Systemic team coaching: seeking to understand interdependencies

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Systemic coaching is more than thinking about culture or bringing the perspective of stakeholders into the room. It is the application of systemic thinking and complexity to view issues differently, develop new understandings of interdependencies and new solutions. Here is a simple example of a systemic team coaching session yesterday.

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Getting clear about what we mean by ‘change’

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Let’s just spend a moment reflecting on what we mean by the terms, change, adaptation and transformation. Terms that are bandied about and used interchangeably in the popular media, however they are different facets of change. Change is a term that can apply very generally, however when I use it, I mean it in the ...

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Systemic organisational coaching: a tale of two paradigms

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If you are concerned with leadership development and practice or change initiatives, the deeply held beliefs you hold about how the world works will influence how successful you will be. So what are your beliefs? Are you even aware of them? The modern western culture has been heavily influenced by what is known as Newtonian ...

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What is systems change?

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‘Systems change’ is a term that is used a lot, but often used in ways that mean lots of different things. What do we mean when we say we are going to help you change or transform the system? In an effort to answer this seemingly simple question, allow me to offer some definitions first, so ...

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What is reality?

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Over the last few months, I have been exploring how I perceive reality. And I came across this TED talk by Anil Seth, which is fascinating.  If you are interested in leading change, then how we perceive what is ‘real’ is so important. If we all see something different ‘out there’ then how can we ...

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Where to focus your attention?

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What’s the root cause? The problem we should really be addressing? Everyone exercising their leadership faces the challenge of needing to decide where to focus their attention. The story below by one of my favourite authors captures our current dilemma beautifully. SINKING SHIP by Daniel Quinn (2018) The ship was sinking—and sinking fast. The captain told ...

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Success or failure is never alone

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It is tempting, isn’t it, to think of ourselves as singular individuals with our own fears, concerns, aspirations and resources. We are taught in our society that we each need to be independent and stand on our own two feet. But increasingly in my work and life, I am recognising how interdependent we all are ...

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