Who We Are

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Our Mission

We empower humans and systems with research-based tools and processes that prevent burnout, reduce turnover, and improve individual and organizational well-being.

Our Vision

Thriving humans and systems.

Healthy Systems Principles

  • Everybody is doing the best they can with what they have and what they know.
  • The best way forward moves us toward what we want, not away from what we fear.
  • A challenge is best solved by the person or group most affected.
  • The truth lies in the combined perspective and experiences of all stakeholders.
  • Purposefully aligning behaviors, values, and principles allows effective leadership to emerge.

Human Wellbeing Principles

  • All human beings are of equal, and great, worth.
  • Releasing problems to our source brings peace and creates order out of chaos.
  • Consciously aligning our thoughts and behavior with values and principles allows mindful growth to emerge.
  • Seeking healing and empowerment from within ourselves and in relationship with others creates opportunities for success.
  • Pursuing our unique and valuable contribution to the world’s health and growth fulfills our human purpose.

Our Approach

We use our Healthy Systems Principles and Human Wellbeing Principles, as well as our original research-based tools, to empower individuals and organizations to assess their practices and determine pathways to personal and collective growth. Whether consulting with an organization or coaching an individual, we always “start where the client is” – we assume that the client knows what they need and how to get there. We focus on strengths while providing guidance on navigating relationship and systems challenges.

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S. Colby Peters, PhD, LCSW

Welcome, I am glad you’re here!

I started Human Systems in 2016 because I believe that we can eliminate burnout and unnecessary turnover in health and human service organizations. When I went back to school in 2012 to get my PhD in social work, my intention was to find out why burnout and turnover were so high in human services, and how to stop it. My research led me to reconceptualize leadership as positive action that happens on the individual, relational, and systems levels. This new concept of leadership opens the leadership role to anybody who acts for change (as opposed to just the individuals at the top of an organizational chart), and also accounts for the complexity of how change happens in organizations and other systems (as opposed to simply focusing on the traditional leader-follower dynamic).  Using this new concept of leadership, I  developed the first multi-level, scientifically validated leadership model and assessment, especially designed for health and human service organizations.

Like many others, the Covid pandemic forced me to search for additional mental health and wellbeing tools, and I found mindfulness and recovery. I was struck by how well mindfulness concepts fit with my existing leadership research, and saw an opportunity to expand the model for use in both personal life and professional organizations. From extensive research on mindfulness models and mindfulness practice in organizations, I developed the Healthy Systems Principles, the Human Wellbeing Principles, and the HS Mindfulness Model. The HS Mindful Growth Model and the HS Mindful Leadership Model are the result of the consolidation of my original leadership model, mindfulness research, and research on recovery and human wellbeing.

In addition to working with others on systems health and human wellbeing, I am also an artist, wife, and mother.

I would love to work with you, and I feel confident that you, like so many others, will find my unique, research-based tools and approach to be illuminating and effective. Contact us or book a free consultation!

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