"A cult we must be aware of is the Cult of the Dividers - or the Divicult. We often know these dividers as accountants and bankers. Their belief is that everything can be solved - even the most ‘difficult’ problems - through repeated subdivision, by breaking them down further and further into their smallest components. I guess some might recall the old saying: 'the Devil is in the detail'. Systems thinking tells us that there is another way: simply to understand ourselves as being part of a series of nested systems.
The critical part of this is that we must obey the laws of the higher order system which we are part of. These laws are not enforced directly (yet) but failure to recognise their existence could lead to the destruction of a higher order system by a lower system - without them realising - just because they did not stop to think, listen and stare….If they did maybe they would hear a faint heartbeat and see patterns that would tell them that they are part of a larger living system that needs to be loved and cared for. We need carers, not careers…"
The above definition offered by Gideon Middleton sits well alongside Russ Ackoff's F-Law #3 which states that:
"You rarely improve an organisation as a whole by improving the performance of one or more of its parts."
Russ Ackoff - Management f-LAWS