3.6 Engagement

Posted by Mike Kaaks

08 October 2019

At the surface there’s a similarity with Left Brain Right Brain here. Are we driven by what is in our mind, what we are thinking about, or by what is in our heart, what we feel. There’s also a parallel with Doing and Being, the mind generally linked to what we do, and the heart to how we are.

In Leading from The Emerging Future Otto Schmarmer and Katrin Kaufer speak of the art of seeing – built upon an Open Mind, the art of sensing, built on an open heart, actionable through an open will capable of letting go and letting come. I can’t think of a better way to organize this question of how we engage. These authors also offer a wonderful view of what it is we are engaging with. Beyond engaging with each other, which is where I started with this, we are engaging with an emerging future. Do we want that to take shape through our mind or our heart.

Having said that it might seem I’m supporting a model other than the continuum for addressing this topic. The continuum still has it’s place because finding yourself on that line open the mind to some thinking that is helped by considering the Open Mind, heart Will view of the question, and others.


  • Logical
  • Thought
  • Consciousness
  • Rational
  • Understanding


  • Emotions
  • Feeling
  • Compassion
  • Humanity
  • Knowing

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created and has forgotetn the gift.

- Albert Einstein

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