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Presence - Otto Scharmer

Leading for Profound Innovation &

Change, co-facilitated and Change

Otto Scharmer, Arawana Hayashi,

The Shambala Institute for Authentic Leadership

June 16-18, 2006

Contact:

Otto Scharmer

MIT, scharmer@MIT.EDU

www.ottoscharmer.com

Arawana Hayashi

ahayashi@earthlink.net


Downloading

patterns of the past

Access

Your...

Performing:

achieve results through

practices, infrastructures

suspending

Seeing

with fresh eyes

Open

Mind

embodying

Prototyping:

co-create strategic microcosms

deep dive

Sensing

from the field

letting-go

Open

Heart

Open

Will

Presencing

connecting to Source

Who is my Self?

What is my Work?

enacting

Crystallizing

vision and intention

letting-come

Co-sensing Co-presencing Co-creating

© 2004 C.O. Scharmer


I.

Complexity and the Blind Spot


Three Types of Complexity

Dynamic complexity:

Cause and effect are

distant in space and time

⇒ Whole system

approach

Generative complexity:

Disruptive patterns of

innovation and change

⇒ Sensing and

presencing approach

Social complexity:

Actors have different

views and interests

⇒ Multi-stakeholder

approach


Four Levels of Responding to Change

manifest

action

reacting

process,

structure

dynamic

complexity

redesigning

thinking

social

complexity

reframing

Sources of

intention and

creativity

generative

complexity

presencing

© 2004 C.O. Scharmer


The Blind Spot of Leadership


Three perspectives on an artist’s work

OUTCOME:

The completed picture

PROCESS:

As she paints

SOURCE:

While she stands in front

of the blank canvas

© 2004 C.O. Scharmer


What leaders do

Processes they use

Sources from which leaders operate

(blank canvas)


“The success of an intervention depends on the

interior condition of the intervenor.”

William O’Brien, former CEO of

the Hanover Insurance Company


Two Sources of Learning, Two Learning Cycles

A. Learning by reflecting on the experiences of the past

act - observe - reflect - plan - act

B. Learning by presencing emerging futures

© 2004 C.O. Scharmer


II.

The U Process of Presencing


Brian Arthur, Santa Fe Institute

On the Core Process of Profound Innovation

© 2004 C.O. Scharmer


Downloading

Observe,

observe,

observe

Act in an

instant

Retreat and reflect:

Allow the inner

knowing to emerge


III.

The Third Universal Language


Downloading

patterns of the past

reacting

Performing

redesigning

reframing

presencing

© 2004 C.O. Scharmer


Downloading

patterns of the past

reacting

Performing

Observe,

observe,

observe

redesigning

reframing

Act in an

instant

Retreat and reflect:

Allow the inner knowing

to emerge

Co-sensing Co-presencing Co-creating

© 2004 C.O. Scharmer


Downloading

patterns of the past

Access

Your...

Performing:

achieve results through

practices, infrastructures

suspending

Seeing

with fresh eyes

Open

Mind

embodying

Prototyping:

co-create strategic microcosms

redirecting

Sensing

from the field

letting-go

Open

Heart

Open

Will

Presencing

connecting to Source

enacting

Crystallizing

vision and intention

letting-come

Co-sensing Co-presencing Co-creating

© 2004 C.O. Scharmer


Downloading

patterns of the past

Access

Your...

Performing:

achieve results through

practices, infrastructures

suspending

Seeing

with fresh eyes

Open

Mind

embodying

Prototyping:

co-create strategic microcosms

redirecting

Sensing

from the field

letting-go

Open

Heart

Open

Will

Presencing

connecting to Source

Who is my Self?

What is my Work?

enacting

Crystallizing

vision and intention

letting-come

Co-sensing Co-presencing Co-creating

© 2004 C.O. Scharmer


Downloading

patterns of the past

Access

Your...

Performing:

achieve results through

practices, infrastructures

VOJ

suspending

Seeing

with fresh eyes

Open

Mind

embodying

Prototyping:

co-create strategic microcosms

VOC

VOF

redirecting

Sensing

from the field

letting-go

Open

Heart

Open

Will

Presencing

connecting to Source

enacting

Crystallizing

vision and intention

letting-come

Who is my Self?

What is my Work?

Co-sensing Co-presencing Co-creating

© 2006 C.O. Scharmer


Downloading

patterns of the past

Access

Your...

Performing:

achieve results through

practices, infrastructures

VOJ

suspending

Seeing

with fresh eyes

Open

Mind

embodying

Prototyping:

co-create strategic microcosms

VOC

VOF

deep dive

Co-sensing:

Shifting the Place from

Where Perception

Happens

Sensing

from the field

letting-go

Open

Heart

Open

Will

Presencing

connecting to Source

enacting

Crystallizing

vision and intention

letting-come

Co-creating:

Shifting the Place

Who is my Self? from Where Action

What is my Work?

Happens

Co-presencing/Stillness:

Shifting the Place From Where Self/Will Originates

© 2006 C.O. Scharmer


Downloading:

Talking nice

Debate:

Talking tough

Dialogue:

Reflective inquiry

Saying what they want to hear

Empty phrases

polite, cautious

Autistic System

Saying what I think

Exchange of divergent views

I am my point of view

Adaptive System

Speaking from seeing myself as part of the whole

From defending to Inquiry into viewpoints

I can change my view

Self-reflective System

Collective Presence:

Generative flow

Speaking from what is moving through

Co-creating something new

presence of an emerging future Whole

Generative System

© 2006 C.O. Scharmer


Stage Downloading Debate Dialogoue Presencing

1

2

3

Listening 1 and

Downloading:

no connection,

habitual patterns

Listening 2:

fact based

connection,

information

gathering

Debate:

Stating

differences

Listening 3:

Personal or

experiential

connection,

empathy

Sharing and

listening to

each other:

Imaging

Dialogue

Inquiry,

thinking

together

Listening 4:

Deep or authentic

connection,

stillness

Authentic

Sharing and

listening to each

other: blank

canvas imaging

Dialogue,

attending to the

deeper space

that is wanting to

emerge (reality mantra)

4

© 2006 C.O. Scharmer

Stillness and

Collective

Presence:

connecting to

Source of the

emerging future;

collective flow


An Example of the U-Process of Leading Profound Innovation and Change:

One Process, Seven Elements

1.

Co-Initiation: Identify opportunity,

stakeholders, core players

(Forming a Guardian Group)

2.

Foundation Workshop: Shared

understanding of purpose,

process, roles & responsibilities

3.

5.

Deep Dive Learning Journeys:

Common Commitment:

Total immersion in

Present and choose

relevant contexts

prototyping initiatives

4. Retreat:

Synthesize learning journeys

Create scenarios of emerging futures

Uncover common intention and commitment

Crystallize vision and prototyping initiatives

© 2004 C.O. Scharmer, J. Jaworski, A. Kahane

7.

Present results from

living microcosm prototypes

6.

Prototype

strategic microcosms

to learn by doing

Co-sensing

Co-presencing

Co-creating


Literature:

Scharmer, C. O. (Forthcoming).

Theory U: Leading by Presencing Emerging Futures (working title).

Scharmer, C.O. 2001. Self-transcending knowledge: Sensing and Organizing Around

Emerging Opportunities. In: Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 5, no. 2:

137–150.

Senge, P., C. O. Scharmer, J. Jaworski, and B. S. Flowers. (2004).

Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, Cambridge, MA: SoL Press.

www.dialogonleadership.org, www.ottoscharmer.com

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