Thank you for your readership in 2019. It’s been a joy sharing my insights on nature-inspired leadership with you, and hearing more about how you plan to implement some of these ideas into your own lives.
Some blogs have resonated strongly with my readers this past year. In case you’ve missed any of these, I’ve gathered the top ten most popular blogs of 2019 for you in this post. Thank you for your ongoing interest as we move forward together into a new paradigm, and hopefully a much more interdependent, sustainable future.
Seeing Interdependencies – Why It Matters
Nature functions through networks and relationships, but humans, aren’t usually taught to see interdependencies. As a result, we break connections without understanding that when we do, we diminish a system’s integrity and wholeness. Read the post.
Closed and Open Systems: The Importance of Worldviews to Leadership
Seeing our organizations and communities as closed systems or as open systems has a significant impact on how we think about leadership, what we pay attention to, and how we lead organizations. Read the post.
What Can Nature Teach Us About Resilience and Diversity?
By understanding the risks to an ecosystem or organization in homogeneity, we might approach diversity as a critical business strategy to remain relevant in the future. In nature, ecological systems grow more diverse as they evolve. Read the post.
Trust is Relationship Glue and Productivity Grease
Trust is both the glue that holds relationships together and the grease that helps us get things done. Though fragile, trust is a critical element in building teams, communities and organizations. Read the post.
Trees, Pyramids, and Organizational Charts
Anyone who wants more employee engagement in their organizations might want to consider how their organizational chart shapes how employees see their role in the organization. Read the post.
Leadership as a Relay Race – The Impact of Taking the Long View
In a relay race, the strategy is to create a team of the fastest runners – each run one leg of the race, with the goal of building up a lead through each leg and creating a smooth passing of the baton to the next runner. The long-view mindset in leadership also functions in this way. Read the post.
Leadership for Living Systems (pt. 4): Influencing Company Culture
The 21st century is experiencing a paradigm shift from a machine-driven organizing metaphor to a biological-driven one. This shift to a century of biology means that our organizations must be understood as living systems – dynamic evolving organizations that are filled with energy. Read the post.
Giving Thanks to Nature
There is so much to learn from the natural world about how to live a life based on relationships, abundance and giving. Read the post.
Optimizing the Whole System – Not Just the Parts
As leaders if we don’t focus on the whole and only on the parts we create unintended consequences. Taking this thought one step further – the more we optimize a part in an organization, the less effective the whole system will be. Read the post.
What Bees Can Teach us About the Pollination of Ideas
Our organizations rely on ideas to stimulate innovation. Ideas flow through relationships, much like the relationship between bees and the flowers they pollinate. Read the post.
New Metaphors for Leadership
Metaphors are another way to see how our conscious or unconscious beliefs shape our thinking and behavior. In this post you’ll learn about wireless and networked leadership styles, living systems leadership and new leadership thinking. Read the post.