book for those wanting to embark upon the path of self-discovery and wholeness.

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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.

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About the Contributors

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.

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.

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.


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