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The Mouse and the Earthquake: An Introduction to Systems Theory

If you can study a part of a process, event, or thing . . . human behavior the mind ecology the birth of a …

Becoming Unstuck: Leadership Lessons from Hindu Philosophy

The management of knowledge is increasingly understood as perhaps the most important aspect of a leader’s work. Observing, eliciting, listening, understanding, analyzing, interpreting, and …

A Practice Theory for Organizational Learning

Acarpenter once came to work on my house carrying four heavy boxes of tool. I was taken by one elegant hand saw. “Japanese,” he …

The Art of Foresight: Preparing for a Changing World

Foresight is the secret ingredient of success, because without foresight we cannot prepare for the future. Effective foresight has always been important in human …

The Learner’s Path

In my previous article, Confessions of a Recovering Knower(The Systems Thinker Vol. 16, No. 7), I described my journey from being a knower to …

Confluence of Process and Technology Brings Two Companies Closer Together

This is the tale of a powerful, synergistic confluence of process and technology at a three-day strategic conversation last December that moved two large …

Changing Behavior in Organizations: The Practice of Empowerment

Empowerment is the process of enabling individuals to adopt new behaviors that further their individual aspirations and those of their organizations. This article presents …

Changing Our Organizations Through the Power of Story

Storytelling has been around since the dawn of civilization (in fact, as we’ll see, it may have been the first glimmer of light at …

Rebuilding Trust Within Organizations

Edith was conducting an outplacement seminar designed to offer support to people who had just lost their jobs. Shortly before the session was to …

The Managerial Moment of Truth

Truth is a tricky subject in any context. People rightly ask, what is the truth? How do we know? Are we really talking about …