Often liberating, conscious transformation is probably one of the most exciting, yet challenging, life experiences. Most of us go through this process of exploration and transformation all the time, whether we are individuals or a collective, whether we realise it or not.

But what does transformation actually mean in terms of our daily experience?

How do you explore yourself and your surroundings?

When in the transformation process do you actually start noticing a shift? What motivates you to transform?

How do you navigate through it?

Answer in the comments below! Watch this video for an outline of 5 exploration chapters including some thought provoking questions.

Transcript:

Hi everyone!

This is A Beginner’s Mind Chronicles. Last month I had the opportunity to introduce myself in the article “I Am Wind”. Today, I would like to present the series of upcoming publications for the next few months, around exploration in an organisation. It will be divided into five parts, each one of which is illustrated by one image inside the big circle. I would like to dig into “what actually happens behind the scenes of transformation?”

Often liberating, conscious transformation is probably one of the most exciting, yet challenging, life experiences. And it generally preceded and accompanied by exploration. Most of us go through this continuous process as in, all the time – whether we are individuals or a collective, whether we realise it or not.

Peter Senge outlines five main elements of what he calls a learning organisation, a company that facilitates the learning of its members and continuously transforms itself. Those five elements are:

  1. questioning our mental models and dominant frames
  2. clarifying and deepening our [shared] vision
  3. continuous learning: dynamic self-learning, professional and personal development
  4. systemic thinking, and
  5. team learning and dialogue.

This is an interesting starting point and I would like to look further into that, perhaps go into the more subtle details of what this process involves.

Today, I also wanted to share some definitions of exploration as food for thought. Here on the upper right circle, you’ll see that they range from broad to deep. But before relating my own perspective on all of this, I was curious about your take on it.

What do those images and definitions evoke to you? How does this process of exploration and transformation translate into, not only the big picture or frame, but also your daily experience? How do you explore yourself and your surroundings? When in the transformation process do you actually start noticing a shift? What motivates you to transform?

So I would like to invite you to join the conversation, maybe comment on this post: does thinking about your experience of exploration and transformation, whether in your organisation or in other aspects of your life, trigger any particular feelings, questions or tips that you would like to share?

This has been written and narrated by Atikah Lorot:

Globetrotter. Violinist. Salsa dancer. Climber. Tea-lover. Boundary-challenger. Change-explorer. Confidence-builder. Supporter of your organisational journey.

This publication is part of a series written in the framework of a partnership project “Atikah’s Collaborative Leadership Journey” between the author and Round Sky Solutions and in tandem with the author’s participation in the Level 1 Certification course in Collaborative Leadership.

4 Comments

  1. Kristen

    I love the frame of transformation being preceded and accompanied by exploration, and I wonder what precedes and prompts one to enter into exploration in the first place? When I reflect on my own experiences of transformation, it seems most, if not all, were preceded by some sort of recognition of incongruence, usually within myself: What I’m experiencing no longer “fits” with my expectations (or what I believe to be true). Jack Mezirow called this a “disorienting dilemma,” and it’s disorienting, indeed! We can choose to pretend not to see it, but eventually that comes back to bite us in the you-know-what. Or we can get curious about it and, as you suggest, explore! That strikes me as a more graceful approach to transformation, if not easier. 🙂

    Looking forward to hearing your perspective, Atika, and continuing the leadership learning journey with you.

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  2. Jolanta

    I really share the insights of Dybowski ! I recognize myself in many points. I’ve just started this trip to recenter and meet myself in a better way aftre the period of excessive “over-doing”. I am persuaded the impact will be visible on the whole system of my life. I will me happy to share my discoveries here ..

    Jolanta

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  3. Dybowski

    Let me try to share some elements of the experience of personnal and professionnal transformation I’m going through.
    Probably happening as a result of the personnal development work I’m doing right now, a very body grounded experience with a school of kinesiology.

    I see some changes happening in me as I experience more and more sensations, emotions and as I express and go through all of them. I also understand more deeply how my belief system works and limitates me, and what priority I’m working on at a given moment.
    As I’m going through this process, it seems my “mindset”, or maybe my “normal state of consciousness” is slowly changing.

    What strikes me is how change can be quick when I’m ready for it inside, and how it comes from seemingly “unsignificant” things or ways. When I say seemingly “unsignificant”, this is how my normal or old mindset would judge them. And actually now, it’s as if I have a better ability to listen to my intuition/ 5th sense, call it as you wish, but there is something inside that tells me: “go that way”, or “answer this message” or “phone that person”, “read that book”. I noticed an important point is that I’m relaxed, well-centered, or somehow, aware, available and authentic while and after the exchange, the reading, the conversation… is happening.
    Often, I notice it gives me a new and more relevant direction, energy or enthousiasm, or I sundenly understand something. The little something I was missing before and that is helping me to move on or carry on in a direction that is good for me.

    When a positive change happens, at first, like a sensation, an inner vision or the opening of a new possibility that suddenly exists clearly in me, I also feel at the same time and old “belief” being shattered in pieces.

    On an emotional level, I have noticed that I feel stronger, and experiencing more and more often peace and quiet in myself. At the same time, I very often feel vulnerable and easily influenced by negative news/ energies/ places/ people…

    To support and sustain the positive changes that are taking place in myself, I have found that:
    Maybe, it all comes from LOVING MYSELF a bit more, which today expresses in different ways:
    – BELIEVE IN IT. I choose to believe in positive changes and have clear intentions about it.
    – ACKNOWLEDGE SOME FUNDAMENTAL NEEDS. I’m treating myself with more gentleness and acknowledge my need for space, quiet, nature and also, action, connection, fun.
    – TAKE ACTION. Looking for a place to live in that will sustain my positive changes.
    – STOP JUDGING MYSELF. Starting to accept to feel lost, unproductive, stuck at times, and feeling ok about it.
    – TAKE RESPONSABILITY FOR MY FEELINGS. Starting to talk about how I feel in relationships, and letting others be responsible for their own feelings and behaviour, rather then blaming myself and others all the time.
    – BEING PRO-ACTIVE AND FLEXIBLE. Letting room for situations to evolve, with constant actions and commitment for a good option to come up, while being ready for it collapse if that is the end.
    – BEING CONNECTED TO LIKE MINDED-PEOPLE. Starting to realise the importance of being connected to other people who are like minded. I’m defenently a social being, and as much as some interactions can leave me feeling down and disheartened, others can fill me with joy, gratitude, and give me a confirmation of the direction I’m heading towards.

    How about you guys? girls? Would be nice to hear more about your experience.

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  4. Rebecca Fisher McGinty

    I’ve been reminded to come back to my somatic or body-awareness practice as I’m going through some change and transformation myself (first really took this on through Round Sky Solutions Level I training). It’s amazing how just a step back or a breath and a body scan can help me to hone in on what I’m experiencing more fully rather than running away! Looking forward to seeing how you develop the next 5 chapters!

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