Life-sustaining organizations aren’t machines – they are living systems. They make life-positive choices that support vitality, innovation and responsible action, inside and outside the organization.

Each life-sustaining organization arrives at its own distinct mix of five interrelated competencies:

  • Attracting and retaining creative people who move the organization forward
  • Embracing the whole system at the individual, organizational and global levels
  • Expressing design integrity in every aspect of organizational life
  • Allowing elegant solutions to emerge in complex situations
  • Maintaining a results orientation These competencies enable the organization, its people and the natural environment to survive and thrive.


This design guide is intended for anyone who care about the well-being of  an organization. That organization might be a public sector agency, a foundation, a corporation, an institution, a small business, a municipality or a virtual community in education, healthcare, manufacturing, professional services or emerging technology.

This is a hands-on guide for making your organization more life-sustaining.

  • Part 1 takes the reader step-by-step through the strategic leadership process of Structural Dynamics…
    • Exploring Facts – Grasp the interconnections of critical and uncertain events to reveal a structure of forces shaping your future.
    • Discovering Options – Live and strategize in starkly different but equally plausible future worlds where robust and contingent strategies become apparent.
    • Embodying Action – Individuals, teams, groups and units contribute to the success of the organization as a whole.
    • Sustaining Results – Monitor signposts, indicators and warnings to be able to respond quickly and effectively as the future unfolds.
  • Part 2 details a composite case taken from our experience working with organizations to become more life affirming.

Anticipatory leaders create their future in an uncertain world.