Our aim is simple. To free you from the limitations of the prevailing way of thinking, so that you can deal more effectively with how the world actually is, rather than how you’d like it to be.
We’d like to connect with anyone who is wrestling with complex, messy problems.
We live in a world where we see everything as if it is easy to fix. This prevailing worldview is deeply embedded in our culture. It assumes all we need to do is take a problem to pieces to find the cause, diagnose it and then fix it – like clockwork.
We call this a ‘thing’ view of the world. The assumption is that everything can be measured. If it can’t be measured it doesn’t exist.
It’s time for a shift – for an intuitive leap, perhaps, to a ‘relationship’ view of the world.
We all know the world is highly complex, beyond complicated. It can’t easily be understood. It needs different approaches to find solutions.
To illustrate, a jet engine, say, is complicated. Lots of circuitry and whatever. But as long as it is working properly, it will be predictable. And if it breaks, then taking it to pieces to find the cause makes sense. And very likely there will be one thing wrong. But when you look at complex systems, especially where you have the unpredictability of human beings in the mix, what emerges is much less predictable. If it goes wrong, it may be very difficult, most probably impossible, to find a single cause or solution.
Such complex systems, where many outcomes are possible, need a different approach, a whole system approach.
This involves an inner and an outer aspect. The inner means being open, flexible, inquiring, ready to learn and change perspective, able to let go of what no longer serves. This often involves a deal of humility, accepting that the world may be too complex to be fully understood.
The outer means seeing the system and its characteristics. Once you have shifted to a mindset of inquiring and learning, then you will want to start asking questions of the system itself.
We call this approach - ‘systems thinking’.
To free yourself from the limitations and constraints of the current way of thinking, to become effective in dealing with complex challenges, we offer training in this powerful systemic perspective, both online and face-to-face.
There is a free online course, (6 short videos with materials) here on this site.
If you’d prefer a deeper learning experience, you will find details of our one-day ‘Free your thinking’ course here.