Chair and presenter introductions followed by presentation video.In the book Emergence: From Chaos to Order, author John Holland stated, “We’ve seen repeatedly that much complexity can be generated in systems defined by a few well-chosen rules. When we observe emergent phenomena, we ought therefore try to discover the rules that generate the phenomena”
Uhl-Bien and Marion (2008) recognized this phenomenon when they stated that “humans are predisposed … to try tto centralize and control the behaviors of the collective”… and this is a conscious effort aimed toward certainty and answers.
However, “there is an aspect of our mind that is exceedingly capable of dealing with complexity” this is our unconscious, our intuition, our faith, our dependable certainty” (Senge) Why is it right because it is generated in the situation? Well, according to L’ Engle, there are no right answers, just the best wrong answer for the situation… and we’re stuck with it.
In the living bridges I see a commitment to learning that is at the heart of Servant Leadership.
Commitment without expectation of personal gain “Such people … have a capacity for delayed gratification, which makes it possible for them to aspire to objectives which others would disregard, even considering the impact of their choices on succeeding generations . (Senge, p.132)2. Commitment and allegiance to the learning process itself rather than change“Learning requires change… but change does not require learning” (Senge, as cited in Greenleaf) Are we as servant leaders committed to the results… or to the learning process itself?Peter Senge connected commitment to learning and servant leadership together when he stated “one of the important tasks of leaders in learning organizations is to be the steward [servant] of the vision within the organization. Being a steward means clarifying and nurturing a vision that is greater than oneself”
Coax the roots… take care that they are not broken or disturbed… be consistent… be caring… be patientChilean biologist HumbertoMaturana… “Evolution is a process of transformation through conservation” Nature conserves a few basic features , and in doing so, frees everything else to change. (p. 335 Senge)The real question here for leaders is what do we hope to conserve? In the case of the Khasi, they are conserving a centuries old process that serves others, they are conserving the importance of a learning organization. As servant leaders, we are conserving our work relationships, innovation… in short, our commitment to a learning organization.