open system model

„The problems of the world are systemic in nature. They cannot be solved through piecemeal thinking.“

Our current challenge increasingly turns out to be a systemic one and we are required to encounter the dynamic processes of change with an expanded consciousness and the ability of systemic thinking. As systems in a world of systems humans have the systemic, so to say, running in their blood. If we wish to avoid the corrosive influence of fragmented thinking, which results in loss of meaning, deficiencies and lethargy, there is no way of getting around the systemic approach.


We cannot be non-systemic.



Systems are functional parts of a greater whole and are made up of subsystems. They derive their respective identities not from the crosslinked sub-elements with their interrelationships, but from their demand-oriented function, which they take in as parts of superordinate systems. In the course of this multi-layered, systemic order, the existence and potentials of a system only emerge from its binding alignment towards the respective, comprehensive whole.


If systems are to be understood in terms of their functions and effectiveness, they must be regarded as a complex whole. Their distinctive features and emerging properties are derived from a clear alignment towards the superordinate system. From this functional role with meaning and purpose their distinctive identity and form arises from within the larger entity. Thereby a unity is expressed that can be distinguished from its surrounding environment. Meaning arises from systemic belonging and influences self-image as well as awareness of intrinsic motivation and initiative.


Human social systems, whether they be families, organizations or society as a whole, have by origin a structure that meets the criteria of Open Systems. To what extent their inherent potentials can actually be effective depends upon the level of systemic maturity and consciousness of their members and leaders. The role of leadership is not to be underestimated. While, for example, for management tasks an inner knowledge of the structural order may be sufficient, for systemic leadership – which has to bear responsibility for the whole – a comprehensive awareness and systemic thinking competence of a higher order is necessary.


This corresponds to the dynamic process of a systemic world, in which not only everything is interwoven and interconnected, but is kept in balance by a multi-layered structural order. The systemic units differ from one another in terms of their complexity and autonomy within the framework of the comprehensive whole, as well as in their functions and basic characteristics. Thus, they are not distinguished by uniformity, but by their multi-layered connections and manifold diversity.

„The problems of the world are systemic in nature.

They cannot be solved through piecemeal thinking.“

The Sense of the Whole.

From the fragmented present to a systemic future.


“Acceptable ideas are competent no more,
 but competent ideas are not yet acceptable.
This is a dilemma of our time.”

– Stafford Beer –


The features of the current development of our time point towards a transformation of comprehensive character and global dimension. Outdated structures of order are dissolving and signs of new, sustainable models are gradually emerging. The patterns of thought and behaviour established by tradition and custom, which are at the root of our present-day problems, are incapable of contributing to useful and lasting solutions. Rather, they induce us to continue to see the “old” in the “new” and rely on “tried and tested responses” that suddenly turn out to be radically wrong. In this transitional phase, old structures are going through an unstoppable process of dissolution, while the new paradigm is gaining in strength and effectiveness.

A world is emerging that has technologically grown together into a global village. However, at the threshold of a new stage of development, it faces challenges that are systemic in nature and cannot be overcome through traditional methods and piecemeal thinking. Without the clarity of systemic awareness, there is a feeling of being confused and perplexed, caught up in the symptoms and failing to cope with the order of increasingly complex realities.

The Sense of the Whole

From the Fragmented Present to a Systemic Future.


1st edition

ISBN 3-936486-51-4

2013. 415 pages. Hard cover € 29.90 (A)








    With the systemic approach, it is possible to explain previously only sensed yet misunderstood undesirable developments and to align previously unconnected matters. This system model also provides remarkable insights into social change or failing societies, as well as into challenges such as business mergers or patchwork families.

    For Leaders, this book gives hints how to identify, mend, or ideally avoid deficits in their area of responsibility, when to apply which leadership style, how important the systemic maturity evolution of staff can be for the organizational structure of a company, or how management can change from the carrot principle of extrinsic reward models and support their employees through meaning and intrinsic motivation. Leadership is clearly distinguished from the function of management. Its comprehensive significance for the preservation of the system is emphasised from a systemic point of view.  Helpful advice is also given to parents who wish to raise their children so that they don’t fall into passive consumerism, but take responsibility as active promoters of a desirable society.

    With the same extent, the systemic approach is transferred into practice, our perception of the surrounding reality will increase. When we realise that life doesn’t go on straight and linear according to simple links of cause and effect, our view of what is essential will change. Life experiences, misfortunes, successes and setbacks reveal, often only from a higher perspective or in retrospective, sense-giving patterns or order structures in which coincidences or specific events can be connected and explained.

    The more we get aware of the rules and inner connections of systemic realities, the more self-efficacy and culture-creating power can contribute to the advancement of the community.

    It takes the power of comprehensive thinking to release the transformative energy that is capable of breaking up frozen forms and initiating a process of change and the crystallization of new system structures. It is a matter of making a joint effort to learn how to integrate the diversity of nations, cultures, religions and economic systems, in the course of an organic transformation process, into a functional wholeness. At the heart of this process of dynamic change is nothing less than humanity in its entirety. No future-oriented development can neglect systemic thinking and action. It is the gift of our era.

Kambiz Poostchi - Leadership must lead (OSM®)

„Systemic thinking, social learning, teamwork and personal integrity are the distinguishing features of a new phase of development in humankind, bearing all the signs of integrative levels of maturity.“



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