The 6 Characteristics of Highly Effective groups
- promote holistic relationships and communication
- embrace diversity and dynamic balance
- see possibility and accept uncertainty
- maintain openness and flow
- clarify intention and co-create alignment
- cultivate synergy
The author has worked with companies as diverse as ARCO, J. Walter Thompson, and the U.S. Coast Guard to create a “flow” that resulted in higher levels of productivity and profit. Utilizing his six characteristics, any relationship—from a marriage or partnership to a global business enterprise—can always be In the High-Energy Zone.
Part 1 introduces the high-energy zone of groups through my own personal and professional experiences particularly while leading workshops, and business and community development. It explores the concept of energy fields, and the tremendous potential that exists in each group we participate in.
Part 2 introduces the six characteristics, drawing on quantum physics, Sankhya philosophy, ecology, and group dynamics to explore their universal application.
Part 3 involves stories of three very different organizations that have incorporated aspects of the six characteristics into their culture. The first group is the Oregon Country Fair, given life through the hippie culture of the seventies. The second is opposite in its origins and function. Silicon Valley is considered the epicenter of the technology revolution that is driving our global economy, and which had its birth through research and entrepreneurial zeal. The third is Kripalu, a Massachusetts residential community and health center that had its birth through the spiritual longing of individuals. The variety of these groups illustrates the diversity of energy’s nature and its universal application.
Part 4 explores the most direct method to raise any group energy field. It involves the patterns that make up a group’s culture, and how to identify major energy blocks that prevent groups from resonating at a high level. It offers practical tools to transform primary dysfunctional patterns and to trigger group fields into the high-energy zone.
Part 5 discusses how the hallowed grounds of spirit that many pursue in religion or spirituality can be found in the more universal church of our relationships. It provides a guideline for the actions needed to open that door and enter this zone. When we enter the high-energy zone we are engaging the essential characteristics of energy. But why does this foundational energy have those characteristics? Are these characteristics the imprint of a consciousness beyond our dimension? If so, then when we are in the high-energy zone we are connecting with something beyond our dimension. Many describe the zone as a transcending, spiritual experience.
I believe that when we bring this high-energy zone more fully into our relationships we are truly bringing more spirit to our world.
In the High Energy Zone explores the universality of these six energizing characteristics and how they are woven into all high-energy groups.