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Overcoming the Systemic Challenges of Inequity

Whether you believe that inequity is racially and/or economically driven, the problem undermines the moral as well as social and economic fabrics of our country. This post describes several dynamics and assumptions that lead inequity to persist, and six high leverage interventions leaders can pursue to create greater equity in their communities.

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Diffusing Systems Thinking

How do you encourage people to think systemically when many people see it as too daunting and difficult to apply? This post identifies five obstacles to systems thinking and fourteen corresponding strategies you can use to engage people in the practice and thereby increase system-wide effectiveness in sustainable ways. 

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Why Boundaries Are Important in a Boundary-less World

You might conclude that boundaries are becoming increasingly irrelevant in
the face of such factors as global competition and 24/7 technology. However, the opposite is true: this world of growing complexity actually demands that we both respect and set limits for personal and organizational effectiveness.

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Managing Business Growth at Preventure

Success is only sustainable if you learn to anticipate and overcome natural limits to your current growth and deliberately cultivate new ways to grow. Learn how Preventure, a rapidly growing health and wellness services company, is addressing this challenge.

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Embrace Paradox to Increase Innovation

Embracing paradox is a powerful way to turn dysfunctional conflict into productive thinking, innovative solutions, and high performance. You can learn to not only value paradox but also cultivate it, and not only cultivate it but also make it work for you.

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Systems Thinking – It’s Not (Just) What You Think

Viewing systems thinking as just a mental discipline misses the richness and breadth of the approach – which actually includes emotional, physical, and spiritual dimensions as well. Integrating all of these dimensions increases your effectiveness in applying systems thinking to meet the complex challenges that organizations and other systems face.

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The Ironic Addictions of Policy Makers

Policy makers who seek to protect society from people struggling with substance abuse often end up becoming addicts themselves. They become addicted, albeit unwittingly, to quick fix solutions which temporarily address social problems but undermine society’s ability to implement more permanent and fundamental solutions.

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Systems Thinking As a Spiritual Practice


Systems thinking can be viewed as a spiritual practice which involves seeing  connections, making
positive choices, and cultivating personal strengths. When approached from this perspective, the work of systems thinking is to enable people to uncover and make connections in service of the whole.

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