Social Energy Connecting with others Feeling valued by others Working together in a stimulating environment Feeling a sense of ‘us and us’ rather than ‘us and them’ Solidarity Energy of personal engagement
Spiritual Energy Energy of commitment to a common vision for the future Driven by shared values and a higher/bigger purpose Confidence to move towards a more compelling future than the status quo Feeling alive, engaged, radiant, connected Creativity flows without obstruction by shoulds or pressure from the mind.
Psychological Energy Energy of courage Resilience and feeling safe to do things differently Feeling supported to make a change Trust in leadership and direction
Physical Energy Energy of action Making things happen Getting things done and making progress Flexible, responsive drive to make things happen
Intellectual Energy Energy of analysis, planning and thinking Involves gaining insights as well as planning Supporting processes, evaluation Arguing a case on the basis of logic and evidence
If one or more of the energies is low it can have a negative impact on the change process
A tool for assessing the balance of the 5 energies in a CoP
How would you feel in a CoP with this distribution of energies?
Power in CoPs “Power used to come largely through and from big institutions. Today power can and does come from connected individuals in community. When community invests in an idea, it co-owns its success. Instead of trying to achieve scale all by ourselves, we have a new way to have scale. Scaling can be in, with and through community.” Nilofer Merchant