We live and work within systems, systems that connect things. One way or another everything is connected.
That sounds like psycho-babble, so let me give you an example:
Legislation leaves swans starving
The In the far north of England on the border with Scotland is the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. In 1994 the flock of swans that live on the river Tweed started to starve, five swans died whilst others took to wandering the streets of the town begging for food.
The cause of their agony was a directive from the European Union that ordered the local barley malting plant to clean up its discharge of effluent into the river, so stopping it from polluting the nearby North Sea.
At face value this was very sensible idea.
Unfortunately that effluent was the swan’s main source of food.
Everything is connected
When you make change it will have consequences:
- Changing the colour of your cups can boost your business
- Changing an HR policy can make customers ill
- Changing an accounting standard can change history
So stand back a little
Look a little wider and think about the system you work in, not just the bit you run. How could you change the whole system for the better?
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