Systems Thinking

We support our clients and their stakeholders to press pause, reconsider the future they want and help build the awareness and capacity to get there. Everything we do or say is an invitation to reconsider the present and to consider new futures.

You cannot manage complexity, Jon Freeman

You cannot manage complexity

This article assumes some depth of background knowledge of Spiral Dynamics.  There is a very comprehensive 1-hour video introduction to SDi here. Even without that knowledge the article’s thread is easy to grasp.   Let’s make it clear from the start. You can’t “manage” complexity, and we will only begin to step into a second-tier or next-stage […]

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The Iceberg Model by Lycia Harper

Involved in transformation? People love this model!

I had the experience again. I offered a simple iceberg model and my client seized on it, waved it around and started using phrases like “going deeper in the iceberg”. It happens every time I share it; people love it. You might not love this model if you’re a purist about complexity science or a […]

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Lycia Harper, Future Considerations

Lycia Harper

Lycia is an organisational development consultant specialising in sustainability and change. She helps people develop ‘system sight’ – greater awareness of the dynamics of systems of which they form a part and how to intervene for the greatest impact. This includes coaching and leadership work, helping individuals and groups explore their potential and how they […]

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Why does change happen? By Jon Freeman

Why does change happen? Fundamentals of development

Stupid question maybe? Because change just does? Does it even matter why? OK, I will ask another way. The fundamental basis of Reinventing Organizations and “Teal” is that humanity has progressed through stages of development, or “consciousness”. So why are we not still in Amber/Blue and why might Teal be coming? Because Ken Wilber says […]

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Activism or Service? By Celine McKeown

Activism or Service: What kind of leadership does our world need right now?

Given our global reality is one of increasing economic disparity, the rise of populism, creeping nationalism and protectionism, the threat of nuclear war – we could go on… Celine McKeown, reflects on what type of leadership the world really needs right now: Activism or Service, referencing the latest work by renowned author, Meg Wheatley.

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Getting future fit, Jules Fell

Getting Future Fit: Do we have what it takes?

Avoidance, confusion, anger, blame, and fear – these are all negative reactions to the current reality that our world faces. At the same time within the business world, there seems to be an unspoken expectation that people should be able to step up and surprise when they can’t. Jules Fell invites you to explore Meg Wheatley’s idea of “Warriors of the Human Spirit” as a response to these external conditions and how we should equip ourselves as leaders of today and tomorrow to respond creatively, purposefully, and constructively.

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John Watters, Future Considerations

John Watters

  “I used to be more future-oriented: rigorous planning, talking of sustainable change, imagining that the changes, I and others, were involved in would endure. I now see that changes cannot be “built in”; we and the world are too complex. The quality of the future we want has to be present in the here […]

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Beth mAcdonald, Future Considerations

Beth mAcdonald

“I grew up in Johnson & Johnson as a scientist and engineer leading increasingly larger and more diverse groups of people. Moving to Asia caused me to reconsider many things in my life, from what I held as true about the world to what my contribution to the world could be. I decided to shift to […]

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Is Barry Oshry’s Systems Thinking Still Relevant at the Teal level?

A significant number of leaders we meet are interested in a new way of organising: one that is centred on a larger and more compelling sense of purpose than just meeting the numbers, which liberates human potential and treats people as whole human beings not just human resources. We partner with these leaders to steward […]

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A Unique combination of Oshry Systemic Frameworks and Mindfulness

An opportunity to both practice mindfulness as well as to enter into an unusually powerful learning experience about our organisations’ dynamics (Oshry) is a rare experience – in fact it might well be unique. The ‘Resilient Leadership for Turbulent Times’ workshop that I attended last month certainly offered much to savour, for mind and for […]

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The failure of the England football team is systemic

Whether you like football or not, it’s hard to witness the nation’s deflated spirit here in London after England went out of the World Cup in the first round.  And the papers on Monday were speculating whether this means the end of the road for England manager Roy Hodgson.  It reminds us of a similar […]

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Putting the challenge into context

A colleague of mine was chatting about the Longitude Prize that was launched on the BBC last week.  The competition is to commemorate 300 years since the first challenge was set (and consequently won by gruff Yorkshire clockmaker John Harrison with his stable marine chronometers) and the prize of £10 million will be awarded to […]

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