To Give Or Not To Give: A Step Towards Addressing The Heart Of Innovative Climates
Innovative climates are largely affected by the relationships between the individuals
involved. This thesis addresses the topic of trying to improve the quality of
relationships by giving engineers some tools and principles to understand in order for
them to be able to contribute positively to a creative and productive atmosphere.
Through the experiences drawn from universities both in India and Bhutan, the
student tries to grasp some fundamental ideas about human values that can be shared
to other engineers in practical manner.
This thesis begins by concentrating the importance of human relationships within an
innovative process and within an organization. It has been found that groups and
organizations perform better and have better cultures if people are willing to give help
unconditionally. Based on this underlying idea of unconditional giving, this thesis
introduces a model or principle called the box which is a state of mind that one
enters into when one self-betrays and is led to self-deception. In this self-deceived state
one has betrayed ones inner feeling to do something for someone (for example not
replying to an email, not holding open a door for a colleague etc.) and thus begins to
justify this betrayal in ones mind by creating a distorted picture of reality. From this
state of mind, one does not contribute positively to ones work or to ones relationships
and it becomes clear that this betrayal is a betrayal of the heart. In order to increase
the awareness of the heart and help build resilience from entering into the box, the
thesis provides a method to get in touch with ones heart through biofeedback
Finally, the thesis addresses how we make value judgments, which is ultimately what
defines our motives and behaviors in our homes and workplaces. It can be concluded
that our value judgments are made by the combination of our heart, mind and will.
Thus, by consciously learning more about our hearts, minds and will, how they
function together and deepen more on what we find valuable, we can consciously
begin the process of self-development. Through the process of self-development we
increase our inner power (power over self) which is fundamentally different than
external power (power over others). The thesis concludes that in order for us to
contribute more positively to our innovative climates we have to increase our inner
power. This is only done through the process of self-development where one
concentrates on making continuous value judgments in alignment with the value
supremacy of the human being. This process is not automatic and needs to be
pursued consciously and directly however, as of now, the distribution of this type of
knowledge is outside of the curriculum for engineering students. If we dedicate more
energy to understanding the process of making value judgments, we can contribute
more positively to our innovative climates.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutt for produktutvikling og materialer , 2013. , 157 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-23667Local ID: ntnudaim:10176OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ntnu-23667DiVA: diva2:681450
Thaulow, Christian, Professor