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