Bringing Systems Change – Part 1

Whether we want to bring change in the society or change in the organization, this notes based on Theory U by Dr. Otto Scharmer of M.I.T can throw new light in your thinking process. BACKGROUND : First we can see the current reality. You can call it the Symptoms. The symptoms are in the form […]

Bringing System Change – Part 1

Whether we want to bring change in the society or change in the organization, this notes based on Theory U by Dr. Otto Scharmer of M.I.T can throw new light in your thinking process. BACKGROUND : First we can see the current reality. You can call it the Symptoms. The symptoms are in the form […]

Organizational Transformation Pathway – Part 1

There are as many pathways for an organization’s transformation as there are organizations. The pathway one chooses has to be a match for the organizational dynamics one is dealing with at the given moment. First Steps: 3 Dimensions of Organizational Transformation: Key Phases of Organizational Transformation inside of the first dimension of SENSING – Transforming […]

Emerging Futurz Vision

VISION: Individuals, families, communities and organizations through transformed awarenesscreating SYSTEMSthat enable expression of higher Selfand extraordinary, sustainable quality of life for all. Our Intentions: Work with individuals, families, organizations, and societies for the following: What does it mean? 1st Dimension : Individuals, families, communities and organizations accessing and / or generating transformed awareness. Awareness of […]

PCG Growth Matrix

One of the simplest theory I have used with my clients to help them plan their growth strategy is what I call as the PCG Growth Matrix. P = Product Portfolio ; C = Customer Segments and G = Geography. All expansion plans can be looked from the perspective of the product portfolio expansion; customer […]

Reality Vs Open Mind

If you know Reality, do you need an Open Mind? If you don’t have an Open Mind, do you know Reality? What if, we as human beings are not wired to see reality but we see what we are programmed to see and we think it is reality. Most people seem to agree that we […]

Secret for Improving Employee Engagement

Dear Managers and Leaders, What all are you doing for improving employee engagement? How do you measure employee engagement? What is the benefit of improving employee engagement? All the above questions are valid. But may be the more useful question is: ARE YOU ENGAGED ? Are you engaged in the selection of the employee? in […]

Creating New Realities through 3 Transformations – Part 3

The third phase is *Transforming Action* (Read Part 1 and Part 2 ) Most people are related to action through the eyes of discipline, will power, effort and struggle etc. The real opportunity is to relate to action as a medium of learning. Learning by doing. Taking actions that generate feedback from the relevant stakeholders. […]

Creating New Realities through 3 Transformations – Part 2

Read Part 1 – Transforming Perception *** The next phase is *Transforming Self and Will* Each of us has 2 selves. The smaller self which is consumed by the need for survival, success and ego trips. The higher self which is the reflection of God(if you believe in God) or universal consciousness. As a leader […]

Creating New Realities through 3 Transformations – Part 1

The first phase of any initiative of creating new realities – whether it is at organization level, community , family or at larger levels is *Transforming Perceptions*. Transforming Perceptions has 3 aspects: How does one transform perceptions? First we have to realize that no one, NO ONE is ever connected fully with reality. Whatever reality […]

Your opinion : Is it really yours?

We get stuck in our opinions. Once we get stuck in our opinions, we get disconnected from others because they have their own opinions. Mostly they are also stuck in their own opinions. Personally or Professionally, individually or collectively – most of the disconnect happens because we all have opinions and inadvertently some of our […]

Dear Entrepreneurs : Why do you start a business?

While coaching a young entrepreneur recently, I realized that she was creating lot of mental pressure on herself. Her venture had gone live only 3 months back and she was already getting overwhelmed. Little probing brought up the following conversations: Father is also investor I need to prove to my parents. They should be ok […]

For SME: Thoughts on Bonus and Salary increase post performance appraisal

Many SMEs face difficulties in optimum management of their resources, build the right performance culture, keeping employees happy and retention. We are sharing some thoughts to trigger a deeper thinking on the issues around performance appraisal, annual bonuses and salary increases. Firstly they are not the same. Performance appraisals, annual bonuses and salary increase are […]

Fulfil Your Purpose.

