What is Spiral Dynamics? The best place to start is to look at Clare Graves homepage. The best article on Spiral Dynamics is the interview of Don Beck in What is Enlightenment Magazine. They do a great job of explaining the concept and each of the memes. Ken Wilbur has brought Spiral Dynamics to the mainstream. Here is his explanation of why this matters. A really cool visual presentation of the spiral is here. In a brief search I found some great info on Spiral Dynamics at the blogs coolmel and What’s in your mind.
Who are the people that are most open to being in a state of between seeing. They are most likely to be part of the group known as Cultural Creatives. You can read more about them at the authors website. I like the website but its unfortunate it hasn’t been updated in a number of years. I’d strongly recommend buying the book. You can buy it for as little as $5.70 on Amazon.
Throughout history there have been 2 types of people in America. They are the Modernists and the Traditionalists. About 40 years ago a third group started that have been named the Cultural Creatives. What follows is a description of each of these groups and a synopsis of the promise of the Cultural Creatives. Read it and notice which group you relate most to.
You don’t have to start a company to be entrepreneurial. What is an entrepreneur? Entrepreneur is defined as someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it. Over the last 30 years the image of an entrepreneur has been one of Stephen Jobs building a computer in his garage, finding venture capital and starting Apple Computer. More recently, in the Internet craze, the image was of a bright 20 something from Stanford starting a company to fill an unidentified online need, getting venture capital, going public and becoming an instant millionaire. Most of us didn’t fall into this category, much less have any idea what business would be a good one for the Internet and so we sat on the sidelines and watched. And we decided we were not entrepreneurs.
The reality is everyone needs to be entrepreneurial. This is instark contrast to the lives our fathers had and we aspired to. In their days there was a very autocratic management style. They were told what to do and they did it. Often time’s employees were not asked to be decision makers. Then people worked 30 years for one company and at retirement got a gold watch and a pension. Do you remember when IBM, Delta Airlines, Boeing and others had never laid off an employee? Well those days are over. Today there is very little corporate loyalty. Most companies are driven by short-term profits because the markets demand it. Further, most people can now expect to have three to four differentcareers in their work lives.
The Jobless Recovery and the Free Agent Culture
In this past recession companies increased their profits by down sizing. As we come out of the recession companies are reluctant to hire back those they down sized. The recovery has been called the “jobless recovery”. In December 2003 there were still 8.4 million people out of work, 1.7 million for more than 27 weeks. Are all of these people out of work or do we have an outdated way of classifying what work means?
We have become a “Free Agent” culture. What many employers want is contractors that can come in and fill a particular need and when they have finished their project leave without an ongoing obligation from the company. It is imperative that free agents have entrepreneurial skills.
Nobody’s job is safe. Professionals from India and other countries are delivering services such as computer programming and technical phone support. Recently West Law introduced a test to have Indian lawyers do court case review and documentation. How far are we from an Indian lawyer trying a case from Bombay by videoconference? General Motors just announced that it plans to increase its spending on white-collar workers from overseas from 3.5 million in 2003 to 48 million in 2004. George Colony of Forester Research predicts that 3.3 million jobs will go offshore by 2015.
According to Tom Peters “ You don’t belong to any company for life, and your chief affiliation isn’t to any job function. Starting today you are a brand. Being the CEO of yourself sounds silly only if you believe that means special treatment. Once it was a luxury, now it’s a survival strategy.” Today thirty million adults, one in six, work outside companies. In a recent article in Fast Company it stated that by 2020 it is predicted that 40% of the white-collar sector will be working in a Free-lance or independent capacity.
Today thinking like an entrepreneur and acting as a free agent isn’t a luxury in a culture of change, it is also absolutely critical to your success inside a company. Everyone in corporate management is being asked to do more with less. We have become much more of a self managed work force. Managers are much more democratic. They don’t have time to think of all of the new ideas or be aware of everything happening in the marketplace. Managers are looking for decision makers. What they want are employees who are willing to take business risks. They need employees with a vision of how to make their job, products or service they offer better. Workers with entrepreneurial skills are what managers are looking for today.
The popular misconception is that you need a certain personality type to be an entrepreneur. Some maintain that you can’t teach entrepreneurial skills, that you are either born with them or you wont have them. There’s no personality type for an entrepreneur, anyone can take the actions and master the skills that will make them an entrepreneur. Peter Drucker notes, ” Anyone who can face up to decision making can learn entrepreneurial skills and behave entrepreneurial. Entrepreneurship is a behavior rather than a personality trait”.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
I want to know if you can
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.