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|Special thanks to those network members who joined in for this year's Forum; we certainly enjoyed our time together. For those who could not join us in person, we know you were with us in spirit. Either way, please visit our growing photo gallery and review the posted presentations from our pre- and post-conference sessions, as well as our conference presenters. Stay tuned for a special edition Forum newsletter, complete with Forum reflections, links to final copies of all presentations, and order information for this year's DVD package.
|Member Profile - Elizabeth Topp
I'm a Minnesota native, lived in Europe for two years, then began a
career in the field of cross-cultural training, working with executive
families moving internationally. I moved to California in 1998 to study
transpersonal psychology. At present, I live in Southern California and
have a coaching and consulting practice. I also teach yoga on the beach
and am learning to surf!
In2:IN Forum Attendance
I am new to the In2:IN. This year was the first Forum I
attended. Tracy Huston of Menlo Lab told me about the Forum, and I
immediately jumped at the chance to attend the conference and discover
a new community of like-minded thinkers applying systems principles to
Tell us about a recent "a ha" moment
"Aha" moments come in waves for me: many at once or very few. I haven't
had many lately, but was deeply moved by the power of music at the
Forum. Music is universal and can be used to illustrate almost any
concept. Kris Bergstrom of "On Ensemble" led the group and together we
created music within a short period of time. It was an experience of
teamwork with strong leadership in action.
What book(s) are you reading now?
The Definitive Drucker by Elizabeth Haas Edersheim. Also, Love & Honor by Randall Wallace (and about five other books).
What recent book have you read that you consider both beneficial and readable?
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. It's a short book about the spiritual principles of interconnectedness.
What advice do you have for people new to In2:IN?
Jump in. The people in this network are very kind, generous, and experienced. There is a lot to learn.
|Deming Medal Awarded to Peter Scholtes |
From a recent ASQ Press Release
Deming Medal presented to Peter R. Scholtes
Wisconsin, for his efforts to inspire others to transform organizations
by helping managers understand how successful leadership of people
requires an understanding of the interdependencies among knowledge
about variation, psychology, appreciation for a system, and the theory
of knowledge. The Deming Medal is presented to those who, like Dr.
Deming, have successfully combined the application of statistical
thinking and management so that each supports and enhances the other,
thus leading to quality in products and services.
Peter is the author of several books, including "The Leader's Handbook
". The following is a quote from the book:
We look to the heroic efforts of outstanding individuals for our
successful work. Instead we must create systems that routinely allow
excellent work to result from the ordinary efforts of ordinary people.
|Book Review - Presence
|Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society
Author: Peter M.
Senge, C. Otto
Jaworski, Betty Sue
Length: 289 pages
Reviewer: Dale Deardorff
This book is a deep and challenging attempt to bring visibility to
spirituality and to the heart of organizations and business enterprises. Presence
is a "unique conversation" in book form between the authors
presenting non traditional insights. It seeks to offer a series of messages
which are holistic, positive and energizing but will be very challenging for
readers who focus only on the reality of western culture.
The authors dialog and discussion is based around the premise of "your way"... what is it... when they say your name... that YOU bring to the table as a person and member of an organization.
It is a summary of the individual skill sets, ways of thinking, actions and
energy that makes up a person. This new, but also possibly living systems way
of thinking proposes a 7-step "U Movement" plan to help move through Sensing,
Presencing and Realizing. The seven steps from left to right are:
Suspending - seeing our seeing
Redirecting - seeing the whole
Crystallizing - envisioning what seeks to emerge
Prototyping - enacting living microsms
Institutionalizing - an embodying of the new
The "U Theory" starts with a downward movement along a U-diagram,
leading the reader (as a person) away from known mental maps moving towards a
higher sense of purpose. The bottom of the U-diagram (p. 219) is a state of Presence from which the reader can experience
a higher possible future. This awareness moves us up on the other side of the
U, into opportunities to establish new relationships and institutions. It could
be said that the U-diagram is similar to a learning curve which represents a "Living Curve" which can influence our
self. Others have pointed
out that the U model is an application of "Wholeness" thru Goethean scientific
methodology to the decision making process, no comment there but it provides a
valuable insight into the nature of being and is easy to visualize.
"Presence" is unique in that Senge, Scharmer, Jaworski
and Flowers have chosen to invite the reader along on their journey. This
includes the dialog from scientists and business representatives that they
interviewed about a theory on learning and living systems. These include personal
discussions in a group conversational setting on personal enlightenment, the
nature of mysticism, Taoism and Buddhism but the dialog is reapplied to contemporary
western mindsets. The authors openly admit that this wisdom described
throughout the ages and the great works in spiritual traditions reflect a lot
of their ideas.
I think a simple point the authors are trying to make without overtly
needing to state it is the influence of good spirit, music, art and experience
on the formation of water crystals. These messages are around us but we may not
hear or see them unless we use new ways. The photos on pages 242 thru 245 show
the work of Masaru Emoto in Japan
documenting the transformation of water crystals that have been imaged by
magnetic resonance. A key point to the material is the philosophy that "the
interdependency of the universe extends from the micro to the macro, from the
visible to the invisible." Definitely a yin-yang approach to a mindset which
proposes that "love is the only emotion that can expand intelligence."
