WHAT IS SYSTEMIC DIALOGUE?
During these times of upheaval, the need to move forward in alignment with others has never been greater. The leadership challenges of today are too complex for any one person to solve alone. In our rapidly changing, increasingly uncertain and globally networked world, leadership needs to be less about individual heroics and more about listening to – and mobilising – collective potential.
There is an art – and science – to enabling dialogue where people find their authentic voice and access their untapped collective intelligence. Developing the skillset of what we call ‘systemic dialogue’ is critically important for leaders and their teams, whether they want to create a new vision, implement a new strategy or shift their performance. We define systemic dialogue as:
“The artform and skillset of holding powerful meeting spaces to navigate critical business challenges and find solutions that strengthen the system as a whole”.
Our approach integrates a systemic lens into conversational leadership and best practice in dialogue.
The benefits of this approach:
- Builds trust. Without this vital ingredient, teams don’t work, leaders lack traction and projects fail. The quickest way to build trust is through being willing to talk about what matters most – and encouraging others to do the same.
- Cultivates collaboration. Without good dialogue, problems remain unresolved and “silo working” sets in. Good communication is at the heart of productive teamwork, successful projects and effective leadership. People who talk together create together.
- Unlocks collective intelligence and inspires new ideas. People share their best thinking, work hardest and come up with their freshest ideas when they are engaged. By listening to people, helping them listen to each other and paying careful attention to their interdependent relationships, we can access the wealth of untapped intelligence in a team or organization.
- Strengthen the whole system. By integrating a systemic approach, it is possible to find ways forward that strengthen the whole ecosystem of stakeholders.
Ebook and Case Story
To read more about systemic dialogue, including a case story, read our free ebook here.
“What should leaders like myself do in this “VUCA” world? No surveys and analysis of the market, nor a search through the web will provide you with the answers to this question. The answers must lie within yourself and within your own organisation. Sarah, Ed and their book will help guide you – using a systemic approach – as you quest for the solution”. Miyasaka Manubu, CEO, Yahoo! Japan
Unlocking Collective Intelligence
A short video by Sarah explaining how this approach can unlock collective intelligence.
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