Large-scale self-management in the production of goods and services, enabled by the ubiquitous collaboration technologies of the Internet, is unleashing a force of our own nature—our capacity to use our collective intelligence for manifesting our collective will. The birth of this new era in the evolution of organisations needs midwives; it needs you. “How to Become a Teal Mentor”, the workshop that will be presented at the 2nd Integral European Conference, on 4 May 2016, is an invitation to learn the arts of that evolutionary midwifery and become a competent midwife of that epic birth.

How to Become a Teal Mentor (IEC 2016 Preview)

By Jackie Thoms and George Pór for Enlivening Edge

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The most momentous shift in human history, after discovering the use of fire, is the going-mainstream of organising ourselves without bosses. Taming and making the fire useful, we unleashed a force of nature for the benefit of warming ourselves in icy weathers, preparing food, and lighting up the night. That first “technological” innovation led to an array of changes in cultural habits.

Large-scale self-management in the production of goods and services, enabled by the ubiquitous collaboration technologies of the Internet, is unleashing a force of our own nature—our capacity to use our collective intelligence for manifesting our collective will. The birth of this new era in the evolution of organisations needs midwives; it needs you. “How to Become a Teal Mentor”, the workshop that will be presented at the 2nd Integral European Conference, on 4 May 2016, is an invitation to learn the arts of that evolutionary midwifery and become a competent midwife of that epic birth.

“Teal” is the color code for an Integral, “beyond-ego” consciousness-stage, which was introduced by Ken Wilber. It became a popular abbreviation for organisations inspired by the next stage of human consciousness, thanks to Reinventing Organizations, by Frederic Laloux.

Here’s our simple, 10-word definition of what Teal is: sensing, thinking, acting, beyond the small self, with increasing frequency.

Don’t take us wrong; we don’t claim to have all the answers to how to facilitate the transition to Teal. In spite of working with 4 organisations as Teal mentor, we are still only in our baby steps. So, this is an invitation to a learning journey, to learning by doing. The journey needs a map, and we’ll introduce a very sketchy Map of Teal Competences, to develop it jointly with you and make it open source.

We hope the mapping of the competences we need to have will, over time, become more and more accurate as we go through a discovery journey personally and collectively. Then, working with systems in transformation, we can refine and expand what we are sensing to customise the map of competences that their change facilitators would need to master to support them. In that way, the map can take on a life of its own, and be applied in myriad ways which support our transition into next stages of consciousness, capabilities and impact on organisations and the world.

Teal, as a stage of development, can be appreciated and expanded more deeply by using a fully-AQAL Integral framework of understanding and practice. For Integral practitioners, the synergy between a fully Integral AQAL approach and the more focused perspective of the three Teal organizational breakthroughs can offer and shape new pathways to work with client systems and organisations to journey further on the path to next stages of consciousness.

The workshop can also serve shaping new pathways for Integral practitioners to align the quality of their work with their intellectual understanding of what Teal is.

In the workshop you’ll be able to experience the principles and practices for building Teal mentoring relationships and doing the work, extracted from our own.

There will be paired practices, storytelling, graphic facilitation, and exercises that will let you experience “being Teal”.

You will learn how to discover and embody evolutionary purpose, wholeness and self-management, and how you can support them in your own life.

Cgli_fHUoAEHNPcIf you will be at IEC 2016 and are interested in becoming Teal mentor, join us in this workshop, where you’ll also learn about possibilities that the fledgling Teal Academy will offer to budding Teal mentors. To find out more about the workshop, visit our conversation about it on Facebook. If you live in London, you can also join the Teal Competences working group at a meet-up of the Teal Practice Group. Another resource worth looking up is the blog on Reinventing Leadership Development.

If you got this far in reading this article, we hope to connect with you in person, or online, or both.

