The Theory of Involution
– what goes around always comes around
– the importance of total inclusion
– managing exits
The theory of involution does not run in opposition to the theory of evolution. Evolution is taking place all around us. However, evolution scientists would have us believe that it is an all embracing theory of reality. The theory of involution includes the theory of evolution in its modelling of reality. However, in an involutionary view, evolution is only a part of the explanation of reality.
When we reject an idea in a discussion or a brainstorm, this is seen as the normal process of an evolving discussion. We refine our thoughts by including some and excluding others. We operate according to certain criteria such as relevance to our objectives. Ideas, which are deemed to be relevant, are included. Ideas not deemed to be relevant are excluded. But that which is excluded des not go off in a straight line towards infinity. Nor does it die in the gutter. What is cast off comes around. An arc is evolved. What goes around comes around and will be involved whether we like it or not.
The Theory of Contempt
– as the level of demand increases, the level of service declines (where demand is equivalent to numbers of customers).
– contempt arises through anger or frustration arising from the inability to encounter the individual in the group: incompetent, conscious, tired and fearful contempt are the main types.
– leadership focuses on recapturing individuality or developing diversity.
The Theory of Over-structure
– innovation needs to be focused on reducing over-structure.
– inducing disorganisation in order to generate learning.
– use of constructive destruction.
The Theory of Hermetic Management
– everything is connected with and reflects everything else.
– innovations are often found outside of current frames of reference.
– juxtaposition is a key tool.
The Theory of Technosophic Innovation
– developing process ‘wisdom’.
– multi-perspective approaches to problems.
– importance of reflection on practice.
– innovation focuses on approaching problems from differing viewpoints.
The Collusion of Mediocrity
– challenge honestly and risk discomfort: constructive but real challenge. The collusion is an agreement to avoid discomfort and challenge; the result is mediocrity. Also the creation of fake thresholds behind the real and needed threshold of change or innovation.
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