Fritjof Capra, in his book, The Web of Life, articulates this reality succinctly in the following quote:
“All living beings are members of ecological communities bound together in a network of interdependencies. When deep ecological perception becomes part of our daily awareness a radically new system of ethics emerges.”
Every day the dynamic synergy and power of interdependence is at play and impacting the quality of our personal, professional and organizational experiences in small and large ways, noticed and unnoticed; we are part of an on-going experiment.
· Parent – Child
· Husband – Wife
· Manager – Operator
· Leader - Department manager
· Sales Rep – Customer
· Manufacturers – Employees – Suppliers - Consumers
A frequent refrain of, “I had no idea that what we (I) did would have this sort of impact” is symbolic of our growing awareness of the need for higher levels of consciousness to successfully navigate the challenges and intricacies of our interdependent world. Fritjof Capra says “we are bound together”, and because we are, there is minimal tolerance for choosing to disregard or deny the principles of interdependence. Leaders and teams that understand and behave as if they are “bound together” are far more productive and creative.
Literally hour-by-hour we acquire new insights into the interdependent architecture, which all systems are built upon, and begin to appreciate that our capacity to perform, sustain and thrive at our highest levels is directly related to the degree of respect we have for every part of the systems we live and work in.
Technology can assist us in attending to some of the requirements of interdependency, but it cannot comprehensively address the very essence of what it is and why it will contribute to our success or to our downfall. Technology can increase the speed and frequency of communication, eliminate the obstacles of physical distance and keep us informed. Yet, Imagine your team only communicating by email and text messages and never spending time together in the same room. One might mistakenly believe that this scenario is an acceptable alternative because it would save time, money and the people who don’t get along with each other wouldn’t have to be in the same room. However, this scenario does not respect a core principle of interdependency - the need for human connectedness, and more specifically the capacity to build trust, which is the essence of interdependence. Without relatedness and trust we cannot fully develop what Capra identifies as the perquisite for living in an interdependent world, “a radically new systems of ethics”. Without a system of values and ethics that respect interdependence, teams and organizations cannot fully realize and capitalize on their full potential.
All micro and macro systems must respect the principles of interdependence or suffer consequences. Families, teams, organizations, communities, states and nations are bound together and each has an effect on the other. What we do and how we do it, is tantamount to the quality of our experiences and endeavors, and ultimately to the success and significance of each other.
The Renewal Group’s expertise and focus on Relationship – Centered approaches to engagement, performance and leadership are based on the principles of interdependence. We facilitate the learning and integration of skills and competencies that equip individuals, teams and organizations to excel at creating and sustaining teams, networks and systems that are sensitive and effective in meeting the complex challenges of interdependency in the 21st. century.