Organisational Development with Theory U offers practical tools based on the ideas in the books Presence by Peter Senge and Theory U by Otto Scharmer. As a model, Theory U provides new insights into change processes. It is a social learning model which is attracting attention all over the world by helping groups and communities to harness the wisdom of the crowd and bring about sustainable results that benefit people, the planet and profit.
A practical tool for organisational development
Organisational Development with Theory U shows how companies can use Theory U in their daily business. Several exercises and techniques are used to illustrate the possibilities of the U-process and how to facilitate groups undertaking the process. Ten case studies demonstrate how it helped Dutch companies, such as KLM Cargo, Achmea, TNO, Enviu and The Impact Hub Amsterdam, and turn the book into a beautiful and practical tool in the toolbox of coaches, consultants and trainers working with organisational development.
Process of change in motion
'Esther and Eva did very important work with this book. It combines a clear explanation of Theory U with accessible explanations of practical methods. The cases in the second part decisively illustrate the applicability of Theory U. It is an inspirational book that will help many people to discover new sources of insights to feed the economical and societal transitions that are needed in our time.' - Herman Wijffels Professor of sustainability and social change, University of Utrecht, and a former representative of The Netherlands at the World Bank
'I appreciate Eva and Esther’s encouragement to all of us to embody Theory U and presencing to truly bring more awareness, kindness and courage to our work and to our world.' - Arawana Hayashi Presencing Institute
'Theory U was alive already, and this book gives it hands and feet to stand and walk on, and to put change processes into action.' - Jan Jacob Stam Founder of the Bert Hellinger Institute, The Netherlands
1. Introduction to Theory U 2. Working with Theory U, requirements and preparation
Section 1 Exercises
Where in the U are we now? 3. Seeing: Community building 4. Seeing: Observing closely 5. Seeing: Future Search
Where in the U are we now? 6. Sensing: Dialogue 7. Sensing: Into nature 8. Sensing: Seeing differently through movement
Where in the U are we now? 9. Presencing: Qigong 10. Presencing: Meditation by Gert-Jan van Schaik 11. Presencing: Using information arising from dreams for organisational development by Marja Moors 12. Presencing: Visualisation
Where in the U are we now? 13. Crystallizing: How to get going again if you’re stuck 14. Crystallizing: Action Table 15. Crystallizing: Team coaching 16. Crystallizing: World Café
Where in the U are we now? 17. Prototyping: Scenario and systemic constellations 18. Prototyping: Creative brainstorms
Section 2 Case studies
19. KLM Cargo: Theory U from the top down 20. FairConnect: Prototyping an innovative business concept 21. From city culture to agriculture through presencing 22. Achmea: Using Theory U as framework for a course for specialists 23. TNO: Evaluating the U – learning processes in companies 24. The Impact Hub Amsterdam: Sensing to establish a social community 25. Enviu: Crystallizing by collectively thinking creatively 26. Seats2meet.com: Co-creating within social networks 27. Theory U and the Yin Yang Event 28. U and you alone by Jos van Jaarsveld 29. The fork model: co-creation between coach and client by Rudy Vandamme 30. Conclusions drawn from the case studies
Bibliography About the authors
Esther de Haan
Esther de Haan is organisatiecoach. Het is haar passie transities tot stand te brengen bij organisaties die beseffen dat nieuwe business en klimaatdoelen hand in hand gaan, die weten dat een duurza... Meer
Eva Beerends is directeur van Nessun Dorma: gericht op organisatieontwikkeling. Nessun Dorma is een netwerkorganisatie met tien partners. Ook in de samenwerking in het netwerk staat de U centraal.