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News and musings around organisational change.

Applying Systems-Centered® Theory and Methods in Organisations

Rowena Davis - Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Workshop 26 & 27 May 2016 Central London
with follow-on groups throughout 2016


Systems-Centered Training offers an innovative and effective approach to change at the individual, team and whole organisation levels. This training will focus on how we can take up our roles as members or leaders in organisations so we contribute to them with greater influence, satisfaction and energy.

We will practise applying Systems-Centered theory and methods live in the training group, using examples from participants. We hope to co-create a fun and stimulating learning system.

What & When

SCT Applications Map
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Come and join us as we explore applying SCT in our organisational contexts.

Sessions to be held in London on 26 & 27 May, 6 & 7 October, 1 & 2 December 2016. Please contact us if you do not have previous SCT training to arrange an introduction.


The Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD.


The trainings will be led by Rowena Davis and Mike Maher, both experienced Licensed SCT Practitioners with experience of working within organisations and consulting to them.


The fee is £300 + 20% VAT per two days.
The fee for the three two-day sessions is payable upfront and non-refundable if you miss individual sessions.


Download the ongoing group registration form

and email to or

SCT® and Systems-Centered® are registered trademarks of Dr. Yvonne M. Agazarian and the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute Inc., a non-profit organisation. |

SAVI® (System for Analyzing Verbal Interaction) Workshop - London

Rowena Davis - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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Introductory Workshop 4 & 5 February 2016 Central London  
Come & learn the nuts & bolts of SAVI & practise having more productive & satisfying conversations

SAVI is a practical, theory-based tool created by Agazarian & Simon for diagnosing & having more productive & satisfying conversations at work & in our personal lives.

In this two day Introductory Workshop, facilitated by certified SAVI trainer and experienced organisational consultant Rowena Davis, we will:

  • Explore through the SAVI lens why some conversations flow & others get stuck
  • Discover ways to reduce ‘noise’ so more information gets heard & problems are solved more easily
  • Try out new verbal behaviours to build our teams, groups, relationships & organisations
  • Aim to have fun co-creating an exploratory, collaborative learning climate

Participants in Stockholm November 2012 rated their satisfaction 9.7 out of 10:

‘Astounded how just changing the verbal behaviours shifted my view of the people in my team to more open & curious’

‘Good tempo; meaningful exercises using our own examples; good theoretical lecture at start & all the way through’

Fees: Self-Employed / Voluntary / Public Sectors £375 + 20% VAT; others £495 + 20% VAT

Timing: Thursday 4 February: 08.45 – 17.30; Friday 5 February: 09.00 – 17.15

Registration: Please download the registration form and email 

SAVI® is a registered trademark of Yvonne Agazarian, Claudia Byram, Fran Carter & Anita Simon.

SAVI® (System for Analyzing Verbal Interaction) Workshop - Stockholm

Rowena Davis - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th November
Introductory SAVI Workshop 

Learn the nuts and bolts of SAVI for those new to SAVI and refresh and deepen SAVI skills for those who've taken this introductory workshop before. 

Wednesday 18th November 
Participating in meetings effectively

For those with previous SAVI training to develop your SAVI muscle.  


2-day Introductory Workshop 4,800 SEK
1-day Building SAVI Muscle 2,600 SEK
All 3 days 6,600 SEK

25% VAT will be added to all fees. The price includes coffee & tea during the breaks. Lunch is not included.

Location & Times
Klara Södra Kyrkogata 20, Stockholm; 08:45 - 17:30

Please download the registration form and email Jonas Forsmark at 

SCT® and Systems-Centered® are registered trademarks of Dr. Yvonne M. Agazarian and the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute, a non-profit organization. SAVI® is a registered trademark of Yvonne Agazarian, Claudia Byram, Fran Carter & Anita Simon. 

Creating conditions so that all voices can be heard

Rowena Davis - Saturday, March 16, 2013
Opening up to differences

I’ve been using Systems-Centered® Theory (SCT) (Agazarian 1997) and complexity theory (Stacey 2000) as my main maps to make sense of how we co-create dynamics in human systems and how change happens. Both approaches acknowledge the emergent (and often unpredictable) nature of human interaction. Potentially novel solutions emerge at what Stacey calls ‘the Edge of Chaos’ and which Agazarian calls ‘the Edge of the Unknown’, if (and it is a big if) we can listen to our differences and explore the information they contain. 

What is it about differences?
‘Living human systems survive, develop and transform by discriminating and integrating differences.’
(Agazarian 1997)

Many approaches, from genetics to encouraging innovation and development, recognise the importance of difference. Difference is central in Systems-Centered theory, which posits that we need differences to develop and transform even though, on the whole, we hate them! Read more in this article

Similarities first

Rowena Davis - Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Functional subgrouping The Systems-Centered method for working with differences 

The importance of difference

Rowena Davis - Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How we need differences and how hard it can be to work with them. A great video from Margaret Hefferman on what helps and the benefits of persisting. 

Task and Process in meetings

Rowena Davis - Sunday, June 24, 2012

Blake and Mouton's Leadership styles highlights the importance of a balance when looking for collaborative, engaged work groups to pay attention to both these elements. 

Coaching - a skill, not just an add-on

Rowena Davis - Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Running a workshop recently brought home how much practice becoming an effective coach takes.

The participants worked in triads each taking turns at being the coach, the client and the observer. The coach sometimes found it hard to keep on task and only focussed at the feeling level. Other times they drove through the task and ignored their own or the client's gut level experience. Often they steered the client, rather than asking open questions or offering choices and letting the client discover their answer.

This brought home what a tough job it is for people in organisations to become coaches without sufficient support or coaching themselves 

Welcome to the RDA Blog

Rowena Davis - Sunday, June 12, 2011
RDA helps clients work with both the planned and the unplanned sides of organisational life. We work in an open, collaborative way. We pool our own and our clients' analytical thinking and intuitive common sense

. We find practical, creative solutions people can work with.

 We intend to use this blog to communicate with clients, associates and interested parties our take on recent hot topics affecting our field.

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