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The Quadrants: The Four Fundamental Perspectives

In the last chapter, we saw how we can see from different holon levels. When we look from the individual level, we see things the way people see them—things like my feelings, beliefs, how I behave, what I’m aspiring toward, what my goals are, what systems I belong to, and so on. However, when we look from the organizational holon, we see quite different things—organizational dynamics, systems, structures, workflows, the emergent patterns of multiple people’s thinking (including both culture and structure), and so on.

Now that we have a good understanding of holons and the four tendencies (agency, communion, dissolution, and transcendence), let’s consider how we can look at (rather than from ...

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