Holistic Flexibility is defined as the dynamic interplay between a state of mind that has the ability to absorb systemic complexity and a state of practice that has the ability to embrace flexibility both in intent and in form.
Holistic Flexibility argues for a pragmatic stance in systems thinking emphasizing on the practitioner’s ability to seamlessly manage and work with multiple variables, stakeholders, and factors to deliver responsible outcomes with the aid of learning loops. Holistic Flexibility is not a methodology; rather, it is a conceptual lens for practitioners that can offer them intellectual, emotional, and tactical elasticity in systems practice.
Holistic Flexibility makes an appeal to practitioners to be open to making use of various types of thinking, reasoning, and doing; of anticipating, creating, and negotiating; of managing, enabling, and facilitating; of investigating, modelling, and analyzing.
To achieve the full potential of Holistic Flexibility for practitioners, it is considered in an integrated circle of consciousness. Practitioners are invited to invest in greater self-awareness and to look inwards to engage with the organizations and societies in a more responsible manner creating an intimate connection between themselves and the larger whole.
The five main building blocks of Holistic Flexibility are holistic thinking, flexibility, learning, responsible outcomes, and pragmatic practice. A brief description of each of these building blocks is provided below:
Introduced to systems thinking through my book in 2019, I am continuing my research to understand how Holistic Flexibility can contribute to management research and practice. Reference to Holistic Flexibility finds place in several of my research works.