8 posts categorized "Living Systems"

March 28, 2017

Conflict is therefore simply the sound made by the cracks in a system . . .

"Conflict is therefore simply the sound made by the cracks in a system, whether the system is personal, familial, relational, organizational, social, economic, or political. It is a warning light pointing at something in our environment or character that is not working for ourselves or others. It is an opportunity for rethinking and innovation. It is the birth-pang of a new way of being that is waiting to be born. It is a reminder of our interdependence, of the skills we need to improve, of what is most important in life, of what we need to do or let go of in order to escape its’ orbit and evolve to higher levels of conflict."

Ken Cloke

December 01, 2005

The human network

"The organization chart basically shows you the formal rules. But the ropes of the organization, how it actualy works is the human network."
Thorton May

Equilibrium and Chaos

"If equilibrium means death for a living system, then going beyond the productive edge of chaos into the destruction of anarchy is equally self-limiting. Managing conflict enables us to approach the upheaval of chaos (the productive edge) and find invigorating new solutions."

John Ford

December 10, 2004

Conflicts as patterns of energy

“Perceive all conflicts as patterns of energy seeking a harmonious balance in the whole”

Dhyani Ywhoo, Etowah Cherokee

October 23, 2004

The system always wins

“Put a good employee in a bad system and the system always wins.”

W. Edwards Deming

Integrated conflict management systems

“The labels ‘dispute resolution system’ or ‘conflict management system’ are commonly used to describe
an organization’s policy of using grievance procedures (sometimes, including mediation and arbitration) to resolve workplace disputes. This can, however, be misleading. There is a distinction between an organization’s policy and its use of a true system. Although a very large number of organizations now use mediation or arbitration in some form, only a minority have instituted true integrated
conflict management systems.”
Track One Committee
SPIDR’s ADR in the Workplace Initiative

To create better health

“To create better health in a living system, connect it to more of itself.”

Meg Wheatley

The vital signs of a living system

“Power, identity, conflict management, and learning might be thought of as the vital signs of a living system”
Pascale, Millemann and Gioja