Week ending February, 9th 2018
Content Covered: The Intent & Structure of Xpanse
After sending out the first newsletter, it dawned on me that this is how stories start. I mean think about it: how often do we pay attention to our “Once Upon a Time” …when that ‘once’ is upon us at that very moment in time? (So meta…) More common is insight through reflection.
I love both. Awareness is something that I talk about a lot in my workshops, so let me take a moment to explain why this is important.
Sustainable change starts with the mind; more specifically, the mindset.
I believe if you want to take the world forward- truly forward, then we need to help people develop the cognitive toolset to engineer solutions in any setting (think: swiss army knife for thinking/problem solving/decision making/etc.).
Furthermore, ones ability to catalyze change isn’t limited to just themselves; the ultimate goal is for each person to help those around them do the same.
It is only when both the individual and the environment echo with harmony that sustainable change is possible.
Which is why, with the self, our journey begins, and with the other, it flourishes.
Sounds daunting, doesn’t it? Turns out, we’re all on this journey anyways, it’s often called life. The only difference is, now I’m saying let’s introduce a few core concepts through which to understand our journey.
Adapted from Daniel Goleman’s research on Emotional & Social Intelligence (1995, 2006); our framework consists of three core concepts: Presence, Communication, and Collaboration. Each enables and is reinforced by the other.
Each core concept is then further broken down into primary skills, and the outcome of utilizing these skills is what adds weight to the other core concepts.
For example: Presence is about self-development. The primary skills that enable self-development are emotional awareness (understanding the process behind your emotions & how to handle the ups and downs) and values & beliefs (understanding what you hold important; establishing your anchors). The outcome of building these skills is authenticity and a sense of purpose or fulfillment.
I’m tempted to show you the expanded form of this framework for each of the three core concepts, but I’m going to wait on that. For now, I’d just like you to note, that each core concept isn’t just limited to a few primary skills. Our core concepts are so much more than that, but for the sake of dialogue, I’ve allowed for some simplification.
A moment for insight…
By this point, I hope to have enticed you into thinking about why a triquetra? How does each core concept tie into the other two?
And perhaps the biggest question of them all: what is the purpose of the journey of life? And how do we define meaning?
I would like to leave you with these questions, encouraging you to answer them for yourselves. As for my views.. you’ll read about them soon!
Oh and one last thing…
My call with the career center call reschedule </3
So no updates… but do continue to keep your fingers crossed!! By the end of next week, I expect to have some very exciting news on ‘proprietary’ to share with you!
*As any good framework, the material is always under iteration.