Monday, March 26, 2018

How Do We Fit In?

There are two key elements that we must recognize and understand in order to have our function properly, Interactions and Integration. As a human being we interact with our environment 24-7. Yes, we even interact with our environment while we think we aren’t, like while we’re sleeping. Integration is how we make all that we DO, into all that we want to BE. If our system is not functioning around purpose and intention, then what is it really accomplishing?


Very few systems have the luxury of operating in a complete vacuum. Most systems must interact with their environment, other systems, or both. How a system performs and maintains these interactions is crucial to how well any system will operate and survive. Many breakdowns in complex systems of systems will likely begin with an improper interaction between two or more component systems, rather than the complete failure of one or the other. This concept of identifying, and managing, interactions is a crucial element in our individual, and organizational, life and work. How we understand these interactions will be important in two key areas. First understanding interactions will minimize the risk of upsets and failures. Secondly, interactions will help us maintain flexibility and will likely be the source of feedback that is needed to keep our system on track and effective.


A system is created to produce something useful. In order to do this successfully, a system needs to have tightly integrated parts. This is internal integration. This requires one to know the inputs required, the outputs required, and the interactions for the system and it's parts. A system is usually not independent of other systems. Most systems are interdependent on other systems to function. This is external integration. If our lives are going to function as a whole, both internal and external integration are crucial. Integration is also the result of understanding of the three prior elements we have discussed: Balance, Priorities and Interactions. Get these defined and nailed and natural integration will occur. Like all of the other elements, integration also requires feedback and regular inquiry. Small changes, often imperceptible ones, can lead to major integration problems over time if adjustments are made. All of these elements once achieved, require maintenance. They are not autopilot, or "set and forget" elements. They require feedback and regular review. You must own and maintain these to have the unity you seek.

So how do you how do you determine interactions that are important to you and your life and work? How often to consider key interactions in planning your day, week or life? How often to you consider the integrated nature of your life and work? I would love to hear from the readers in the comments.

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