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8 FACTS--Systems thinking > Systems thinking concept III: Fractals - Pg. 156

CHALLENGING COACHING but this does not mean we can ignore the wider impacts of our work. How do you know that the flapping of your coaching wings might not shift the energy in the system in such a way that signifi- cant impacts emerge from your interventions? To believe this is possible is both an exciting prospect and a serious responsibility. Systems thinking concept III: Fractals The term "fractal" is used to describe how the examination of a small-scale component of a system can reveal information relating to the system as a whole. This term was originated by mathemati- cal physicist Benoît Mandelbrot, who used it to describe naturally occurring irregular shapes where the degree of irregularity or fragmentation is identical at all scales. A popular example is the