Do You Think Systemically?

I’m sure that using the word “systemically” in the title won’t thrill the search engines. But I do think it’s the truth, so I’m going with it.Does your organization know the difference between “systems” and “thinking systemically?”So: I’m invited to a meeting because of my systemic approach to organization and talent development. The leader does the intro and closes it with, “Here’s Steve to tell us what system to use to get the most out of our people.”Between my seat and the front of the room (and the desire to barf), I realize that the many conversations with this guy were rife with misunderstanding. So I’ve got to own part of it. But this is a well-educated man who I just assumed knew the difference between “a system” and “thinking systemically.” I was wrong. Now I’m figuring others may be in the same boat as well and not know it.So let’s try this with some help from Dictionary.com:System–noun1. an assemblage or combination of things or parts forming a complex or unitary whole: a mountain system; a railroad system.Systemic-adjective1. of or pertaining to a system.2.    Physiology, Pathology.a.     pertaining to or affecting the body as a whole.b.     pertaining to or affecting a particular body system.Here is a way to help people at work think about the organization:First: There are (hopefully) systems in place to make things happen.Second: When thinking about talent (or changes), think systemically by connecting all of the systems and looking at how they impact and relate to each other. As you think about your own organization or perhaps that of a client, where do you see decisions being made in ways that tend to overlook the systemic–or connected–nature of all organisms?
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Steve has designed and delivered leadership and communication programs for some of the world's largest organizations, and has more than 30 years in training, development, and high-level executive coaching. His Roesler Group has created and delivered leadership and talent development internationally for corporations such as Pfizer, Minerals Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, NordCarb Oy Ab, and Specialty Minerals--Europe. Steve is currently involved in the latest update of his Presenting With Impact program, a cross-cultural presentations workshop that has been delivered on five continents to more than 1,000 participants representing nearly 60 nationalities.

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Do You Think Systemically?

SystemicI’m sure that using the word “systemically” in the title won’t thrill the search engines. But I do think it’s the truth, so I’m going with it.

Does your organization know the difference between “systems” and “thinking systemically?”

So I’m invited to a meeting because of my systemic approach to organization and talent development. The leader does the intro and closes it with, “Here’s Steve to tell us what system to useto get the most out of our people.”

Between my seat and the front of the room (and the desire to barf), I realize that the many conversations with this guy were rife with misunderstanding. So I’ve got to own part of it. But this is a well-educated man who I just assumed knew the difference between “a system” and “thinking systemically.” I was wrong. Now I’m figuring others may be in the same boat as well and not know it.

So let’s try this with some help from Dictionary.com:

Systemnoun

1. an assemblage or combination of things or parts forming a complex or unitary whole: a mountain system; a railroad system.

Systemic-adjective

1. of or pertaining to a system.

2.    Physiology, Pathology.
a.     pertaining to or affecting the body as a whole.
b.     pertaining to or affecting a particular body system.

Here is a way to help people at work think about the organization:

First: There are (hopefully) systems in place to make things happen.

Second: When thinking about talent (or changes), think systemically by connecting all of the systems and looking at how they impact and relate to each other. 

As you think about your own organization or perhaps that of a client, where do you see decisions being made in ways that tend to overlook the systemic–or connected–nature of all organisms?


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Steve has designed and delivered leadership and communication programs for some of the world's largest organizations, and has more than 30 years in training, development, and high-level executive coaching. His Roesler Group has created and delivered leadership and talent development internationally for corporations such as Pfizer, Minerals Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, NordCarb Oy Ab, and Specialty Minerals--Europe. Steve is currently involved in the latest update of his Presenting With Impact program, a cross-cultural presentations workshop that has been delivered on five continents to more than 1,000 participants representing nearly 60 nationalities.

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