Gabriel Najira – Systemic Leadership: Nurturing Strategy

by | Mar 25, 2024 | podcast | 0 comments

In this episode, we delve into the transformative realm of Systemic Leadership and its profound impact on organizational strategy. Join our host, Danny Ceballos, as he engages in a thought-provoking conversation with seasoned expert, Gabriel Najera, on how senior and executive leaders can leverage a systems thinking approach to nurture strategy within their organizations.

Gain insights into fostering a holistic perspective, breaking down silos, and implementing dynamic strategies that adapt to the complexities of the ever-evolving business and social-sector landscapes.

Danny and Gabriel talk about …

  • Gabriel’s diverse experience spanning boardrooms of international corporations to impactful nonprofit organizations emphasizes the importance of a strategic and multicultural approach to leadership.
  • Systems thinking as an essential tool for strategic clarity, enabling organizations to navigate complexities while ensuring financial sustainability and social impact.
  • Gabriel’s personal story of early exposure to systems thinking through farm work and its application in his academic and professional journey underscores the universal applicability of this approach.
  • The definition and significance of systems thinking in organizational context, emphasizing its role in achieving desired outcomes.
  • The practical application of systems thinking in a corporate environment, particularly in problem-solving and decision-making processes, illustrated through examples.
  • Integrating systems thinking into team discussions and strategy without formal training provides insights into fostering a culture of strategic inquiry and reflection.
  • The concept of “archetypes” in systems thinking as classic stories that help identify and address recurring patterns and problems within organizations.
  • Challenges in applying systems thinking, such as selecting the right components to track and measure, highlighting the importance of a holistic view.
  • Recommendations for resources and approaches for leaders interested in adopting systems thinking, including books and websites for further exploration.

Gabriel Recommends …

Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows

The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge

The Systems Thinker


Get in Touch with Gabriel …


About Danny

With over 20 years experience in training and leadership development  — and holding an MBA and an MA in Organizational Development — Danny Ceballos has worked with organizations across the country to strengthen their effectiveness in leading and managing others through supervision+motivation best practices and strategies.