In general, in Western cultures, we think linearly. One cause has one effect. “A” causes “B”, “B” causes “C”, and “C” causes “D” When we think in terms of “systems”, the possibility that “A”, “B”, “C”, and “D” are all interrelated in a multidimensional fashion, new approaches to understanding and impacting on life can emerge.
I have always been fascinated with the “tetrahedron”. The most basic example of the tetrahedron in nature is the carbon atom which connects to form this pattern and is the basic building block of life on earth. Plato felt that the tetrahedron represented the element, “fire”. The tetrahedron is the simplest three dimensional solid. Most important to me is that every point on the object connects to every other point. This makes it perfect for representing a system where more than two or three variables or factors all interrelate. One of my favorite system representations demonstrates the dynamic relationship between the body, the mind, the world, and the spirit.
As a psychiatrist, I often used the tetrahedron to demonstrate the relationship between brain chemistry, thoughts, behavior and emotions in diagnosis and treatment. As a coach, I use a systems approach to move a person forward towards their goals. I do not follow a list or a predetermined program. I do not follow any particular order of questions or activities as I address your challenges. Instead I use the agility I have gained through my experience and training to dynamically move you forward approaching your case from a systems perspective. You will find some examples of the systems I use as I work with my clients in my descriptions of life and executive coaching.