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Many business meetings lack a general sense of life cycle and are frequently devoid of a specific life cycle. For many students, they can appeal to their organizational holarchy for guidance. The term holarchy, coined by Arthur Koestler in his book The Ghost in the Machine (1968), gave rise to terms such as “holistic” and “holism” .
The root “arch” in both the terms holarchy and hierarchy means governance or rule (“hier” means sacred or holy.) “Holos” means whole, so that in a holarchy, each component is both a whole and a part; ie, systems nested within each other (the technical term is reciprocal reciprocities).
For meetings that have not embraced a life cycle, consider our holarchy poster. Strive to articulate and understand the discrete purpose, scope, and objectives of each level upward (ie, above the dotted line next to “Meeting/ Workshop”) in the holarchy to see how closely you align with higher objectives you are supporting.