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.
There is the book Spiral Dynamics.
I wouldn’t recommend reading it until you have studied the information
on line and unless you are wanting to be a serious scholar of the
information. It is like a textbook and not cheap.
So, what does Spiral Dynamics have to do with Between Seeing. Just
about everything. I am convinced that what the world needs is a way to
speed up the process of taking people to higher levels of
consciousness, the second tier. Spiral Dynamics is a map, it is a way
to see where you are in your consciousness development. The Better Way
to Work (BWTW) program featuring the 7 Entrepreneurial Skills (7ES) is
a structure and format for guiding people along the way. BWTW is not an
easy program. Many people who start it don’t finish. It is not the only
way. What Spiral Dyanamics does is answer the "So What" question for
why someone would want to invest the time and energy into the BWTW
program. BWTW is a second tier program. Each of the skills embraces
every other skill and it embraces each of the memes in Spiral Dynamics.
What follows is the Spiral Dynamics memes mapped to the 7 Entrepreneurial Skills. My friend Clive Prout helped me with this.
I. Building Vision, Faith & Commitment
1. Creating a vision Yellow
2. Believing your work is your calling Blue
3. Having confidence and belief in yourself Red
4. Contributing to something greater than yourself Blue
II. Utilizing Your Strengths
1. Building on your strengths and passions Red
2. Acknowledging weaknesses Orange / Green
3. Commitment to professional development Orange / Green
III. Creating a Niche
1. Finding one thing you love and being the best at it Green
2. Maintaining a clear, compelling focus on your target market Green
3. Becoming established as an expert—creating a name for yourself Orange
IV. Planning & Follow Through
1. Regularly scheduling dedicated time for planning Orange
2. Creating a living business plan with written goals Orange
3. Committing to your word by following-through Blue
4. Establishing accountability with yourself and others Orange / Green
V. Engaging Risk & Reality
1. Practicing financial discipline Orange
2. Embracing failure Orange
3. Trusting your gut Orange
1. Building relationships Orange / Green
2. Asking for and getting help Green
3. Being a resource Green
1. Knowing your value proposition Red
2. Creating win-win agreements Green
3. Knowing your bottom line/Being willing to walk away Orange
Did I get this right, who knows. Does it
matter, no. What is clear is that no one is at any meme all the time
and that to get to a second tier meme you need to incorporate all of
the first tier memes in an integral way. The lower tier memes are
present all the time. The 7ES is a structure and format for
incorporating the memes in a wholistic way to allow someone to make the
jump to the second tier.
What I know is that when someone does the work
and sees what is possible in yellow and beyond by making their vision a
reality, they change and there is no going back.