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Systemic Leadership

 

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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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How systemic leadership helps people navigate complex change

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One of the earliest transitions we make in life is starting school. A much heralded change in a young person’s life. Can you remember how you experienced that transition? I can. I ran towards the school entrance with little more than a backward glance. I was following in the footsteps of an older brother and sister you see. It was a rite of passage. One that I was quite determined to traverse (according to my mother!).   Many patterns are established in childhood Leaving school was similar. I moved on with a sense of adventure. This sense of life being an adventure has stayed with me. Always curious to explore what’s around the next corner…. An example of how patterns established in childhood have an influence on how we approach similar challenges in later life. Of course not all patterns are as positive and some have their shadow side. Always wanting to...
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U Lab Scotland - Conversations and Catching the Waves

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 Know that feeling of being with kindred spirits? That's how I felt yesterday.

We were in Saint Paul’s and St George's Episcopal church in Edinburgh. A magnificent venue for the first of a series of 'U Lab Scotland' preparatory events. Over 200 people attended. Some had to take seats in the balcony. Such was the interest in this event. 

U Lab is based on Theory U, an approach to change that aims to unleash the collective energy and intelligence in a group. The process encourages participants to view complex issues through a different lens and observe deeply.  After a period of deep reflection solutions emerge through a process of 'prototyping' and testing. Otto Scharmer and colleagues from MIT have been developing the approach over many years with a growing excitement worldwide.  

Change as an Emergent Property

I've had an interest in change as an 'emergent property' for a number of years. I took an 'intensive' programme similarly called 'Change Lab' run by Adam Kahane in Utrecht a few years back. The programme, based on action enquiry, followed the U process and it was truly inspiring. I still draw on the learning in my current work in helping people and organisations navigate change.

Hearing the principles of U Lab being introduced by Scottish Government officials created a frisson of excitement inside me, and I suspect in many others. It was a defining moment. And perhaps another indication of the groundswell in Scotland of people searching for something different.

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Guest — Lorna Jackson
I totally agree it was awe inspiring being in the same space and conversation with brave public servants,social enterprisers (is t... Read More
Thursday, 04 June 2015 07:11
Guest — Eileen Moir
Lovely sentiments Lorna, thank you for your comments. Yes, so much good will and as I say, kindred spirits. Carpe Diem!
Thursday, 04 June 2015 07:55
Guest — Jenny Ure
Is there a link to U_Lab Scotland?
Thursday, 04 June 2015 11:17
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