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Evolutionary Leadership

Evolutionary Leadership



Sustainable Enterprise Conference

Sustainable Enterprise Conference
Session 1 Workshop - Strategic Thinking and Visionary Leadership
2 May 2008

Syntony Quest & Three Point Vision



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  • Evolutionary Leadership The Importance of Systems Thinking in Creating a Sustainable World Sustainable Enterprise Conference Session 1 Workshop 2 May 2008 Alexander & Kathia Laszlo Miriam Karell and
  • The Basic Toolkit
    • Evolutionary Leadership
      • Knowing how to choose among existing alternatives as well as how to create new ones
    • Systems Thinking
      • Seeing things in terms of connected relationships, patterns and processes and not just in terms of separate objects, structures, positions
    • Sustainability Strategy
      • Understanding the objectives of sustainable business practice and knowing how to design for them
  • The learning path of the Evolutionary Leader Personal mastery: Integrity and syntony sense -- from walking the talk to dancing the path. The embodiment of evolutionary leadership. Evolutionary Systems Thinking: Understanding patterns of change and our interconnectedness Strategy: Applying sustainability principles and practices, creating solutions, designing living institutions Collaboration and Communication: Bringing people together, harvesting diversity, engaging in conversations that translate the vision into commitments and actions, creating evolutionary learning community Shared Vision: A sustainable world through living institutions
  • Evolutionary Leadership
    • Mindset - know-why
      • Emergent Worldview
        • Visions of evolutionary leadership
      • Systems and evolutionary thinking
        • Interdependencies of global dynamics
      • knowledge
    • Skillset - know-how
      • Collaborative skills
      • Strategic conversations for effective communication and action
      • Sustainability principles and practices
      • practice
    • Heartset - care-why
      • Learning from nature
      • Syntony Sense: creative and intentional aligning with the dynamic harmony of our broader environment
      • awareness
  • Emerging Mindsets Win-Win-Win Win or Lose Life is value Money is value Networks Hierarchy Biomimicry World as machine The NEW story The OLD story
  • Life Cycle Assembly of Product Use of Product
  • Life Cycle
  • Bridging the gap Creative co-adaptation Vision of a Sustainable World Current Reality
  • “ A system is less a thing than a pattern” – Joanna Macy
  • System-defined
    • “ A set of two or more interrelated elements with the following properties:
    • 1. Each element has an effect on the functioning of the whole.
    • 2. Each element is affected by at least one other element in the system.
    • 3. All possible subgroups of elements also have the first two properties.
    • In short, a whole made up of interdependent components in interaction is identified as a system.
    “ A system is less a thing than a pattern” – Joanna Macy Ackoff, Russell L. Creating the corporate future: Plan or be planned fo New York: Wiley, 1981. Pp. 15-16.
  • What is Systems Thinking?  in order to both know and understand our environment, we must use analysis and synthesis analysis + synthesis = Systems Thinking Analysis Synthesis Structure (identification of components) Function (identification of role) Analysis Synthesis Knowledge (answers to “how to” & “what” questions) Understanding (answers to “why” questions)
  • A Systems View  Your World Universe Society Our Planet
  • Reconnecting Views Universe Our Planet Society Your World 
  • Sustainability Strategy Increasing Resource Demand Declining Resources Sustainable Demand Sustainable Supply Restorative Economy Restorative Economy Current Reality 2 Vision 1 New Reality 3 Bridging Gap
  • The Sustainability Learning Curve 2nd Stage 1st Stage 3rd Stage 4th Stage time 5th Stage conserve restore regenerate (co)create SAU BAU Compliance - reactive stance seeks to comply with regulatory standards Beyond Compliance - anticipatory stance seeks cost avoidance strategies Eco-Efficiency - proactive stance establishes profit centers Sustainable Development - interactive stance mainstreams environmental goals Evolutionary Development - integrative stance embodies and enacts conscious syntony
  • Sustainable Sustainable Development
  • Conversation as Strategy Conversation for relationship Conversation for learning Conversation for possibilities Conversation for action
  • A Systemic Process Emergent Self-organizing Interdependent Synergetic Evolving Laszlo & Karell © 2008
  • Sustainability is a journey, not a destination
    • Talking the Talk
      • Walking the Talk
        • Living the Walk
          • Dancing the Path
  • Thanks! [email_address] www.SyntonyQuest.org [email_address] www.ThreePointVision.com