Theory U – The 3rd PropositionNovember 29, 2010 Leave a comment
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“Let’s all keep an open mind” How many times have you heard that one? How often has it worked? Keeping an open mind is not as easy as following a ground rule once it has been stated, specially not in a culture where we are rewarded for being right – for knowing. The third proposition of Theory U follows:
(1) To establish this deep innovation process in institutions, leaders need a new social technology that allows them to tune three instruments: the Open Mind (IQ), the Open Heart (EQ or emotional intelligence), and the Open Will (SQ or spiritual intelligence).
According to Scharmer, deep innovation – the sort of innovation that allows for evolutionary leaps – depends on our capacity to sustain an Open Mind, an Open Heart and an Open Will. But he is not just saying that we should be open, he is saying that we need a “new social technology that allows us to tune [these] three instruments.”
Opening the heart, the will or the mind is not as easy as opening a door, at least not when our habit is to do otherwise. There are individual practices that help us to build the habits of opening up. Much like us here at IISC, Scharmer is working on group processes that help us to do that together. We can begin the work of reinventing our institutional settings and processes so that these can better support our individual as well as our collective capacity to tune in.
What have you seen that is working? What are you learning as you leap from theory to practice?
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