Don’t Survive. Don’t Succeed. Fulfill your Purpose. The more we spend time on thinking about surviving, making it in life, succeeding and all other entrapments that we have created for ourselves – the more we go away from our purpose. Consider NUMBERS are a SCAM. We have scammed ourselves out of real living by relating […]

Performance Dialogues & Performance Appraisals – the game changer

Transforming Performance Appraisals – Transforming Organization What is Performance Dialogue an Opportunity for? In the ritual of Performance Appraisals, most companies have realized that it is an exercise which is not giving the ROI desired. How can we use the Performance Appraisals and Performance Dialogues for creating a high empathy and high performance culture? Stop […]

Do you have something worthwhile to offer to the World?

Many people and companies have something worthwhile to offer to the World, but something stops them. What stops them? One critical aspect that stops them is EGO. Not just the traditional understanding of EGO, but EGO as boundary. Thinking from the EGO perspective is thinking from the silo perspective, thinking within the boundary of individual, […]

Leadership from the Emerging Future – A Special workshop for Entrepreneurs, Senior Management & Change Makers Learn and apply the principles of Transforming Perception – The first step for producing new kind of results for you and your team. For further information please contact: Manoj Onkar –; WhatsApp: 91-9106456275


It’s time to innovate. Whether you want to innovate the business model, the products, the processes, the sales and marketing – this is the time to innovate. Let’s look at the game of innovation. First thing to understand is INNOVATION is not equal to CREATIVITY. INNOVATION = CREATIVITY + IMPLEMENTATION There are 4 key phases […]

Leadership is too important to leave it to ‘Leaders’. Isn’t it?

Organizations can no more afford to relate to some ‘leaders’ as leaders and bet the future of the whole organization and the eco-system on them. Also one is betting the PURPOSE and VISION of the Organization. In this really VUCA World, companies need to address couple of key Questions? What is the future of our […]

3 Transformations for Leadership & Change Management

As per Theory U by Dr. Otto Scharmer and the various related conversations, there are 3 key transformations that are critical for new kind of leadership to show up in organizations and in society. Transforming Perception: Sensing Transforming Self & Will: Presencing Transforming Action: Realizing & Fulfilling Transforming Perception: The world of Perceptions have 3 […]

Characteristics of Real Leaders : Shifting from EGO to ECO

Leaders of the 21st Century: They remove themselves from the center. They create space for others. They are good at listening. They are good at holding the space. They are good at attending to the whole. They are good at helping people to connect to the edges of the system. They are good at connecting […]

Business Impact of LFEF

Some of the organizational benefits of having the teams participate in the ‘Leadership from the Emerging Future’ (LFEF) Intervention Deep Relationships with Customers involving in-depth understanding of the customers’ view of the following: Their Important Objectives What they expect from you How would they measure your performance  Employee Engagement and Ownership: Increased bonding between the […]

Transforming Business & Leadership

Leadership from the Emerging Future 3 Transformations as the foundation of this new kind of Leadership Transforming how you perceive others and how you perceive situations, challenges and opportunities that you are dealing with Transforming how you perceive Self Transforming how others perceive you

7 Leadership Capacities

Seven Theory U Leadership Capacities The journey through the U develops seven essential leadership capacities.  1. HOLDING THE SPACE OF LISTENING: The foundational capacity of the U is listening. Listening to others. Listening to oneself. And listening to what emerges from the collective. Effective listening requires the creation of open space in which others can contribute to […]

Producing Results: Getting to the Source of Results

We are always looking at producing some results. Causing something. Avoiding something. Making something happen. Ensuring something doesn’t happen. What causes Results? Actions. Your Actions. Other People’s Actions. Also Inactions. What influences Actions? Thought Patterns As thought patterns change, one sees a change in actions and behaviours. What influences Thought Patterns? That is the million […]

What is Leadership in the 21st Century: Transforming PPP (Perception, Paradigm and Performance)

While leadership is accountable for the Performance and the Results. Leadership doesn’t cause the results. Leaders are not necessarily causing the results themselves. They are creating the environment in which results happen. The environment in which results happen includes the culture of the team and organization. It also includes the paradigm in which people operate. […]

Transforming the leadership and consciousness with which organizations, society and individuals operate.

