Facilitator Journal | Issue #0159 | June 29, 2004 | 8,000 Subscribers...
This week's article, "The
Second-Tier Leader: Leadership tactics from Spiral Dynamics,"
shares a brief personal story about my discovery of Spiral Dynamics
and some simple leadership tactics anyone can employ to open the evolutionary
path up the spiral.
Our next Micro-Skills Tele-Seminar is tomorrow, Wednesday,
at 1:00 PM EDT. In this one hour teleclass, Philip Golabuk
will introduce his ground-breaking model called "Field
Training," definitely a "second-tier" way of being,
in the words of Spiral Dynamics.
Please see full details of this teleclass after the article.
any of you have any interesting stories or experiences about facilitation,
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The Second-Tier Leader
Leadership Tactics from Spiral
As early as 18 months ago, I often found myself judging and condemning
the “isms” that seem to have grown in fervor in recent years, e.g., fundamentalism,
patriotism, liberalism, conservatism, materialism, capitalism, activism,
etc. Though hearing and understanding the grains of truth in each, I felt
their views too restrictive or incomplete to adhere to in times like these.
I would often find myself getting outright angry at some of these viewpoints.
At times, I felt simultaneously attracted to and repulsed by the capitalistic
materialism of our culture. While needing to function in it to survive
financially, I was consistently frustrated by it, often rebelling against
it in my own quiet, self-destructive way.
Most of the time I embraced much of what could be called an "egalitarian"
point of view; one where cooperation, collaboration, consensus, and concern
for everyone's needs and opinions was the way things ought to be. Still,
I grew restless with a sense that this approach wasn’t always the way
to go. I felt drawn to some other way of seeing things that no one, or
very few were articulating. In the field of this strange perspective,
I vacillated between the egalitarian and capitalistic points of view in
a frustrated dance of attraction and revulsion.
What's going on here?
In March of last year, I came across a model called "Spiral Dynamics"
that opened up a whole new world of understanding for me. It showed me
that the three world views I was looking at above were actually part of
a well-articulated model of world views that unfold in an evolutionary
way. This model comprised of eight Value Memes, showed me that the Blue
(traditional), Orange (capitalistic), and Green (Egalitarian) memes encompassed
the three distinct Psycho-Social world views held by the vast majority
of the Western World. And further, that I was on the brink of a transition
into what is known as the "Second-Tier" Memes, the Yellow and
Further research got me excited about how the understanding and application
of this model might help groups, leaders, and individuals who are ready
to step into the next level of possibility for themselves and the human
family at large. I eagerly suspected that change agents, facilitators,
coaches, and group workers such as yourselves would find this model as
enlightening and potentially useful as I do.
Keys to Facilitating Through the Spiral
One cannot detect
the operating Meme in a person simply by observing behavior—what someone
does. Only recognizing why a person is doing or saying certain things
will help you decide the Meme from which they're operating.
For example, the war
in Vietnam violated universal human rights, and therefore, as a moral
being, many said, “I refuse to fight in that war.” But test proved unequivocally
that only a minority, less than 20%, were acting from post conventional
moral principles, the large majority of students were acting from preconventional
egocentric drives: “Nobody tells me what to do!” So take this war and
Even with little or
no knowledge of Spiral Dynamics, the following key leadership principles
will always be useful to facilitating movement toward second tier. They
are Politeness, Openness, and Autocracy (POA). POA generate positive or
at least neutral responses from all bands of the Spiral. They are not
“traits” of leaders alone because everyone can apply them.
Politeness is a response to others’ needs on their terms, not one’s own.
The Polite leader respects cultural differences and strikes a good balance
between interest in the lives of others and their right to personal autonomy,
privacy, and freedom. The leader is concerned without being noisy or intrusive.
Openness relates directly to the trust in a group. Openness fosters a
climate that gives permission for others, as individuals or groups, to
be communicative and straightforward. Leaders and organizations model
what they ask others to do. They are open and honest about what’s going
on inside the organization. This does not mean everything is an open book;
but when confidentiality and security are important, the need is explained
up front. Appropriate privacy is as much a part of Open arrangements as
Someone in charge is essential when lower order Memes are active and quite
important to Orange. Autocracy, though often considered a negative term,
in Spiral Dynamics it simply means taking charge, accepting responsibility,
and knowing where the buck stops and being willing to put one’s self on
the line. The leader with healthy Autocracy does not become a tyrant.
