Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Is It Just Me, or Is SHIFT Happening?

So, the 100th Monkey Effect has come up - both literally and metaphorically - in my life a lot recently, so I just need to check in here with my blogging family and see if it's just me or if you're feeling some sort of shift happening, too.

You know the 100th Monkey Effect, right? According to Wikipedia, the story of the “Hundredth Monkey Effect” apparently originated with Lyall Watson in his 1979 book Lifetide. In it he claimed to describe the observations of scientists studying monkeys in Japan. Some of these monkeys learned to wash sweet potatoes, and gradually this new behavior spread through the younger generation of monkeys—in the usual fashion, through observation and repetition. However, Watson claimed that the researchers observed that once a critical number of monkeys was reached—the so-called hundredth monkey—this previously learned behavior instantly spread across the water to monkeys on nearby islands.

This story has come up in two of my master mind groups in the last week, and I also recognize the phenomenon itself in the past two weeks by observing random conversations at my favorite coffee shop (my second office!). Maybe I'm delusional, but since I started participating in Oprah's webcast book study of Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth, I've heard conversations differently.

Maybe it's because three of my master minds are studying the book and I get a chance to be in three conversations a week about this stuff, but today at the coffee shop, just after I finished up my Wednesday master mind reading A New Earth, I ran into two former co-workers (from a job I left eight years ago) and we jumped right into a conversation about purpose in work and ended up talking about Eckhart's book and the awakening that they're sensing in themselves and feeling frustrated by at work.

These were two guys who are probably in their mid-50s. One of them has worked at this electric company for nearly 30 years and the other has been there for about 10. I can't remember talking with them about these kinds of topics when I was employed there, so I just sense that something is shifting in the world. Maybe it's me, but if it is me, I can see that my shift is inviting others to have deeper conversations even in a random encounter at a coffee shop.

I ended up giving each of them a copy of my book, The 100% Factor (which has been reprinted and re-released on Friday!) and brainstormed with them about how we might create an underground master mind group for them at their company.

After talking with them, I have a new passion for meaningful conversation at work and helping individuals within organizations get beyond the fear and ego that keeps people stuck.

What are you noticing in your own life? Are things shifting around you? Is there more meaningful conversation in your life these days? What are you noticing?

If you're as passionate as I am about practicing and modeling Bigger Small Talk in your professional and your personal life, please consider putting June 10-11 on your calendar and joining us in Fargo for the 2nd Annual Bigger Small Talk Summit where we'll create an amazing day around this topic.

How FAR would you GO to experience and create Bigger Small Talk? Come to Fargo and be part of the big shift! Details will follow VERY soon!


At 6:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Fargo is quite far?? Where is it, exactly??!! Help those of us out who live in the . . (actually a very nice village in rural England, UK)

I think you are right. I hope you are right. People are talking. Barbara Sliter at Co-creatorship says "We are ready for more. More interesting work . . . ready for co-creatorship". Even management scholars like Prahalad are saying the same thing. Life, work and business is imaginative!

I read corporate poetry now - David Whyte. I reach corporate poetry. Students like it - a lot!

At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know I am ready to have Bigger Small Talk - I think I yearn for it! I am so tired of talking about the weather - there is so much more to life here in Fargo (at least I hope so).

You brought that up in the last YPN event I was at, and ever since, I have noticed how everyone around me talks so much about the weather.

How do I get involved in these master mind groups you talk about? Sounds interesting!

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Jodee Bock said...

Jo & Denise:

Thank you for visiting and leaving your comments! Jo, yes Fargo is extremely far from England, but we're virtually neighbors! Are you noticing that people are talking about bigger things in your world? I LOVE David Whyte's work - The Heart Aroused is one of my favorites!

Denise: Let's get you involved in a master mind group and on the planning committee for the Bigger Small Talk Summit! Our next group starts next Tuesday - email me at for more info!


At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jodi, Hello from Mpls. After 2 weeks in Florida, my energy was depleted, I was rereading the Course's message for the last few days on line and drelled dwon further in their website to find the Tolle/Windfrey web interview. I was curious to see what you thought, ..oh my great to be back!!! I am excited to plug in again! Stay the course, you are part of the shift for many!

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Jodee Bock said...

Sharon! Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll consider coming back for the Bigger Small Talk Summit in June - you would add so much to the dialogue (and I'm certain would get something back, too!). It's a Tuesday, so you could stay for the Tuesday night gathering as well!

Oprah, as always, challenges and delights me. This latest Tolle book is POWERFUL. I'll post about it later.

Great to hear from you!


At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love my new life, look for you to move here (smile) I will try to put some donor visits around this, what are the dates again?

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Jodee Bock said...

Sharon: Come to Fargo June 10-11 - you won't be sorry! Bigger Small Talk is going to be HUGE!! Can't wait to see you soon!

At 12:48 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

You know, this is a question I find myself asking a lot these days. Because there have been so many shifts in me, and I don't exactly know how much is me, and how much is the outside world.

Because, the more I begin to be able to shift my own consciousness more easily (I use Avatar), the more immediately I notice changes in the "outside" world. I almost always seem to meet the most amazing, inspiring people (whereas before I didn't). People seem kind and mostly happy, whereas before, they didn't.

So, it's clear that the observer (me) is changing. And at the same time, I do believe that the outside world is changing as well. And of course ... if you get enough people who are all changing their inner world enough, and perceiving the outer world differentl ... well, then that will be an outer change for sure, won't it! Because all of those people will be doing it.

I discovered A New Earth a couple of years ago, and it spoke to me so deeply. Actually, a lot of the stuff we do in Avatar is a reflection--in experiential terms--of what he is desribing. So, I found myself frequently being grateful for Avatar, in giving me these deeper experiences of what Eckhart was saying ... and, for Eckart, for his perspectives and clarity on all of it.


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