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Greater complexity affects all of us, and when we add some new skills, we are able to transform to meet the challenges of complexity with ease and confidence.

Greater complexity affects all of us, and when we add some new skills, we are able to transform to meet the challenges of complexity with ease and confidence.

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  • 1. C O MP L E X I T Y as an Opportunity for Transformative Learning Sylvia Gaffney, Ph.D. & Bernice Moore, Ph.D. May 2011 1Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 2. TODAY’S Session ✴ Interactive & fast-paced with mini-lectures & practical experiences woven throughout ✴ Understand theoretical framework & relationship to transformative learning ✴ Explore complexity ✴ Discuss role of mindfulness & neuroscience ✴ Experience mindfulness practices 2Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 3. COMPLEXITY as the Driver ✴ Acceleration of change ✴ Global shifts & changing markets ✴ Evolving technology & breakthrough science research ✴ Massive amounts of & sources for information Complexity is Stressful 3Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 4. FUNDAMENTAL Ch a nges ✴ Less mechanistic to more systemic ✴ Rapid & unpredictable ✴ Changes & complexity causing STRESS ✴ Opposite of required critical skill sets ✴ Different kind of leader needed 4Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 5. EVERYTHING is Increasingly Complex ✴ Disconnect between meaning structures & our complex world ✴ Causing disorienting dilemmas 5Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 6. OPPORTUNITY Because of Increasing Complexity ✴ Transform through the trigger ✴ Shift & expand meaning schemes 6Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 7. The TRANSFORMATION Needed ✴ Developing the WHOLE person Mind - Body - Spirit ✴ Concept not new in TL thinking ✴ Mindfulness research ✴ Advances in brain science 7Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 8. DO & Debrief ✴ Effects of complexity in & on your life ✴ Organizing complexity ‣ How hard is it to describe? ‣ What does it take to create it? ‣ Who needs to be involved to make it happen? 8Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 9. COMPLEXITY Thrive Dive or ✴ Our research ndings ‣ Some organizations invite & engage with complexity ✴ IBM study ndings ‣ Creativity & innovation is a way to lean into & work with 9Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 10. MINDFULNESS Moment-to-moment awareness cultivated by paying attention to things we usually ignore Mind-Body-Spirit experience of wholeness Jon Kabat-Zinn 10Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 11. Many Ways to Practice MINDFULNESS ✴ Attention to the Present Moment (both inside & out) ✴ Breath Work ✴ Yoga ✴ Silence ✴ Contemplation ✴ Meditation ✴ Tai Chi ✴ QiGong 11Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 12. The Process of MINDFULNESS ✴ Attention ✴ Awareness ✴ Concentration 12Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 13. MAGNIFICENT Brain 13Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 14. KEYSTONE to our Body & Being ✴ Working with & changing our brain ✴ Creating new connections ‣ Neuroplasticity ✴ Responding more adaptively 14Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 15. TRIUNE Brain ✴ Brain stem ✴ Limbic area ✴ Cortex adapted from the book Mindsight by Daniel Siegel, M.D. 15Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 16. New Neural PATHWAYS ✴ Neurons, dendrites, synapses - creating new connections as we learn ✴ Mirror neurons - our ability to viscerally connect with another person 16Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 17. MYSTERIOUS Brain ✴ Least known organ of body ✴ Breakthrough advances in brain research ✴ Brain & Body interconnected ✴ Neuroscience Research legitimizes practice in business 17Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 18. EXPERIENCE Leaning In ✴ Paying attention inside & out ✴ Simple exercises to reduce stress ‣ Intentional & visible ‣ Intentional & NOT noticeable ✴ Relax & Breathe 18Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 19. Sharing Your THOUGHTS ✴ Questions ✴ Comments ✴ Connections 19Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 20. Pulling in a SMILE 20Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 21. NAMASTE I honor the place in you where the universe resides a place of peace a place of joy a place of truth When you are there I am there We are One 21Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 22. Thank you for the honor of LEARNING with Us Sylvia Gaffney, Ph.D. Bernice Moore, Ph.D. sylvia@gaffney.com bernice@ico-consulting.com 22Monday, October 17, 2011
  • 23. RESOURCES & References Cozolino, L. (2006). The neuroscience of human relationships: Attachment and the developing social brain. New York: Norton. Dirkx, J. M., Mezirow, J., & Cranton, P. (2006). Musings and re ections on the meaning, context, and process of transformative learning: A dialogue between John. M. Dirkx and Jack Mezirow. Journal of transformative education (4)123, 123-139. IBM Corporation (2010). Capitalizing on complexity: Insights from the global chief executive of cer study: an IBM study. Somers, N.Y.: IBM Global Business Services. Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005). Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness (2nd ed.). New York: Delacort Press. Langer, E.J. & Moldoveanu, M. (2000). The construct of mindfulness. The journal of social issues, (56)1, 1-9. Retrieved EBSCO Host, April 12, 2011. Mezirow, J. (1991). Transformative dimensions of adult learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Siegel, D. (2010). Mindsight: The new science of personal transformation. New York: Bantam. 23Monday, October 17, 2011