2015 January

Steps by Portia


I want to try to communicate something;)

All my life, I’ve either had someone (who said) or my own jiminey cricket saying…”you need to know that…”

Hence the trigger below,

Yet lately, I look at a list like this or my own observation of this inherent thought process (curiosity + innovation) and I say to myself…

I don’t need to know that…I don’t need to know everything…I can’t learn it all anymore (stage 2)…

Then after a feeling of peace…

I them go into various dialogues about


What’s different

What do I need to know

How would I use that

What would I do with that if I did know..

And the finally…

Realizing this dialogue of cul dr sacs…

I walk the other way…



2015 January


Remember all that talk about how Rome disintegrated…



2015 January

Exploring the Clash Within Civilizations



This article is worth reading several times! There were many pieces that I would call my favorite…

This is really the first article that I have seen @F-L-O-W, where the biological evolution and the cultural evolution are both contextualized–not in the sense of right and wrong but in time, speed of change…

I have often shared what I believe are the linchpins to understanding differences in the e5…as this epigenetic 5 emerged out of the rate at which each is complexifying….

Content is growing exponentially…and Context is turning the corner, with Conditions evolving so rapidly, they have become VUCA…

Code is forming everywhere as an attempt to make sense of the content, context and conditions and has bifurcated along with civilization and it’s great “code” books…

Culture emerges! And matters! And the core plods along mercilessly leaving behind it’s wake of those unable to find a foothold…

The deeper questions continually posed for me have to do with not just whether one civilization or societal design is more economically efficient or not but why each may pose a differentiated set of integral issues.

“And because the fundamental dynamics of this divide are rooted in the mismatch between the pace of change of biological evolution on the one hand (very slow) and historical or technological change on the other (ever faster), it is hard to see how this gap can be closed. We don’t want to stop progress, and yet the more progress we make, the further out the goal posts of modern maturity recede and the more significant culture becomes.

Read more: Mind the Gap | Stratfor

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2015 January

Impending Paradigm Shift

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


Here’s a prominent and highly nowledgeable witness of our times and a good story for all of you who are interested in understanding Europe (and beyond) and how it came to be where it is. A friend of mine sent me this outstanding lecture held in 2013 by Zygmunt Baumann, a polish sociologist who worked and lived in the UK. He too tells you about a monumentous  step human kind is facing and  the impending paradigm shift that Mike talked about the other day.

It’s worth watching (with a glass of port, a steaming mug of tea or whatever)


…This lecture by Zygmunt Baumann deeply impressed me. Simply awesome. The 87 year old sociologist held it at a Convention in Girona, Spain, in 2013. He tells his story of Europe, how it evolved over the past 500 years, how the idea of nationsstates came into being and how over the latter part of the 20th century they lost their power to globally operating powers they can control no longer.

During the Q&A session (1:27) he comes to speak specifically of this critical disconnect:


“….behind all this there is a very, very big question: when I was young (…I am terribly sorry but old people like to talk about their youth) my colleagues, my generation quarrelled tremendously about what needs to be done but I don’t remember quarrelles about who is going to do it … because once everybody knew what to do then it will be the state to do it because the state has everything to do it properly.

Today we have a situation where on one hand we have power, really decisive power which shapes our collective future, which shapes the prospects of our children and grand children, power which is exempted from any kind of power of political control. Power which is free to follow our own considerations of intent. On one hand power exempt of political control.

On the other hand we have politics which suffers constantly of the deficit of powers.

Now until we bring them again together I think no resolut action is possible. We go on fighting one crisis after another until such a moment when we shall be missing all the strength, all the ability, all the imagination to continue the fight.

That is one prediction that I shall want to risk: that the rest of your lives will be dedicated to the attempt of bringing together power and politics. The question whether it can be reconstituted is marriage.

This wedding being played for the second time in the interest of the nation state, that is a good question (whether it will happen). Problems are already global. Who knows, perhaps this re-marriage needs to be held in some kind of a global church, it is closer to Heaven , everybody is in this self making Heaven….”

here’s the link:

“Europe: Birthday or Death Agony?” – Zygmunt Bauman (Girona)


Mike’s response

Shower call:

Until we believe that we are basically wired with whatever it is we can contribute from inception…

And that embeds duty to humanity in kind, things will get worse and the paradigm shift will have to change us…violently.


