Source: the Inner Path of Knowledge Creation
Institutions of all sorts are facing profound change today. Rising complexity is at a speed and intensity we’ve never experienced before. The nature of leadership must change as well -- the old analytical approaches are not sufficiently flexible and creative. To be able to cope with this kind of change, leaders need to be able to access the source from which truly profound innovation flows.
Many people have experienced a connection with this source often when called upon to respond in times of crisis—moments of extreme spontaneity and intuitive insight. Actions simply flow through them, seemingly without any sort of conscious intervention—they don’t think about what to do, they just know. But these experiences are haphazard—ordinarily we don’t know how to access the Source, and we even have a blind spot as to its very existence.
Continuing the journey he began in Synchronicity, Joseph Jaworski tells the story of the development of the U-Process, which enables people to overcome the blind spot and access the source consistently -- and his deep exploration of the “bottom of the U” -- the part of the process where creative breakthroughs occur and where, as Jaworski states, there is a “deep connection to source”. Jaworski’s key discoveries form a four-part statement of principles on which the structure of the book is based.
Knowledge gained through access to the source is, in the words of one cognitive scientist Jaworski met, “shockingly effective.” It has a transformative impact on every aspect of leadership. You gain the capacity to bring forth new realities, which is what the best leadership does. When connected to this source, leaders gain radically new ways of operating.
Using the combination of narrative and reflection that made Synchronicity so compelling, Jaworski has written a book that illuminates not only the fundamental nature of visionary leadership but also of relationships, consciousness, and ultimately reality itself.
The Four Principles for Accessing the Source of Wisdom and Creativity
Continuing the journey of transformational leadership that he began in Synchronicity, Joseph Jaworski’s newest book addresses how business leaders can develop the capacities for innovation and creativity resulting in fundamental change both within themselves and within their organizations.
With rising complexity at a speed and intensity never experienced before, organizations of today are facing profound change. As organizations transform, the nature of leadership must transform as well. In order to cope with the kind of change that is required to meet the transcendent goals of our time, leaders need to be able to access the source from which truly profound innovation flows.
Since writing Synchronicity in 1995, at the heart of what Jaworski discovered during this fifteen-year journey as a way to understand and access the source of wisdom and creativity – the place from which profound innovation flows – are four principles:
- There is an open and emergent quality to the universe; a group of simple components can suddenly re-emerge at a higher level of self-organization as a new entity with new properties. An example of this is what Jaworski describes in Synchronicity about his experience with the search-and-rescue team during the immediate aftermath of the Waco tornado. The team “automatically” operated at a higher level of self-organization; leadership shifted seamlessly “in the moment” and as required; and tasks were performed without “conscious awareness”.
- The universe is a domain of undivided wholeness; both the material world and consciousness are parts of the same undivided whole. Jaworski learned about this during his conversation with the physicist David Bohm, who told him about Bell’s Theorem – that if you separate the two particles in a paired two-particle system – putting one particle in New York, say, and the other in San Francisco – then if you change the spin of one of these particles, the other particle will simultaneously change its own spin. Bohm said, “The effect is a simple consequence of the oneness of apparently separate objects…we are all one.”
- There is a creative source of infinite potential enfolded in the manifest universe; connection to this source leads to the emergence of new realities.Consider the discoveries of Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci or Jonas Salk. Like them, each of us has access to infinite wisdom and unlimited potential leading to the emergence of new realities -- discovery, innovation, renewal and transformation.
- Humans can learn to draw from the infinite potential of the Source by choosing to follow a disciplined path toward self-realization and love, the most powerful energy in the universe.The words of philosopher Pierre Telihard de Chardin speak well to this principle. “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”