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let anyone call you slow." An Interview with Sandra Seagal and
Dawna Markova: Leveraging Our Strengths
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Systems Thinking on One Page
let anyone call you slow."
An Interview with Sandra Seagal and David Horne
26 years of research and practice, Human Dynamics is a body of work
that offers understanding into fundamental differences in the way
people learn, communicate and develop. It identifies the interaction
in people of three universal principles: mental (intellectual),
emotional (relational), and physical (practical). It enables individuals
to discover how these hardwired principles combine and interplay
in specific ways to form distinct personality dynamics, or ways
of being. They can be identified, even in infancy. Learn
and David Horne, M.A., are
president and partner respectively of Human Dynamics International
and co-directors of the Human Dynamics Institute, a nonprofit organization
for scientific and educational research. They have been engaged
in the research and development of the field of Human Dynamics since
Sandra’s breakthrough investigation into personality dynamics
in 1979. With extensive backgrounds in education and psychotherapy,
they have brought a new understanding of human systems to thousands
of people through their book — Human Dynamics: A New
Framework for Understanding People and Realizing the Potential in
Our Organizations (published by Pegasus Communications) —
and through transformational training programs in hundreds of organizations
in over 25 cultures worldwide.
In the following
interview with Leverage Points editor Vicky Schubert, they
reflect on over two decades of learning about Human Dynamics in
people and share their thoughts on where they go from here.
LP: Tell us about how you started your research
on Human Dynamics.
It began with
what I’ve characterized as an “inspired experience.”
In 1979, I was working as a psychotherapist with a nine-year-old
girl who was having difficulty in school. In the middle of the interview
I suddenly discerned three distinct frequencies in the child’s
voice—which I didn't understand at the
time, but later learned to associate with the three principles:
mental, emotional, and physical. That was what launched my inquiry
into this whole body of knowledge we now call Human Dynamics.
We started working
with two or three different schools in Los Angeles, and they loved
the work. This attracted some publicity. The Los Angeles Times did
an article in 1981. Then a business magazine interviewed me in 1983,
after which I got a call from a vice president at Ford Motor Company.
He said, “Why don’t you come out and do my management
team?” And I remember distinctly saying, “Your what?
Oh, no, I can’t do that, because I’m not from the business
world; I’m a psychologist and educator.” And he said,
“Well, I’m the business person, and these people are
driving me crazy. If you can do anything with the people, I’ll
take care of the business.”
So, I went out,
scared to death, with my own prejudices about business. These broke
after five minutes with this man and his team. I stayed there three
years. The experience opened up the business world to us and helped
us to manage ourselves financially.
So, over time,
the work moved into the business realm, which happened to be a handy
way to fund your research and provide a large practice field with
a large number of people.
Exactly. And it’s allowed us to bring the work into other
cultures as well. We first went to Sweden at the invitation of a
school principal. Teachers had to handle non-Swedish children who
had come from war-torn countries, who had lost parents, who were
speaking other languages—and they were climbing the walls.
We gave the principal and teachers some tools to work with. It was
about helping the children, with interpreters, to speak about their
feelings, to help them adjust emotionally from the experience, to
relax. The whole class changed.
done Human Dynamics work in education in Singapore, Israel, the
Netherlands, the United States, and Sweden. Right now, Sweden is
where you’ll find best practices in education with Human Dynamics.
The Singapore community of educators has sent six or seven learning
groups to Sweden to look at schools there. So, we’ve established
some precedents, and now our job is to bring it more broadly into
the United States.
Talk a little bit about how Human Dynamics can make a difference
in kids’ lives.
It’s invaluable information for parents to have about their
children. We know that these different human systems are hardwired
from the beginning of life and can be identified in infancy. And
certainly as the child gets older and as more of their external
behavior and processes of learning become apparent, it becomes increasingly
easy to identify the dynamic and understand the child.
also invaluable information for teachers to have, because these
different ways of
being, with their different ways of learning and developing, are
present in every classroom. Armed with this knowledge, parents
teachers can help children understand their own processes and how
to take care of themselves.
the complete interview
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for parents and teachers, including the newly available Children's
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Leading Beyond the Horizon: Strategies for Bringing Tomorrow
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Leveraging Our Strengths
We are pleased to announce that Dawna Markova will be a featured
speaker at this year's conference. Dawna
is a renowned educator, researcher, organizational consultant, and
writer whose new book, The SMART Parenting Revolution,
spells out how parents and teachers can identify and build on children’s
strengths. Her focus on our most precious resource will be of value
to all of us who are interested in the classroom and workforce of
the future. Dawna will join Peter Senge and other keynote speakers
soon to be announced.
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Systems Thinking on One Page
Imagine a team
that is exhilarated from having “gone deep” into an
issue by drawing causal loop diagrams, using computer simulations,
or applying other systems thinking tools. They derive an important
insight, exclaiming, “We’re finally going to get unstuck!”
But as their satisfaction settles in, they begin to face the prospect
of doing something with their new knowledge. This is the point where
a strategic action map is particularly useful.
action map is a tool that helps teams think through, articulate,
and implement high-leverage action strategies. It not only specifies
project tasks and tracks progress, but makes explicit the rationale
underlying each activity. The process of creating the map together
engenders high levels of synergy and alignment in a group. As a
result, teams often find that they no longer need a deadline-driven
tracking system; the work just gets done because all stakeholders
have participated in the planning process.
To create a
map, a team answers questions related to each of 10 project elements:
- Current Condition
- Desired Condition
- Key Stakeholders
- Phases of
develop the diagram over the course of several meetings, refining
it as thoughts percolate. They then share it with others to track
progress, communicate action strategies, and induce further learning.
Neither “too hard” nor “too soft,” this
hybrid tool encourages insight for action—a way to operationalize
systems thinking all on one page.
the complete article with an example of a strategic action map,
or see The Systems Thinker, V14N8 (October, 2003)
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