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Navigate via Tension
Navigate via Tension means to sense & respond to what is.
A couple weeks a go I posted about the S3 Pattern: drivers and the value they bring in clarifying our motivation to act. The act of discovering drivers can be described as...
...Navigating via tension
When we take the time to feel into our current situation—not just think, but use our complete sensory faculties—to sense what is happening, we invariable discover a gap between what is and what we feel needs to (or could) be. This sensory experience is one of tension, and it is one of our greatest tools for doing good, effective, collaborative work.
"Challenges and opportunities for an organization are revealed by people bringing awareness to the reasons why they experience tension. In this context, a tension is a personal experience: a symptom of dissonance between an individual’s perception of a situation, and their expectations (or preferences)." source: S3 Practical Guide
Tensions reveal Drivers
To discover drivers, investigate what stimulates tension, and describe what’s happening and what’s needed. Sometimes an inquiry reveals misconceptions and the tension goes away.
As the graphic above illustrates, Navigating via Tension is a cyclical, continuous process, leading to iterative and experimental work.
Does this help you in describing Drivers?
Tip: The practices of Navigating via tension and describing drivers isn't necessarily about determining root causes. More importantly, it is about building awareness of the contributing factors toward what is currently happening, now. Additionally, navigating via tension may not immediately bring clarity as to why something is happening, but is a valuable first step toward discovering why.
If you have tried this, or have an experience of navigating via tensions, please leave your comment below. That can help others learn from your experience.