Theory U the process behind profound innovation

Elements of Theory U the process behind profound innovation:

Sensing – Presencing – Realising

Suspending, Redirecting, Letting Go, Letting Come, Crystalising, Prototyping, Institutionalising


Principle:

Sensing:

is suspending our current mental models, immersing yourself in the reality of the situation to become one with it

Presencing:

is reaching a state of clarity about and connection to what is emerging, and to an inner knowing where `in a sense, there is no  decision-making What to do just becomes obvious and what is achieved depends on where you’re coming from and who you are as a person`.

Realizing:

is acting to create something new from a source deeper than the rational mind, it is a state of flow that arises from not imposing our will- operating from a larger intention


Issues:

The expanded self at the bottom of the U naturally encounters a larger purpose

Are human beings fundamentally separate or inseparable from nature?  We need to re-experience our place in the universe before we can see how it needs us as well as how we need it….

… for me it has to do with our stewardship responsibility today

… the “real message of globalization”, is becoming “more aware of how deeply we’re interconnected as human beings across all of society”

The self doesn’t react to a reality outside, nor does it create something new in isolation- rather like the seed of a tree, it becomes the gateway for the coming into being of a new world.

Ultimately it becomes impossible to say `I’m doing this` or `We’re doing this` because the experience is one of unbroken awareness and action.

This sensibility was beautifully expressed more than two thousand years ago in the Bhagavad Gita: `

“All actions are wrought by the qualities of nature only. The self, deluded by egoism, thinketh: `I am the doer`.”


Applications:

To understand the theory behind innovation processes


Source of Theory U the process behind profound innovation:

(Senge, Scharmer, Jaworkski, and Flowers, 2005)


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