A system is by nature a complex construct consisting of elements/components/members that together make a whole. All elements are interconnected and each element has the tendency to be in a dynamic balance with all other elements. Each change in the system influences all elements of the system on a smaller or larger scale. It is a universal principle valid for each system, from mechanical, biological and social to galactic.
In the context of systemic coaching, a system connotes systems of people, such as a family, organisation, team, group, club, association, etc., but also systems of people’s own ideas, beliefs and values. In business context, these are projects and their environments.
Systemic thinking focuses on examining the interconnections and interactions of system elements/members. When problems arise in the family, organisation or a project, systemic thinking helps in examining those problems as parts of the system structure as well, and not just as individual mistakes or bad intentions of individuals. Systemic thinking is holistic in its essence.