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Jennifer Shriver


Working for a nonprofit organization currently, I'm vitally interested in the stages of organizational development, how they affect employees, what's appropriate to try for, what kinds of possibilities are innately available in the different stages of life of an organization.

Lovely to match that up with systems theory and explore how the leverage points and feedback loops and flows and stocks change during the life-cycle of a nonprofit (say, Community Cycles, for example).

I have an intuitive sense about this but your blog post sparked some new thoughts for me, and I appreciate the chance to apply some logic along with my intuition.

A small side dish of logic, or perhaps a seasoning, to enhance the gut sense.

The world "release" resonates, and I appreciate and recognize the powerful shift in meaning and embodiment that term offers, connecting with possibility and renewal as well as death and destruction.

No answers yet to your question, hopefully I will live and love my way to some answers.

Alec Brazeau

I think that recognizing the different phases that systems (companies) can be in is essential. It is essential to finding your place within the system, as well as finding leverage points for systemic change. A persons job within a growing company vs. a downsizing company can be extremely different, even if the job title is the same. Recognizing this allows us to perform better in our given work environment and potentially create positive change within that environment.

On a related note, how does this adaptive cycle identified by Fath et al. play out in our governmental system? Does it change depending on the administration/party in power?

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