When an organization’s human system has trust, alignment, accountability, and the interconnectivity and momentum created by Liberating Structures and effective communication, it becomes unstoppable. Everyone starts to move in sync. If you’ve ever seen birds flocking or fish schooling, you’ve seen what is called “emergent behavior.” Despite having no leader or central control, these creatures move together in perfect synchronicity. They do amazing things, and it looks effortless. Emergent behaviors are made possible by high levels of interconnectivity.
Igniting the human spirit at work unleashes massive interconnectivity. And, when you allow this to happen in an environment of trust—where individuals are aligned around a noble cause, values they believe in, and a strong vision for the future—you’ve created an environment conducive to an emergent culture. As the leadership team prepares to shift from transforming itself to inspiring and transforming an entire human system, an emergent culture should be their guiding light. This type of culture is built on a framework that enables continuous assessment; powerful and effective communication; healthy, ongoing growth and positive change; human alignment; and high performance. Breakthroughs are common at companies with emergent cultures because leadership isn’t defined as overseeing people or giving orders from the C-suite. At top-performing companies, the leadership team’s mandate is to create an environment for ongoing evolution and transformation. Leaders build cultures where the people in the organization’s human system can operate at their highest level, both individually and collectively. Synchronicity, innovation, extreme ownership, momentum, and high performance are the norm within emergent cultures.
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