trees communicate differently. the fresh spring green of the beech trees must be an archetypal colour as the soul is reacting strongly to it; it is balsamic, cleansing, soothing on such a deep deep level. i can feel that my whole being is soaking up this color green. may renewal green. how touching, when riding alone in the landscape, one with the horse, the subtle doesn’t hide from me. completely accepted, woven in with the wild, the wild and I part of the same matrix. pains fall into place, perspectives become spring clear. all is well.
Tune in to the We-Space Summit: http://www.thewespacesummit.com with 150 colleagues from all over the world.
Our own contribution:
Wednesday, October 11: The New Workplace: Panel Discussion with Johann Entz- von Zerssen, Mushin Schilling and Anne Caspari. In this conversation, the three of them are redefining theWe-Space and presencing in the context of their work with individuals, teams and OD. They begin by framing the emotional dimension of their experience, where they work with helping clients and teams develop the capacity to face the difficult places in their actual experience or “what they cant be with”, in order to establish a more grounded and realist position collectively. In pointing out some of the hazards of conventional presencing approaches, they problematize some of the common presencing assumptions such as “leading from the future as it emerges” and point out the challenges of working with the chaotic messiness of here and now.
By bringing a curiosity for the process and culture organizations are in the middle of, they work with holding the We-Space via Dave Snowden’s work with Sensemaker® by engaging people as a ‘human sensor network’ to enable them to contribute to getting a more accurate picture of what is really happening in their organization or community. This helps develop a participatory engagement in the We-Space through a more experiential and practical approach that empowers people to work from where they are. The conversation ends with clarifying key distinctions between emergence and structures in formal We-Space practice as well as alignment, coherence and other terms of complex adaptive systems.
Companies have become aware of the fact that core values – integrity, trust, fairness – can function as attractors that drive beneficial behaviours in the workplace. What they are not getting is that core values just can´t be prescribed, top down or in any other direction.
While many companies large and small have come to the laudable conclusion to focus their organizational development efforts on values rather than behaviours, most go about this strategy in a wrong way. When values are defined upfront without letting them emerge through a process and paying attention to which values are currently operative, people tend to game the system and display what HR and HQ want to hear. Dave Snowden puts it this way: “As soon as you write your values down, you´ve lost them”.
Even if you work with more sophisticated approaches that try and distinguish between actual and desired values in the organisation, the methods used to survey those values most often distort the results. Questionnaires and 360s are gamed easily and you know where to put your x-es in your sleep. Experts are biased with unconscious hypothesis while surveying and indexing the data. Continue reading
Impressions from the workshop with Bonnitta Roy from APP Associates, Alderlore Insight Center, USA, Ct.; April 1 – 3, 2016
With fantastic people from all over Europe (and some US) we spent 3 fun intensive days looking into a kind of organizational development that deals with self-organization, elegant architectures and those principles that foster emergent behavior, team intelligence, distributive power and decision-making – without rigid new governance models. We explored and examined the key principles, central practices and deep processes of open authentic participation in organizational life.
These were some of our other topics:
- succeeding with uncertainty
- how self organization happens and why we can trust it
- how values both enable and constrain participation
- expanding our trust network
- intention, identity and interaction in group dynamics
- asymmetric needs and power relations
- strategic conversations in four languages of change
- participatory governance
- how resource allocations drive innovation (or not)
- assessing team action-potentials
- building team synergy and high velocity performance
- method-free facilitation
- catalyzing insight in teams
- creativity and cognitive flow
FACING ORGANIZATIONAL CHALLENGES
April 1 – 3, 2016 in Germany
3- DAYS with BONNITTA ROY – An invitation to step into a new way of understanding organizational life, based on principles of open, authentic participation, which we find quite ingenious.
This is for you if you are into the kind of organizational development that deals with self-organization, creating elegant architectures that foster emergent behavior, team intelligence, distributive power and decision-making – without rigid new governance models. Continue reading
Leading Change by Leading Self, Feb 2016, Stockholm, SE
We 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.Continue reading
If you want to lead change – personal, organizational or societal – you have to intimately know how change works. This includes experiential clarity in knowing how to overcome – and help overcome – resistance towards change. It also includes knowing the ever so subtle, almost unnoticeable shifts in your own inner experience when facing a challenge to change a personal reality in the face of a conscious or unconscious resistance. This is especially true if the change you want to induce is not just incremental change, i.e. getting better at something, but a real transformational shift, or even a paradigm shift, personal or otherwise.
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.
Leading self comes before leading others. Let us illuminate that ‘blind spot of leadership’ and take a closer look at what happens in our own spaces first. How do you deal with your own personal change? How do you overcome your own resistances when they are well hidden from your own insight and logic? How much do you know your own inner quiet place where you examine your own assumptions, what you are unconsciously knowing (e.g. “I am not good enough”) and can you unlearn what you know? What you are ignoring (“I can’t bear feeling that”)? Are you aware of what it is you are secretly protecting? What encountered knowns and unknowns do you leave unexamined? With which consequences?
The answer to these questions lead to the areas, where leaders of change need to develop a kind of mastery that is similar to that of martial arts: In dealing with the inconspicuous, lightning fast impulses, and in handling most uncomfortable pushback, shadow impulses and resistance.
We tend to think that facing change and leading change are about the bold moves, that paradigm shifts are spectacular, that holding unknowns or paradoxes is something very noticeable and in your face. This is not the case – the trick lies in the subtle, in the almost undetectable vibrational shifts and minute impulses that are going on in the background of your own mind, without you noticing them consciously. Continue reading