First systems thinking reading during commute this year, and it’s already an excellent paper from SSI Review “The Dawn of System Leadership“. Thorough and with gems inside, I can only urge you to reserve some time to read it (it’s longer than a classical blogpost, but it more than deserves the time invested)!
The Core Capabilities of System Leaders identified in the article are:
- the ability to see the larger system;
- fostering reflection and more generative conversations;
- shifting the collective focus from reactive problem solving to co-creating the future.
The article also mentions Appreciative Inquiry, which is quite rare in the systems thinking field not to be mentioned.
Also mentioned is Otto Scharmer’s “Theory U” which starts with three openings:
- opening the mind (to challenge our assumptions),
- opening the heart (to be vulnerable and to truly hear one another),
- and opening the will (to let go of pre-set goals and agendas and see what is really needed and possible)
Ironically (well, maybe not so in the end) is the link I made in the past between the Strengths of people and Simon Sinek’s three circles in this blogpost and the work we’re developping with Alexis Nicolas in the Labso (laboratory of social technologies) (in bold are the new additions to the previous article):
- Why <–> Purpose <–> Vision (heart) of where you want to go
- How <–> Mastery <–> Ideas (mind) of how to get there
- What <–> Autonomy <–> Experience (hand) that proved to work in the past that can support you going forward
2015 seems to be off to a very good start!