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Different lines of development in individual and social holons.

Short Version

Several lines or intelligences move through the levels of development we looked at in the previous section. We should be aware of them and actively work with them.

Main Version

While levels look at the general development of consciousness, lines look at the multiple intelligences which development takes progress in. Every human being is a unique blend of several lines of differently developed intelligences. Lines include cognitive, emotional, moral, kinesthetic, mathematical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and others.
Most of these lines apart from the ones included in the g factor can not be measured by psychometric tests. Often, they need to be interpreted. However, since we put equal emphasis on each quadrant, that does not make these lines any less true or valuable as a tool for understanding others.

Members of agile teams bring many different aspects of themselves to work. If we want to build a place for people to be authentic, their individually developed lines play a big role. Teaching others about this concept can have a huge impact. Sometimes people believe that because they are not as well developed in a certain line, their general intelligence is low. Just knowing about the fact that they’ll be able to excel in different lines can open up people’s universe and instill a thirst for knowledge.

Using the concept of lines also helps us look at ideas in a different way. A strategy a lot people employ is dismissing good ideas from others on the basis that that person is weak in a certain line. If a spiritual teacher makes a morally questionable choice, his teachings are often dismissed even though they themselves may be among the best in the field. Or the other way around, if that same teacher behaves in a way that displays poor judgement, his followers often wrongly project his high development in the spiritual line onto his lesser developed lines. So instead of criticizing his behavior, his followers interpret it as wisdom.

Further developing individual lines can lead to an increase in motivation and the feeling of mastery.

In his book Integral Spirituality, Ken Wilber identifies several lines and their corresponding questions:

Cognitive What am I aware of?
Self-development Who am I?
Values What is significant to me?
Moral What should I do?
Interpersonal How should we interact?
Spiritual What is of ultimate concern?
Needs What do I need?
Kinesthetic How should I physically do this?
Emotional How do I feel about this?
Aesthetic What is attractive to me?

We will look at other possible lines for different holons in an organizational setting later. These will include relevant lines for coaches, teams and organizations with a focus on Agile.

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