Sightlines Group builds and supports organizations taking on our biggest challenges in health, technology, and systems change.
For 15 years we have provided leadership, consulting, research, and investments to organizations in the financial, medical, technology, social enterprise, and public sectors.
We work with teams of experts from different fields who need to generate solutions that none of them could achieve independently. Often these teams face a new set of challenges when working together, born out of different priorities, organizational boundaries, and expectations about collaboration.
An outside consultant or fresh leadership can make swift progress in the beginning. A new level of clarity and increased commitment almost always emerges. But what happens on day 2? Or day 365?
This site is about this question: How do you sustain progress and create results in a purpose-driven organization? Especially when you are tackling systemic problems and you depend on the openness, the risk taking, and also the skepticism of a large group of intelligent, skilled, and confident people. This site contains our experience tackling this question, and examples and how-to from other organizations and thinkers.
Sightlines Group was founded by Chris Barber in 2001.
Because our view is inherently a systems view, one of the first themes we'll touch on is the counter-intuitive or emergent nature of the systems we humans create. Few stories drive this point home more than Stanley Milgram's efforts to understand how so many people could be complicit in the Holocaust, through his famous Obedience studies conducted at Yale in the 1960s.