When we Open Space for Self-organization to Flourish

It’s all Open Space!

Forever stuck in my mind is my Father’s (Harrison Owen) comment something along the lines that “Everything is Self-Organizing . . . always has been and always will be!”

I find this to be true!

As I began imagining the launch of my new Real Estate Sales firm Pareto Realty in mid 2010, the one thing I KNEW for certain was that I wanted this business model to align with this funadmental of Self-organization . . . and more specifically the principles of Open Space Technology.

Having “Lived in Open Space” for several years, I could imagine that doing so as an organization wouldn’t be rocket science as long as we stayed in tune with the core mantra of self-organization.

I began with some questions about “What Matters!

What qualities and services MATTER to Real Estate Sales Professionals with respect to their Office environment?

What are other firms doing right . . . or wrong?

How can we best walk our talk of contributing value to our local community . . . value beyond the “given” of serving Home Buyers and Sellers impeccably?

When I think of things that MATTER, I think of the 20% – The Vital Few of the Pareto Principle (Thus the name of our new firm), and I understand that as we focus on things that matter most (The Vital Few) . . . The trivial many (80%) fade away.

Through the years, I’ve noticed that when we focus on the 20%, we are not doing much more than follow our Heart/Passion . . . and that it’s never been “enough” to simply follow passion, we must also take responsibility.

The purest form of taking responsibility is the INVITATION!

By taking the time and energy to define this passion, we gain clarity of purpose and therefore the “Language” to invite others to journey with us.

So we invite . . . and invite . . . . and invite.

When we invite, we know that the 5 Principles of Open Space Technology apply:

  • Whoever comes is the right people
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • Wherever it happens is the right place
  • When it’s over it’s over

and we live by The Law of 2 Feet – If at any time you find yourself in a place where you feel you are neither contributing nor receiving anything of value, it is YOUR responsibility to use your 2 feet to take yourself to a place where you CAN contribute and/or receive value . . . Be Useful . . . Always!

This is our dance.

I’ve been asked what all of this looks like WRT to the Pareto Realty business model, and my answer (not surprisingly) centers around frequent and many invitations, patience, being open to outcomes that differ from our expectations, and acknowledging when “it” is over to keep us in forward motion (useful).

I am consistently inviting performance oriented Real Estate Sales Professional SPECIALISTS to join our “conversation” which happens by way of a rhythm of weekly Mastermind and Learning sessions.

We don’t actively recruit new members . . . We invite EVERYONE knowing that the right people will decide to stay when the time is right.

In much the same way, we invite our community by including local businesses and professionals in most of our functions as Sponsors AND full participants.

We are 3 years into this “experiment” and gaining more traction every day.

Today, we reached the “complete enough to publish” stage of our new website which will go live late next week . . . The content of that website will grow as we grow . . . a virtual CRC (Community resource Center)

Our next move will be creation of a physical CRC in the form of a retail storefront Open Space Office.


Published by Barry Owen

Strategist-CEO of Pareto Realty Real estate sales Professional Inviter-Facilitator-Practicer of Open Space Technology Opening safe space for people & organizations to self-organize around issues & opportunities BarryOwen.US Invite-Listen-Love

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