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Connections, Issue 1

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Connections

Welcome to the first issue of Connections, our monthly newsletter. This bulletin provides information on our events and updates on our services and products, shares leading trends and developments, and insight through thought leadership and opinion articles about the new world of work.

In this issue we focus on new beginnings, and unpack the concept of Integrative Thinking.  We delve into how a multi-dimensional approach to problem solving provides opportunity for innovation of strategy. We share recent reports and review management books on the future of work and organisations, and bring you details about our workshop on Design Thinking, taking place later this month.

We are also excited to announce the launch of our new website www.integrativeconsulting.co.za.  The result of a collaboration of creativity and technical expertise, we hope that the site invites, informs, and inspires you to discover Integrative Consulting and all we do. We welcome your feedback, so please don’t hesitate to drop us a comment on info@integrativeconsulting.co.za.  We also invite you to keep updated on our business by subscribing to our newsletter, articles and videos via our RSS feed; and contribute to conversations on our blog and social media channels.

Enjoy the read!

As a point of departure, the word integrative means: Combining two or more things to form an effective unit or system (oxforddictionaries.com). Typically applied in medicine, the theory in management has been developed by Roger Martin, former Dean of the Rotman School of Management, at The University of Toronto in collaboratively with Mihnea C. Moldoveanu , Director of the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking. Martin unpacks the theory as applied to strategy in his book: An Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking.  

Martin’s discuses our brain’s ability “to hold two conflicting ideas in constructive tension” as an intellectually advantageous evolved poisition for “decision-makers to synthesise “new and superior ideas.”

Essentially, Integrative thinkers consider problem holistically and build models rather than choose between them. Their approach includes consideration of numerous variables — customers, employees, competitors, capabilities, cost structures, industry evolution, and regulatory environment that capture the complicated, multi-faceted and multidirectional causal relationships between the key variables. These thinkers creatively resolve tensions without making costly trade-offs, turning challenges into opportunities.

Our approach to almost everything we do hinges on the principles of Integrative Thinking. We regard innovation as a cornerstone for businesses to achieve competitive advantage and, taking the rate of exponential disruption into consideration, remain competitive in the future.  As such we work with leaders and managers in organisations to enable them to develop their conscious awareness to dispel existing constraints and paradigms, release unproductive beliefs and behaviour patterns, tap into their creativity and empathy, and unleash their imaginations. This balanced with collective knowledge and intuitive intelligence in collaboration enables organisations to ‘think and be differently’ to create radical solutions to better meet their customer and consumer market needs.

Our aim is to enable organisations to build the capacity together with our clients that transform people, organisations and businesses to compete in the future. For more on how companies leverage Integrative Thinking to successfully achieve radical business results through letting go of the dependence on analytical thinking read

The Design Of Business. and watch Roger Martin on How Exceptional Leaders Think

 

Reports and Papers

The future of work is already here. The fourth industrial revolution is creating prospects of a future that few fully comprehend, but the implications for the world of work are already taking shape. This must read comprehensive report supplement by Raconteur just published in the British weekend paper The Times provides a comprehensive report on this and related topics. Highlights include:  

  • Embracing change to create new ways of working
  • Maintaining work-life balance for employee and employer benefit
  • Rise of the machines and workforce automation
  • The new technology enabled workspace
  • Happiness at work for enhanced productivity
  • Employee engagement through collaboration
  • Generational diversity and harmony
  • AI, risk mitigation and future jobs
  • Commitment vs long service
  • Managing in the gig economy

To read and download the full free report. For more on the future of work and organisational transformation contact: info@integrativeconsulting.co.za

 

BOOKS

Reinventing Organisations By Frederick Laloux

A Guide to Creating OrganiSations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness

This book is a revolutionary contribution in the evolution of leadership and management books. It presents a new alternative to every organisational model that has existed based on power and control in the evolution of hierarchical civilisations to date. Laloux has invested three years of personal research based on a foundation of 10 years working as a management strategy consultant for McKinsey, where he witnessed the destructive effects of broken organisations on people in the loss of their passion and purpose for what they showed up every day to do in their work, with dire consequences for their careers and the businesses that employed them.

This significant book offers for and non profit business organisations and societies alike that have operated in a hierarchical dominated system, a liberating paradigm that shifts responsibility and accountability to citizens, employees and stakeholders to self-organise and achieve impact through an integral system of self-leadership. The book beautifully and masterfully expands on how businesses can create ‘liberated’ working structure and environments free of dominator hierarchies that  enable people to focus on what they love doing and ignite a sense of purpose and passion in their vocation, and simultaneously create competitive advantage and results.

A book every single leader and manager should read today.

 

EVENTS

Design Thinking Workshop

Ideas and innovation are crucial for professionals, organisations, and businesses alike to remain competitive in the 21st century. Building creative capital is key to enabling you, your organisations and businesses to unlock ideas and solutions to solve tomorrow’s challenges, today.

If you want to develop your problem solving abilities, translate ideas into solutions, and develop concepts that are truly unique and meaningful for people…then Design Thinking is for you.

Our one-day workshop on design thinking provides you with the opportunity to gain a fundamental understanding of design thinking through experiential learning.

For more information

To register and book

 

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