Archive for May 2018

A Story of Improvisation: The Epic Journey of Apollo 13

People are largely unaware of their true strengths. These strengths are often revealed when they confront difficult challenges — a moment of truth. The same is true of organizations. Teams often demonstrate unexpected abilities by multiplying the individual strengths of team members. We see this in our work, where clients challenged to find solutions to…

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Take on a Challenge

Integral Strategy Network works with organizations and communities facing wicked problems where collective action is needed. Tackling a challenge together increases collaboration — focusing the efforts of diverse stakeholders and creating a strong sense of shared purpose. Audacious challenges inspire people to think bigger, and often result in breakthrough innovations. Challenges are a proven way…

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Other Ways of Knowing

The Integral Strategy process creates a space for people to come together in community in a way that acknowledges every person and values their gifts. Authentic dialogue is the foundation of our practice. There is much we can learn from cultures who live these values, and from ways of knowing that connect us at a…

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Once in a Lifetime

It has been said organizations exist to allow us to do things together we could never accomplish on our own. Yet many of our organizations are dysfunctional. They deprive us of the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships and to be present in ways that fully acknowledge who we are. Research shows we learn better, work…

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Engaging With Complex Systems

Messes Russell Ackoff – an iconic pioneer in systems thinking – called them messes.”[N]o problem ever exists in complete isolation,” he wrote in Redesigning the Future: A Systems Approach to Societal Problems (1974). “Every problem interacts with every other problem and is therefore part of a set of interrelated problems, a system of problems. Furthermore,…

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