Context is king! A systems thinking approach to further understand your company context...

schedule Jul 30th 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place EN102 L100 people 122 Interested

Ever wondered what on earth is going in your company? Your team? The system of work? Are people acting crae-crae? Is there conflict? Are there pockets of super awesomeness & pockets of unhappiness? Are people pulling in different directions?

In this talk, I will run through my systems thinking approach and experiences to unpacking and diagnosing a company, it’s context, it’s practices and it’s people.

If nothing else, this talk may help you with making the invisible more visible and may lead you to be even more situationally aware of the context you have found yourself in!

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

Context - What is it?

Curiosity - Why we should all be like David Attenborough!

Company context - how to understand the past, present & future?

Capability contexts - practices & craft

Culture contexts - What behaviours are you seeing in teams/individuals?

Capacity context - how are we organised?

Carbon-based life form context - how can we understand the humans better?

Context = Curiosity + 5 Cs!

Learning Outcome

Attendees will be armed with different systems perspectives when understanding their context!

Target Audience

Anyone that wants to improve how they can describe the context of their companies, teams or people

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