This book is extremely beneficial to anyone openly interested in the process of
deepening collective learning. It also expands the development of Leadership
and Management concepts and opens honest dialog among the authors on embracing
individual, business and social change. The material content requires the
reader to cognitively open up and partially understand areas that they may have
no experience or awareness in - if you're willing to extend yourself in this
way the material on Presence can be
|Partner Events and Resources
|Deming Transformation Forum 2007 ~ Creating a Culture of Innovation, May 22-24
3 days of the year that will change the other 362!
Come to the Transformation Forum 2007 and learn about the key disciplines underlying every successful transformation. It is this perspective and knowledge that focuses the people and change activity and enables the whole organisation to work successfully together. Don't blame the tools ~ get the knowledge.
So what is transformation? A transformed organisation will have a profoundly different approach to managing its processes, its people and its relationships. It will understand its customers in a new way and will use an understanding of variation to learn, innovate and drive lasting improvements. It will confront and challenge leaders, managers, staff and ultimately the entire business culture. The new mindset will raise the organisation to a new richer level, and enable it to stay ahead.
Over 3 days you can learn the principles of the Deming Management method and hear amazing international thinkers and practitioners. Find out more about the Deming UK Forum
Thinking: A Language for Learning and Action ~
Special Event, July 23-25
Albie Merrill (The Boeing Company) and N'Shama Sterling
(SterlingDynamics), the premiere instructors of Innovation Associates' systems thinking course in the Pacific Northwest, are offering this course
for the first time in southern California. This is being offered
through Boeing for employees and non-Boeing participants. To register
and/or find out about non-Boeing pricing information, contact Albie.
The tools and methods of this approach to systems
thinking will be applied to real issues and problems generated from the
course will increase your capacity to:
the impact of Lean, Six-Sigma, and other improvement initiatives
how we sub-optimize our ability to be successful
effective decisions that deliver improved results
individual and collective behavior and actions to get what we want
critical business issues as a set of interrelationships
insight to make systemically informed decisions
To find out more about the course, contact Albie.
|Thinking, Learning, and Working Together
|Two recent news stories serve as reminders of the value and challenges of team work, including living together, in the 21st century.
The first story is an emerging account of efforts by U.S. intelligence agencies to foster standardization and collaboration by their newly hired intelligence analysts. The aim is to get them thinking beyond the boundaries of their own agency as well as encouraging them to adopt standard (cross-agency) practices. Included in the list of 16 intelligence agencies working together on this "Analysis 101" effort are the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Follow this link to an audio report on this news story from National Public Radio.
The second story is a reminder that sometimes the total is more than the sum of the parts and others times it's less. A reminder, of course, that the sum of 1 and 1 depends on the nature of the relationship. The case in point is a pro-independence movement in Scotland, led by those who believe their part is worth more separate from England than remaining connected to it after 300 years through the Act of Union. Follow this link to an Los Angeles Times editorial on these developments. Follow this link to the perspective of a member of the Scottish "Independence First" movement.
|Ongoing Discussion Preview
The Ongoing Discussion (OD) for April will feature Chris Soderquist of Pontifex Consulting.
On Thursday and Friday, May 24th and 25th, Chris will engage us in a dialogue on the topic of "An Integral Approach to Organizational Guidance."
This month's OD announcement will be released on or before Friday, May 18th.
For those readers not already on the OD mailing list - click below...
|World Council for New Thinking
On February 14th, the New York Times and the International Herald
Tribune published full-page advertisements for Edward de Bono's World Council for New Thinking. According to Daniela Bartoli, the council's Project Manager for Idea Development, "the response to the adverts has been overwhelmingly positive. The notion of
this being a timely initiative has permeated almost all the mails and calls
received. The level of mails, received from many countries all over the
world, reflect a wish for New Thinking to indeed become more visible and
viable and to be able to participate in the neutral channel that is
promoting this. Initially, this will be carried out mainly through email
communication and from August 2007 also through Intranet platforms...
As a first
activity members of the League of New Thinkers are being asked to send in a priority list of 10 areas, in the field of
global concerns, that in their opinion require New Thinking."
Go to the council website for additional information on Edward's vision, as well as to register to join.
|Deming Learning Network -
Thought of the Month
These items are contributed by Gordon Hall of the Deming Learning Network in Aberdeen, Scotland.
How do Society, Organisations and Individuals Learn?
There are, surely, two underlying themes when talking about deep learning:
1. That learning is a disciplined process where we identify our underlying assumptions, are prepared to challenge those assumptions and put any alternatives to rigorous testing.
2. That we live and work within systems. The need to understand those systems so that we (the Individual, The Organisation and Society) can address their continual improvement.
The above implies a willingness to experiment. How willing are our organisations to experiment - have one division managed from different underlying assumptions?
And how good are we at learning from success elsewhere? ("Copying without the aid of theory may lead to disaster" - W. Edwards Deming)