First Being, Then Doing – Part 1

Event Details

Date: Sunday, April 10th, 2011
Time: 12:01 PM- 12:01 PM
Notes: 50

PLEASE NOTE: This is a pilot program for the Ventana Institute for Organizational Learning.

Times: Sat, Apr 9 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM and Sun, Apr 10 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Facilitated by: Aaron Stern and James Bampfield

For more information call 505-995-1860


Workshop Outcomes:

  • Self-renewal
  • Understanding the difference between being and doing as a means of living and achieving goals
  • Fresh look at your own mission and that of your organization
  • New tools in creating an alive and nourishing workplace
  • Understanding learning fields in organizations
  • Learning how to incorporate these new principles within your organization

Workshop Background:

In order to address the growing pace and complexity of organizational life and success, it is essential to explore the balance between ‘being’ and ‘doing’ in the workplace. Our hypothesis, based on our own experience as workers and organizational consultants, is that the most effective decisions and actions emanate from what we would call a ‘ground of being’. We also see this as foundational to being the change that your organization seeks to bring into the world.

In an organization, the ground of being covers the soul of the organization. In more traditional language, this soul can be interpreted as mission and values: what is the deeper underlying purpose of the organization and how can leaders and staff best serve and embody that purpose? We believe that each organization has a certain trajectory that can be accessed, tracked, and supported in ways that traditional forms of management practice do not attend to — because these forms are ‘doing’ focused and do not pay sufficient attention to the ‘being’ side of organizational life.

The ‘being’ of an organization also covers the community of that particular workplace: the relational field which underpins all activity. This relational learning field, through which deep organizational wisdom and knowledge can be collectively revealed, is a sustained focus throughout all of Ventana’s work: how can we, and our organizations, create the conditions through which we learn from each other through deep relational practice?

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