We behave in a particular way and then we say “I am like this….”, when in fact we’ve just created habits, which may be good ones or bad ones, but not impossible to change, if wished. Confession: “I am an evening person”, is nothing but a habit I’ve created for myself, believing my own gospel that I am at my most creative and productive at that time.
Some weeks ago I listened to a talk on ‘The Perfect Day Plan’ by Jost Sauer. The day plan is based on centuries of wisdom contained within Chinese medicine, which looks upon our universe as made of energy. During the 20th century science, quantum energy, has started to explain how this works.
For the hard core skeptics and closed minds, just because we cannot explain some things through our science does not mean it does not exist, right. We understand that, otherwise we’d know it all and scientific research would be unnecessary. In fact it is fascinating to read some of the comments people make when they watch and listen to key scientists on this topic. I think my ‘favorite’ out the bunch is this “I don’t know much about quantum theory, but I do know a load of shit when I smell it”.
I like to err on the side of learning and curiosity, putting puzzles together, which bring something to my existence. Creating wholes, which explain and connect and which seem to shine light to dark unexplained areas of how it all comes together.
The Perfect Day Plan draws from an understanding of our energy and of the cycles, which make up our time on earth and the way our universe revolves. It proposes that there is the ‘right’ time to do certain things in a day. The idea is not that one slavishly follows this every day as things happen which take us off course. However after following the rhythm proposed, when one veers of it, a bit of a ‘hangover’ ensues.
At the Enterprise 2.0 Future Exploration…..
One fundamental change will be in the day to day way in which people in the company work.
Euan Semple a former leader in BBC on knowledge management spoke of the difficulty to counter some of the arguments against leveraging the social networking and collaboration tools like wikis, blogs and RSS in the Enterprise. The fear is that people will be wasting time roaming around other people’s blogs or reading feeds or taking part in meandering conversations.
One approach Euan took was examining the old ways if the new ways were so frightening.
One of my favorite quotes by a systems scientist Marilyn Ferguson, a system theorist, is around change and the difficulty with it…..”it is not so much that we’re so in love with the old ways but change is like being in between trapezes…..”. Part of the solution is taking those for whom letting go is too hard by the hand and giving them a sample of the experience.
Those who are already in flat and less hierarchical organisations are likely to have embraced these technologies as they fit neatly to the behaviours already. The transparency and level setting technologies bring about visibility to the dead wood and the meetings which do not advance the organisations agendas.
It is fundamentally about how we all change our behaviours and our role in the organisation. Us vulnerable people need to deal with our fears.
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