By Finn Voldtofte, 2005
(Nine) Practices to Engage the Magic in the Middle
It is essential to understand that the magic in the middle is more than an idea. It is a reality that can be experienced, and which I may have a poorer or a better ability to recognise, participate in and possibly to take leadership of engaging in my organisation. As such it is very appropriate to ask: Which practices can help me and my people to engage the magic in the middle?
With a practice I think of something that has been established through a mixture of attitude, behaviour and experienced ability to act. It is more than just a good idea that I might take up some time; more concrete than an ideal or a behavioural norm. I point to nine practices that each contribute to engaging the magic in the middle:
To be able to go to the edge of ones knowledge and to stand being in a field of not-knowing.
To be able to leave one’s field of “already- knowing”, including opting out on making everything fit or not fit with mental models that I carry with me.
To let go of the need to pass the judgement “right” or “wrong”.
To be able to wait and see what happens, rather than making “what is this useful for?” a criteria for evaluation.
It is easy enough to say, “to be inquiring”, it is harder to do – it takes experience, self-insight, social skills and more to master inquiry as a practice.