Complex challenges need the combined efforts of leaders,
managers and people on the front lines. Plexus Institute focuses on culture and
leadership that support organizational and community change. People can act and
interact differently to create the relationships and professional conversations
that galvanize new ideas. We help
leaders pursue their vision and administrative roles while creating
environments where people in the work community do act differently to generate
and carry out solutions to problems they face.
Even the most intractable problems often have solutions
within the organization that just await discovery. Even when no full fledged
solution exists, people who’ve been engaged in seeking solutions are poised
find new ones. Our processes foster new patterns of practice that have led to
improved outcomes in such complex organizations as hospitals, schools, prisons,
and the military. We also provide ongoing mentoring to help people discover
what’s working, what’s not working, and why.
Some Examples of Work With Plexus:
Deviance/MRSA initiative- a collaborative involving six diverse
institutions used Positive Deviance, adapted with other change processes, to
prevent healthcare associated infections. The results: sustainable 35 % to 80 %
reduction in infections, countless lives saved, and millions of dollars saved.
- Cabin Creek
Health Systems- a group of community health centers in rural
West Virginia partnered with Plexus to modify organizational practices. More projects have been sustained and
the staff has been happier and more productive.
- CDC Dialysis
CLABSI Initiative/Atlanticare- this dialysis unit partnered with
Plexus and virtually eliminated catheter-related bloodstream infections.
Leadership- an initiative developed with Ori Brafman,
author of The Starfish and the Spider,
has helped train multiple cohorts of U.S. Army officers develop networked leadership,
trust-based collaboration, and in-the-moment adaptation and innovation.
Adaptive Positive Deviance (APD) approach to change combines focus on
leadership, a complexity science lens, and development of smart networks
connections that tap community wisdom. You’ll learn to use Liberating
Structures, the processes that engage everyone in the
organization in finding solutions. Plexus has convened stimulating interactive
events, conferences and learning networks for nurses, physicians and
Learning Network participants explore current topics in monthly
conference calls. The book, On the Edge, Nursing in the Age of
Complexity, emerged from nurses’ collaboration. Our PlexusCall series
invites regular complexity-related learning conversations.