Embracing Systemic Wisdom: Insightful3’s Approach to Organizational Dynamics

In our attempt to understand organizational dynamics, we often default to linear or circular thinking. Linear thought processes hinge on cause and effect, whereas circular thinking focuses on identifying and analyzing repetitive patterns where one event logically leads to another. However, these approaches can limit our understanding of the complex, interconnected nature of organizations.

At Insightful3, we champion a systemic approach that considers what we see, hear, feel, and think as integral parts of a whole. This perspective acknowledges that all possibilities exist simultaneously, blurring the lines between the past and the future in our present decision-making. Events from the past, especially those unacknowledged by organizations, continue to influence daily operations, just as today’s actions shape the future. This understanding forms the bedrock of systemic wisdom—a recognition that the wisdom of the system is inherent and waiting to be uncovered rather than something to be constructed afresh.

Contrary to a system being a mere collection of its physical parts, it possesses an identity, a soul, characterized by its unique energy. This system energy is perceptible to individuals within the system, suggesting that our bodies and innate senses are primed to tune into this energy, serving as reliable guides to navigating systemic dynamics.

“Zoom in (analytic perspective) means deconstructing something in order to understand it. Zoom out (systemic perspective) means understanding something by placing it in the context of the larger whole.”

Fritjef Capra

Our journey through various systems, starting with our family of origin, shapes our interactions within organizational contexts. The beliefs and patterns ingrained from these foundational systems often subconsciously influence our behavior in professional environments. Recognizing and distinguishing these influences is crucial to understanding our actions and decisions within the organizational system.

The cornerstone of systemic coaching lies in phenomenological observation, which prioritizes perceiving the system as a cohesive whole over-analyzing its constituent parts. This approach seeks to understand the emergent properties of the system that cannot be deduced by examining its elements in isolation. By viewing current challenges as solutions provided by the system, systemic coaching unveils hidden dynamics, guiding clients and teams toward acknowledging and leveraging these insights for transformative change.

Systemic coaching embodies the art of inquiry, navigation, and reframing. It is about listening to the unspoken and maintaining an open, non-judgmental stance. This process taps into the holographic information embedded within the system, ensuring that every member has access to the collective wisdom, even without explicit communication. The journey towards change begins with acknowledging the reality of the situation, laying the foundation for meaningful and sustainable transformation.