An Emerging
Leadership Philosophy

Paradigms, Mental Models, Beliefs

Concept Before Detail: The Chicken or the Egg?

Which came first: The concept or the details? It is easier for us to understand things when we are first presented with a concept and then supplied with details that allow us to better understand or improve the concept. It is as if “new information” has to somehow attach itself to something we already know in order for us to make sense of it.

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Let Me Tell You a Story

Learning is selective. When we experience life we naturally level, sharpen, and assimilate what we perceive into a story. It becomes our story. We level out what does not make sense to our existing view, we sharpen up what makes more sense, and we assimilate it into a story – an improved perception of the truth.

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The Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra

The concepts of quantum mechanics, relativity, and the like are difficult for the western mind to comprehend because we have so few metaphors, or “just-like references,” to help us understand. In his 1975 book, The Tao of Physics, Capra alternated his chapters between explanations of Modern Physics and Taoism.

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Dancing with Shiva (or Sandy, or Katrina)

Harrison Owen coined the term and started the movement he calls “Open Space Technology.” It is not unlike what has been called a “Process Control Environment “ in The Sys-Tao Way, and it is the antithesis of what was referred to as a “Command and Control Structure.”

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