Jacob and James – Life’s Expression

Society is not Entitled, it is Disempowered thru Disconnection

I often overhear conversations in public settings about “what’s wrong with the world”.    When we imagine there to be a problem, we actually create it.   We must remember that.

On a wonderful Saturday morning, while I was “busy” editing my Video blog post for the week, there was a wonderful sight outside my office window, which has a view of the front porch.

Two smiling gentlemen approached, unaffected by the dog gate they spanned, and knocked confidently on our door.

Because I was totally Present in and seeking Connection with Life, I saw the insignificance of my “video editing effort”, and abandoned it immediately.  I beat them to the doorbell, sensing this was going to be special.

We have Goals and Plans to achieve them for only one reason—to be appropriate in the moments of our lives that matter most [to US].   Let’s set our intentions to be Present with each other.

(Grand Rapids, MI USA: David - Decision Framework Consultingd - Decision Framework Consulting, 2017)

A Roman Vote without Ceaser and Senate present is not worth much

In SAFe, the Roman vote technique is meant to build TWO way accountability between a Team and its Stakeholder(s).   Without Caesar present, the Team opinion is not witnessed nor acknowledged.   The Respect for People Mindset Pillar of Lean is in clear violation.

In the era of Caesar, a no-show for the vote was as good as a “yes for death” – the de facto policy for The Games was to give the crowd what they wanted … entertainment by death (to feel more fortunate than another condemned soul).  

Not to be overly dramatic, but as Team members striving for a better tomorrow, you must lobby for your Leaders to “show up” for your Planning Events, otherwise you’re signing up for the “entertainment of your past [status quo]”.

Across the world, Change Agents are trying to establish pragmatic platforms which genuinely enable Leadership.

We don’t miss what we’ve never had in life.

Change begins with the Teams closest to the Customers.   Will you unite towards a better tomorrow?

The Most Effective Organizations Naturally Include People in Shared Decision Making

How do we shift the Mindset towards "Natural" Inclusion?

Might sound obvious, so why don’t we include people in decision making?

What I have experienced most often is that, due to imagined risk we are unable to be vulnerable to others.   We imagine the physical and emotional costs of being judged or rejected by colleagues, social groups, friends and family.   This leaves us guarded and compels us to hide who we really are.

The group culture that we care about and associate with, OR the one we find our self within daily [unwillingly], shapes our degree of openness with others.  We are most often unaware of just how much group norms and values influence our own thoughts and behavior.

When the group culture financially supports our personal safety, things can go terribly wrong, especially when our dominant focus in life is skewed towards personal safety.   When group culture incentivizes extreme risk avoidance and has no way to objectively determine the true risk avoided nor to offer credit for those who helped to mitigate it, we wind up with fear-based relationships that shut down personal honesty and sincerity of group interaction.

The Most Effective Organizations Naturally Include People in Decision Making

Might sound obvious, so why don’t we include people in decision making?

What I have experienced most often is that, due to imagined risk we are unable to be vulnerable to others.   We imagine the physical and emotional costs of being judged or rejected by colleagues, social groups, friends and family.   This leaves us guarded and compels us to hide who we really are.

The group culture that we care about and associate with, OR the one we find our self within daily [unwillingly], shapes our degree of openness with others.  We are most often unaware of just how much group norms and values influence our own thoughts and behavior.

When the group culture financially supports our personal safety, things can go terribly wrong, especially when our dominant focus in life is skewed towards personal safety.   When group culture incentivizes extreme risk avoidance and has no way to objectively determine the true risk avoided nor to offer credit for those who helped to mitigate it, we wind up with fear-based relationships that shut down personal honesty and sincerity of group interaction.

Why Decision Frameworks are essential to an organization’s success…

... and why I named my personal endeavor "Decision Framework Consulting"

In my direct experience as an employee and a consumer, as a senior leader with responsibility as both a customer and a vendor, and since 2012 as a consultant / advisor helping entire Value-Chains to serve society better, I have detected 3 key things:

What is a common desire that evades all of us?

Body->mind connection is the answer

Happiness. (A Peaceful Mind and Body)

To be Happy, we must be able to Accept life as it is (right NOW). To truly Accept life, we must BE and Remain, absolutely Present in EACH inevitable moment.

The Body is the best Metric known to mankind. The Body is trying to remind us through our 5 senses, how Present and Aware we are [not]. The Body uses Pain and Pleasure to reclaim our Conscious Attention.

Subtle cues are missed over time, and become [obvious] surprises.