As a practitioner of AI, I have observed how this process brings positive emotions to the fore as individuals and groups share, listen and gain insights from past and present capacities.The shift in energy is contagious as people connect and relate to each other?In the case of Interface, the transformational leadership qualities of its founder had sparked the impetus for change towards a better, brighter picture.Inspired, the entire organisation became more attuned to this impetus, observed, learnt, experimented with some level of autonomy (and probably failed several times) but committed themselves nonetheless, and motivated each other to strive towards this shared vision.The year 2010 so far has witnessed several environmental disasters such as the BP oil spill, the massive floods across Asia and more recently, the toxic sludge in Hungary. The study found that the average lifespan of a Fortune 500 type company was only 40 to 50 years. A corporate entity with the ability to sustain its purpose, values, identity for hundreds of years in spite of the major political and social upheavals that they faced in their surrounding environments. According to the study, four factors were found to be common.
And to come full circle, the very enabler of innovation ?
While at the systemic level, changes in the structures and processes would be imperative in order to support their new strategy for sustainability.
Change is often uncomfortable, at best – but what enables people throughout an organisation to sustain their initiatives and innovate as a living system?
In summary, I would like to believe that every entity – corporate or not – is a living system with the innate wish to continue existing for as long as it possibly can.
In order to do so, it has to remain relevant by creating value for itself and the larger ecosystem in which it exists.
s strengths, high-point experiences, beliefs, anecdotes, wisdom, and their hopes and dreams for the future.