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Theory U and sensing the future

This post is a Synopsis from the book "The essentials of Theory U" from Otto Scharmer which offer a great perspective on change management that I find interesting in a coaching context.

Reflecting on its past, it is unlikely that the snail will feel a strong urgency to change... The day is pleasant, the rail is nicely warm.

Making the system see itself would mean for the snail to visualize itself in this picture and shift awareness from the "nice feeling" provided by the metal to the understanding of the purpose of the infrastructure. The threat would then become apparent and the change more compelling. This would be an example of learning from the emerging future.

There is way more to the book than what I illustrated here of course and I would strongly invite you to read the original text.

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"Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Management Sloan School and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation and introduced the concept of presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge et al)"

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