MY OWN JOURNEY
A BIT About Me
I don’t necessarily possess the wisdom or character to drive significant change in the world or find sustainable solutions to our many challenges in the world but my values, beliefs and principles make me want to find a way to contribute something meaningful.
I have been very privileged in my work and have had the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of challenges - corporate and social. I have met inspiring people and been exposed to a broad spectrum of issues and topics. The common element to them is the complexity of the challenge. The need to wrestle with multiple perspectives and dimensions and somehow untangle a rats nest and make sense of a situation.
Those are the ones that have most captured my attention and imagination and ignited my passion
Quite early in my working life I found myself naturally embracing complexity, wanting to find meaning and purpose in the tasks I was given. I wanted to understand how things worked - the systems that underpinned what we do and why we do things certain ways. Being a generalist most of my life has given me plenty of opportunity to explore different systems and dive into other people’s worlds - enough to believe that I can help people to take on those rats nests.
Over the years I have explored various approaches - systems thinking, theory of change, complexity science, design thinking - and have become very focused on how these concepts can be applied in practice - in business as well as in social issues. In my role with Group Partners I have been on my own journey exploring how to turn the use of structured frameworks into more of a ‘science’ - so that we can create tools that will help teams sustain a new way of thinking. Our use of frameworks makes for a perfect partnership with these other concepts.
As the lines between enterprise, social and environmental systems become more blurred I am increasingly interested in applying my interest in complexity in a more sustainable way - to find ways to turn everything I am discovering and learning from real experience into new ways of tackling the challenges faced by organizations and communities today. I believe we need different mindsets, greater ownership and new tools to help us in our quests. I hope to unearth them or make new ones.
I’m expecting this to be an ongoing journey - I have a lot to learn and there are so many great insights out there - but this is the perfect time to dive even further into complexity, systems and frameworks. I am looking forward to sharing my journey and discoveries here and hope that I can encourage others to follow suit.