2015 January

Great Work Provocation

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

How do we process this thought with the view of truth (that we cannot know truth or that it is an individual issue)  that we often use?



Great Work Provocation

Mike’s response:

2015 January

FS-Green Legacy

Quote from:

The tragedy unfolding in Iraq today is only part of the story. Al Qaeda and its affiliates are resurgent across the globe. According to a recent Rand study, between 2010 and 2013, there was a 58% increase in the number of Salafi-jihadist terror groups around the world. During that same period, the number of terrorists doubled.”

You can look for many ways to explain what has happened, but one EASY, direct method would be to understand what happens under FS-Green Leadership.

CP-RED seeks opportunity. FS-Green ALWAYS provides that opportunity because of the mistaken perspective that people will be reasonable (like FS-Green is reasonable.)

The belief @BS is that people are rational and reasonable.

This is the farthest from the facts, as almost all research (of late) shows people to be irrational and unreasonable, adhering to self-interests and NOT advancing their thinking or perspectives in broader terms to encompass more complex perspectives!

Right or Wrong, these dynamics can easily be described by the perspectives from each values-basin.

Many people find it “unreasonable” for people to want to stop modernism, however if you look at a much broader picture, one way to deal with accelerating complexity is to decelerate complexity through regression, or the “lack” of progression–choosing instead to take on the problems of a different era/values emergence.

MOST modern people who assume that to twart progression is WRONG.

I would suggest to you that it is an effective way to deal with the onset of problems associated with “accelerating” complexity, however it will NOT fit most western values, which is why there are such large differences culturally between East-West-MiddleEast cultures.

Regression also buys time in the limits to growth model, but at a values cost which is not easy to swallow for most.

The question is this:

Does anyone have a right to impose their values on others…

especially those who do not want those values imposed.

Does each fight for their right to impose and to resist?

And there you have the explanation of what is occurring in the world today–oversimplified of course–because there are resources involved and along with that, the “threats” to modern, as well as pre-conventional values in the process.




2015 January

[SD-Integral] Green reframe of addiction/new

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

If you want an excellent example in the U.S. of creating problems of existence that can’t be solved by the consciousness that created them, the “war on drugs,” propagated by unhealthy Blue and Orange, is one. If I drop into the unhealthy expressions that have emerged out of this unhealthy meme, it’s clearly one that doesn’t belong in a Living Human Living Earth superordinate goal, with such expressions as:

  • Over $23 billion spent per year in the last few years (see this website for a very detailed analysis of this an other costs associated with the drug war:;
  • Imbalance of drug-related prison incarceration toward minorities, increasing the expression of racial discrimination (from same website above);
  • Increasing support for terrorism through illegal drug-related money (from alleged CIA support to other global networks supporting terrorism);
  • Big Pharma’s own “war” so it can monopolize the whole drug industry; and more.

This article:
The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think
explores the fascinating assumptions that were made decades ago, leading to the Common Knowledge beliefs about addiction, that upon deeper scrutiny, were proved to be partial as well as misleading. To summarize the article (focused in Orange-Green), the whole dysfunction around addiction and its remedies has as much to do with lack of psychological/social connection as it does with the physical dependency on whatever the object of addiction is. As this new frame gets immersed into the Common Knowledge belief system of the culture, we’ll see a shift away from spending billions (trillions?) of dollars on a “war on drugs”, and hopefully into cultural expressions and infrastructure that provide healthier experiences of social connection… with ourselves as well as nature.

One aspect of Green that has been emerging culturally is its belief that war (on anything) is not the answer to solving our problems of existence. Data is clear that any kind of war has been the cause of much more suffering than it has alleviated. As this memetic grow stronger, we will see the rise in Yellow strategic thinking influencing first tier expressions toward healthier meshworks. Those of us who see SDi as an integral aspect of this new thinking will have plenty of opportunities going forward to be part of the solution, and for that, I am extremely grateful to Don and everyone on this list for doing your parts in healthy human emergence.

