[textbox icon=”fa-star” heading=”Chapter 1″ icon_background_color=”#f31b02″]The act of discovering your historic “operating system”
Step 1: To reveal your or your team’s or organiation’s prevailing context, you need to try and articulate the key context (i.e. beliefs, mindset, frame of reference, etc) that you or your team or organization hold and that produces certain behaviors and actions which then produce certain outcomes/impacts.
Most people, when they try to undergo personal or organizational change, focus solely on their behavior and actions or outcomes and impact, because that is what is most concrete and visible. However, Rayona Shaprnack’s approach focuses on addressing the underlying context (beliefs, conclusions, mind-set, etc) as this then gives you a chance to address the whole system: beliefs -> behavior -> outcomes
Sharpnack explains that revealing your context is about answering questions such as “What is shaping or limiting who you are, what you do and how you learn? If it were possible to fundamentally change those beliefs (your context), then what opportunities would become available to you or your organization? What different results could you or your organization produce in that case?
For example, one leader who went through the program realized that her default context was: “In order to survive I must work extremely hard and be extremely nice.” As a result, she had indeed build a very successful multi-million dollar consulting firm. However, not only did her own personal life suffer from this context, but her whole team did as she had created a culture of extremely hardworking and nice people who bend over backwards for their clients and took on more than was humanly possible, thereby sacrificing their personal lives and health and happiness.
This process of revealing your prevailing context is however hard work Sharpnack admits. Therefore most leaders will only do this when they are motivated by a compelling future they want to achieve or some point of pain they want to relieve for themselves, their team or their organization