System and Form
A system requires a delineation of what is in the system and what is outside of the system.
A system holds space. It has clear boundaries that define it.
Designed with comprehensive consideration, a system creates the field within the system to birth what it intends. I call this Enterprise Architecture.
Form is the shape of what is being created.
If your child has incredible musical abilities they might be expressed in a thousand different forms. From piano to hip hop, to singing, to a combination of many.
Our job is to create the environment/system into which the form is expressed. That form can and will change as the environment in which the system lives changes.
If we are attached to form, if we want our musical child to only play the piano, we are imposing our intention (shape) into the child. This limits their optionality…their ability to make a sovereign choice about how they express their musical ability.
Our job as steward leaders is not to impose form onto what is being birthed, rather to steward the system for the creation itself to lead its own form.
In almost all enterprises, we focus on the form and neglect the design of the system – the field that will give our creation the highest opportunity for success.
A great parent, gardener or farmer all knows that if you want to cultivate extraordinary, focus on the ecosystem, the soil, the environment…the field.
Then get to work on defining form – allowing it to adapt and change as the conditions adapt and change.
*For more on this, see The Enterprise Architecture Masterclass.
Photo taken May 30th, 2019
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About Dr Christine McDougall
A STEWARD TO MAP MAKERS – TO ENTREPRENEURS AND LEADERS WHO ARE WRTING THE NEW MAPS FOR THEIR ENTERPRISE FOR A WORLD WITH A FUTURE
Christine is an internationally recognised facilitator, practitioner, teacher coach, and authority in integrative systems design, human relational design, deep wealth design and regenerative enterprises. She has held large multi-stakeholder initiatives towards a better future or all, managing diversity, complexity and various stages of human development.
As the principal of 2:23AM – She works with leaders and enterprises globally who have a commitment to being the pioneers of enterprise change, where consideration of both the short term profitability and the long term costs/effects are added to the balance sheet on day one, raising the question of how else might we be successful without robbing from our children’s future.
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