Werner Erhard speaks at Harvard University Kennedy School Center For Public Leadership on December 14, 2009 on: “Why We Do What We Do: A New Model Providing Actionable Access to the Source of Performance”.

The current model of performance, while having produced many improvements in performance during its 100 year reign, has been essentially exhausted leaving in its wake little more than a labyrinth of explanations for performance.

Given that models are constrained and shaped by the paradigm from within which they are generated, a truly new model of performance would require a new paradigm of performance.

This new paradigm is based on the fundamental proposition that the performance of an individual, group or organization is a correlate of the way the world in which, and on which, that entity is performing “occurs” for that entity. This new paradigm also offers access to this “occurring” through a specific use of a distinct aspect of language.

Our new model of performance (a part of our new paradigm of performance), rather than adding more explanations for why people do what they do and why they don’t do what they don’t do, provides actionable access to the source of performance.

This actionable access to the source of performance opens up a new realm of opportunity for study and research, and for new and more effective interventions, applications, and practices for improving individual, group, and organizational performance.

― Abstract of A New Paradigm of Individual, Group, and Organizational Performance, by Werner Erhard, Professor Michael C. Jensen and the Barbados Group