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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Are Budgets Bad for Business?

Budgets are great for tracking money as it flows through a company. But when they are used for other purposes — long-range planning or gauging …

Software for Understanding Complex Systems

Life is complex,” states M. Scott Peck at the beginning of his book, Further Along the Road Less Traveled. Unfortunately, that statement goes against …

Fixes That Fail: Oiling the Squeaky Wheel—Again and Again . . .

How many times have you heard the saying “the squeaky wheel gets the oil?” Most people agree that whoever or whatever makes the most “noise” …

Drifting Goals: The “Boiled Frog” Syndrome

It’s becoming an old story in the systems thinking field: If you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water, he will immediately hop …

Shifting the Burden: The “Helen Keller” Loops

Most of us know the story of Helen Keller and have probably sympathized with her and her parents, whose actions to protect their handicapped daughter …

Leading Ethically Through Foresight

Rereading Robert Greenleaf ’s renowned 1970 essay “The Servant As Leader” is always an exercise in humility for me. His writings are a constant …

Behavior Over Time Diagrams: Seeing Dynamic Interrelationships

An old Winnie the Pooh cartoon sketch shows Christopher Robin dragging Edward the Bear down a set of stairs by one arm, while the …

Drifting Goals: The Challenge of Conflicting Priorities

It’s 7:30 a.m., and you are hurriedly getting your children ready for the day. You finally buckle everyone into the car, rush across town, …

Managing with Accumulators and Flows

A common principle of systems thinking is that “there is no away.” Every material thing we make and use must come from somewhere and …

Palette of Systems Thinking Tools

There is a full array of systems thinking tools that you can think of in the same way as a painter views colors many …