The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence – it is to act with yesterday’s logic - Peter Drucker

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Hidden dynamics - Touching the tripwire

Tripwire

 

How do you avoid touching the tripwire that creates relational conflicts especially in sensitive change situations? 

 

Some conflicts in teams are difficult to avoid but by becoming attuned to the ordering principles that govern human systems you can recognise when there is the potential for difficult team dynamics. These principles are Time, Place (belonging) and the balance of Exchange. You’ll find more about the hidden forces governing systems from John Whittington’s illuminating BOOK.

 

Viewing the issues within the context of wider system dynamics enables you to act with intention to settle things at an earlier stage than might otherwise have been possible. A liberating alternative to being stuck in a relational quagmire.  

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Systemic Leadership

 

SL Edinburgh 2 

Systemic Leadership Workshop

 Edinburgh | 3-4 April 2019

 

How do you resource yourself as a leader, coach or facilitator in organisational uncertainty and volatility? How do you help people find a way forward in complex change situations?


When things get stuck or the same issues keep re-appearing it’s likely there’s something amiss in the human system. Hidden dynamics and relational entanglements can get in the way of personal and organisational transformation.

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Bringing Perspective

U Lab Reflections

 

The week between Christmas and the New Year often takes on an ‘other-worldly’ quality. Retreat and introspection are bundled soporifically between festive book ends. The world slows down creating space for reflection. 

This kind of benign introspection doesn't take much effort. It would be easy to discount festive downtime as 'cerebral idling'. But it serves an important role in creating distance and bringing perspective to our otherwise hectic lives.  

For those committed to life-long learning, reflection plays an important role. Margaret Wheatley sums it up in her customary no-nonsense manner:

 

“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences and failing to achieve anything useful”. 

 

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