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Why We Simply Love #Complexity.

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Why We Simply Love #Complexity.

Complexity runs like a current through our lives and nature without respect for the boundaries and mental borders we create, and we hope that through gaining a better understanding of how it works, we can relax a little more with a little less need for control in the sandboxes in which we play. We want to share what we learn because we believe just thinking this way will make us smarter and happier.  

Complexity simply is...

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Systems Thinking Tips for a Healthy Culture

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Systems Thinking Tips for a Healthy Culture

“Just as scientists, doctors, veterinarians, and engineers study and create systems, leaders must study, change, and create cultures.” The tricky part for leaders is that a culture is also a system--well, it’s many systems working together. So, they have to confront all the underlying systems which shape culture including: values, support systems, social norms, processes, feedback, and rewards systems. It’s daunting, but not impossible. Recognizing that all these systems influence and support company culture is the first step tochange.

It is also important to recognize that culture is not the “job” of one department, or a couple of people. It is a collective effort supported by guiding principles. Silos can ruin culture.

As an example, here are some key areas of focus for crafting a wellness culture within the systems that guide human behavior....

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Man, Market, Movement: Why the Universe Hates Stagnation

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Man, Market, Movement: Why the Universe Hates Stagnation

The universe abhors too much sameness. When you sense that parts of you or your efforts are stagnant, or, not synthesizing new experiences into your character or your work, do you notice those subtle feelings of self-loathing? It happens the same way in any network: a culture, a household, a team, a country. Individuals turn against their own identity structures. Cancers form. Relationships become a battle of projections. Societies polarize. Either way the eventual result is change. 

Proximity creates pressure. So when the pathways of a network are limited, pressure builds up and diversity, essential for a complex system's survival, disappears. Movement is limited. Tension increases....

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States of "Flow"

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States of "Flow"

In states of "flow", inspiration and ease come effortlessly and a person does things for the sheer joy of doing them. Flow states allow us to more easily perceive networks of relationships between the elements of our selves and our environment, and to handle complexity with grace and ease. What happens in these states?....

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Using Systems Thinking to Resolve Conflict

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Using Systems Thinking to Resolve Conflict

In this episode we talk with conflict resolution expert Jason Dykstra about the complexity of conflict: why we're afraid of change, how to shift from a mindset of scarcity to abundance, and how understanding complexity in relationships can help us evolve ourselves and our world.

Jason Dykstra is a conflict resolution specialist, international speaker, husband, and father of two. He works with organizations and churches in Canada and the USA assisting them through sticky situations and improving company culture.... 

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