MindShift Integral

TRANSFORMATION – INSIGHT – LEADERSHIP


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Leading Change by Leading Self

10906142_766865953399258_3939350231287480436_nThe training we propose is somehow different. We invite participants to take a very close look at how they operate in a seemingly counterintuitive way that is actually post-logic, and thus extremely powerful. Should you be interested in taking this closer look at your most sabotaging behaviours, your more familiar limitations and your immunities to change on the one side and at your heart felt dreams, latent potentials and performances on the other side, we invite you to come and see. You will be working on your own self as the basic playground. You get to know the mechanisms that operate in the more hidden dimensions of your consciousness – the mechanisms that are really fast, automatic, hidden from introspection, not accessible by logic, negative in their impact and yet most often protected by an ‘immune system’ that is geared to preserve a homeostatic equilibrium – a status quo in your life. If you have been trying to change a certain level of your performance, your financial status, your relationships and have had limited success, you will have an inkling of what we are on about.

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The next course will be held in Stockholm, June 4/5. In only two days, you will get an experiential clarity about how these mechanisms work, how they play out in your life and a good idea what to do about it. This works like an extra effective debug on your own inner is the only work operating system combined with a well-placed acupuncture treatment. This is the only kind of work that can potentiate all your other skills and competencies as a coach, trainer or professional. This is lean.

Leading change by Leading Self is a two day full immersion training for coaches and leaders, who are

  • familiar with the latest tools, models and approaches ranging from Agile methods to Holacracy, networked organizations, Integral Theory, Systems Thinking and Self Organizing teams.
  • still experience difficulties in getting expected results and leading change in highly complex environments.

Otto Scharmer, MIT, author of “Theory U: Leading from the future as it emerges” gives us a key insight: “The success of our actions as change-makers does not depend on what we do or how we do it, but on the inner place from which we operate”. This is like the Master in martial arts who knows that external actions will only be as good as the internal state, and that developing our inner world is just as important as developing our skills and toolbox.

The key to increasing our impact and becoming true Masters of our trade is to ‘upgrade’ our inner world to make it fit for the hyper-complex environments we work in. This is the “aikido move” of self leadership. This course will let you explore your inner world and perform some truly impactful “aikido moves”, which will greatly help you in your job and in other parts of your life.

 Leading Change by Leading Self: June 4 – 5, 2015  Stockholm, Sweden;  Venue: Crisp AB, Sveavägen 31 SE-111 34 STOCKHOLM.

Costs: Early Bird until May 15th, SEK 15.000. From May 16th, SEK 17.000. excl. VAT; Prices include breakfast, lunch and coffee. Please ask for a personal introduction on skype. Write to anne@mindshift-integral.com.

Next full Transformation Intensive (9 days) will be in Germany, near Berlin/Stettin: July 11 – 19, 2015. Please ask for details. http://www.schmagerow.com


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Reality is a process

Deconstructing transformative processes

I want to take a closer look at those change processes where simple, technical solutions don’t work.  Here, different approaches are needed. If the solution is not ready at hand or fails repeatedly the challenge is most often a complex adaptive one. Resistances and pushbacks are arising and make it difficult to get to the root causes of unwanted behaviour or undesired personal realities. This is where it gets interesting.

At the bottom of these phenomena are patterns with a combination of properties that are

  • difficult to detect (fast, automatic, hidden, with defraction),
  • difficult to understand (non-logic, pre- or non-conceptual origin, based on incorrect ‘meaning-coupling’), and
  • actively protected with what can be described as an immune reaction against the intended change: the wrong meaning-coupling or mapping error is considered of existential importance – hence resistances and pushback are getting more intense the closer the individual gets to the source of the unwanted behaviour (see graphic)

However, with the right understanding of these nature of these processes, a willingness to explore despite of discomfort and resistances and the adequate tools, transformation is not only possible, but can take days instead of lifetimes, hours instead of years.

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Shortcut to Happiness. Really?

Shortcuts – I love them.  I am a somewhat impatient person. Mix that with a sense of entitlement and a knack for quick pattern recognition and you have a perfect recipe for catastrophe, aka avoiding things that are uncomfortable.

girlThe thing with shortcuts the way I had taken them, was that they didn’t get me faster to where I wanted to go, they made me avoid where I needed to go.

The point is: there are some processes serving our own development and growth that can’t be avoided or cut short, as much as we would like to. And quite often we have to deal with what life throws at us that makes living, loving and growing real hard, real painful and certainly not something we would choose consciously, given that choice.

The crux of the matter is that these difficulties and also the pain are intrinsic to the process of growing, meaning they belong inseparately to it in a way that without them there would be no process or, at least, it would be a different one. Shortcutting to a known solution would be avoiding it altogether. A shame that the thinking mind doesn’t always get that.

