"We live in a world which is constantly exploring what's possible, finding new combinations, not struggling to survive, but playing, tinkering, to find what's possible." - Margaret Wheatley, The Unplanned Organization
Think about it: even if we’ve presently resigned ourselves to unsatisfactory conditions, deep down we all have a sense that life could be more fulfilling, happier and joyful. If we connect with that feeling, nurture it and give it sufficient space and bring in our creativity to allow that impulse to express itself, then over a period of time we will start to see dynamic and life affirming changes. This is the self-organising principle that a coach seeks to facilitate in a person.
To clarify things a little further Managed Change is when changes are made due to extrinsic forces i.e society, religion, family pressure, managers etc. Self-Organising Change is when the impulse come from an intrinsic energy within.
- So what would a deeply fulfilling life look like for you?
- How could you go about creating that?
Taking time and reflecting deeply on questions like these can create new insights. Taking time out on one’s own or with the support and presence of a coach we can get in touch with our natural creativity. When we accept and align ourselves with who we really are and what we really want, like a river finding its way around obstacles on its destination to the sea, we have an ability to self-organise and create the life we deeply desire.
Margaret Wheatley - Unplanned Organization, Learning from Nature's Emergent Creativity
Jim Rough - Dynamic facilitation and the Magic of Self Organizing Change