System´s circularity is as valuable as system change. In modern era, the circle has got bad press compared to arrow: the circle has been associated to middle age and religion (ex. religious rituals), while the arrow has been associated to modernity, progress and development (ex: incremental change). Emerging circular economy ties both archetypes together. This conjunction of both archetypes may give birth to an era shift.

The two organizational learning models I´m authoring – whole identity and six pillars – take into account anthropological circularity as well as change. This is the reason why they are genuinely systemic. Dropping one anthropological dimension is reductionist.

Any learning system acts out circularity. Any failing system also acts out circularity, at least for a period of time until the system goes into systemic crisis:

  • In mediocrity behaviour, we act out the same resistances again and again; we encounter the same problems; we repeat the same errors and we cannot cross over the same threshold. Although there is not consciousness among system members about sharing the same model, individuals and teams show synchronicity.
  • In excellence behaviour, we dialog from a shared model, we do with the purpose of sharing same vision, which require us self-control. As a consequence of this dialog, individuals and teams learn and transfer this learning into the large system, enabling system improvement.

Learning generates openness enabling the circle to become a spiral.

Communities in Collaborative Leadership


If client experience is part of your brand promise, then learning communities might be relevant collaborative leadership containers to deliver your brand promise to clients. Both client experience and brand promise are strongly connected to improve people agency. What questions shall we address to inter-connect these three circles? (see above).

How do we incorporate clients voice internally? What collaborative technology shall we use to improve people agility and agency? What client-centered conversations are relevant? Do people need to learn collaborative leadership approaches in order to align individual skills and collective capabilities to brand promise? How do we balance between thinking, talking and doing? What transformation should happen at power organizational pillar in order to improve people agency? As organization, can we live in a sort of free-style liberated mode? How could we use the 6PM to set an organizational container?

Collaborative leadership, the main focus of our workshop taking place in Paris November 8 and 9, 2016. For more information or to register visit: