Tag Archives: Values

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.


How do we get out of the “Echo Chamber”?

Each part of the triad cannot make progress on their own.

The optimal path for natural and healthy growth demands all three.

In our bodies, we have a regulatory system. In DNA there is P53 that keeps the harmony of the system. The planet has a regulatory system that keeps the system in a range of limits for life – most of the time that is.

Ideally government can do this – though this seems to have been captured by the provider archetype and by the providers.

We speculate that a new model for “managing” organizations may be what we need. A facilitating structure?

But the early work that we can all do without finding the answer to this thorny question is to align your organization to the values demanded by the role.

Values are not Cherry Picked out in a meeting on Values – but are core to the real essence of what you do.

So for instance Health Care is at its core a Nurturing Value – but in the US is is Primarily a Provider role – so there are 40 million “losers” and this can never be fixed in this value set.

The first question that we can answer is “what is our core role?” and how do we then balance other values and their roles below this.

I  hope that this short video will help you see how this works

We look at Public Transit and Health Care.

What you will see is that there are layers of values that you can see as being best for what you do – that is the essence of the “Map”

You will see that “seeing” this Map is very easy – you can look at any organization and in minutes see the fit or the gaps.

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.

Our work – Find the map

In this video we will look more deeply at the Mapping Process

There is no greater predictor of how a person or an organization will turn out over time is culture or the aggregation of values.

So if we can see what is a healthy culture versus what we have we can do a gap analysis.

All in nature has a pattern. So if we can see what the pattern is for the intangible – culture – we can see where we are and where we are going.

With a map we have a starting point – Galileo and Pasteur gave us a fantastic starting point for a map for values and culture.

So if we can find this “map” we will have a good chance. Here in the next video is the starting point for a Map.

Here we look at “Seeing” the New Map and its power. Such as Galileo saw how the heavens really worked. Pasteur saw how germs worked.

So Stuart has “seen” that it is the Intangibles that drive what happens to people.

That there is a pattern to them that like the heavens or germs can allow us to make predictive thoughts and assumptions.

The Starting Point is our culture – so what are the parts and connections in culture that will help us.

This is a Copernican POV – we put the intangibles first not the tangibles.

Stuart introduces the idea that within human culture there are only 3 main “parts” just as DNA has only 4 and most complex systems have only 3 rules.

So the system has a “simple” starting point. The complexity comes from the many interactions.

Just as color only has 3 primary colors – but an infinite number of colors and shades that are derived from these three.

We will soon talk about these three and will start with Nurturing

Values are not chosen by you – they are you. Lining up to your real values is how you become most effective and grow in a healthy way.

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.