John Whittington

Facilitating and coaching
with the system in mind

Experiential workshops for leaders and managers

I am a not a ‘motivational conference speaker’ nor am I a TED talk style presenter sharing insights from my personal journey. I offer something else: experiential learning about leadership, teams and whole organisational systems through a mix of engaging presentation and embodied, moving experiences.

I introduce teams and large groups to the core concepts of organisational health, to what it means to truly ‘lead with the system in mind.’  This enables people to lead with fresh knowledge about the hidden dynamics that can limit or nourish organisational systems and to create flow within the systems they lead or influence. All my work is underpinned by an intention to support leaders in creating the conditions in which individuals, teams and organisations can thrive. 

For large groups (30 to 300 people) the participative workshop presentations that I facilitate offer a mix of fresh insights and practical tools to use in leadership – through a combination of the ‘unwritten rules’ to know about as well as specific dynamics to pay attention to in their particular organisation. 

I’m told that my first book revolutionised the coaching industry and my next book, The Whole River Flows is designed to do the same for senior managers and leaders who are interested in creating the conditions for organisational health. My writing is designed to support my work with leaders and teams and as a facilitator of these experiential learning labs and workshops.

Learning modules I offer to groups

The cycle of organisational life

Joining, Belonging and Leaving

The hidden hierarchies in organisations

Understanding and respecting the implicit hierarchies

Embodied solutions

Resolving specific issues through systemic business constellations

Leading with the system in mind

The 3 brains required for systemic leadership and how to access and use them

‘Murders and acquisitions’

The reason so many mergers and acquisitions fail and how to resolve the difficulties

Teams in flow

Resolving the hidden source of inertia or conflict in teams

Customer facing

An embodied experience of understanding your own customers

Leading with the system in mind

If you are serious about responding to what leadership requires of you, if you want to make a lasting difference and if you are also able to integrate the unwritten rules of human relationship systems, then you have the opportunity to create the sort of leadership that matters and that people will follow.

If you understand that the role you hold is temporary – even if you are the founder, or thought you were ‘CEO-for-life’ – if you can agree to everything just as it is before changing it, then you are ready to lead with the life of the whole system in mind. 

I come alongside CEO’s and founders to enable:

  • An understanding of the deep human need to belong and the effect that has on you and the other people in your business
  • An understanding of the importance of influencing the cycle of joining, belonging and leaving in a respectful way
  • An understanding of the unwritten rules, the organising forces in systems which, when ignored or violated, cause limiting dynamics
  • A fresh view of the system and your place in it, so you can influence with authority and know how to lead change and respond to success and crisis with integrity
  • An inner alignment of your personality and your professional role to enable you to lead with everyone and everything in mind whilst feeling resourced and empowered

Bring your biggest questions and challenges, share your hopes and fears and you will be ready to lead in a way that enables you, the business and everyone connected to it to thrive. Leading in this way creates engaged and committed individuals, teams and whole organisations that thrive. 

John Whittington

I work with the person with the most responsibility for the whole (most often the CEO or founder) to support them in creating the conditions for organisational health across the system. This enables leadership that creates psychological safety and high performance in engaged individuals and teams, which also builds an enduring legacy.