Martin’s Musings: Emergence

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Chemistry as Metaphor

This core commonality is a kind of code. This code is similar to the configuration of chemicals and chemical reactions. Metaphorically speaking, chemistry’s periodic table of elements is a way of looking at values systemically. All human’s pull from the same “table” or list of values.

As human beings, we all have the potential for all values. Values could be seen as the descriptors for behavior, how we configure our values, gives us a key to understanding our own behavior and the behavior of others. People actually only operate on a subset of all values. It is our own personal configuration of these values that makes us unique and drives our behavior. And like chemical compounds, some values clusters are more compatible than with some other values clusters. But the wrong combinations of people and the results can be explosive. When the right combination of people come together the results can be exciting and effective.

Organizational alignment of values and culture is about finding the compatible compounds without making everyone the same.

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January 23, 2002 - Posted by | Random Thoughts

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