For Leadership Team and Change Makers. Get trained and certified in the world’s powerful technology and make a big difference for your organizations. Master : Leadership Transformation Change Management Organizational Culture Management Development & Supervisor Development Teamwork & Breakthrough Collaboration Stakeholder Relationships Sales and Customer Service Technology that you use in large organizations and small […]

Sustainable Food Lab – Sensing the future that wants to emerge

SUSTAINABLE FOOD LAB WWW. SUSTAINABLEFOODLAB.ORG The Sustainable Food Lab (SFL) comprises leaders from more than 100 organizations that represent a microcosm of the stakeholders in food delivery systems. The purpose of this large-scale intervention is to make food systems more sustainable. Current members include individuals from the following companies: Carrefour, General Mills, Nutreco, Organic Valley […]

Theory U & the African Public Health Initiatives

THE AFRICAN PUBLIC HEALTH, LEADERSHIP AND SYSTEMS INNOVATION INITIATIVE: This initiative will develop a replicable model for improving public health leadership and system performance using an approach called the Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab increases leaders’ effectiveness by cultivating their managerial skills and by addressing the attitudes, values, and relationships that drive behavior. It stimulates […]

Leadership & Change Management with Theory U @ ELIAS: Creating a global innovation eco-system

ELIAS: CREATING A GLOBAL INNOVATION ECO SYSTEM ELIAS (Emerging Leaders for Innovation Across Sectors) is a network of twenty global business, government, and civic organizations dedicated to finding productive solutions to the most confounding dilemmas of our time. Each member is a powerhouse in its realm—BASF, BP, Oxfam, Nissan, the Society for Organizational Learning, […]

Why Leadership Education needs to change?

To bring different results on the planet, we need different leadership. Actually we need a different leadership paradigm. Shifting from Past based to based on sensing and actualizing the higher future possibilities. Shifting from EGO to ECO. From thinking of some people, some interest groups to thinking of one and all – holistic, all inclusive. […]

Why Leadership Education needs to change?

To bring different results on the planet, we need different leadership. Actually we need a different leadership paradigm. Shifting from Past based to based on sensing and actualizing the higher future possibilities. Shifting from EGO to ECO. From thinking of some people, some interest groups to thinking of one and all – holistic, all inclusive. […]

Creating 21st Century University – Transforming Higher Education, Management & Leadership Development

Why higher education needs to change? Education needs to prepare people aware of the current world challenges and be able to bring new perspectives to address the current world. Also education needs to help people develop themselves for sensing the future and actualizing the highest future possibility. What are the key points for transforming education? […]

Leadership and Change Management with Theory U @ HP

HEWLETT PACKARD As part of the work done by Dr. Otto Scharmer and team, among many global organizations, HP has applied Theory U in change efforts within its digital photography business portfolio, focusing on improving the customer experience and cross-category business strategies. In 2005, HP launched an effort to improve the value of its digital […]

Leadership and Change Management with Theory U@ German Healthcare Network

Excerpt from Multi-stakeholder InnovationTRANSFORMING A REGIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN GERMANY In a rural area of approximately 300,000 inhabitants near Frankfurt, Germany, a network of physicians applied the U process in several ways, including in a patient-physician dialogue forum. When negotiations between the physicians’ network and the insurance company stalled, the core group of physicians […]

Leadership and Change Management with Theory U @ Royal Dutch Shell

ROYAL DUTCH  SHELL Shell has applied some key elements of Theory U in change efforts at Shell EP Europe. In 2005 the organization was experiencing significant problems getting its new Plant Maintenance process to work. One site, a gas plant in the Netherlands, with about 60 staff members, was selected to be the pilot site […]

Leading in the Changing Economic Context

While management is about “Getting things done’, Leadership is about creating and cultivating the larger context – the fertile common ground and soil in which things can happen. Initially, business leaders embraced a directive approach i.e. command and control. Leaders setting the agenda and objectives designed to mobilize and guide the whole company. In the […]

Ignorance -> Hate -> Fear

The mass hysteria of CAA, Brexit, Trump and a World of Absencing/De-sensing … Also visible in Organizations, Communities and families. Everyone speaking – no one really listening. Deep Listening. Stuck in the absencing shown above and in inverted U below, instead of the bottom U of Presencing Economies of Destruction: Social Pathology We are stuck […]

Management Salt: 3 Cs of Creating an Innovation Culture

3 Critical Components of an Innovation Culture are: Curiosity Compassion and Courage. Curiosity: Curiosity is the primary driver for learning, exploring, asking, observing, seeking and experimenting. Curiosity allows us to suspend our opinions and judgements, and stuckness to the past and opens the possibility of finding out new facts, new paradigms, new data points and […]

Management Salt: Change Management Basics

“If you want to learn about an organization, try to change it.” ~ Kurt Lewin Any system or part of the system that you want to change – you can explore the system at 4 levels. Level 1: Visible Level: Symptoms, Results, Effects This is the level which is easily visible and many a times […]

Management Salt: What is the problem with Visioning Process and how do you deal with it?

