Our research of thriving organizations reveals a fascinating truth from the
science of physics.
Traditional management theory believed organizations should
remain closed, undisturbed, in constant equilibrium; a lack
of movement was preferred to instability and that change was
a negative disruption.
Science tells us just the opposite.
The more organizations interact with their environment, import
energy, gather data from their surroundings and reconfigure themselves
to be more self-adaptive, the more they will thrive and flourish
- just like the fern.
Fossil records confirm that the first fern species made the transition
from the primitive seas to land about 395 million years ago. They
are the first vegetation to emerge from the forest floor after a
fire. There are now 12,000 species of ferns worldwide. They continue
to adapt to new conditions and thrive as never before.
An orderly system develops its own feedback loops and uses information
flow to reconfigure itself. Living organisms thrive on the natural
cycle of order and change. Organizations are organisms: they achieve
vitality through leaders directing the delicate balance of stability,
strategic change and growth.