#NextParadigm explores current cutting edge practice and how they can compliment personal, group and organizational development. So, practices such as Liberating Structures of Keith McCandless & Henri Lipmanowicz, the Holacracy Practice of Brian Robertson, The Theory of U Framework of Otto Scharmer, David Allen’s, GTD personal organizational practice, the Lean Start Up Methodology of Eric Reis, Social Entrepreneur Practice of Ian C. MacMillan, James D. Thompson from the Wharton Business School and others are all explored and operationalized in a Holacracy simulated company practice. It is what we call Holacratically Applied Learning and this is unique to the #NextParadigm practice. All of these practices help to individuals to navigate reality more skillfully.
At the root of navigating reality more skillfully, the pioneer of this kind of practice can be traced back to Shakyamuni Buddha over 2,500 years ago. Hence, it is the root practice of #NextParadigm and other western practices are branches. We will explore how both technologies support each other as well as assist us in alleviating stress and suffering promoting personal and organizational liberation for ourselves and the world. This is what we mean by reality practice
Awakened Practice (or Dharma Practice) means practicing with the ebbs and flows, abrupt changes and quakes of what life presents to us. Such a practice has been advocated by many sages from Socrates to the Buddha. It means to know ourselves and know our reality as it is. To know that you don't know and accept the limits of your knowledge resting comfortably in the groundless unknown of what reality presents. The Buddha encapsulates this process well in what we can call his Four Noble Truths or as we would like to call them, his four noble technologies. One, this inner technology practice of embracing reality as it comes. Two, the inner technology practice of regulating reactivity. Three, the inner technology practice of cultivating freedom. And, four, the inner technology practices of utilizing eight core reality practices (the eightfold path) to support a life of freedom and skillful living. All of western practices that we advocate and employ, support this life-changing endeavor of personal and organizational freedom. With that freedom, we propose that one makes the intelligent and skillful choice towards cultivating a life and organizational culture of loving-kindness, compassion, joy for yourself and others as well as peaceful equanimity. For these to become habits of living that support a wish to realize the liberated life for oneself as well as empowering a business culture wishes the realize the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profits. Click the links to read the thought experiment of the Buddha giving a dharma talk in Central Park NY, present day, on Skillful Living which can be summarizes by the Awakened Method.
We call this reality practice an inner technology. One definition of technology is “the application of this knowledge for practical ends.” This is definitely what Gotama and other practically-minded wisdom teachers are attempting to do in their whole-hearted wish to alleviate suffering in the world. We advocate approaching such a practice in an integral way that was pioneered by Ken Wilber. By pooling from group culture practices to create a supportive environment for development as well as adopt the decentralized organizational practice of Holacracy, we aspire to create a new comprehensive way of living.
We are coining the phrase mastermind tribe. A mastermind group is a group of professionals which help each other develop in their professional lives. A business mastermind group, for example, may explore empowerment practices, businesses strategies as well as develop tactical skillsets such as communication skills or selling skills. Usually, a mastermind group composes of individuals from different industries working together to support each other's development. The tribe aspect of the group constitutes the shared values and meaning of the group that becomes the glue of the group. If a mastermind group supports the professional lives of the members, the tribe dynamic supports their personal lives. You open your heart and share your pain in a tribe. You are vulnerable with your dreams, fears and concerns in a tribe. You are brought together by the shared values and meaning that you hold in common as a tribe. Such a dynamic could also appear in a mastermind group, but, often times, it is not the explicit framing for the group. A mastermind tribe gives clarity to development the professional life while the tribe dynamic provides the compassionate space to explore each other's personal lives. A mastermind tribe attempts to cultivate both spheres in the same group.
A tribe-team are a group of people who take the idea and move towards a launch of a positive impact business. It could be all of the members of the mastermind tribe, but it does not have to be. Perhaps, one member of the mastermind tribe wants to create a tribe team that passionately wishes to bring a business idea to life. So an analogy would be a mastermind tribe is a home country while a tribe-team is a ship launched to a foreign land with the support of the home country. The tribe could be also be among the members of their advisory board, for example. And if they find that the launch does not work out, then the ship returns home to regroup and plan the next launch.
A tribe (both a mastermind tribe as well as tribe team) takes a significant amount of intellectual, emotional and spiritual investment. We advise to be involved in no more than two tribes at a time. Perhaps there is your mastermind tribe and your tribe-team that is launching the venture swims in different waters although it is possible that they do not. Being involved in a mastermind tribe & a tribe-team is a full plate. Any more than that and you start moving into the waters of shallow relationships rather than deep and lasting friendships.