Context: We are living in the “Age of Disruption”

Whether at the level of business, society or self, we are facing unprecedented challenges.

“Finance. Food. Fuel. Water shortage. Resource scarcity. Climate chaos. Mass poverty. Mass migration. Fundamentalism. Terrorism. Financial oligarchies. We have entered an Age of Disruption. Yet the possibility of profound personal, societal, and global renewal has never been more real. Now is our time.”

“We argue that responding from the emerging future requires us to shift the inner place from which we operate. It requires us suspend our judgements, redirect our attention, let go of the past, lean into the future that wants to emerge through us and let it come.”

Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer, MIT Sloan School of Management. “Leading from the Emerging Future”

How can Orient8 help?

Faced with these systemic issues, our clients are discovering they need to change the way they think.

As Albert Einstein put it so well;

“We cannot solve problems with the same kind of thinking that created them.”

This is how we work …

We will guide you as you think about the following;

  • Where are we?
  • Where do we want to go?
  • How do we start?
  • How do we keep going?

We like to keep the questions simple as you can see.

The new insights and new conversations which emerge as we support you to think differently will lead to new actions.

We will then guide you as you take those actions – making the changes you need to make.

Our Change Process

Our approach is largely informed by the “U process” developed at MIT, which is heavily influenced by the thinking and experiences of Kurt Lewin, Peter Senge, Edgar Schein, and Jay Forrester.

This process has five movements:

  • Co-Initiating – uncover common intent
  • Co-Sensing – observe, observe, observe
  • Co-Inspiring – connect to the source of inspiration and will
  • Co-Creating – prototype the new
  • Co-Evolving – institutionalize the new in practices

Our approach is also informed by Gestalt Psychology and the Complexity Sciences.

We use a variety of methods across these five movements, for example;

  • Dialogue sessions
  • World Café
  • Empathy walks
  • Shadowing
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Learning Journeys
  • 1:1 and Team Coaching
  • Storylistening
  • Case clinics
  • 3D sculpting
  • Embodied movement
  • Nature walks
  • Action Learning Sets
  • Journaling
  • Mindfulness Practice
  • Storytelling
  • Brainstorming
  • Skills workshops
  • Prototyping
  • Open Space
  • Mentoring

All of our work is bespoke – responding to the specific needs and goals of each client.