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The Gestalt cycle of experience is a very valuable tool when assessing your process in all manner of actions, from the minute, fulfilling of basic human needs to the ability of a large organisation to fulfil a companywide change program. It takes us on a mapping expedition, charting how you process a need or ambition and where you head to with that need to get it done. Do you inherently head straight into action? Do you stall around your area of awareness, unsure what move to make? What sends you to these places and how can you break that pattern of action interrupted and achieve all stages of a healthy experience cycle.

Often, we feel like we know where we want to go, or where we no longer want to be, but are unable to move ourselves, or our teams. We feel like our options are limited. Or maybe, you ping-pong between a sensation of needing change and heading straight into action, without exploring the stages in between and the blockers to change.

Sometimes these blockers come from external sources; from the environment we are in, the culture within which we work, or the expectations and needs of those around us. All place obstacles in our way. But what about the barriers that come from within? The mindset we have developed over time in accordance with our history, our societal norms and defence processes? These are often so ingrained in our pattern of decision making and ability to complete our objective that it can be hard to recognise. The responsibility for our ‘failure’ might then be deflected onto others, the environment or the culture within which we work.

By exploring our process and looking at our historical record of satisfying our objectives, we can un-earth the blockers to success, and work through what holds us back. This enables us to find a greater sense of fulfilment and gain a better hit rate of getting the job done. This can be true of individuals, but systems work in the same way. Teams develop a group mindset that can be a powerful force and can lay its own traps to sabotage success.