Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim

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Daniel Kim is an organizational consultant, facilitator, teacher, and public speaker committed to helping problemsolving (reactive) organizations transform into (generative) learning organizations. Dr. Kim helps organizations develop the capabilities of a learning organization by aiding people in articulating a compelling picture of the future that they truly care about, developing the skills to have honest and generative conversations about their current reality, and in learning the conceptual skills needed to understand and deal effectively with complexity. A defining quality of Dr. Kim’s work is his commitment to helping individuals, teams, and institutions identify and pursue their deepest purpose and to realize their highest aspirations.

Daniel Kim has worked with a diverse range of organizations, including: Standard & Poors, National Education Association, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Ford Motor Company, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, and numerous organizations in the Singapore government (including, Singapore Armed Forces, Ministry of Health, Civil Service College, Housing Development Board, Economic Development Board, Singapore Police Force, Ministry of Education, National Institute of Education, Ministry of Manpower, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Info-Comm Development Authority). Dr. Kim has an Electrical Engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is the founding publisher of The Systems ThinkerTM, a newsletter that helps managers apply the power of systems thinking. He is also a co-founder of the MIT Organizational Learning Center and a founding trustee of the Society for Organizational Learning. Dr. Kim has an Electrical Engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is a co-founder of the MIT Center for Organizational and a founding trustee of the Society for Organizational Learning.

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Lean Production: From the Machine Age to the Systems Age

“Twice in the last century, automobile manufacturing has changed our most fundamental ideas of how we make things. And how we make things dictates not …

Delays: Accumulators in Disguise

Imagine a new manager at a beef packaging plant who knows nothing about the birthing process of calves. On the first day his workers show …

Blockbuster Video: Riding on the S-Curve

Blockbuster Video lived up to its name in the 1980s, becoming the number one video rental company in the United States. But its star may …

S-shaped Growth and the Law of Diminishing Returns

Most of us are familiar with the story of Sir Isaac Newton sitting underneath an apple tree and “discovering” the law of gravity when he …

Limits to Success: When the “Best of Times” Becomes the “Worst of Times”

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” wrote …

Systemic Quality Management: Improving the Quality of Doing and Thinking

“No matter how hard Western nations try to engage in Quality Control education, they may not catch up with Japan until the 1990s, since it …

Graphical Functions: “Seeing” the Full Story

An executive of a large automotive company tells the story of two engineers who were arguing about the correct angle of an engine mount. The …

Success to the Successful: Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

Imagine you have two new direct reports, Stan and Frank. Both seem equally qualified — a degree from a good school, a couple years of …

If People Are Assets, Why Do We Treat Them Like Expenses?

There is a lot of talk in the business community about “people being our most important assets.” It sounds like a good idea — recognizing …

A Palette of Systems Thinking Tools

In this issue’s Toolbox it may be helpful to lay out the full array of systems thinking tools from which this column draws. You can …