There are 2 key elements in a Visioning Process. The first point is Whose Vision is it? Is it a Vision or a flaky statement of desire? If it is a Vision, is it an EGO Vision or an ECO Vision? i.e. is it about some small group of people or is it about all […]

Management Salt: Giving and Receiving Feedback

Transforming the Culture through each supervisor and manager. GIVING AND RECEIVING FEEDBACK Some Points: CONTEXT: Giving and Receiving feedback is one of the most important aspects of individual and organizational development. INTENTION: Giving and Receiving feedback should accomplish the following: Help the Individual improve their knowledge, skill, attitude and grow as a professional Improve the […]

MANAGEMENT SALT : How much management is good?

How much management is good? The guiding principle is: The amount of management required in an organization is inversely proportional to the quality of its people and the quality of alignment among its people. If your people are a highly competent team of self- generating leaders sourced by the common INTENTION (Purpose), the level of […]

Sales Leadership: Co-Creation

“The success of the intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervenor” – Bill O’Brien, former CEO of Hanover Insurance The success of a customer relationship depends on the interior condition of the seller. The interior condition meaning the quality of intention and the quality of attention and Presence. Is it an EGO Intention? […]

Why Teamwork doesn’t work and how to make it work

Everyone talks about teamwork. But does it really work? What do you do when you have wrong people on the team? Or People who really don’t know how to work on the team? What does it take to really make Teamwork Work? Consider the real issue is *What are you constituted as?* You can either […]

The Future of Leadership

Dear Entrepreneurs, Leaders and Change Makers, Pleased to share the 11th batch of Leadership from the Emerging Future future of the organizations and the society depends on transforming the consciousness with which people, organizations and society operate.This unique workshop series is designed for developing new kind of leaders. Leaders who are deeply connected to people, sourcefully […]

Education 4.0: From Student-Centric to Activating Deeper Sources of Learning

In education and learning we have seen a very similar shift, the journey from: OS 1.0: Input – Centric operations, revolving around traditional teaching and teachers, to OS 2.0: Output – Centric, revolving around standardized curricula and teaching for testing, to OS 3.0: Learner – Centric, which puts the experience of the student at the […]

Healthcare 4.0: From Pathogenesis to Salutogenesis

Realizing that only 20% of health depends on the provision of healthcare services while 60% depends on social, environmental and behavioural factors, one needs to shift the focus from Pathogenesis: Treating the symptoms of illness, to Salutogenesis: Strengthening the social determinants of health and well-being in communities. Main stream health organizations have transformed from: OS […]

The Matrix of Economic Transformation: 7 Acupuncture Points that address the challenges of our current Economic Thought

These are 7 acupuncture points for Economic Transformation: The three classical production factors: Nature Labour Capital The modern production functions: 4. Technology                                                                    […]

Nature is not a Commodity, nor are People.

In his 1944 book ‘The Great Transformation’, political economist Karl Polanyi describes Capitalism as a commodity fiction. Capitalism, or the market society, is constructed on the foundation of a fiction – namely that nature, labour and money are commodities;they are produced for the marketplace, for consumption. But Nature is not a commodity. It is not […]

24 Principles of Large Scale Leadership and Change Management Interventions

The method of U(Theory U by MIT Prof.Dr. Otto Scharmer) is summarized in 24 Principles. Listen to What Life Calls You to Do: The essence of the U Process is to strengthen our ability to be present and consciously co-create. Listen and Dialogue with Interesting Players on the Edges: The second domain of listening takes […]

Innovating from the Future – Part 5: Co-Evolving: Grow Innovation Eco Systems

The movement of co-shaping focuses on scaling the new while growing and evolving innovations Eco-systems for collective impact. The problem with today’s societal eco-systems is the broken feedback loop between the parts and the whole. The essence of consciousness-based systems thinking like Theory U, is to relink the parts and the whole buy making the […]

