Everything is connected
Updated: Mar 20, 2021
“Systems theory is the interdisciplinary study of systems. A system is a cohesive group of interrelated and interdependent parts which can be natural or human-made. Every system is bounded by space and time, influenced by its environment, defined by its structure and purpose, and expressed through its functioning. A system may be more than the sum of its parts if it expresses synergy or emergent behavior.” -Wikipedia
Organizations are systems :).
Organizations expend tremendous effort on specializations. Whether it be sales, finance, technology or product mgmt there is often a focus strictly within that specialization. Grow sales by 200%, implement cloud, cut cost of operating by 20%. Specializations are important. critically actually...because you need deep and trusted expertise throughout your organization.
What is missing...is that same deep and trusted expertise in systems theory (aka system thinking). Everything in business is interconnected...and narrow thinking reduces your ability to compete, innovate and see the art of possible. You expose yourself to risks and fail to recognize untapped revenue.
This is not a specialist vs. generalist conversation. You need both. You need system thinking, multidisciplinary generalists whose perspective aligns your organization to see things end/end. It leads to greater collaboration and productivity, a stronger culture, increased revenue and operational efficiencies.
More to come!