Systems Thinking Leadership. Bob Powell, Ph.D., MBA exponentialimprovement.com Leadership Pikes Peak 9/20/07. What is Systems Thinking?. Seeking to understand system behavior by examining "the whole" … instead of by analyzing the parts. An unusual approach raises concerns:.
Bob Powell, Ph.D., MBA
Leadership Pikes Peak 9/20/07
Systems Thinking is not …
… that’s because it’s based on principles fundamental to the nature of reality.
It’s about feedback loops with delays.
On Values, Purpose, Vision, & Tangible Mechanisms,
see Collins & Porras, Built to Last
… but “mechanisms” isn’t the best metaphor … “organic” is.
"That place is too popular. Nobody goes there anymore." Yogi Berra
S = same direction
O = opposite direction
This is a Balancing Loop
work in a team for 5 minutes
then we’ll present examples
… begin by decidingwho will present
Identify actions& policies to create desiredbehaviors and outcomes.
work in a team for 2 minutes
then we’ll discuss
On website, see“Create Strategic Focus”
Systems Thinking Skills
Scientific thinkingLearning Requires Languages, Brains, & Skillshttp://www.exponentialimprovement.com/cms/learning.shtml
physical condition: simultanagnosia
“Dynamic complexity” is when we have multiple feedback loops and long delays.