We seek to help agents of
organizational change and learning put the powerful "new"
sciences into direct practice in the transformation of their
systems. We work with them to:
these cutting-edge sciences both applicable to and actionable in
their own complex, dynamical, modern business system.
the capacity of their system for change and learning by an order
of magnitude or better.
the creative potential and self-organizing capacity of the total
within leaders mastery of a meta-practice of profound
organizational change and learning.
"new sciences" are not something you 'do' -- it's a way, a
very powerful way of seeing, thinking and being in the world. If
today's managers could only hear, grasp and act upon it, they would
not only enjoy profits beyond their wildest imagination, but
liberate the collective genius of the enterprise."
A. Fitzgerald, PhD
Fitzgerald, our American friend and colleague, is Senior
Partner for The Consultancy, Inc, a Colorado-based pioneer in the
emerging field of organizational design and whole system
transformation based in the tenets and principles of the
Metaphor for Transformation
Not unlike the lowly caterpillar, organizations must pass
metaphorically through the extreme uncertainty of the
"chrysalis" if they are to succeed in the metamorphosis
now mandated by a fiercely competitive global marketplace. Only
through transformation — the process of profoundly changing the
core of the organizational mind....the orgmind - can the barely
surviving equilibrial system be transfigured into an enterprise
capable of thriving in a context of unceasing flux and turbulence.
Necessity of Moving to the "Edge"
the predominant aim of conventional managers has been the
maintenance of unwavering stability, we now know by looking at the
enterprise through the lens of the new sciences, that equilibrium
(E) — a state of minimal change and complexity — is an
increasingly dangerous place for a modern organization to be. In
fact, equilibrium can be regarded as "new science" jargon
for death: if the system isn’t changing, it’s not alive.
Since equilibrial systems simply cannot damp
the abrupt, rapid, punctuating shifts in circumstances
characterizing a far-from-equilibrium (FFE) environment, they are
threatened by disintegration unless and until they become as complex
internally as is the vibrational context in which they live. Only
thriving whole systems are inherently sustainable on "the
edge" of chaos.
Areas of Focus
More About the "New Sciences"
hosted by Laurie Fitzgerald, is an an
electronic platform dedicated to the replacement of the archaic and
limited managerial mindset framed during the 17th century
scientific enlightenment with the immensely powerful conceptual
framework known as Chaos emerging even as these words are read.
Laurie’s mission is to translate the most powerful scientific
conceptualization of the universe into a potent practice of profound
change in that special corner of the universe we know as the
organization. Created to promote the on-going learning of those in the
vanguard of organizational thinking and practice, this website will
serve as a forum for provocative dialogue, collaborative exploration,
and the generation of knowledge and know-how to advance the discipline
of enterprise design & transformation.
LEADERSHIP AND FACILITATION
This 3.5 day intensive
workshop has been designed for those executives, managers, HR and HRD
professionals, facilitators, and consultants who aspire to the mastery
of a meta-practice of profound organizational change. If your work has
anything to do with transformation, change and learning, you'll want
to reserve a place on the next venture workshop. For further details
and to register for the next session, please see the electronic brochure.
list of important readings for raising your consciousness about the
new sciences and their implications for leading at "the