Organizations Designed for Growth & Vitality

Updated: Feb 18

As the world’s best leaders develop strategies and business models to ensure growth in the volatile, unpredictable, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world, leadership itself is evolving. Leaders are designing organizations strategically to create autopoietic systems (auto-poy-etic systems: life-sustaining systems that reproduce and perpetuate themselves automatically).  When designed well, they cut waste and weed out unhealthy processes.  Creating and maintaining autopoietic systems keeps organizations vital, full of life, and promotes growth and the revitalization of stalled initiatives. 


The Five Pillars of Organization Leadership for Growth:

  • Challenging the status quo with positive innovation.

  • Inspiring a vision and set of goals that result in mutual commitment from all employees.

  • Building teams that are empowered and are interdependent upon one other to succeed.

  • Modeling the behaviors you espouse to others.

  • Encouraging the hearts of employees so that they work through difficult times, striving to achieve the mutual vision and goals set before them.

Four strategic growth tools:

  • System Thinking

  • Positive People Management

  • Creative Problem Solving

  • Continuous Process Improvement

When leading a department, division, or organization, it is indispensable to tie the four tools together with a strategic focus on leadership agreement, interdependency, interactive and lateral communications, collaboration, and cooperation.  In doing so, leaders can structure functional and people systems to automatically encourage behaviors that drive their desired business outcomes.  Once the systems are running, less time and effort is needed to manage repeatable tasks, allowing more time to explore fresh, innovative ways to grow.

Leaders at this level are visionaries and use triple-loop thinking. To explain the difference between, single, double, triple loop thinkers listen to this quick story.


A photographer was rummaging around in a box of old photographic glass negatives with scenes of Yosemite National Park. He thought they were cool because he used to work at the park, so he bought the box for $45. When he got them home, he took a closer look at them and realized that they might be the work of Ansel Adams. He took them to an expert who verified they were from Ansel Adams, and he sold them for $200 million. Yes, that’s right, they were worth $200 million![1] The photographer looked past the surface and investigated the nature and characteristics of the negatives, which made him wealthy.