My approach

My approach is based on my learning and experiences with systems and complexity thinking. Especially, (but not exclusively) my work with Stafford Beer’s viable system model (VSM) and more recently, my engagement with conscious leadership. The approach is three fold.

Firstly – I use the viable system model to understand the functions, interconnecting dynamics and communication in a situation or organisation. I expand on this using other systems thinking approaches and the idea of complex adaptive systems, to get a good understanding of that situation and what possibilities it might hold for us.

Secondly – I focus on Creating the Conditions for Change©. This element of the approach has been developed from my work with the viable system model, but instead of focussing on management, I focus on what is needed to support effective leadership and system leadership. This element focusses on bringing humanity back into work situations and supporting people and their organisations to be adaptive to the changing environment. It is applicable at every fractal scale within a situation and can support people to feel more nourished by their everyday work.

Thirdly – I support people as they develop their own leadership and systems thinking skills and develop their inner self confidence. I work with a creative interpretation of the viable system model at the scale of the individual and with the idea of conscious leadership.

I believe it is only when we focus on all three of these areas that we truly start to consider a new paradigm for our working environments.

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