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Here at the-Coaching Blog-run by Gerard O’Donovan, our aim is to constantly bring value to those seeking to improve their lives. Therefore we have a policy of publishing articles and materials by guest authors whom we value and appreciate. Today’s guest author is Dr. Paddy Pampallis (South Africa).
We are in the midst of a highly tumultuous wave – a cycle of disruptions, and I celebrate this as each disruption brings a rebirthing! The big challenge this year will be to create perspective, to connect even more deeply to both our inherent and transcendent humanity, and to create the opportunities to generate conscious intentional action that will alleviate suffering and promote health and well-being through transforming mindsets, structures, systems, and processes, for a better world!
This is the time to cultivate deep reflective spaces, to slow down to examine that which is easily distracted into ‘busy, more important’ activities because it is so hard; this is the time to take a few minutes to read on…
In a space of our multi-diverse, multi-cultured, multi-traumatised world – the seething boil has at last burst! And I am relieved because we can now truly have the conversations that count without the euphemistic ‘niceness’ that is hiding the brutal facts.
As a psychologist, an integrative psychotherapist, a systems thinker, process facilitator, integral practitioner, businesswoman and global citizen, I see it as essential for us floundering humans, who hold many flawed assumptions about ourselves and others, to have a navigational tool, a MAP, with which to help us traverse truly treacherous terrain! To this end, we have developed a unique application of integral thinking in the Integral+ Practice of Leadership and Coaching™ to support people through this terrain.
That map has to be one that can help us find our way by introducing a common language – and I am not, of course, speaking in our mother tongues,– I am speaking of a conceptual map that holds the multiple complexities of the lived experience of ‘all of us’! Conventional thinking and wisdom encourage either /or thinking – “if only / but then…” and justifies our fears and anxieties. Any system – individual or collective – reacts and shifts quickly to stress through homeostasis (self-correction). Our self-correcting, protecting world-views can, and often do lead to delusion, blocking the healthy evolution we so need. Our thinking has to evolve! So we welcome ‘disruptions’! They spur us to continue to calibrate and seek deeper for that co-operative and inclusive space of natural hierarchies, rather than those egos- based, imposed hierarchies driven by self-interest, power, and greed which only benefit a few.
We need to continually practice ‘crossing the road’1. We need a 4D+ map for our 3D world©!
What would these conversations look like?
They include both hard and soft issues and experiences, processes and systems that impact our national psychology, values, economics, social justice, education, health, generosity of spirit, and a drive for the next levels of integration. In fact – everything!!!
These conversations take into consideration the vast mix of mindsets, worldviews, experiences, competencies, capacities, affiliations, beliefs, cultures, contexts, environments, and the variety of systems – human and non-human – that form part of this mix. This MAP – our human GPS –needs to point its light into the tendrils of darkness (unawareness and unconscious spaces) that infiltrate our worlds in both gross and often, more subtle, but equally disturbing, ways.
It would need to be a 4D+ map© that can:
To do this we have to WAKE UP! to see and build the capacity to look at what we do not want to see.
Then we have to GROW UP! To take on the complexity and the responsibilities necessary for adult maturity! (I hear so often in the workplace and in families and in government institutions: – “if only he/she would grow up – just act with some maturity!)
Well – here is our chance! (We have had many by the way – many of us have not listened!) And why? Well, as a human race we are only 12 minutes old in a 365-day long year! We are young! We are not yet competent! We are trying to find our way! We are making mistakes! We are impulsive, unable to control our hunger and our anxieties! Yes, we are still babies finding our way!
CAPACITIES AND COMPETENCIES
There are a number of competencies, and internal capacity creating developmental stretches that need to take place for us to respond to the world that is pushing us all to new frontiers. There are so much complexity and vast sensory overload! Even the simple tasks will rapidly multiply and ‘overwhelm’ will be the order of the day. As an organization, we will need to prepare our people: as individuals and family members, and members of various communities, we will need to have the kind of coaching, support, and interventions that will help us assimilate, cultivate, integrate, and take action with ease.
LEADERS will need to become INTEGRAL DESIGNERS…
…and architects of note, in sourcing, accessing, initiating, solving, and prototyping the ‘new world’. This stage of our evolution in modern life is being termed the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Davos 2016 WEF). We will have to cultivate some very distinctive capacities and competencies in order to navigate our way through. Leaders today are going to have to work with upgrading their own internal operating systems and those of their organizations into becoming integral operating systems. Preparing coaches that can support this development will mean that these coaches need to similarly develop some of these competencies.
Our new realities are of our own making and the internal and external capacity development needs are high! My adoption of these competencies and roles, worded towards leadership, are listed below -with acknowledgments and apologies to the originators.
And perhaps my favorites are:
And ultimately –
The 4D⁺ leader will need to be able to access the full spectrum of human experience This takes years of practice to operate at a high level – just like free lunches, there are no quick –fix solutions!. The 4D+ leader will be able to unite teams to create spaces in which to solve complex interaction problems, allowing interconnectivity, communication, and cooperation to reach unprecedented levels.
These shifts will need to start in many areas, one of them being a shift in school curriculum! So the disruptors to current ways of thinking and doing are necessary to bring about disruptions that will shift things through exponential trajectories. In our evolution, we will come to see that even some medical treatments will be looked upon as barbaric in its current form.
THE CHALLENGES ARE DEEP!
Ultimately,, leadership must ensure a healthy society; business will need to connect itself to social development, while governments need to truly play their role as public servants in service of this fusion. Power needs to shift its consciousness so that the economic, health, education and social landscapes are better for all.
And with this singularity –there will be no need for jobs for leaders!
Now, what a radical idea is that!
About Dr. Paddy Pampallis
CEO of The Coaching Centre
Founder Director of The Integral⁺ Africa Institute™ and the TCC Ubuntu Coaching Foundation™ Her pioneering spirit and commitment to integrating practice has seen her as part of the founding steering committee for setting up COMENSA, CETASA, and as the first chair of the Supervision Portfolio Committee. Her ground-breaking research in the supervision of executive coaches is internationally recognized. She has been part of international expert panels and engaged in both local and international coaching initiatives.
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