Tag Archives: Stuart Baker

How to use a “Cultural Map” to get what you want

So we conclude this video series with 2 videos that sum up with how to use this idea to get what I think we all want – which is – to find out very quickly where we are now and then to see what we can do to affect our culture to start to get us on the path to the outcomes that we seek.

Of course the choice to do this is ours but all will be able to see it and the choices.

In this video we look at why would we care.

We have seen that we understand by seeing patterns. Until now we have focused on tangibles. Stuarts premise is that there is more value at looking at the pattern of the intangibles.

The key intangible is culture. So if we can see this pattern, we can map our way to the future.

Key to this pattern is our role.

We know what this is for parenting.

If we follow this we can have a quick look at any organization and see where it is and then make some valid decisions about what is going on and what to do.

It is as simple as seeing your role clearly.

All the gaps stem from this.

In this video we look at how we can use this new tool to “See” a new view of reality just as Galileo or Pasteur offered a new insight.

Start with “What is our role and then how can we be more effective”

Then is the culture and leadership aligned

Then is the org aligned

Then is the service/product aligned

The there must be a “face” can be an icon or a story.

We have relationships with a “face/icon”

Not with an institution. Icons and Symbols are best.

All must be aligned.

Without this you can all be very very hard creating entropy.

When you do this it will not be hard. With all aligned – there is very little friction. Flow – which is also a reward in itself.


Breaking out of being stuck – Seeing the whole of human culture

What does the conflict between Nurturers and Providers mean for us right now? I think that it means that we are stuck.

But if we can “see” the underlying system, then we can find out where we are and have plans to make things better.

In this video we look at the challenge of bringing the 3 parts together. We start with the challenge of our time – an over emphasis on the Provider role.

Stuart shows us how all 3 see each other.

Our tendency is to find others like us and attack.

We end this section with more detail on the Innovator/Pioneer role – their best outcomes is the “See” to “See” the new.

Why are we stuck – the values clash revealed

We can reduce the entire spectrum of the core values of culture into 3 types. Nurturers, Providers and Pioneers. Here is a link to the entire idea – so you can see more context.

In this video we look more at the Nurturer and then discuss Provider.

The key is that there is a combination of the 3 values like the 3 primary colors.

So lets assign Green to Nurturer. Everyone will have a dominant and then have a mix. There is not an ethical issue here. No one area is “better” than the other. A mix is essential.

As a Nurturer you will lean to helping others.

They will never survive on their own nor will it grow. It will not create wealth or things that we need. They don’t create material things.

The values that create the world of wealth conflict with nurturing. So lets look next at Red – the Providers

In this video we look at the role of the Provider – the Red Zone.

Providers in a zero sum universe – I win or you do! They are very focused. They are very competitive. Winners and Losers. Tiger Woods is a good example. So focused on being all focused on that shot.

There is no good or bad – this attribute is essential for the larger whole.

Any for profit organization must have this first – transactional first.

Have to give the least to get more. So I don’t ask any big picture questions. Risk is that trend to efficiency versus effectiveness. So like Big Ag – in the end I deplete over time and then fail – same with the financial system.

Like Nurturers need other roles too.
For a good provider will screen all else out.

We are stuck right now because we take a moral view of what is right or wrong.

Better to see the issue as one of balance.

The Intangibles are not soft – they drive everything

Please go to full volume.

Many of us know that we are in trouble, the economy, the environment, social justice are all going the wrong way. But they are frustrated that others not only don’t seem to see this but continue to work hard to make the trouble worse.

So the response is to think that these people are bad or worse evil. The response of many in business and politics is to think that those who “care” are unrealistic nuts. Worse, there is another third, small group of  people who can see beyond the problems and see solutions. But no one wants to listen. So they think that the other two groups are stupid.

The result is that we seem stuck. Those who know we have to take better care of each other and of the planet are frustrated and angry. Those who know we have to make a living feel blamed. Those who know the way feel ignored.

Can we find a way though this?

Yes I think we can. If we can see that this impasse is a consequence of our human culture. It is not about good versus evil but because we don’t have a lens to “see” how human culture is made as a system. It’s just like it was very hard to navigate before Galileo’s helio-centric view of the heavens was generally accepted. It was impossible to cope with infectious disease before Pasteur’s view of germs was accepted.

It’s all about “Seeing” the rules of the system. Once you can do that, you can act upon it with some confidence.

This blog is here to help us explore the system of human culture and to see its rules. You will be shocked at how simple the system is. Like all natural systems, it has few parts and few rules. But as in all natural systems, these can combine to offer infinite complexity. So my promise to you is that the initial insight is exceptionally easy to “get”. Not only will you understand it easily, but you will be able to use the ideas immediately to make sense of what confronts you.

Here is a link to a short summary of what we will be talking about in the 9 videos

Central to any new insight like this, is a person who has “seen” the new. In our case this person is my friend, Stuart Baker who has been working on this insight now for more than a decade.

We have recorded a series of 9 short videos that will take you through his discovery. What you will find by the end is that you will be able to “see” how our culture works or not. What the ideal would be. How to diagnose problems in hours. How to see what might have to be done to improve things.

Here he opens with what may seem like heresy – that it is the intangibles that shape the tangibles. Just a gravity, an unseen force, shapes the universe, so culture shapes human society and our impact on the planet. This arena of intangibles is our human culture.

It is our culture that enables us to adapt to changing environments or not. Our use of fire and clothes and tools took us from the world of all other species that had to rely on their bodies adaptation.

When confronted with a challenge, the key is to find a response that can be accepted by our culture. When organizing, the best organizations line up along their ideal culture or sets of values.

When we fail to adapt, the failing is a block caused by problems in our culture. When organizations fail, they too have evolved along a cultural path that is not ideal.

This may seem like heresy because we think that it is our actions or our reason that have priority. Many think that if they only do the right things with their kids, that they will be well nurtured and have the best chance – not true. Many hope that if they could only offer the facts, the other would agree. But as anyone who has been in a conflict of ideas knows, you will never argue your way to success.

But if you understand gravity and its rules, understand bacteria and their rules, understand culture and its rules then you can do a lot. That is why we call this the Power Up Project – if you have the map, you can know where you are and where is best to go – this is power. You have a lot more control back in an uncertain world.

Welcome to a new way of being and seeing. I will be posting a new video every 2 days.