Losing (to) the Eye of the Tiger

Most of the time, when people in Greece discuss the current situation, how we “lost the game” and got here, we tend to hear a variety of views. They range from international conspiracies to bureaucratic dysfunctional mechanisms, from corrupt politicians and public servants to inefficiencies in the general workforce and, lately, a variety of views […]

The Alchemist Formula… From Graphite to Diamonds!

There is a fascinating example from nature that I use in my public presentations to show the importance of creating the right kind of bonds between members of an organization; it is that of the difference between graphite and diamonds. These two minerals are chemically identical, made of exactly the same carbon atoms. It is […]

Reality Check Please…

I must admit I really enjoy the use of the verb “communicate” in Modern Greek slang as a “certification of sanity.” “Epikinonis? (do you…communicate?),” my daughters ask me every time I say something that sounds crazy to them … and they couldn’t be more accurate. This “certification of sanity” necessitates three important prerequisites. First, it […]

The Law of Requisite Variety

There is a little treasure of knowledge hidden in a very small phrase that comes more and more often to my mind these days… I would like to share it with you. In 1956, W. Ross Ashby, an English psychiatrist and a pioneer in cybernetics, stated that “only variety can destroy variety”, meaning that if […]

The Learning Challenge

Recently, I had the honor to speak on my favorite subject, “Systems Thinking,” during a fascinating event on “Learning Organizations and the New Leadership Model.” In a short time it became apparent that there is little common ground among businesspeople on the meaning of “learning” or “a learning organization.” This is perplexing. I would expect […]