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Excerpts from Being Spherical

About being "flexible, adaptable and response-able" ...


  • Page 11: The purpose of THE SPHERE and the SMT [Spherical Modeling Tool] is to help us flex, adapt and respond positively to the changes in our lives and our world. Together they provide a new way to make sense of what is happening, see why it is happening and understand what we can do to influence what will happen.
  • Page 24: SPHERE-common emergents are the three essential qualities or characteristics we find in all dynamic systems: flexibility, adaptability and response-ability
  • Page 24: The degree to which we are able to flex, adapt and respond to the changing conditions in which we live determines whether we live lives of clarity or confusion, stagnation or growth. 
  • Page 94: THE SPHERE guides us toward better judgments and better decisions. It lets us see what shape we are in at any given moment and where changes are needed. As we learn to see THE SPHERE, we grow more flexible, adaptable and responsive. We better understand the natural forces that shape our lives and organizations. 
  • Page 115: Sphere-common emergents--flexibility, adaptability and response-ability--are essential to the survival of any system. As individuals and as organizations we flex to avoid breaking, adapt to avoid extinction and respond to changing conditions to avoid collapse. Whether we are talking about teams, companies, individuals or families, the better we flex, adapt and respond, the better we cope with changes in the speed, obstacles and conditions of life.
  • Page 115: The ability to flex, adapt and respond emerges in each of us in direct relation to our spherical integrity. 
  • Page 116: In our personal spheres and organizational spheres we all require flexibility, adaptability and response-ability. While we may be aware of the importance of these qualities, we may not be at all aware that flexibility, adaptability and responsibility emerge from the characteristics and field dynamics of our spheres.
  • Page 116: As we develop an increasingly spherical perspective, as we nurture and increase the internodal and intranodal relationships within our spheres of activity, as we intensify our tensegral connections to other spheres, we naturally become more flexible, adaptable and responsive. Out of a healthy and well-integrated sphere come the qualities we need for robust and productive lives and organizations.
  • Page 116: We are all trees in the wind. The storms and pressures of life relentlessly test our flexibility.
  • Page 119: Flexibility, adaptability and responsiveness emerge from the harmonic blending of field energies. 
  • Page 127: Q: What do you mean when you say we tend toward spherical integrity? A: As we will see in the next chapter, through the process of field interaction, spheres seek interconnection with complementary spheres. The intent of each is to form a more flexible, adaptable and responsive sphere.
  • Page 151: When we lead lives of robust spherical integrity, we roll, flex and bounce.
  • Page 155: The people who manage, direct and work in spherical organizations do not succeed in their efforts by focusing on the parts of the business. They unfocus. They learn to see their organizations in terms of interconnections and interrelationships. They flex, adapt and respond appropriately. 
  • Page 169: The instant we begin to see THE SPHERE our world expands. We become more aware, creative and attractive. We grow more flexible, adaptable and responsive. We understand that, although we cannot control life, our spheres of influence are unlimited.