The work is this: We can work with the resistance, we can ease that pain and milk the whole damn process for what it’s worth. This is where the gold is. How on earth do we get there…? How to stay, not leave. Participate, not hide. How do we dig that gold and harvest insights and new perspectives from it.

This is where “legitimate” shortcuts come in. I love this concept. Now, legit’ shortcuts are ways that get you through thechange-illustrationnecessary steps in a way that you minimize the discomfort and you maximise insight and alignment. One of the transition points of this transformation is marked by you becoming so dis-identified with previously held positions or perspectives or lenses that now you can allow for completely different ideas, insights and solutions. A shortcut to happiness? Maybe yes, certainly a shortcut towards new choice fields and the power to act on that new choice.  You decide the rest.

There are tools and techniques you can learn that make you familiar with the basic understandings, skills and competencies you need for staying in the loop and to navigate the phenomena you meet in your own consciousness and mind. Then you learn how to feel for what wants to emerge from that space of source and clarity, how to consciously use your widened choice field and create and consolidate new realities.

For me this has proven invaluable. It saved me from me, in a way.

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Transformation Intensive Course May 2015, Basel, Switzerland

“If awareness is missing, intelligence stands no chance”. TI Basel st

You are invited to a full immersion course on personal transformation and insight. The rewards of taking the full Transformation Intensive are surprising new perspectives and Unbenanntrealizations about your hidden assumptions and thought patterns that you had no idea were “running you”, even if you are a change professional and have done a lot of interior work. You learn the skills to dissolve limitations, recurring patterns and inner conflicts. The approach guides you further on a practical prototyping path to accomplish radical change in day to day life and make it last. The insights of this course can be directly applied to personal, professional, and collective challenges. The Transformation Intensive addresses individuals and teams who:

  • feel they are running against the same old walls and have tried different approaches that showed limited success;
  • experience recurrent life situations they are tired of;
  • are interested in exploring how to generate insightful solutions from intuition , even in challenging situations;
  • are in a period of in their life and would like to create something new that is more aligned with who they really are
  • would like to experience their Self in a depth and a clarity they didn‘t have access to before.

You  deepen your innate capacities, to:steffen ute 2

  • gain insight into the deeper, most hidden mechanisms of change and transformation
  • learn a practice of  ‘precision consciousness’, presencing and generative listening
  • find and use efficient tools and access to intuition if you are operating predominantly in thinking mode
  • create a solid structure if you are operating predominantly in intuitive mode
  • use your potential fast track for stage development – from socialized to self-authoring and self transforming mind in the language of Robert Kegan.
  • gain deeper insights into how to deal with resistances to change in yourself and others
  • strengthen personal integrity and coherence

Methods: The course speaks to your own level of expertise and takes place in a safe and light environment. It will be thoroughly experiential. It uses methods and materials that can be seen through the lenses of Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, Otto Scharmer’s U-Theory or Robert Kegan’s Immunity to Change work. They can also be cross-referenced with other more intuitive transformative processes, tools and methods. The course is an excellent training ground for professionals, managers, integral thinkers or leaders interested to go deeper in their own development and enhance their personal capacity and professional skill set. It provides a powerful community of practice for change makers.

Course Details: May 2- 11, 2015, Aesch, BL, nearest airports Basel and Zürich. Please ask for details. For more information on course costs, travel, accommodation, or else write to anne@mindshift-integral.com or call on Skype annecaspari. I am happy to answer your questions or give you a taste of the program. On request there are shorter modules available that are both preparatory to the big course and yet standing on its own feet with a complete result.


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Beyond The Map And The Territory:

 

Relational dynamics, processes of collective transformation, „we-space“ – a comparison of integral maps and the territories that go with them.

By Anne Caspari and Mushin Schilling[1]

 “AQAL is a map of samsara, a map of the prison, but if you’re going to make a prison break, you need a good map.” 

Despite the many efforts in the last few years around the much vaunted ‘we-space’, only meager work and reflection has been done in Integral Theory circles on the dynamics of relationships and communities. Much of what does exist concerns integrating social and sociological hypotheses into an overall framework or refining theoretical and meta-theoretical knowledge creation. When it comes to actual phenomenological research into a relatively new phenomenon, though, the field is still wide open.  

vortexSo when we start to connect meta-theory with the practical application of group-dynamic processes and their emergent characteristics to gaining new insight – for “insighting” – and to finding new processes and products – for “prototyping”  things get really exiting.  … Read the full article here: –Map-territory-article

  [1] Translated by Mushin from the article in the Integrale Perspektiven issue june 2014:

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prozesse, “we-space”, – ein Vergleich integraler Landkarten und der dazugehörigen Territorien. Integrale-Perspektiven-Juni2014 (2)

 


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June 21 to June 29, 2014, near Berlin, Germany  

Transformation Intensive is a full immersion 9 days residential course on personal transformation and insight. 

