The questions to ask when everything is unknown

Systemic intelligence is an indispensable skill for business leaders.
In the chaos of the COVID-19 crisis, the normal executive agenda has been overlaid, leaving leaders facing deep questions they were formally not attending to. In the space of just a few weeks, its become starkly clear that there are no simple solutions in our interconnected world.

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How to balance your job, kids and household while working from home

For many parents today, the family home has become their regular coworking space, with the spare bedroom or kitchen table taking the place of a private office. What’s more, working from home now comes with additional challenges in the form of additional babysitting and teaching – making things undeniably difficult. With this in mind, we consulted the experts for their advice on juggling work and family commitments during these tricky times.

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Navigating the unknown: How to balance long-term goals and daily disruption

Mieke Jacobs and Paul Zonneveld, experts in systemic intelligence, set out their roadmap to navigate through the never-ending complexity and daily change in these unpredictable times.

We live in complex times. Most of our leadership challenges don’t have simple solutions. As David Snowden states in his Cynefin model – where he describes the typical dynamics and corresponding approaches in light of predictability and unpredictability – complexity can be defined by the characteristics.

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2019 saw a record number of CEO departures, what is really contaminating the chair?

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“The revolving door of management change is spinning fast in the U.K. and U.S. Why are so many CEOs stepping down?”
This is something that Shares magazine recently noted. Board seats, CEO and executive positions, and strategic roles are being filled four or five times in a short time span. Executive search partners are scratching their heads, trying to find the next promising candidate. We need to understand what is really ‘contaminating’ the chair, in order to interrupt this repetitive cycle.

3 views:

  1. Nobody can leave the system unnoticed
  2. A specific place in the system can only be occupied by one person
  3. It was an artificially created seat in the first place. A special assignment – once created and continuously refilled – will lead to unintended consequences later

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Source: Global Franchise Magazine.com

As M&A activity crashes under COVID-19, best practice tips in the current crisis

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disastrous impact on global merger and acquisition (M&A) activity as deal after deal has been put on hold.

The latest figures from data and analytics firm GlobalData reveal that transaction activity in the first quarter of this year was down 26% on the same quarter in 2019. with the crisis already starting to have an impact on deal levels as early as March. The total number of transactions here came in at 1,984, down from 2,339 the month before. The corresponding deal value also dropped from $151.2 billion to $129.9 billion.

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Recognize that creativity problems can have deep roots

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‘Just like individuals, organizational systems have an innate capacity for renewal and innovation,’ says Mieke Jacobs, a transformational facilitator, expert in systemic intelligence and co-author of EMERGENT. ‘But creating the right environment to foster creativity, idea generation and bottom-up improvement requires employees to be engaged and feel safe to fail.’

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Firms with strong DNA tend to have a strong immune system

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7 april 2020 Work Place Insight
Firms with strong DNA tend to have a strong immune system.
Mergers & acquisitions should always lead to a cultural identity shift. To do that well there is a need to really get to know the underlying identity of the acquired organisation.
The systemic principles can be used as a lens to look at both players – the acquirer and the acquired – and understand the cultural identity and dynamics on a deeper level.

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“We used to dance; now we march”: How M&As can kill culture

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23 maart 2020 Management Today
If you’re not careful, you can destroy the very thing that made the acquisition valuable in the first place. Killing the culture of the acquired partner is particularly common when incumbents try to buy the innovator in their field, the disruptive competitor or the ingenious start-up. When you try to buy something that you miss or have lost along the way, and integrate them into your existing system, you risk killing the very thing you wanted to buy

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