Dance with Systems

“We can’t control systems or figure them out – But we can dance with them!” – Donella Meadows

The first step to understanding organizational systems is to recognize that they behave exactly as they are designed.

The organization system is actively shaped by its people and its environment.

Agile leaders know they cannot bend an organization’s system to their will. Instead, they pay close attention, actively participate, and respond to feedback. They dance with them!

Like gardeners, you must get dirty and mix your sweat with the soil. Agile leadership requires active engagement with a powerful partner – the organization system. You can influence the garden to bloom, but you cannot command it!


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