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Monday, 01 April 2019 17:23

Value of Troublemakers

Value of Troublemakers

April 2019

What if troublemakers are hidden resources! While it may seem counterintuitive to talk about the value of troublemakers, in fact they often have profoundly significant value. Too often troublemakers are seen as mischief makers, causing disruption and difficulties for their own reasons. However systemically, if we look at troublemakers, they're often doing something in service of the system. In this case we would be wise to listen to what the system is trying to communicate.

Monday, 18 March 2019 17:15

Understanding recurring patterns

Understanding Recurring Patterns

March 2019

Recurring patterns occur across organisations of all shapes and sizes every day. When the pattern is not healthy, and the outcomes are negatively impacting people and the business, they can be halted by understanding the systemic principles that are at play.

Understanding Complex Issues with a Systemic Lens

March 2019

Complex issues are characterised by non-linear dynamic relationships. It’s typically not possible to predict cause and effect, because the movement of one aspect influences multiple other aspects simultaneously and has an organic effect, like a living system. On the other hand, a complicated issue is typically characterised by several possibilities in terms of cause and effect. It requires someone with specialised expertise to be able to understand and diagnose the cause and effect relationships and advise about how to influence the issue. It is somewhat predictable with specialised knowledge. Working with complex issues requires a more experimental adaptive approach; being able to observe the system, the dynamics effects and learn and adapt as it evolves.

Friday, 22 February 2019 11:18

Systemic Levels of Conscience

Systemic Levels of Conscience 

February 2019

What are the systemic levels of conscience, and how to do they play out in an organisational setting? Their impact can be profound. Levels of conscience can be in harmony or dissonance. When we experience significant events, it can throw us into turbulence, which arises with clashing levels of conscience. When we understand how to work with these different levels, we can create flow and vitality instead.

Monday, 11 February 2019 14:39

Unlocking Systemic Intelligence

Unlocking Systemic Intelligence

February 2019

If you think about the world in which we live today, which is full of pace, complexity and ambiguity, there are many unknowns. How do we move forward when there are so many unknowns? How can we start to map and model possibilities? The power of systemic intelligence is that it reveals things that we can't see. It also allows us to test ideas to see how they would impact the system that we're operating in, or that we're wanting to influence.

The accepted wisdom says that those ultimately accountable for major failures in their organisations should resign. While it makes sense at one level, is it wise? By exiting executives - instead of having them clean up their mess - are we missing the opportunity to learn, and change the behaviour of corporate Australia? We need a different approach to leadership and accountability.

How the dynamics between individuals can get in the way of a transformation effort

June 2017

It all came down to one individual. One person obstructing the change. One person undermining the business restructure. One person responsible for wasting a year’s effort and expense to turn the business around.

Or did it? Could it really be that one executive – tried and tested over a decade in senior leadership – was the reason why the business transformation wasn’t succeeding?

On the surface, that’s exactly how it appeared. I had been asked to review the situation where a culture transformation had stalled due to a challenging dynamic between two senior executives.

How the dynamics between individuals can get in the way of a transformation effort

June 2017

It all came down to one individual. One person obstructing the change. One person undermining the business restructure. One person responsible for wasting a year’s effort and expense to turn the business around.

December 2016

I want to introduce you to a concept called ‘Creative Tension’. Whenever we work towards a significant achievement, we are using creative tension. Creative tension is required for learning to walk, learning to swim, completing an education, raising a child or building a business. Whenever we see high levels of performance and achievement, creative tension will be in action. Many of us use creative tension unconsciously but, if we develop a conscious awareness of it, we can create what truly matters to us more consistently.

September 2016

Inappropriate remarks happen often in the workplace. Politically incorrect comments can be especially volatile – there is often an instant social backlash if inappropriate remarks are made about race, gender, homophobia, or other crucial topics. In this article, Sarah Cornally shows how to address the unconscious bias that often lies behind such unwanted remarks. She shares how she has assisted organisations to respond effectively to these challenges, working carefully with all people involved to create deeper understanding and respect.

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