A Hidden Architecture – the Orders of Systemic Change

(NOTE: This article originally appeared in Coaching At Work magazine in June 2017).   Leading systemic coach Edward Rowland explains the “hidden architecture” in organisations and how leaders can work with it to create effective organisational cultures Working with leaders across the world for more than 17 years, supporting them to create sustainable and effective organisations, … Continued

How Leaders can Build Trust across the Whole Organisation

Trust, not authority, is the only glue that will hold organizations together in a diverse, global, technology-empowered world Paul Polman, CEO Unilever   by Sarah Rozenthuler    Building trust not only between individuals but also systemically – between teams and across a whole organization – is vital for enhanced business performance and employee wellbeing. I … Continued

The Wisdom of the System: the Perspective of Constellations Work

“If you want to go fast, go alone – if you want to go far, go together” African proverb quoted by Paul Polman, CEO Unilever, BBC News, 16/01/2017   Systemic Coaching and Constellations work has emerged over the last 20 years as a powerful, awareness-based approach to seeing and transforming challenges in our organisational and … Continued

The Heart of Purpose: through a Systemic Lens

“Purpose needs leadership….Mission statements are helpful – but purpose goes much further and is rooted in commitments to others, including individuals, communities and the world at large” Purpose in Practice: Clarity, Authenticity & the Spectre of Purpose Wash (2015) Claremont Communications By Edward Rowland and Sarah Rozenthuler   During these times of disruptive change, many … Continued

In the System but Not of It: Systemic Coaching & Constellations

“If peace comes from seeing the whole, then misery stems from a loss of perspective”. Mark Nepo   by Edward Rowland   Systemic Coaching and Constellations has emerged over the last 20 years as a powerful, awareness-based approach to seeing and transforming challenges in our personal, team and organisational lives. By creating maps of the … Continued

Leading Systemic Dialogue: From Silos to the Whole System

“Leadership is about being better able to listen to the whole than anyone else can” Otto Scharmer (2009) Theory U: Learning from the Future as It Emerges By Edward Rowland and Sarah Rozenthuler   During these times of upheaval, the need to move forward in alignment with others has never been greater. The leadership challenges of … Continued

Purpose-led Leadership: the Three Adventures

“It’s at the juncture where organizational purpose and individual calling start to resonate with and reinforce each other that truly extraordinary things happen.”  (Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organizations)  By Edward Rowland and Sarah Rozenthuler This post explores how we can tap more fully into personal purpose and organizational purpose, so that they align with and resource each … Continued

Cultures of Purpose: Developing Systemic Leadership

“Leadership is discovering the company’s destiny and having the courage to follow it…Companies that endure have a noble purpose”  Joe Jaworski C0-authored with Sarah Rozenthuler Co-creating purposeful organisations is a new frontier in organisational development. This post taps into the growing body of evidence about the financial, social and psychological benefits of creating “cultures of purpose.” … Continued