Tag Archives: Systems

Interpreting the Quadruple Bottom Line

Have you noticed that recently more and more people seem to be talking about the Quadruple Bottom Line (QBL)? Is it really something new? Does it really exist or is it ‘another clever buzz-word from sustainability consultants’? Perhaps a good … Continue reading

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How is your organisation designed to get undesirable results from your staff?

I recently had a fascinating experience in a Moscow hotel room. No – not what you might be thinking. On my last day of a programme I was facilitating, I daringly decided to leave my checkout until the lunch break. … Continue reading

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Are we doing the work that is needed or the work that is comfortable?

“Taking a new step or uttering a new word is what people fear most.” Dostoyevsky I notice how quite frequently we talk on the one hand of the need for innovation, transformation, world-class practice or other words to describe great … Continue reading

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What do you think they think of you? The stories that derail us

Some years ago, I was called (at less than 24 hours notice) to facilitate a meeting at short notice between three parties. The purpose was to establish the operational terms for a potential joint venture between two well known corporate … Continue reading

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Here be dragons: Leading in complex times

Think about a big challenge you are addressing: a current situation that matters, where you know something qualitatively different is required. It could be in your paid work, in the community, a national or a global issue. How do you … Continue reading

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Creating a thinking environment, for the sake of our natural environment

In August 2012, I returned from running a side event at the Rio+20 with Mark Young , and am still trying to come to terms with the experience. You may have seen some of the reports from the Rio + … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Complexity: the Personal and the Systemic

Many of us yearn for simple principles to guide our work and life in a complex world. At the heart of this conundrum is an understanding of the relationship between the personal and the systemic. If some of us have … Continue reading

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Democracy at work: Culture 2.0?

It is no secret that during the current economic climate, many employees have lost trust in management. Often the squeeze on budgets creates a pressure that many leaders will respond with words like, downsizing, redundancy, and structural change. These reactions … Continue reading

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Solving the “greatest moral challenge of our time”

“Climate change is now one of the greatest moral and economic challenges of our time.” A sentence that draws a host of varied reactions, but was one that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stood by in a speech after ratifying … Continue reading

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A new way of finding the Emerald City – a fresh approach to sustainability

Dorothy (and Toto) had one hell of a time, trying to navigate the yellow brick road on their journey to find the Wizard of Oz and the Emerald City and, ultimately, the way back to Kansas. And yes, while this … Continue reading

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