For my organizational behavior class, I am always on the lookout for examples of systems thinking. The more tangible I can make the concept of interconnectedness for my students, the sooner they understand that culture is entwined with every other aspect of the organization. It then makes it much more productive for us to discuss the role leadership plays in creating the desired climate.
The latest example I have used is from nature, specifically how the release of 14 wolves in Yellowstone National Park resulted in myriad of changes in the area. Components of the ecosystem were impacted in ways that were unplanned and unexpected, highlighting once again how everything on the planet ultimately relies on others for survival.
Watch this four-minute video to learn about “one of the most exciting scientific findings of the last half-century.” If a pack of wolves can have this much impact, just think what a group of humans can do for an organization, community or beyond. How can you band together and howl?