Ben Levi  | &nbs

Mike’s response:

Im not sure I agree with Ben’s statement about the costs of war, far more is lost on iatrogenesis and there is no war there…

War is probably necessary, as a gamma trap buster, therefore war as a tool, even though there are many other things to kill us, maybe important

All those looking at war dead should see how many are killed by other means…and then it would be contextualized more easily, to see that war, while violent is no less violent than number of farming accidents every year, people who get caught in PTOs…

While I agree that war does the most damage collaterally, and usually affects the innocent, so does drunk driving, falling off ladders, and so one down the list of people dying…

people killed every year by TB is enormous, they are all innocent and the facts remain, the damage is collateral because 1 billion are not able to fight off immune disease, this war is bacterial…

the problem as I see it, is the confusion that erupts when values, or something someone values is used as an issue to make policy…

anyway, rant off…

2015 January

Library of Professional Coaching

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



Thought the first article related to some of the things we have talked about—our thinking process

and brain science.

You can share it with the group if you think it would be helpful.



Library of Professional Coaching

Why Transformative Coaching Takes Guts

Posted: 23 Jan 2015 09:33 AM PST


Most trained coaches know how to be supportive, encouraging and nonjudgmental. These approaches are useful but often not enough to create a new awareness. Coaching starts by building trust and rapport, but as the conversation goes deeper you might need to generate a bit of discomfort to create a breakthrough in thinking.

What happens when you challenge someone’s thinking?

In order to define who we are and make sense of the world around us, our brains develop constructs and rules that we strongly protect without much thought. In Who’s in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain (Ecco, 2011), neuroscientist Michael S. Gazzaniga says we get stuck in our automatic thought-processing and fool ourselves into thinking we are right. When someone asks us why we did something, we immediately come up with an answer even if the response doesn’t make complete sense. We instantly concoct a brilliant reason for procrastinating on a task, for prioritizing reading email over a project deadline or for making life decisions based on how we will feel in the future when, in truth, we can never be sure how the circumstances will impact us emotionally.

To disturb this automatic processing, you reflect holes in your client’s logic and ask questions that reveal the fears, needs and desires keeping the constructs in place. NeuroBusiness Group founder and CEO Srinivasan S. Pillay, M.D. writes that this coaching approach is the only way to stop the automatic processing. Reflection and questions crack the force field that protects your client’s sense of reality, enabling her to explore, examine and change strongly held beliefs and behavior.

The reaction to bringing these things to light will register somewhere between slight discomfort and an emotional outpour. Momentary confusion and abrupt realizations trigger emotional reactions. The truth can hurt or at least surprise you before it sets you free.

Therefore, negative emotions can be a good sign. When your client realizes she has blocked a truth that was in her face the entire time, she may feel mortified, angry or sad. She is finally confronting her rationalizations and seeing her blind spots. For a moment, her brain does not know what to think. As Nessa Victoria Bryce writes in the July/August 2014 issue of Scientific American Mind, this pause in certainty as the brain rushes to reinterpret information is necessary for a clearer and broader understanding of the situation to emerge. In researching how coaching works in the brain for The Discomfort Zone, I found this moment of uncertainty is necessary for behavioral learning to occur. Only with this new awareness will your client willfully commit to behaving in a different way.

Know your WHY

Posted: 23 Jan 2015 07:57 AM PST

Why Know Your WHY?

Knowing Your WHY strengthens corporate culture, employee engagement and deepens connections with ideal clients, customers and investors

Discussions abound on how to fortify employee engagement. Awareness of the critical need to place employees and team members “in the right seats on the bus” has been heightened. Companies strive to create not only external raving fans, but impassioned, raving employees as well. Given recent trends and statistics, it is no surprise that organizations are placing a concerted effort on beefing up engagement.

Gallup states in their most recent State of the Workplace report that 70% of all employees are indifferent or actively disengaged, and that each “actively disengaged” employees costs an employer an average $25,000 per year. SHRM, (Society for Human Resources Management), estimates that bad hires cost up to five times their annual salary. Forbes cites an average annual turnover rate of 33%, with nine out of ten people leaving because of attitude.