 

Thoms_JackieJackie Thoms is a coach and facilitator working with leaders to raise consciousness and positive impact on society and the planet. She founded WorldChangers in 2012 to bring cross-sector visionaries together to create breakthrough models and frameworks, is an Associate at Future Considerations and co-hosts the Teal Practice Group, London.

 

 

George in GreenwhichGeorge Pór is an evolutionary thinker and a strategic learning partner to visionary leaders in business, government, and civil society. He is the originator of Enlivening Edge, and has been publishing the Blog of Collective Intelligence since 2003. A select list of his articles and book chapters on the fields of collective intelligence, organizational and social renewal can be found here.  More about George’s work on the enlivening edge of planetary transformation is here.

  1. Jackie and Georg,
    Thanks for the article!

    How to become a Teal mentor, is the question of your article .

    Does becoming a ‘Teal’ mentor not presuppose that one has to embody the yellow/teal consciousness personally in the very first place?

    So far I haven’t seen anyone within the Teal community working specifically around how we can help others, teams and organisations evolve into this Tier 2 consciousness.

    We’re focused on skills, competences and applications – revolving around these three breakthroughs and based on our conceptual thinking of what an organisation needs to do/implement in order to fit ‘the concept’ of a Teal organisation.

    But that seems to be a far stretch from shifting into Yellow-Teal consciousness?

    Looking forward to your thoughts around this!
    Thanks

  2. hi Bart,

    Thank you for asking those important questions!

    > Does becoming a ‘Teal’ mentor not presuppose that one has to embody the yellow/teal consciousness personally in the very first place?

    Precisely! That’s our core message that we’ve also underlined with the text overlaying the picture at bottom of the article. Realzizing the the three brealthtogiuhs at the scale of self, is only a step on the journey towards Teal consciousness that i describe as sensing, thinking, acting, beyond the small self, with increasing frequency.

    > So far I haven’t seen anyone within the Teal community working specifically around how we can help others, teams and organisations evolve into this Tier 2 consciousness.

    That’s the center of my work as Teal mentor to two organizations and a number of individuals.

    george

  3. Hi George,

    Thanks for your reply.

    To me it seems that what is referred to as the breakthroughs, are some of the many possible results of a system/person operating out of a teal consiousness, rather than that realizing the breakthroughs being a prerequest in order to evolve into a teal or tier 2 consciousness.

    Love to have a deeper conversation on this and ways to help shift organisations , people into what you describe as sensing, thinking and acting beyond the small self, though this medium is not exactly fit for that.

    1. Resonating, Bart! I too see the “Teal breakthroughs” as descriptions of some of the *results* of the inhabiting of a Teal/Yellow WORLDVIEW/stage of consciousness. And imitating or practicing results is not the most effective way of maturing/developing into a stage of consciousness, as we acknowledge easily when it’s our 10-year-old dressing like a 16-year old, haha. And as we sometimes see in spiritual circles, where putting on a tone of voice does not really make one enlightened.

      There are a number of articles in EE which I regard as “working specifically around how we can help others, teams and organisations evolve into this Tier 2 consciousness.” Articles by Ken Kopelson, Chris Clark, and Jon Freeman, are some of them. (Site-search for names.)

      And it is also true that we are holistic beings, and that change can come from any quadrant, and that trying on new beliefs or behaviors, is psycho-active in itself. So I see the “inhabiting 2nd-Tier consciousness/worldview” as not either-or, not necessarily a linear, one-path approach. Funny how I would say that, eh? 🙂

      Regarding the “how,” one of my rants is that one must be healthy in one’s previous stage to develop fully and healthily into the next, so shadow work is really crucial. When one is healthy at a stage, then the LIMITATIONS of the stage-consciousness naturally impel growth. Healthy growth into the next stage does not, IMHO, come from* rejection* of the downsides/darksides/shadows/suffering of leftover unresolved growth from previous stages. First deal with shadow, then deal with limitations. Several here have also been saying that.

  4. Bart, would you be interested to to join the online forum of the Teal Practice Group, where others too could chip in our conversation?

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