Have you ever zoomed out and considered how your work fits within the context of your entire organization or company?
How do all the different functions work together?
How does your organization fit within the greater context of the community, your industry, the global marketplace?
What do you think about the interconnectedness of people, processes, and the environment?
Do you often wonder about the delayed effects of your actions and the ways that other people's actions affect the systems you work with?
Try looking at your organization as a whole, emphasizing how the parts work together. What indicators does one department give to another when things are off track?
If feedback is of interest to you and the big picture, systems level view helps you to understand what's going on around you, consider a little research into systems thinking. Not only is systems theory an eye opener, it sets the stage for (in my mind) more telling approaches to organization development like open systems theory, living systems theory, and complexity.
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