Kellie Wardman

Kellie Wardman

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My first poem was published when I was 10 in Children’s Digest magazine. It was a silly piece about junk food—but still, when I found the issue in my mailbox, I ran all the way up my driveway with it flapping in my sweaty little hand.

I completed my BA in Honors English at the University of New Hampshire and my MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. My poetry has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and writing has been published in The Concord Monitor, Entelechy International, Limestone, Leverage Points, NH Troubadour, The Orange Room, Boston Literary Magazine, Bop Dead City, and The Systems Thinker.

For 9 years, I worked as publications director at Pegasus Communications, where I launched a new book publishing business and a newsletter, Leverage Points: News and Ideas for the Organizational Learner. I currently serve as adjunct faculty in creative writing at a local university, and as a consultant in the field of nonprofit management.

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When to Simulate

Systems thinking offers an array of tools — from systems archetypes to computer models — for improving the quality of decision making. Knowing which …

R&D Funding: Managing the Pipeline

For 50 years, the U.S. government, universities, and corporate labs have led the world in research breakthroughs and Nobel prizes. Recently, however, global and …

Building Communities of Commitment

Creating learning organizations takes more than a collection of individuals working toward the same cause; it requires building a community of learners who are …

Balancing Loops with Delays

A simple balancing loop can be thought of as a basic control loop. In this type of feedback loop, any discrepancies between desired …

Detroit’s Juggling Act: Balancing Production and Quality

Truck sales are on a roll…. US sales of light trucks stormed ahead 24% in January, to 416,828 vehicles, easily outpacing a 7.8% rise …

Balancing Loop Basics

Reinforcing processes, which we covered in last month’s issue, are only one of the building blocks of complex systems. While the snowballing effect of …

Car Leasing: Are Automakers Gambling Away Their Future?

Ford and some other companies that have pushed (car) leasing hard ‘are making money hand over fist right now,’ says Randall McCathren, whose company, …

Anatomy of a Reinforcing Loop

Feedback loops can be thought of as closed loops of interconnection; basically, sequences of mutual causes and effects. The links between each variable show …

What Companies Can Learn from Urban Dynamics

You won’t find Detroit, Philadelphia, or Los Angeles listed in Fortune’s 1993 ‘Top Ten Cities For Business.” In the last four decades, Detroit has …

Redesigning Our Schools, Reinventing the Future

“Our only real hope to survive and thrive in the increasingly tough world of global business is to have the world’ s best managers and …