Business Intuition and Systemic Constellations in Business

Originally published at on April 10, 2017.

Intuition and Collective Intelligence

According to the most recent research of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, “a group’s collective intelligence is only moderately linked with the average individual intelligence of the people in the group.”

Among the significant factors, which impact collective intelligence, is the high level of social perceptiveness of the people in the group, with social perceptiveness being a measure of people’s abilities to work effectively with each other.

Intuition allows us to access our own deeper intelligence and the collective intelligence of an organizational system (or any other human group structure), and improves our capacity to collectively act in a more intelligent, effective and successful manner.

Systemic Constellations in Business

Constellations are a systemic method allowing us to to tap into that collective intelligence of the organization.

According to Klaus P. Horn and Regine Brick, constellations are a “tool that can depict complex interconnections and reciprocal effects in a clear and simple way… To profit from this method, you have to dethrone your rational mind as the sovereign ruler in ways of learning, problem solving and innovation…”

According to the same authors, systemic constellations emerge as the problem solving method of the future. They are “a way to quickly get an overview of the current situation as it is.”

I can hear many asking why should we dethrone the rational mind — that is how we got here at the first place. Rational and linear methods has served us well and they will continue to do so. However, they have also done damage by disregarding that any human structure is a living system that does not abide by the linear cause and effect methods we are used to. They have turned especially ineffective in the times of fast change we live in.

Our rational way of processing information and using language are a function of our left brain while emotional intelligence, creativity and intuition are attributed to the intelligence of the right brain. Systemic constellations allow us to tap into the competencies of the right brain and circumvent language which — albeit very important for us– sometimes gets on our away. We get insights within an hour or two on matters for which the rational mind might need sometimes years to comprehend.

Systemic constellations make organizational dynamics and patterns visible and raise our awareness of them. According to G. Weber, there is nothing new here. “Processes like these occur constantly in everyday life.” However, they often “remain outside of our awareness and attention, or a regarded as meaningless… In the concentrated work of a constellation, they are given a place. They appear and unfold and are given the weight and importance they have previously been denied.” That means to put everything in context and understand the nature of relationships and patterns that sometimes otherwise remain invisible. According to Fritjof Capra, “from the systems point of view, the understanding of life begins with understanding the pattern”.

Application of Systemic Constellations in Business

Companies such as Daimler-Chrysler, IBM and BMW, to name a few, have been using this method successfully and there is now a track record of its enduring benefits. Many more organizations use them today to make both strategic and operational decisions.

The applications of the method are unlimited. You can use them to:

  • understand the nature of repeating problems and the real reason traditional methods fail at resolving them.
  • shed light on blind spots and bottlenecks; make the invisible visible.
  • understand the origins of fears or believes.
  • heal relationships, reestablish balance and ensure everybody is given the right place in the system.
  • understand the underlying order of things, and so many others.

The best way to understand how this method works is to practice it. It can be used in one-one systemic coaching, as well as in group work.