VUCA SHMUCA, Would Someone Please Explain!

Many of us who are trying to understand the complexities of our emerging world might have run into the term VUCA, Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity.  At the organizational level,  The term describes the institutional forces permeating the atmosphere in which organizations struggle to perform. This new reality is made more difficult because the more  complex issues that drive decision-making and cultural norms. Too often these complex issues become entangled with maladaptive behaviors, which then give way to pathological corporate activities.

At the  Spiral Dynamics Summit on the Future, Dr. Darrell Gooden will highlight how the use of the value-systems framework has contributed to positive and productive change through  vMemetic replication. His presentation  will further explain how to sustain the gains in complex organizations by opening evolutionary pathways that allow healthy expressions of organizational Vmemes to emerge.

Accurate discernment of Vmemes codes in VUCA conditions prevents and resolves deep conflicts and its aftermath. Importantly, this work reveals that the leadership’s collective perceptions, and the nature of their manifested Vmemes (affirming or coercive) influence the organization’s culture, structure and systems. The work herein implies the probability of successfully infusing a complex enterprise atmosphere with affirmative stimuli depends on actions of “positive deviants” and management’s ability to articulate a compelling case to change the cognitive map of the workforce.

Darrell Gooden began his work with the Spiral Dynamics Group and Dr. Don Beck in 1998. Darrell holds a PhD in Organizational Transformation from the Adizes Graduate School. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Technology Management from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management of Information Systems from the University of Redlands.


Hey, Is That App Second Tier?

Welcome to the Age of Disruption

In just the last few decades, revolutionary technologies have knocked down the walls to much of the organizing structures we’ve taken for granted for hundreds of years . Millions of businesses and hundred of industries have become obsolete. The rapid rise of the Digital Age continues to make a mockery out of our understanding of change and the forces shaping our future.

Are these the early signs of humanity’s emergence into the Turquoise  value system, or would all this lead to the disintegration and decline of civilization

To hear the answer to these questions and many others, please join us at The Spiral Dynamics Summit on the Future. Our special guest speaker on this subject is  Michiel Doorn whose spiral wizardry on this matter is unparalleled.   According to our special guest, the 21st century may not be the Age of Technology, or the Digital Age, instead it may well be the Age of Ecology.

Would there be an App for that?




Is There a Right Approach to Solving Global Problems? Think “Systems” and “CAPI”

My initial attraction to the Graves-Beck framework was its  approach to sustainable solutions through its ability to  address the “systems” problem as an integral part of any solution. As someone who worked with business systems and studied macroeconomics, solving problems with dysfunctional systems and institutions  was far more important to me than the exclusive focus on personal growth, which tends to be the domain of many change agents.

Over the years I have also learned the importance  of an essential catalyst in the design of these solutions. A concept originally created by Dr. Ichak Adizes called CAPI, the Coalescence of Authority Power and Influence.  Don Beck’s genius brought these two concepts together to create one of the most effective, but underrated  tools for Large-Scale systems change called MeshWORKS. The concept was used to help South Africa transition from Apartheid and in our 5-year effort to try to bring peace to the Middle East.

When asked why these concepts weren’t being taught to world leaders, Dr. Beck often responded with “Often times these are systems within us that appear naturally in the minds of Second Tier thinkers.”

October 2015 with Lawrence Bloom in Dallas discussing the challenges we face in redefining global econometrics from the values of the Second Tier

On April 20 in Dallas Texas, participants in the Spiral Dynamics Summit on the Future will hear from  our special guest Lawrence Bloom who represents the embodiment of these natural Second Tier systems;  the delicate balance between the Adaptive Intelligence within each and everyone of us, and a deep understanding of how to change systems. Mr. Bloom will share with us his life long work and what it takes to provide effective global leadership at a time when the world seems to be very divided. Below is the announcement on the event website about Mr. Bloom’s Special Guest appearance.

I hope you can join us and learn from all of our exceptional speakers about what it takes to be an effective leader in these times of uncertainty. Become the embodiment of CAPI and systems change. Please click here to visit the event website for a full list of summit topics and for more information.


Dr. Beck and I are thrilled to announce that Lawrence Bloom will deliver the keynote speech at the start of our conference.

One of the most effective measures of Second Tier Leadership in the world today is a person’s ability to possess what we call CAPI, the Confluence of Authority, Power and Influence. All 3 elements must be present to affect global change in a significant way. Among friends of the Spiral Dynamics community, no one advocates for this systemic approach more vigorously than our special guest and Keynote Speaker Lawrence Bloom.  In his opening remarks at the Spiral Dynamics Summit on the Future, Lawrence will set the tone for us all to experience what it means to be the embodiment of Second Tier change in action.


Lawrence Bloom serves as the Secretary General of Be Earth Foundation, a United Nations Intergovernmental Organization in collaborative status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council. This foundation helps educate nation states around renewable energy and generally to enable them to achieve their Sustainable Development Goal agendas. He is also the  Chairman of the DAKIA Institute which is dedicated to empowering local leaders and the community to lead positive change for themselves and their world long after they are gone. The Institute employs one of the most effective and often overlooked “systems approach” to sustainability. This approach is explained on the institute’s website: “because we are a different kind of organization, we use a different kind of name, “Systainability” with a ‘y’ – for Systems Solutions for Sustainability.
Lawrence is also the Chairman of Be Energy, a bio-energy company committed to serving planet, people and profit.   Lawrence was appointed the first Chairman of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Global Agenda Council on Urban Management. He is the former Chairman of the UN Environmental Program, Green Economy Initiative, Green Cities, Buildings and Transport Council.