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Plan in Uncertainty
Traditional strategic planning requires that you predict what will happen and make a plan to control how the future unfolds.
Human systems dynamics is simple and practical. It also challenges fundamental assumptions about what we can know and how we can act with intention, even under conditions of radical uncertainty.
Teaching & LearningBuild Adaptive Capacity
Great teachers teach students, not content. Since Socrates, wise people have known that learning is not always information transmission.
Successful collaborations are coherent. They share foundations while they celebrate autonomy. This tension of individual and shared identity can be challenging to balance. It is easy to advise groups to focus on common ground, think about sustainability, consider collective impact. But, anyone who has tried it can tell you these are not easy things to do.
Reliability used to be the major measure of success, so we learned to replicate and increase quality by reducing variation. People and processes were rewarded for doing the same thing the same way, just faster. That strength has turned into a dangerous weakness for organizations today.
Collaborate to Create Community
Teams have the potential to accomplish much more than any one individual. The start up of a team can be full of energy as team members sort out individual expectations and form a direction that is for the benefit of all. Over time, however, every team encounters challenges. These challenges can either help the team focus and work together, or they can threaten the working relationships that support the work of the team.
Adaptive Action is as powerful as it is simple. Three questions help you make progress on intractable issues.
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