The idea for creating FAQs for Organizations came from coffee meetings I had with colleagues and friends. It didn’t matter if the café was in America, Singapore, India, England, Russia, China, Japan, Germany or Australia, we were asking ourselves the same questions;
“Why am I always in meetings?”,
“Why can’t we make decisions?”,
“Why do we have vertical silos?”.
I set out to find the answers. Along the way I learnt;
· Six Sigma,
· Lean Thinking,
· The Lean Startup,
· Agile Software Development,
· Theory of Constraints,
· Myers Briggs Type Indicator,
· Belbein Team Roles,
· Hermann Brain Dominance,
· Social Styles and more.
I completed a Masters of Strategic Foresight. This covered the academic world of;
· personal development,
· cultural development,
· viable systems model,
· stratified systems theory,
· big history,
· causal layered analysis,
· scenario planning,
· systems thinking
· and especially Ken Wilber's Integral Theory.
It was Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory which provided the map to pull the jigsaw puzzle pieces together. The completed picture is called the Integral Organization Model. The Integral Organization Model provides the diagnostic tool across the physiology (structure and systems), psychology (thinking and behavior) and sociology (culture) of an organization to determine the root causes and therefore the answers to these FAQs.
The website faqsfororgs.com has been created to share this work. It allows us to interact as a community where we can comment on the FAQs and answers, ask more questions and debate the solutions. The FAQs are in no particular order, read whatever you relate to the most. At the bottom are topics in Blue Boxes which cover solutions for organizations. I am sure this will spark strong debate over whether they are right, wrong or somewhere in between. I look forward to the discussion.
My hope is that together we can improve all of our working lives, in all aspects.
Thanks and I hope you find this useful,
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