Initial engagement design workshop with the relevant leaders from the organisation
Supporting Leadership Teams on Complex Challenges
Increasingly, our partners recognise themselves in complex environments, often having to deal with a wide range of conflicting issues and choices. This creates challenges as they weigh up different strategic options for the future. This calls for ways of thinking and acting that we describe as based on Living Systems Leadership.
Our partnerships for organisational development support the practice of Living Systems Leadership to create an enduring and sustained capacity for adaptation.
We support leaders to not only facilitate the smooth running of their organisation, but to also help set the conditions for them to operate sustainably into the future.
How we Partner on Complex Challenges
We work with organisations that are making an effort towards creating more regenerative futures for people in ways that reflect human rights, equity, and social justice.
We help organisations to analyse the ecosystems of which they are part, to appreciate the quality of their relationships within them, and to adapt to their inherent instabilities.
Our partnerships are designed to enable our partners to be effective in response to changes in external or internal environments by combining strategy with adaptation.
Our support requires a conscious decision to value those within the organisation who can detect and react to external tensions, and do so in ways that maintain balance and encourage exploration.
Our approach is tailored to the organisation’s needs, focusing on increasing its capacity to combine strategy with adaptation and grow an enduring capacity to be effective in response to changes in external or internal environments.
4SD Foundation helps an organisations’ leadership adapt better to the ecosystems where they function by:
- Becoming more comfortable when working with complexity. This means embracing competing perspectives simultaneously, creating conditions where these can come together and encouraging collective movement to a shared outcome.
- Being shaped by the changing environment in which they work. This means seeking ways to connect to, and be symbiotic with, this environment so that the organisation is better able to devise approaches that fit this evolving context. It is a vital basis for sustainability .
- Being empowered by diversity in thought, history, culture and the environment. Organisations that are attuned to diversity tend to be regenerative and encourage workstyles that can hold differences and tensions long enough for new ways for dealing with them to emerge.