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Leading Organizations, Episode 3: 7 Signs Your Organization is Resilient

Complexity theory invites us to see our organizations as adaptive systems rather than machines we control and command.

When we understand organizations as eco-systems, or living organisms, this leads to an ethic of commitment rather than command-and-control rigidity. It also leads to the reduction of quick-fix solutions as people learn to listen much more closely to the system.

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Leading Organizations, Episode 1: How the Right Metaphor Changes Everything

20th century novelist Robert Shea once described organizations as powerful “machines constructed of people.” We’re probably all familiar with that metaphor. This post is about how the machine metaphor has failed companies the world over and how a new way of understanding organizations could mean the difference between success and obscurity.

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