A systemic approach

What’s behind the name?

The name “Quintessential” was inspired by the book “The Fifth Discipline”.

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organisation by Peter Senge (a scholar at MIT) explores group problem solving and the creation of learning organisations. It introduces five disciplines with which to develop the following three learning capabilities:

  • fostering aspiration

  • developing reflective conversation, and

  • understanding complexity.

Quintessential leverages the following five disciplines as the foundational principles for what we do and how we work with our clients. They are:

PERSONAL MASTERY: a discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our energies, developing our patience, and better understanding our current reality.

MENTAL MODELS: deeply ingrained assumptions and depictions that influence how we understand the world and how we take action.

BUILDING SHARED VISION: a practice of unearthing common desires that foster genuine commitment rather than compliance.

TEAM LEARNING: a shared experience that starts with open dialogue and suspending judgement to create an environment where team members can ‘think independently together’ and;

SYSTEMS THINKING: integrating the other four disciplines and representing the core of the Quintessential philosophy…

“Systems thinking is a way of helping people view things from a broad perspective. This broad view can help you to quickly identify the root causes of issues in organisations and know just where to work to address them in order to create effective and sustainable change.”

Some of our clients.