Using Strategic Model Buiding to See, Test, and Improve our Models for Action

Why it Works

Strategic Model Building works because people, not only become more aware of themselves and others interacting, they discover they can intervene to create effective structural changes that improve the product of these interactions.

We begin to notice things and interrelations we had never seen before. We are more attuned to our entire surroundings. Experiences felt in one part of the organization or by one individual are felt elsewhere. There is a deep rapport and empathy that allows each person to care for another based in a capacity to “stand in one another’s shoes.” Attunement with one another exists simultaneously with alignment (working as a whole) in moving toward desired results.

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t works, because, given a choice, people would much rather interact with others in an effective manner than an ineffective manner. They would rather be part of an enabled, high performing team, than part of disable static team. Deep down, people want to do great things. But, often times, the underlying structures preventing or frustrating the team's efforts to do great things are invisible to them. They cannot describe them in productive ways or they are defensive about them. As a result, These disabling structures remain underground and undermine performance.

Example: "It's just the way it is around here." "Oh, you can't say that in front of X!" "It's just a matter of time, before we implode!" "That's not in my job description." "What just happened?" Where did that come from?" or "It's easier just to shut up and keep my head down."

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Here is one example of Illustrating an interaction to make it more visible:
We want to understand your interactions as circular vs. linear so you can see, feel and hear the "Causal" forces impacting your ability to achieve desired results. We want you to realize that you are implicated not isolated from a result.

The image above illustrates linear thinking.  It describes  A’s linear view of reality: This illustration assumes  that A’s input, X, directed at B will result in the output Y.

The image below illustrates circular and systemic thinking. It illustrates the feed back loop to show circular causality. Circular causality is a principal structure in any system and often times is very difficult to see and may show up after a significant delay. Being aware of, and even predicting the influence of circular causality in any relationship is vital to understanding the reciprocal impact it can produce. The bottom two-person system consisting of  leader “A” and his support “B”. The diagram says, simply, that A’s effects on B effects B’s effects on A, and that through this interaction they together create a reality that may differ significantly from how each sees reality on their own.


                                              Central to Why it Works is a Systems Approach 

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