2014 November

SDi Level 2 Livewire Docs and Links

“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”


Enclosed are some documents and links that were asked to be shared with you from SDi Level 2 livewire presenters:

Fred Krawchuk has written two pieces on Multi-stakeholder Collaboration that are attached.

Mike Jay would like to offer you access to his latest paper: BEHAVIORAL MetaDYNAMICS – An Exposé in Leader Development:

If you provide your name and email, you’ll automatically be subscribed to an email series which goes into more depth about CAPABILITY DYNAMICS.

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“Mike’s response…”

Ok, my EXPOSE is live, note link below:

I passed these two articles on from Fred, as he is giving live wire also…

here is the summary of FRED’s long doc: the short doc is good read and promotes the ideas of collaboration

Now that the key components of, and challenges to, a successful MSC enterprise have been discussed, let us step back and appreciate a synthesis of the different elements. In the early stages we consider the issues, stakeholders and their intentions, and the complex environment in which they mesh. During this co-exploration stage we integrate the components of people, purpose, place, and pre-MSC process to broaden our apertures and create new understanding. As the exploration ripens, we move into a co-design phase. Here we take our understanding and transform it into new possibilities. In co-designing, we blend people, process, purpose, and place in order to translate ideas into action. This can take the form of developing future scenarios, pilot projects, or prototyping experiments. This process of scenario development and prototyping pilots can be an effective way to help build relationships across organizational and cultural borders. To maintain momentum and deepen learning, we share stories, practice new skills, and assess the outcomes of our initiatives. During co-learning we integrate the people, purpose, post-MSC process, and practice components. Throughout the entire process designers and facilitators brainstorm contingencies to exploit successes and mitigate challenges that emerge. As we learn by doing, members of the MSC endeavor to continuously refine and adapt the five components to support achieving superordinate goals.

A look at the 5Ps together as a whole shows the importance of aligning committed stakeholders, resources, and the needs of the group in a focused fashion. Connecting the projects with people who are committed to their completion promotes collective action. Stakeholders who demonstrate personal alignment enhance trust-building within the group. Structural alignment supports resilience and efforts to build continuity for the MSC endeavor. Designers make the effort to analyze and integrate the different parts of the MSC enterprise in order to close gaps and synergize collaborative action.

Synthesizing the various aspects of the multi-stakeholder collaboration helps each part of the enterprise learn from every other part. This fusion enables leaders “…to see the emerging forms of things to come and outline what should be done to meet or anticipate them…[and] constantly reappraise what was being done…[given that] policies acquired their own momentum and went on after the reasons that inspired them had ceased.”88 This may include generating new initiatives or partnerships. It could also mean completing actions or terminating projects that no longer serve the group. New practices or support systems may be necessary to help stakeholders move forward. Stepping back and reflecting on synthesis can help designers and stakeholders see how the whole system is evolving and consider what steps can be taken to further sustain the MSC effort.

Complex MSC challenges require comprehensive approaches that do not necessarily follow a linear sequence. Different challenges will require a different mix of components at different times. Integrating the various parts and aligning them in support of a superordinate goal promotes synergistic action. Unique scenarios will require different applications of this approach. Managing an MSC enterprise is like leading an orchestra. Depending on what is needed, designers will call upon different arrangements of the five components. When leaders conduct the five instruments of MSC in concert with each other, stakeholders benefit from new opportunities for increased harmony and coordination.


2014 November

Fully alive: Discovering What m\Matters Most


“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”

That is the title of Timothy Schriver’s, head of Special Olympics, new book.

Coined the phrase difabilities. Different abilities.

Mike’s response:


2014 November

Interesting Quote

I feel this is where RO is weak.
the company’s needs come first and then you optimize for the employee.

While it’s clear the structure of work must be designed to get results, there is a lot of flexibility that RO doesn’t have because it ignores personality/talent/attitude, etc.

Take a look at the 1981 summary from Graves, look particularly at A’N’ (yellow) and see what he says about organizational use of human resources (my words)…

I’ll attach it also in another thread because I promised Mark I would send it to confirm my A = need, and N = neurobiology “lesson” hehe.

The interesting idea about Bennis quote was the introduction of “implicit” genetic factors and leadership has railed at this during the rein of ER-ORANGE and particularly now with FS-GREEN.

This is also the reason why I am “sensitive” (if that’s possible;) to the radical construction ideas where they do NOT explicitly state anything about the subconscious, rather than making assumptions without noting the implicit ground of BS that we live within, both in science and religion (ER and DQ)…

So, my delusions come from the “ground” of BS and not the ground of other things (@F-L-O-W) being one.

If someone doesn’t state that things are largely sub, or nonconscious, then the assumption is implicit @BS, that people can do this stuff with consciousness because anyone can be, do, have, become or contribute anything.

At least I got that bug out of my head, hehe.



2014 November

Traveling Through Multiple Europes

Has it occurred to everyone else that people don’t want to be integrated?

Over the next few years, we will see the EU come apart at the seams, as we are now beginning to set the stage also, for a middle eastern civil war–contrary to the lines drawn by conquerors…

And we in the USA still suffer from integration (not the racist kind, omg, lest you think so)…

Was the USA a good idea, was the EU a good idea…?

It seems that only time will tell, but there is something to be said for “separate, for fractionalized, which may be necessary, but not sufficient in terms of the world “living peacefully”…but what if the world is not supposed to live peacefully?

What if conflict, heartbreak, poverty, divides, ethnic groups are all apart of life, living and what comes next?

Sometimes, these questions are clearly not asked as we continue down an end goal which says we have to be x, y and z.

I will say one thing….getting out of the world @BS and seeing how each values basin attempts to “attract” and repel and immunize itself is an amazing part of living…and a troubling one also.

Europe–the countries in it–such as Switzerland where friend mark resides (8 million) is an amazing place, but while internationally thought of, it guards itself well from integration, and remains neutral…each of the European enclaves has been hewn out of conflict for thousands of years…and you don’t see them running around the world trying to make democracies with force…but being careful not to “raise the ire of others…”

Putin can push tanks and weapons across the Ukraine border for any number of legitimate reasons, and even those illegitimate ones, no one in Europe is going to raise a hand…

Yet, we the pugnacious have to run around fighting everyone because we don’t think they conduct their affairs as they should…

I’m starting to question this kind of social doctrine…not as legitimate, but whether or not, it is any more efficient, effective and sustainable than say…a Canadian approach, or Japanese approach, or even a Philippine approach

Aquino, et al have been criticized for their “slow” response to delivering aid to Yolanda (Haiyan) victims…but there defense is…we are going slow on purpose (because of course it is a corrupt bureaucracy)…touting the building of 22 kilometers of national road in a year (10 miles) with another 110 to go (some small parts under construction), yet, billions poured in…

The majority of the people affected, still affected…but instead, they go slow…

I’m uncertain at this point because our judgment (time span of discretion) is too small for the problems, but I travel and look at Europe and while they are cratering under the credit/money bubble…life just doesn’t look all that bad there…

While life ain’t bad in the ole USA either, and I’m not complaining, I’m just wondering going forward…is this all a todo about nothing, to keep people who are less complex occupied laterally in “good intentions” without an understanding of what life is all about, but an interpretation that seems to be sold wholesale to all those who reside…

What goes round, comes round…I have some fear that we are making tragic mistakes…and unfortunately, it’s what we do…