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I want to begin this summary with this idea from:

Perhaps the most useful mental model for thinking about the
[Traditional WorldView]TWV and [Emerging WorldView] EWV is
that of a polarity (Johnson, 1992).

Polarities are sets of
opposites that cannot function well independently. The two
sides of a polarity are interdependent
, so one
side cannot be “right” or the “solution” at the expense of the
. Johnson contends that
“many of the current trends
in business and industry are polarities to manage, not
problems to solve”
(p. xi).

An example of a
polarity in worldview is that, rather than replacing yang
dominance with yin dominance, the EWV includes a balance of
yin and yang, not subordinating the yang. Likewise, the
example provided earlier suggests that indeterminism and
determinism form a polarity. The question of behavior emerging
from the bottom up or being imposed from the top down form a

Each side of the pole has upsides and downsides.

A [recursive] “figure 8”
pattern often develops between the upsides and downsides of
the two assumptions.

 People often identify the downside
pole as the “problem” and therefore want to abandon it. The
upside of the opposite pole is seen as the “solution.”
one pole has been emphasized for too long
, the

result is the
downside of both poles

In the final line in the preceding paragraph, the description
parallels the ideas of CAPABILITY DYNAMICS.

Our development is often moving between the polarities of how
we were, and how things…or we are. And while there is a
negating response to that which has gone before, it is the
idea to honor our past development–weaving it into the our
development now, near and far.

are tools!

In Capability, we discovered that there are a number of
tools that we can use to create a dialogue with self and
others, to promote self-knowledge>>self-awareness while
understanding how to leverage our TALENT, create "enabling"
AFFECT and to move among SENSEMAKING opportunities.

As we move into a necessary discussion of BIAS DYNAMICS, we
are cognizant of the many ways in which leaders are challenged
in VUCA conditions and why it is critical to understand the
"horse" that you ride.

"In The Fifth Discipline,
Peter Senge (1990) includes mental modeling as one of the five
disciplines. He suggests that people must be able to surface
mental models by sharing the assumptions they make in a
situation. This task is not trivial. Most mental models are so
deeply imbedded that people do not even realize they are
simply models; we believe that they are reality." –
Eric B. Dent

Uncovering these mental models and why they serve us and
how they serve us or fail in service to us as postmodern
leaders is the metagoal of BIAS DYNAMICS, our next discussion.

Stay tuned!

I hope you pick up valuable insights, ideas and tools during
this process, which you can use for your own

development as well as your work and leadership with others.

If you have comments, please feel free to leave them here on the blog.

You, Me, and We @F-L-O-W

Mike R. Jay is a developmentalist utilizing consulting,
coaching, mentoring and advising as methods to offer
developmental scaffolding for aspiring leaders who are
interested in being, doing, having, becoming, and
contributing… to helping people have lives.

PS: To learn more about our 2015 Program,
Behavioral MetaDYNAMICS and to enroll in the experience,


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