Rather, he or she, or even they (autocracy can be collective) act like
Spiral Wizards to determine the appropriate decision system for the situation,
people, expected outcomes, and then implement them quickly. When accompanied
by Politeness and Openness, the tug of autocracy and control sends more
positive than negative messages and fear leaves the equation. Some firm
autocracy actually feels good because there is a baseline, things are
happening, and there is clear direction.
Check out the mini-course on Spiral Dynamics here
or check out our intro class below to learn more about the Spiral and
how to use it in your work. Please email
us your questions.
Facilitation Expert Series
Shedding light on consciousness as cause.
Featuring Philip Golabuk,
Author, Trainer and founder of the Field Center and creator of Field Training.
Attend this one-hour tele-seminar on
Wednesday, June 30th at 1:00 PM EDT (NY Time) with Philip Golabuk
and Steve Davis
"Just in Time" Learning
Center founder Philip Golabuk, suggests that as self-aware beings, we're
not just some blind accident of evolution, thrown here to struggle and
die. We can learn to align
ourselves with the source of Consciousness
and its brilliant efficiency, boundless resources, and ingenious
organizing intelligence. This intelligence turns the planets, directs
the seasons and the tides, and sustains each wave and particle in the
Creation, everywhere, all at once, effortlessly. Why should we find it
so hard to believe that this intelligence could be relied upon to bring
us the fulfillment of perfect work, prosperity, a return to health, a
wonderful partner, or whatever else it's been given to us to desire?
Join Philp Golabuk
and Steve Davis on
Wednesday, June 30th at 1:00 PM
EDT (NY Time) for a one-hour teleclass where we'll explore how
a better reality is always available to us. Willingness, being still,
receptive imagination, love for the ideal—these are the hidden keys
to the next better version of self and world. We'll also look at how we
can become facilitators of this wonderfully elegant approach to being.
Some of the points we'll discuss are...
What is Field training?
Why did you put together a curriculum about how consciousness creates
reality? Isn't there a lot of stuff out there already on that, in the
so called New Age literature? How is Field training
I understand that Field Training draws from a number of sources. What
Say a little about the basic Field training ideas of "Particle,"
"Field," "correspondence," and "intention."
Is Field training therapeutic? Religious?
Can a person use Field training to change conditions in his or her life,
like, say Wayne Dyer teaches in his latest work, "The Power of Intention?"
If you can't use Field training to change conditions in your life, what
can you do with it?
What's easy about Field training, and what's hard about it?
How would one go about becoming a Certified Field Training Facilitator
And, answers to any questions you bring to the teleclass.
Conscious Creating and Subjective Time. Transcript
of a Field Center Talk by Philip Golabuk exploring the relationship of
our inner creations to time.
2. Deliberate Creating, Gratitude and Abundance.
Transcript of a teleclass by Philip Golabuk
exploring the gifts of conscious creation.
About Philip. Philip
Golabuk holds a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Florida
with special studies in metaphysics, theory of knowledge, philosophy of
religion, and phenomenology under James Millikan and renowned somatics
pioneer and author, the late Tom Hanna. Internationally published author;
titles include Mending the Broken Heart; The Sunset Grill Chronicles;
Walls, Windows, and Doorways. Directed the Writers Room after Sloan Wilson
(The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, et al., from 1990-1995. Ten years teaching
college courses in philosophy, humanities, and writing. Internationally
and nationally recognized educational writer and graphic designer. Founder
of the Field Center and creator of the Field Center curriculum and other
programs. For more information about the Field Center and Philip, go to
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Dynamics : Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change (Developmental
Management), by Don Edward Beck, Christopher C. Cowan
Spiral Dynamics draws extensively upon over 40 years of research
by Beck, Cowan, and their mentor Clare W. Graves. The original research
data includes over 500,000 interviews conducted over five continents,
and is comparable to other "biopsychosocial systems development"
research conducted by Jane Loevinger, Stanley Milgram, Laurence Kohlberg,
Erik Erikson etc.
What makes Graves
unique however is that he created a dynamic model of human consciousness
evolution which can assimilate other models and worldviews. He also recognized
that insights from Cognitive Psychology, Genetics, and Neurophysiology
would need to be examined. Fans of Neuro Linguistic Programming, General
Systems Theory, Memetics and the Human Potential Movement will find a
wealth of material, plus reading resources for further specialized research.
SD has been applied
to resolve racial tension in South Africa, in education systems and government,
by the World Future Society State of the World Forum, Arlington Institute,
and Integral Institute, and by major companies such as Nedbank and SouthWest
Airlines. -- Alex Burns, Melbourne, Australia.
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