Concern with these statistics is well founded.  Again according to Gallup, it literally pays, in a big way, to be in the top 25% of “Engaged Companies.” Those that achieve this top quartile realize:  37% less turnover, 48% fewer safety incidents, 41% fewer product defects, 21% higher productivity, and my favorite: 22% higher profitability. Whether a given business or organizational leader is paternal and nurturing, or, conversely, dispassionate and bottom-line oriented, these numbers should be motivation enough. Leaders need to source, bring to their organizations, and institutionalize sure-fire ways to increase engagement.

Recently, I have been introduced to, and have become a huge proponent of, a novel approach to increasing both internal and external engagement. The “Know Your WHY” movement that is making great headway and producing consistently positive results as it spreads across the country and the globe. The secret sauce is that it is based on the way each individual in a business, organization, or team is hardwired.


Mike’s response

I had mixed emotions about this…

to whom is the judgment left?

and how is the judgment formed, from what perspective?

I do believe that coaches should at times challenge thinking…

however, all this transformational coaching stuff is rare, because people don’t transform, they learn, grow and develop, i’m much more interested in scaffolding that process, instead of transformational work…


2015 January

Narrow Thinking Signals…

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


You want to see a sign of narrow thinking?

Obama made a remark directed at Putin (indirectly)…

I told you before, Putin is NOT stupid, and the Russians are NOT someone to mess around with, but just like the incredible GAFFE by Obama on his “I won both of mine…” he has now thrust us into another cold war, only this time, it’s not going to be funny…

Putin will MAKE OBAMA PAY for those remarks, mark my words.

Instead of Obama modeling the solution, remaining empathetic and offering a fig leaf, he threw down a gauntlet and will now UNDO everything that has been achieved since the wall came down.

The LEGACY of Obama will be smeared with foreign policy gaffes, and I believe what will erupt will be WWIII, and we’ve seen the spark now.

YOU NEVER< NEVER put a bear in the corner, the only thing they know to do if fight.

We have single-handedly declared war on Russia through the leadership of sanctions which caused they economy to crumble.

THE ONLY THING that brought us out of a depression was a WAR…

Do you think that is an isolated circumstance?

Or is WAR FOOTING a tool that can be used to resolve depression?

If so, we are in trouble because RUSSIA IS IN DEPRESSION, and the oil “business” has helped trigger the problems.

I expect the ARCTIC to be a battleground as well as eastern Europe, all fought by proxy…
Top News

War Is Exploding Anew in Ukraine; Rebels Vow More


Evidence is increasing that Russian troops and Russian equipment have been pouring into eastern Ukraine again

What choice do they have?

And who narrowed the choice?

Through lack of experience (a foreign policy team that doesn’t know what it’s doing) and OBAMA’s ego position.

You wanted interesting?

You got it!


Mike’s response”

Here’s the quote:

Second, we are demonstrating the power of American strength and diplomacy. We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small by opposing Russian aggression and supporting Ukraine’s democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies.
Last year, as we were doing the hard work of imposing sanctions along with our allies, as we were reinforcing our presence with the frontline states, Mr. Putin’s aggression, it was suggested, was a masterful display of strategy and strength. That’s what I heard from some folks. Well, today, it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated, with its economy in tatters.
That’s how America leads: not with bluster, but with persistent, steady resolve.


THIS WAS A BAD MOVE, and shows lack of empathy for the Russian people in general, about 10 million or so are Russians on the USA, or more.

In developmental coaching, I call this modeling the problem, here’s why:

When someone models their “reasoning”…contained within that are the problems of the next or more complex levels…

So I call it modeling the problem which can be solved at a different level…

In this case, Obama and our country is making a huge error that will come back to haunt us all and the world…

it’s just a matter of time…

If Obama thinks Putin is not “so masterful” then the WORST thing he could have done…is embarrass him in front of 37.1 million watching the speech and the billion they will affect…

SUPER STRATEGIC ERROR…that shows Obama’s ego position…

2015 January

Red Beach

When I landed…in Tacloban,

The executive jet that was blown off the runway which trued to takeoff about the pope…

Was still sitting there in the mud on the side of the runway…