by Lauren Berley, republished from January 4, 2014
“Sunrise in Venice,” ©2011, Lauren Berley Studio
by Lauren Berley, republished from January 27, 2014
Learning to trust my gifts is quickly becoming my greatest expression of “letting go.” Actually, it’s exhilarating to let go of everything I once understood as the gospel of humanity: inner chaos.
In the place of all that noise and misinformation is the supportive, productive, and creative Everything, that I can finally hear. It gives permission. And it gives understanding. Tools and answers too. The right people come. Even big surprises. Learning to properly package my insight and release it in digestible pieces is taking some self-discipline and introspection. Mostly, it is taking some good alone time to understand what I am learning. And trust. And observe. And be fully present, the only way to integrate such bigness.Continue reading “Happy is the Observer”
“Drive,” ©2020, Lauren Berley Studio
by Lauren Berley, republished from February 1, 2014
ICD can drive us like a runaway eight-horse draft hitch. But learning to funnel these traits productively empowers us to make great strides.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about ICD (Intensity, Complexity, and Drive) and as I am learning to balance these traits, I have no choice but to look in the rear view and see an illuminated picture of how things went down, and why. It’s a pretty big relief, not so much because things make more sense looking back, but because Lord knows how grateful I am that those things will NEVER happen again. Moreover, I will no longer be a misunderstood, hypervigilant, overwhelming, flammable person.
Those traits have no power over me anymore, because I can see them clearly and shuffle them around. In essence, I can access them when I choose, instead of blindly misallocating them while spinning like the Tasmanian Devil in Doing mode.
Continue reading “The Misallocation of Gifted Resources (and how ICD gives us a bad rap!)”
“Untitled Nautical Rope,” ©2012, Lauren Berley Studio
I’ve been experiencing some discomfort lately, a gnawing confusion, a sense of straddling two worlds, as I described to my friend, a brilliant organizational coach in Europe. She suggested I Google author Peter Senge’s (the Fifth Discipline) description of “Creative Tension” to see if it bore any resonance. Here is what I found.
“The gap between vision and current reality is also a source of energy. If there were no gap, there would be no need for any action to move towards the vision. We call this gap creative tension.“Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline
I found this video on YouTube. Peter Senge uses a rubber band to illustrate what happens in the space between reality and vision, relating it to historical markers and Dr. Martin Luther King’s exemplary “I Have a Dream” speech.
Oddly, I can follow this construct quite fluidly in big-picture examples and visions, but parsing it into application within a personal creative practice is taking me a minute. But I think I’m starting to flow into it. Basically, what I’m getting from this is that the “pain point” that is reality would exist without friction/energy independently and void of relationship to the vision/creation, thereby remaining in an unchanging state. So with the advent of a vision, the space between reality and that vision is energized by the “need” to transport reality toward that vision. I like it. Science.
So why does the concept become so off-putting to me when applied to a corporate or organizational structure? See if you feel me here…
This Psychological Theory Will Motivate Your Team to Achieve More in 2018: Tension can create focus, heightened activity, and maximum productivity.
In his article (link above), Chris McGoff states that:
“Peak performance leaders pay close attention to the amount of creative tension being experienced by their people and they know how to increase or decrease this tension as appropriate.”