Breakthrough
Breakthrough
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About the Book

Theory U (Scharmer, 2009) is known as a methodology for leading profound change in organizations. At the core of this process lies the generation of a heightened state of attention called “presencing” in which the actual profound shift in groups or individuals can be witnessed.

The goal of this book is to reveal scientific indications that support the understanding of this “miraculous” change moment of the Theory U process.

The author approached this goal with a theoretical analysis by extracting research results out of the scientific areas of positive psychology, behavioral economics and neuro-science based on a literature research and by correlating these research results with the propositions of the Theory U change process. 

This work resulted with the proposal of a new explanatory model for the “miraculous” change moment of the Theory U process, which I call “The Biopsychosocial Model of the Presencing Effect”.

Furthermore the findings bring forth a guideline about the applicability of the Theory U change process.

This work aims to provide a better understanding about the biological, psychological and sociocultural principles that support transformational change, which is certainly of interest for many leaders, executives and business coaches especially in times of disruptive innovations.

About the Author

Sabine Reppert
Sabine Reppert

Sabine Reppert a professional coach and business consultant and the founder and director of Intent-X Limited, an institute for disruptive coaching.

Sabine is based in Hong Kong and supports individuals and organizations in leveraging disruptive change and in crafting ingenious innovations from this place.

She holds a M.Sc. in Mathematics and a M.A. in Business Coaching & Change Management. Furthermore Sabine is a European Coaching Association certified Business- und Management-Coach (ECA) and a Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). Sabine derived her unique skills for creating deep transformational shifts very effectively from her comprehensive training as a Wingwave® Coach in Germany, Brennan Healing Science® Practitioner in Miami FL, USA, and the Theory U change process thought by the Presencing Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Before working as an independent coach and consultant in Hong Kong and Germany, Sabine has been developing her career in the international transportation industry for almost 20 years.  She went from programming to modeling train control systems, to managing the development of those kind of systems, to marketing and product management of train control systems and finally to selling those systems. Sabine also spend three years in New York City, NY, USA, turning a crisis project around for modernizing the operations control for the New York City subway.

“Breakthrough” is Sabine’s first book and a good example of the scientific standard that Sabine brings to her work.

Table of Contents

 ABSTRACT .................................................................................................... 1

CONTENT ...................................................................................................... 2

LIST OF FIGURES .......................................................................................... 4

LIST OF TABLES ............................................................................................ 5

 INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................ 6

1 OBJECTIVE ............................................................................................. 8

1.1 GOAL .................................................................................................. 8

1.2 CURRENT STATUS OF RESEARCH ......................................................... 9

1.3 IMPACT ............................................................................................... 9

1.4 METHODICAL APPROACH ..................................................................... 9

1.5 STRUCTURE OF DOCUMENT ............................................................... 10

 2 THE MOMENT OF “MIRACULOUS” CHANGE IN THE THEORY U

CHANGE PROCESS ................................................................................... 12

2.1 THE THEORY U METHODOLOGY ......................................................... 12

2.1.1 The Philosophy ......................................................................... 13

2.1.2 The Theory U Process ............................................................. 16

2.1.3 Coaching Tools and Methods ................................................... 18

2.1.4 “Miraculous Change” - The Presencing Effect ......................... 19

2.2 EXAMPLES OF THE PRESENCING EFFECT ............................................ 20

2.2.1 Arizona Cactus Pine Council .................................................... 20

2.2.2 Regional Health Transformation Denmark ............................... 21

 

3 SELECTED SCIENTIFIC MODELS AND RESEARCH RESULTS ....... 23

3.1 POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY ..................................................................... 23

3.1.1 The Flow Effect ........................................................................ 23

3.1.2 Mindfulness .............................................................................. 25

3.1.3 The Role of Emotions for Learning ........................................... 27

3.2 BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS .................................................................. 29

3.2.1 The Psychology of Biases ........................................................ 29

3.2.2 The Prospect Theory ................................................................ 32

3.3 NEURO-SCIENCE ............................................................................... 33

3.3.1 Neurocardiology ....................................................................... 33

3.3.2 Neurophysiology ....................................................................... 36

3.3.3 The Unconscious Mind ............................................................. 37

 

4 THE ANALYSIS OF THE “MIRACULOUS” CHANGE ......................... 39

4.1 CORRELATING THE FLOW EFFECT ...................................................... 39

4.2 CORRELATING MINDFULNESS ............................................................. 41

4.3 CORRELATING THE ROLE OF EMOTIONS FOR LEARNING ....................... 43

4.4 CORRELATING THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIASES ...................................... 45

4.5 CORRELATING THE PROSPECT THEORY .............................................. 48

4.6 CORRELATING NEUROCARDIOLOGY .................................................... 49

4.7 CORRELATING NEUROPHYSIOLOGY .................................................... 51

4.8 CORRELATING THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND ............................................. 51

4.9 SUMMARY OF THE MAJOR FINDINGS .................................................... 52

 

5 THE SYNTHESIS OF A NEW EXPLANATORY MODEL ..................... 55

5.1 THE BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL MODEL OF THE PRESENCING EFFECT ............. 55

5.1.1 Biological Influences ................................................................. 56

5.1.2 Psychological Influences .......................................................... 57

5.1.3 Sociocultural Influences ........................................................... 57

5.2 APPLICABILITY OF THE PRESENCING EFFECT ....................................... 58

 

6 DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ............................................................. 61

6.1 DISCUSSION OF WORK DESIGN, APPROACH AND RESULTS .................. 61

6.2 QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH ................................................ 62

 

7 SUMMARY ............................................................................................. 64

8 REFERENCE LIST ................................................................................ 68

ABOUT THE AUTHOR ................................................................................ 76

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