This Course is specifically designed to help individuals make those personal changes that are most important to them.  You may have experienced that even after having done your real best to change you fall back into your old habits. Your most thoughtful plans and heartfelt intentions haven’t gotten you the result you wanted.  This course is different. The approach first generates a personalized insight into what is usually invisible – the way your current mindset produces exactly those behaviors which prevent progress on the goal you most want to achieve.

transformation intensiveThe rewards of taking the full Transformation Intensive are new perspectives and realizations about your hidden assumptions and thought patterns that you had no idea were “running you”.  These insights are very liberating and provide the necessary basis to regain personal power. Now, it will be much easier learning and applying the skills to dissolve these limitations, recurring patterns, these inner conflicts and incoherence for good.  Once you see the real source of what has been preventing change, the approach guides you on a new path to accomplish it in day to day life.  The insights of this course can be directly applied to personal, professional, and collective challenges.

Transformation Intensive addresses individuals and teams who:

  • feel they are running against the same old walls and have tried different approaches that showed limited success;
  • experience recurrent life situations they are tired of;
  • are interested in exploring how to generate insights, even in personal or collective challenging situations;
  • are in a period of transition (job, relationship, etc.) in their personal life and want to create something new
  • would like to discover legitimate shortcuts to change

Moreover, the course is an excellent training ground for professionals, coaches, facilitators, change agents, integral thinkers, leaders interested to go deeper in their own development and enhance their capacity and skill set.

The Course has been developed so that you as an individual with your special talents and expertise, no matter what phase of your life you are in, learn to use your innate capacities, to:

  • gain insight into the deeper, most hidden mechanisms of change and transformation
  • learn a practice of  ‘precision consciousness’, presencing and generative listeningU diagram 1
  • find and use efficient tools if you are operating predominantly in thinking mode
  • create a solid structure if you are operating predominantly in intuitive mode
  • use your potential fast track for stage development (socialized mind to self authoring to self transforming mind; see Kegan’s work)
  • gain deeper insights into how resistances, adaptive pushback and escape mechanisms can be handled in yourself and with others
  • strengthen personal integrity and coherence
  • access personal power and the skill to prototype

little girlThe course is an expedition into consciousness and its mechanisms and how to personally make the most of it.  It speaks to your own level of expertise and happens in a safe and light environment.  Transformation Intensive will be thoroughly experiential. It uses methods and materials that can be seen through the lenses of Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, Otto Scharmer’s U-Theory or Robert Kegan’s Immunity to Change work. They can also be cross-referenced with other more intuitive transformative processes, tools and methods. It also incorporates new insights gained from ongoing work on post-dialectic process methodology for collective or generative participatory insighting from the work with the Alderlore Insight Center, CT, USA.

Practical Information: Course dates: June 21 to June 29, 2014, Countryside near Berlin, Germany. Nearest Airport Berlin. We help you getting there. Pick up from the airport or a central place can be arranged. The course costs 2900 Euro, excluding travel and hotel. Please ask for details. For more information on travel, accomodation, food or anything else write to Anne anne@mindshift-integral.com or call on skype annecaspari.

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Integral Without Borders

Community of Practice ConCall

Working with Resistance in International Development –  A Concall with Ken Wilber, Anne Caspari and Integral Without Borders

Our third Integral Without Borders Community Call was on December 7th 2013. As you may know, our intention with these IWB sangha calls is to co-create the kind of ‘integral community’ we want, one that is deep and wise in its content, supportive in its interpersonal connections, and world-centric (even kosmo-centric!) in it’s moral embrace. Each call will focus on an aspect of integral practice in development with certain practitioners leading on these topics and with participants contributing examples from their integral projects.

The topic of this call was diving deeper into  “Working with Resistance in International Development.”  The call was facilitated by Gail Hochachka of Integral Without Borders. Ken Wilber and Anne Caspari discussed the deeper and finer issues  of Theory U and transformative processes, that Anne had mapped out in her earlier work (Diagrams – working with resistance). We discussed the different phenomena of restistance and adaptive pushback that are usually surfacing as recognizable patterns in these processes and their relationship to stages of development, states of consciousness and the shadow. Then we went also to explore the difference between individual and group processes,  a research on collective insighting with Bonnitta Roy and the Alderlore Insight Center, that Anne is also involved in.  Since all of the participants, including Ken was really interested in this research at this ‘fresh edge of discovery’, we will keep you posted on the outcomes of that.

Listen to the recording of the call here (a donation to IWB would be appreciated)

 

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