A simple way to understand the process of creating results is to view it as a journey from our current state to a desired state. As with all journeys, there are forces working to move us forward towards our desired results and there are forces restraining or hindering our reaching the desired state. When we can only see or understand a portion of those forces the remaining forces are relegated to world of “magic”. Yet, those forces are still weaving their magical spell on our journey.
The search for the secret to the art of creating magical results led to the fields of physics, psychology and microbiology; even into the deep spiritual practices of many religions’ mythology and mystic practices to unlock the great mystery of magical transformation. The one great thread that runs through this eclectic group of disciplines is that everything is energy. The creation of results is a process of transformation, transforming energy from one state to another.
This is as true for organizations as it is for every living entity. It is true that every living body is affected by physical laws, by the laws of pressure, volume and temperature. Our blood flows according to the laws of fluid mechanics and our mental activity is measured by electro-magnetic currents. But just because our bodily functions can be explained by the laws of physics, does that make us a well-oiled machine?
Like human beings, organizations are governed by the same laws of physics that define how mechanical machines operate. Therefore elements of the traditional machine paradigm are still necessary and valuable, and we must continue to embrace them. While necessary, the model of the organization as a machine to be optimized is not sufficient. Like the human body, our organizations are more than well-oiled machines.
All companies and organizations are composed of a multitude of individuals who form into groups to form an even more complex system. All complex living systems, whether an individual or an organization, consist of energy fields beyond the obvious ones that make up the physical “body.”
Energy flows on a defined path through every living organism. This path is designed to maximize the transformation of energy from its source into the form of its desired outcomes. Similarly there is a defined path of energy flowing through an organization and the goal is to maximize the transformation of energy from its source to its desired outcome.
The flow of organizational energy not only follows a specific path it consists of more than one field of energy. The key to understanding the forces that weave the magic that creates results is to understand the three separate waves or fields of energy: Activity, Relationship, and Context, each with its own discernable patterns, tones and operational frequencies.