COLLABORATIVE INNOVATION AND THE OVERVIEW EFFECT

COLLABORATIVE INNOVATION AND THE OVERVIEW EFFECT

BLOCKS TO THE OVERVIEW EFFECT AND COLLABORATIVE INNOVATION

There are Blocks to experiencing the Overview Effect and Collaborative Innovation. These blocks end up with misalignment and unspoken conflict, between individuals and groups, bureaucracies and hierarchical systems. The sum of these blocks creates what Daniel Shapiro, Founder and Director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, calls ‘Relational Identity Theory’ that ‘fills the space between people and groups and confounds progress’.

He says that, “Relational Identity Theory” moves beyond neat categorizations of “us” and “them” toward dynamic understanding of what’s actually happening in the space between interpersonal and intergroup relations. An individual’s or group’s relational identity is its perception of the nature and quality of its association with another individual or group.” (October 2010, American Psychologist © 2010 American Psychological Association, 0003-066X/10/$12.00 Vol. 65, No. 7, 634–645 DOI: 10.1037/a0020004)
(n.b. The experience of relational identity for each of us is, “What it is like for me when I’m with you,” “What it is like for us when I am with you,” and “What’s it like for you when you are with me.” CES

This perception of the relationship is not a static “thing” one “has” but is ever-changing. At any point, relations may feel close or distant, open or closed, comfortable or distressed. We constantly position ourselves in relation to others and define ourselves according to these perceived relations. (Buber,1970; Cooley,1902; Harre ́, Moghaddam, Cairnie, Rothbart, & Sabat, 2009).

Major Blocks

• ABSENCE OF CURIOSITY
Curiosity is a strong desire to know or learn something. Curiosity is the blood brother of Collaborative Innovation.
• ABSENCE OF ENERGY AWARENESS
Being a steward of energy — responsible for expanding energy and vitality in myself and others.
• ABSENCE OF COACHABILITY
Self-importance and fear become resistance to feedback and prevent willingness to be coached.
• ABSENCE OF GENEROUS LISTENING
Listening with deep appreciation for the feelings, thoughts, commitments, concerns, and reality of others; letting them feel understood.
• ABSENCE OF COMMITTED SPEAKING
Without making Requests, Promises, Declarations, and Statements that impact action and how others are being, I am more and more ineffective.
• ABSENCE OF ATTENTION TO BOTH PHYSICAL AND RELATIONAL REALITY
As soon as I’m not paying attention to the reality of people’s feelings and the physical reality of performance, and process, Collaborative Innovation breaks down or doesn’t happen.

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Richard WhitehurstRichard is Founder and Director of The Overview Institute of Australia https://www.overviewinstituteaustralia.org along with its sister organization - Planetary Human: https://www.planetaryhuman.com He has appeared on radio and TV, and has lectured extensively in colleges, universities, workshops and conferences in America, En author, poet, ‘possibillian’ and ‘planetary contextualist’ – Richard has been involved in facilitating shifts in consciousness and human transformation for over four decades. A former president of the Ericksonian Hypnotherapist Association of Australia, Richard is a practicing psychotherapist and hypnotherapist.

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