In an earthquake, rocks move past each other along fault lines. These shifts are often explosive in energy and can result in minor to major changes to the landscape. In organizations, we often experience the same slips, slides and shifts. In the last 4 months, I’ve come across multiple teams who are struggling to find their way. They became very fractured during our recent political season. Should we find ways to address the divides or is it best to adopt the “we don’t talk about politics in the office” stand? [Read more…]
What words do you think of when you hear the word Ecology? Nature? Water? Animals? Soil? Plants? Air? Ecology is not just one of these elements, it is rather the interconnection between all these elements. An ecological system is a brilliantly woven tapestry of thriving elements. It is a system that grows stronger by inter-connections.
Ecology is by its very nature is so big and comprehensive that it is almost impossible to define. Yet, ultimately, ecology is about three things: balance, strength and tightly woven interdependencies.
Ecology also reveals the secret to thriving organizations, teams and leaders. We can turn to hundreds of books on leadership and teams, journals and courses to unlock the secret to thriving employees and organizations. Or, we can turn to the most time tested systems in the world, our natural systems. Our ecological systems are the greatest teacher we have on how to create, support, and sustain balanced and strong organizational systems. I call this learning from ecological systems the Ecology of Strengths.