Accessing Collective Intelligence in Organizations: Part One

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Moving from fragmentation to connectedness

Collective IntelligenceIn alignment with one of my favorite Albert Einstein quotations,”The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking (consciousness) we were at when we created them”  I believe that we must shift our thinking, our consciousness to a different level than we were at when we got into our problems. For years now, I have been intrigued by exploring collective intelligence and how to tap into the intelligence of a circle of people. I have been focused on this exploration for decades, believing in the power of the human capacity for finding solutions for the benefit of humanity, whether in a small enterprise or in global organizations. In the past I have witnessed organizations failing to thrive because the people worked in silos, lacking the organizational capacity to make use of collective intelligence. The intelligence was there. I knew that the intelligence was there because when people were out of their silos, for example in the local pub after work, the solutions flowed as easily as the beer, usually begun with phrases like “if they would only listen to me…; you won’t believe what they did now…; if we had our way, we would be able to work more efficiently but instead they have sent some expert trying to figure it out and they still aren’t listening to us…”.

I am focusing on my exploration of collective intelligence in the coming blog posts. I am also interested in what you know about working with collective intelligence. If you believe working with collective intelligence is an important key to finding solutions, please do let me know your thoughts. And if you are in India, you may wish to join us in one of our workshops in Delhi in October, each of which deals with an aspect of working with collective intelligence (2013 India Series Overview). If you are unsure which workshop is best for you, let me know what you wish to learn about at and I will recommend one of the workshops to you.

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Birgitt Williams is an international management and organizational solutions consultant, author, meeting facilitator, teacher, keynote speaker and executive coach. Her business focus is to create inspiring work environments that are highly effective in achieving their purpose and fulfilling their vision.

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