Category Archives: Leadership Vignettes

Global Goes Beyond Geography

Tibetan vendor and child in Nepal

Until recently, businesses referred to themselves almost exclusively as “international” or “multinational.” The shift to the use of “global,” while subtle, is significant because the words have very different meanings and implications. Both “international” and “multinational” are based on our … Continue reading

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Redefining Success

Geese at Wirth Park

Within our society the dominant view of success is based on how much money one has, the volume of “output” one generates, or how much power one has over others.  Our world might be very different if the majority of … Continue reading

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Paved With Good Intentions

camels

When we work to change systems for the better, we look for points of highest leverage, points where one “small” change, if made well, affects everything. Change made well is the key…  This includes having an understanding of the environment and … Continue reading

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Interdependent Individual and Systems Change

Ant on Opening Peony

At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can’t be done.  They hope it can’t be done because it means seeing the garden in a whole new way.  … Continue reading

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A Symbol of Whole and Interdependent Systems

T'ai Ji Symbol

The Chinese Tai Ji symbol of yin and yang represents the ever-changing balance between complementarity and polarity.  Each half of the symbol grows from the sliver to a bulb in relationship to the other half.  Only together do they create … Continue reading

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