Innovating from the Future – Part 4: Co-Creating: Crystallizing and Prototyping the New (Spirit of Design Thinking and Mindfulness)

The aim of co-creating is to build landing strips for the future through prototypes that allow us to explore the future by doing. The prototypes evolve based on the feedback they generate. The ‘observe,observe,observe’ of the co-sensing phase becomes ‘iterate,iterate,iterate’. This method is inspired by design thinking and blended with presencing principles to make it […]

Innovating from the Future – Part 3: Presencing

Presencing: Connecting to the highest future potential After deeply immersing yourself in the contexts of most potential, the next movement focuses on connecting to your deeper source of knowing – the sources of creativity and Self. Presencing, the blending of sensing and presence, means to operate from the sources of one’s highest future possibility in […]

Innovating from the Future – Part 2: Co-Sensing

Having initiated a common intention with a core group, the next step is to form a team to take a deep-dive innovation journey through the stages of co-sensing, presencing, prototyping and institutionalizing. The Core group which often includes the executive sponsors and the team(execution team) tend to overlap. In small systems, the overlap could be […]

Innovating from the Future that wants to emerge – Part 1: Co-Initiating

Co-Initiating: Uncovering Shared Intention: The starting point of the process is to build a container (a holding space) for a core group that is going through the process together. This first stage lays the foundation for the later process and its impact. This first step of co-initiating focuses on uncovering common intention. Listening is the […]

21st century problems cannot be addressed with the 20th century vocabulary of problem solving

Society 1.0: Co-ordinate around Hierarchy. The core characteristic of this stage of societal development is a strong central actor that holds the decision making power of the whole. The positive accomplishment of a state-driven society, is its stability. The central power creates structure and order, with a calming of chaos that preceded it. The downside […]

What is your team and organization Culture? How do you alter the Culture?

Conversation creates the world we deal with in groups, organizations and society. Conversations happen in fields – i.e. conversations in groups tend to follow certain patterns, and those patterns rarely change. There is a limited set of conversational field patterns, meaning there is a limited set of qualities that a conversation can create in a […]

Presencing Vs Absencing : Creation Vs Destruction — The Leadership Challenge

There is fair amount of PRESENCING in the world; the sensing and actualizing of our highest future potential. But there is much more ABSENCING also happening on the planet right now. In the world of Absencing the three enemies of Voice of Judgement, Voice of Cynicism and Voice of Fear show up as: IGNORANCE HATE […]

Real role of Leadership: Building the Container – Holding the space for the future to emerge.

As Edgar Schein mentioned that there are really two types of people: those who understand process and those who don’t. Understanding process means to understand the making of our social relationships. If you want to change a stakeholder relationship from, say, dysfunctional to helpful, you cannot just order people to do it. You have to […]

New Paradigm of Learning: Learning from the Future as It Emerges

There are 2 different sources of learning. Learning by reflection on the past and Learning by Sensing and actualizing emerging future possibilities. All traditional organizational learning methods operate with the same learning model: learning by reflecting on past experiences. But we see that in real organizations, most leaders face challenges that cannot be responded to […]

Theory U Leadership: Cultivate the Social Field of the Organization or Society that you want to transform

Adapted from the book ‘The Essentials of Theory U’ by MIT Prof. Dr. Otto Scharmer. Theory U makes a distinction between the different ways that action and attention come into the world. I pay attention this way, therefore it emerges that way. Or as the late CEO of Hanover Insurance, Bill O’Brien puts it: The […]

Strategy Formulation Tools: MICHAEL PORTER Model for Industry Analysis

PORTERS MODEL FOR INDUSTRY ANALYSIS: Perhaps the best known tool for formulating strategy is the model developed by Michael E. Porter, an internationally acclaimed strategic management expert. Essentially, Porter’s model outlines the primary forces that determine competitiveness within an industry and illustrates how those forces are related. The model suggests that in order to develop […]

Strategy Formulation: BCG Growth-Share Matrix Model

BCG Growth-Share Matrix: The Boston Consulting Group, a leading consulting firm, developed and popularized a portfoilo analysis tools that helps managers develop organizational strategy based on market share of businesses and the growth of markets in which businesses exist. The 1st step in using this model is identifying the organization’s strategic business units (SBUs). A […]