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

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  • Evolutionary Leadership

    1. 2. 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
    2. 3. The Basic Toolkit <ul><li>Evolutionary Leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowing how to choose among existing alternatives as well as how to create new ones </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Systems Thinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seeing things in terms of connected relationships, patterns and processes and not just in terms of separate objects, structures, positions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sustainability Strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding the objectives of sustainable business practice and knowing how to design for them </li></ul></ul>
    3. 4. 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
    4. 5. Evolutionary Leadership <ul><li>Mindset - know-why </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergent Worldview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visions of evolutionary leadership </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Systems and evolutionary thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interdependencies of global dynamics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skillset - know-how </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic conversations for effective communication and action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability principles and practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>practice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Heartset - care-why </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning from nature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Syntony Sense: creative and intentional aligning with the dynamic harmony of our broader environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>awareness </li></ul></ul>
    5. 6. 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
    6. 7. Life Cycle Assembly of Product Use of Product
    7. 8. Life Cycle
    8. 9. Bridging the gap Creative co-adaptation Vision of a Sustainable World Current Reality
    9. 10. “ A system is less a thing than a pattern” – Joanna Macy
    10. 11. System-defined <ul><li>“ A set of two or more interrelated elements with the following properties: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Each element has an effect on the functioning of the whole. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Each element is affected by at least one other element in the system. </li></ul><ul><li>3. All possible subgroups of elements also have the first two properties. </li></ul><ul><li>In short, a whole made up of interdependent components in interaction is identified as a system. </li></ul>“ 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.
    11. 12. 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)
    12. 13. A Systems View  Your World Universe Society Our Planet
    13. 14. Reconnecting Views Universe Our Planet Society Your World 
    14. 15. 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
    15. 16. 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
    16. 17. Sustainable Sustainable Development
    17. 18. Conversation as Strategy Conversation for relationship Conversation for learning Conversation for possibilities Conversation for action
    18. 19. A Systemic Process Emergent Self-organizing Interdependent Synergetic Evolving Laszlo & Karell © 2008
    19. 20. Sustainability is a journey, not a destination <ul><li>Talking the Talk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Walking the Talk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Living the Walk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dancing the Path </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 22. Thanks! [email_address] www.SyntonyQuest.org [email_address] www.ThreePointVision.com
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