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Inner sustainability: Seven Change Facilitators and Ted Harris

  1. 1. HOW SUSTAINABILITY COMES TO LIFE The inner and the outer world
  2. 2. ENJOY YOUR READING AND REFLECTING We at Seven happily and heartily give away ideas and theories that can serve as handles and pointers in our further development that we all seem to need on our way forward. Please give us your views and ask questions to your heart’s content. See contact details in the back.
  3. 3. Why look inside? When we’re really concerned with the outside Do our attitudes play a role when we view the world from the inside? What about our mood swings? And how do they affect our behavior, our actions in the real? Truth is – our Basic Values matters more for how we act. Problem is – we are mostly unaware of them unless we have examined them thoroughly at some stage in our life. So we are proposing that the outside reality is affected by our inside reality, and that is mostly governed by those basic values we may or may not be aware of. How can we investigate this so it becomes clearer and above all so we can master our actions consciously? Actions in the real Basic Values moods attitudes
  4. 4. What is our objective reality really? Let’s start with an example. You wake up in the morning and for some reason you have had marvelous dreams all night long. You feel that the world is your oyster, anything is possible. Your children get the best of you and when at work this day you spread good humor and creativity comes by itself. Other people’s view of the world has shifted to a more positive stance. So what is the objective world saying about this? It has adapted. It shaped itself around the actions of you and your fellow human beings. And your actions came from inside of you, depending on your values and moods and attitudes and so did all the others’ actions. What happens the day you had a rough night? What is the experienced reality then? Our experienced reality
  5. 5. Our experienced reality The Value Field Our experienced reality We talked about values. How about the culture? The one that’s in the walls or in the air, the way we do things here! All our actions shape a culture in the organization, in the various groups and of course in every one of us. We are all bearer of a culture. The way I am, the way I do things. The interaction between the values and the culture forms the Value Field which is a name we put on the dynamic field of our experienced reality. If you observe the Value Field over time you will start to notice patterns. Certain ways of behaving, certain ways of saying things by choosing words and tones, certain ways of approaching problems and possibilities. There will be subgroups and subcultures. Values Culture
  6. 6. As within so without Inside of me there will also be subgroups and subcultures. I am a multicultural being with a register of personalities that I bring forth depending on the circumstances. Sometimes I do this with volition and sometimes not when I react on a personal trigger. To what degree does the external reflect the internal? This is where it starts to get complex. The more individuals in a group or organization the more complex the Value Field becomes. In a similar context we all react differently. Some react according to their inner patterns, others chose consciously how to act. This is the symphony of the group or organization. A quartet or a full symphony orchestra? Harmonious or somewhere a dissonance? It will all play out in the Value Field. We are in relationship whether we like it or not. We form a complex system. And it all rests on our basic values and how aware we are in handling them.
  7. 7. Friend or Foe? We may have a problem! Do the individual values match the company values or don’t they? Herein lies the crunch. If they match in the basic sense then we have cocreative power in the company. AND – Each individual can still have her/his personal variation. There is no need to sacrifice your personality and become like the rest. The secret lies in using the potential of all your inner personalities consciously, choosing actions aware of the values that will promote the good of the individual as well as the organization, society included. How do we then align these so we can fulfill the vision, our vision, my vision? Individual Values Company Values ?
  8. 8. Sustainability If I find that the external reality forms itself according to my internal architecture and processes, what choices do I have? I can choose for wellbeing or ill-being. A rather simplistic but still realistic scenario is this: After some time of reflection I set my heart to a positive feeling of empathy with the help of my mind. I hold it out with my empathic personality. Then this feeling of loving empathy will seep out of me to influence others around me and slowly but surely construct a culture of benevolence, freedom and creativity. With clear vision and mission in mind appropriate goals may be selected and we are on our way to a sustainable society. It is of course more complex than that but then again, maybe not. Finally – In what ways can I make my inner world sustainable? Empathic personality
  9. 9. Inner sustainability Inner Sustainability can be addressed in many ways. This simple model devised by Ted Harris we find very helpful. We talked about our inner world and as complex as it is we can handle it with three aspects of consciousness: • Experiencing • Reflecting • Willing In short – throw yourself into the world with all of you present. Reflect on the consequences and what the experience tells you about yourself. Use your will to consciously correct your further actions so that the results align with your true intentions. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Look out onto the world. Is it your world yet? Outer world. e.g. physical phenomena Inner world, i.e. subjective phenomena Willing Experiencing Reflecting Inner Sustainability
  10. 10. The details Just in case you’re not completely satisfied we will look further into the core of Inner Sustainability. What do human beings need, and need to do, in order to achieve satisfaction in life? An important aspect of satisfaction in life is existential growth – that is • self-esteem (a positive evaluation of oneself) • compassion (a positive evaluation of others) • benevolence (a positive evaluation of life) That is what Inner Sustainability is all about. and finally to get there you have a choice. Use your will and you are in contact with the fundamental source of value and meaning. Self-esteem Compassion Benevolence Inner Sustainability Existential Growth
  11. 11. From the original idea of Ted Harris Ted Harris Inner Sustainability In collaboration with Zenita Toftgård One World – One Gestalt Svante Björklund Corporate Philosopher HOW SUSTAINABILITY COMES TO LIFE The inner and the outer world
  12. 12. Our belief is that successful business is done with both mind and heart. To develop individuals and organizations, we put human and group vitality at the very core of what we do. Our promise is to deliver quick results and long- term sustainable change. In your world. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Seven Change Facilitators AB Parmmätargatan 7 112 24 Stockholm Tel: 08-441 07 77