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Theory u-meetup


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Introduction into Theory U in the meetup group ResponsiveOrg in Zuerich.

Make the change better. A method or framework that helps to include all people in a change.
There is more than only the technical change. there are humans involved!

Theory u-meetup

  1. 1. Theory U : Leading from the emerging future ResponsiveOrg Zurich Michael Wyrsch Managing Director & Changeologist at Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 1
  2. 2. 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 2 C. Otto Scharmer ( MIT-Institute Boston) ) Autor von „Theorie U“ ( Carl-Auer-Verlag 2009
  3. 3. The Blind Spot of Leadership 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 3 “The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervenor.” William O’Brien, former CEO of the Hanover Insurance Company Joseph Jaworski: “When you open your soul and when you bring your whole heart into the room, it changes the structure of the room.”
  4. 4. Blind Spot: Two important insights from Otto Scharmer 1. Our deepest interior, (what we really deep down believe and feel) that place from where our thougths and actions originate is our blind spot and it is more important to the outcome of our work as (spiritual) leaders than we imagine. 2. Secondly: Our tools as (spiritual) leaders is not our knowledge, but our ability to listen and dialogue. 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 4
  5. 5. What is it? U-procedure and theory U: • is a change management method to change unproductive patterns of behavior. • is about personal leadership and a different way of thinking. • is addressing the human being part of life • has a holistic approach that can be traced back to Buddhism, Taoism and Sufism. It is important to go beyond the personality and to start looking for the ‘true self’. • enables people throughout organizations to let go off the prevailing approach that is based on the past and to focus more on the future. 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 5
  6. 6. The origin of Theory U • developed by Friedrich (Fritz) Glasl and Dirk Lemson of the NPI (Netherlands Pedagogical Institute) in 1968 • used in organisation development and social development since then • Otto Scharmer studied the method and interviewed Dr Glasl during his doctoral studies • This work itself draws on collaboration between Scharmer and his colleagues Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers ( 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 6
  7. 7. 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 7 Step 6. Brainstorm new solutions and initiatives Open Will Open Heart Open Mind Step 1. You face a design, strategic or innovation challenge Step 2. Convene a core team, a strategic microcosm of the whole system Step 55. Find the deeper meaning and purpose See the whole Step 7. Rapid prototyping of severeal new designs or initiatives Step 8. Test pilot with strategic stakeholders and users Step 9. Scale up and co- evolve the projects and initiatives Step 4. Synthesize insights and discover the deeper pattern Performing Initiate Give space suspending deep dive letting go Who is my Self? What is my work? letting come enacting embodying Step 3. Explore the issue in depth … immerse experience Learn inspire Sense Discover Visit places
  8. 8. Field: Structure Of Attention 24.11.2016 8 Priorityofthewhole Priorityoftheparts Repeat the patterns of the past Facilitate the developing future I-in-me I-in-it I-in-you I-in-now © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH Presencing • Generative Dialog (Flow) • Collective creativity • Silence and respect • Listening from the emerging future • Rule-generating Dialog • Reflecting Dialog • I can change my view • I am the „other“ • Empathic listening • Rule-reflecting Downloading • Talking nice • politeness • No own thoughts • Listeningprojecting • Rule-reenacting Debate • Talking though • I am my own view • The others are the target • Listening from outside • Rule-revealing
  9. 9. The essence 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 9 suspending letting go Prototyping the new by linking head, heart, hand Crystallizing vision and intention embodying enacting letting come Presencing connecting to Source Downloading past patterns Open Will Open Heart Open Mind redirecting Seeing with fresh eyes Sensing from the field Performing by operating from the whole
  10. 10. How to apply? – It is so easy! • Draw an U • Mark the steps & the transitions • Define the „challenge“ • Assign your methods to the steps (best fit) • Define the transition activities (sometimes not needed) • Check for the overall flow • Check for a holistic composition (this is art !) • Make a walkthrough through your steps – In a room – Use Ground Anchors (for the steps) – Walk physically • Feel: Is it ok? 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 10
  11. 11. SOME EXAMPLES And in reality? 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 11
  12. 12. 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 12 Ablauf (2 Day Workshop) Gemeinsames Ankommen Frei werden Runterladen Innehalten hinsehen Umwenden hinspüren Loslassen Presencing mit der Quelle verbinden, anwesend werden Kommen lassen Hervorbringen crystallizing, verdichten Verkörpern prototyping, erproben In die Welt bringen Gemeinsamer Impuls / Reflektion: • Wie sind wir unterwegs? • Welche Themen sind dazu gekommen? Reflektion Festhalten des Erreichten Definieren der nächsten Persönlichen Schritte Vorab Marktplatz: Sammeln von Anliegen und Beiträgen Gruppenarbeit Start 13.00 Uhr Abschluss Lessons Learned Abendessen 19.00 Uhr Mittagessen ca. 12.30 Uhr Ende 16.00 UhrAuslegen und Besichtigen der Anliegen / Beiträge Aufteilung / Gruppenbildung Nach Interesse / Schwerpunkt Gruppenarbeit Gruppenarbeit Report back Gem. Kaffeepause Gruppenarbeit Gruppenarbeit Gruppenarbeit Presencing Reflection Gruppenarbeit Gruppenarbei Gruppenarbeit Brain / Prototype Reflection Gem. Kaffeepause Gem. Kaffeepause 12
  13. 13. In a development / training game 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 13 suspending deep dive redirecting letting go Presencing Who is my Self? What is my work? letting come enacting embodying reflecting Downloading Seeing Sensing CrystallizingPrototyping Performing Self-reflection
  14. 14. Knowledge Management Project (~ 8 month) Theory U Method 1. Downloading Dialog, Interviews, Preparation Knowledge Café 2. Seeing Kick-off presentation, Knowledge Café, Cross-organization Dialog 3. Sensing Knowledge-Café Evaluation, Dialog Key-People, KM-Model-Mapping 4. Presencing Reflection, Dialog Leadership, Dreaming 5. Crystalizing Semi-structured Dialog, Case Clinic, Supplier Evaluation 6. Prototyping Iterative development, Building of CoP‘s & Dialog with these experts 7. Performing Transition into practical use, Lessons Learned Transitions Several, meetings, etc. 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 14 Build up Knowledge Sharing Environment for a specialized tour operator to store knowledge about travel in a specific area. Include local knowledge and experience to differentiate from other travel agencies and internet.
  15. 15. Now it is your turn! • Take a sheet of paper • Remember your last successful project/task • Try to assign the steps in the project to the U steps • Show & discuss your results to the others. • Does it fit? 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 15
  16. 16. Collectively and playfully bring the future into the present. Michael Wyrsch Wyrsch & Partner GmbH Geisswies 24 8414 Buch Switzerland Mobile: +41 79 207 78 86 e-mail: 24.11.2016 © Wyrsch & Partner GmbH 16