organisation of the biomatrix in space:
the entity system as centre of the biomatrix
Each entity system is the centre of the biomatrix and is connected to all other entity systems through interlinking activity systems.
The internet serves as an analogy: each user is at the centre of the web and has all the knowledge of the world available, but is accessing only what is important to him or her through a search activity system.
Each entity system is connected to all other entity systems through interlinking activity systems.
This is illustrated by the fishing net. Each knot is seamlessly connected to all other knots via its own strings and those of the connecting knots. Likewise, each entity system is the centre of the web. Through its activity systems, it is directly connected to other entity systems. Through their activity systems, it indirectly connects to yet others and ultimately to all other systems.
Most connections are so remote that their influence is questionable, as illustrated by the famous question of chaos theory: “Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” (Edward Lorenz)
The thinking of ‘being the centre of the biomatrix’ challenges traditional worldviews based on control hierarchies, top down decision-making and the hope of being rescued by a strong leader.
Thinking of oneself as being the centre of the biomatrix empowers. How can one be the victim if one is the centre of the universe? At the same time, this implies that one has to take responsibility for a larger whole.
This is the essence of leadership.
relevance for the change manager
The praxis of leadership involves engaging the connecting systems (i.e. stakeholders) and facilitating their alignment around and commitment to creating mutually desirable change (i.e. designing and implementing win / win solutions).