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Leading Change by Leading Self, Feb 2016, Stockholm, SE

EkskäretWe all have unconscious reactive patterns or blind spots. These get in the way when we want to lead and be creative, especially in challenging situations. A key is the ability to catch ourselves before we stumble and in that way become effective leaders in our lives. In this course you get to practice increasing your awareness of the hidden, unseen and illogic patterns that are holding you back so that you can get the results you want as a leader and change agent.

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

are familiar with the latest tools, models and approaches ranging from Teal Organizations, Integral & U Theory, to developmental Coaching and Immunity to Change;

still experience challenges in getting expected results and leading change in highly complex environments and global change/ sustainability initiatives.

Leading change means knowing intimately how change works. The potential for deep, permanent and transformational change is found in working with resistances, blind spots and ‘set-points’ found in your own and other’s experience. The cause of a set-point – and the potential for change – is often hidden from introspection and is well protected from insight. Finding the cause of a set-point means catching subtle shifts in your experience just before you employ an automatic escape mechanism, like becoming tired, intellectual, embarrassed or distracted. In this course you learn how to catch these shifts, and similar to martial arts, you learn how to turn them around to your advantage.

We call this aikido move of self leadership the ‘Lucky Luke Move’: we learn how to shoot faster than our own shadow. clipart_lucky-luke_animaatjes-23

Leading self comes before leading others. Doing the work on your part will greatly increase your skills in helping individuals and organizations change. This is what Bill O’Brien or Otto Scharmer talk about when they tell us how much the `inner place of an intervener´ matters to the success of an intervention. When doing this work you will see your choice field widen, and you can play with new possibilities you didn’t know were possible before. You can start leading and teaching the martial arts of change.

The course is for you, if recognize struggles where you are

  • Working in a highly complex environment and are not having the impact you desire
  • Struggling with important professional relationship
  • Feeling torn between competing expectations
  • at a point in your life, where you believe advancing professional capabilities is more about diving deeper into who you are than it is about learning how to use yet another set of concepts or techniques
  • Feeling powerless when trying to convey your vision
  • Wanting to find the purpose in your work
  • And would like to experience yourself in a depth and clarity you couldn’t access before

With this course you will get impactful insights into the following:

  • into the deeper, most hidden mechanisms of self leadership and change
  • Different kinds of options and decision making processes
  • What makes up personal authority and control over what you want to achieve
  • have insight into the deeper, most hidden mechanisms of self leadership and change
  • Foster your own vertical development from socialized to self authoring to self transforming mind
  • go from effectively lead yourself to effectively leading others

If the time has come to explore your interior landscape in order to have a greater external impact, this two-day workshop will provide guidance, experiences, resources, and a community of fellow travelers.

Methods: The course speaks to your own level of expertise and takes place in a safe and light environment. 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.  This two days intensive delivers powerful lasting insights. It is also a preparation for a deeper transformative course that lasts 8,5 days.

What past participants say

“After just a few hours I had made more progress in my self leadership than I had done in any other course in my life. After two days you don’t want to stop, the insights you get about what really is going on are just awesome! The exercises – which are fully experiential – will take you deep into those pressing issues which are curbing your power, and this is also where the potential lies for major improvement, and with that I really mean major” /E

Prerequisites

No prior knowledge of the mentioned tools, models and approaches is necessary. However a willingness to look at your own patterns is. Prepare by thinking about and identifying some key challenges that you are facing in your life. This can be in your job, at home or any other situation.

We want to make sure that there is a good fit for you attending the course so we would like to make a short interview with each participant before the course. Download the flyer:  Leading Change by Leading Self

 

Next courses in Germany:  A 4 Day Module in München, Mach 11-14: Munich, Germany and the 9 day Transformative Intensive, April 9-17 in Schmagerow near Berlin. Course Description Schmagerow April 2016

 


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An Update: Mapping out Transformative Processes – Stages (1), Adaptive Pushback, Fallacies & Escape Mechanisms (2) and Tools & Methods for Course Correction (3)

The following slides picture transformative processes in their stages, the adaptive pushback and escape mechanisms that usually get triggered on the process path, as well as a variety of tools, methods and conditions (internal and external ones) that can be used for course correction or are favourable to the process. The diagrams picture patterns that I have observed in my work as coach for personal adult development over the last 15 years. These recognizable patterns are indicative of the stages of the process, its depth, the amount of resistance and the type of assistance needed. They have proven useful as guiding indicators, both for personal work and professional coaching. They are valid for both individual and group processes, although they would slightly differ for the collective transformation.

I used the U-shape as a visual metaphor, as it lends itself neatly to common archetypes of transformative work. The invitation is, however, to use your imagination and picture this as more than a linear process. Transformative, non-linear processes don’t follow a neat path with steps from 1 – 8. Rather, much like a holographic image, all of the process goes on all of the time. Just feel into this: some of the escape mechanisms and fears aren’t even triggered unless there is a goal that leads out of comfort zone.

The approaches for creating favourable conditions and the methods and tools for course correction that are listed are examples of tools that I have personally worked with and that have also proven extremely helpful. The Transformation Intensive Courses are conceived with most of these tools, approaches and frameworks in mind – an eclectic mix of instruments, used with experience, subtlety and high precision to make this work as simple, deep, light, and exciting as possible.

Listen here to my conversation with Ken Wilber about these 3 Diagrams and my work so far.

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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, September 31/ October 1st. 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: September 30 – October 1st, 2015  Stockholm, Sweden;  Venue: Crisp AB, Sveavägen 31 SE-111 34 STOCKHOLM.

Costs: Early Bird until August 30th, SEK 15.000. Afterwards 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: October 31 – November 8, 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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Integral Leadership: Feeling into the Moment

How does it fit together: intuition, integrity, leadership, (construct) awareness, subtle states? Here is the attempt of an architecture. Presentation at the Integral Theory Conference, San Francisco,  July 18 -21, 2013 

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Academic Paper download here: Reams & Caspari_ITC2013

Powerpoint: ITC California 2013 Reams Caspari