Time for a new metaphor for organisation life?

I recently wrote a post calling for a rethink of systems thinking. I argued that “thinking of organisations as ‘human systems’ leads to the assumption that people are ‘devices’ in a machine. They become thought of as similar to the computers and other non-sentient resources [and that therefore] human beings continue to be ‘human resources’[…]

Time to rethink ‘systems thinking’

This post explores the limitations of systems thinking when referring to groups of people or whole organisations. It argues that differentiation is needed between the complicated and the complex and that, in the absence of this, the universal application of a system metaphor is propping up outmoded and unhealthy approaches to management within organisations. The[…]

Is your thinking ‘black or white’? Should it be shades of green?

I was recently watching a BBC current affairs programme during which Jeremy Paxman, a somewhat cantankerous British journalist, hosted a healthy, challenging debate about the English Lake District National Park. This debate was of particular interest to me. The Lake District is a place of significant spiritual meaning to me. From an early age, I’ve[…]