Tag: Systems Thinking

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Creating a Comprehensive System of Inquiry

Acentral tenant of system dynamics is the need to model the problem and not the system. As John Sterman points out in his book …

Minnesota Takes the Long View of Its Solid Waste System

In January 2000, Minnesota’s Office of Environmental Assistance (MN OEA) began to investigate creative solutions to the state’s growing problems with solid waste disposal.

Holistic Change: Creating Organizational and Individual Alignment at Genuity

Conventional wisdom says that 70 percent or more of business change efforts, such as process reengineering, fail to meet their objectives. Why? Because these …

Systems Thinkers Must Go Down the Rabbit’s Hole

You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the …

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 …

Acting on Interdependence

The world works much better when we respect its interdependence. I learned this lesson 15 years ago, when my colleagues at Rocky Mountain Institute …

Operationalizing Systems Thinking on One Page

It is always a thrill to gain new insights after applying systems thinking to a problem situation. Imagine a team that is exhilarated from …

Six Steps to Thinking Systemically

Bijou Bottling Company is a fictitous beverage bottler with an all too real problem: chronic late shipments. Its customers—major chain retailers—are looking for orders …

Exposing the Hidden Benefits of Business As Usual: Why the Status Quo is So Difficult to Change

For the medical informatics unit of a major health services organization, the vision was clear and compelling: assure that the most advanced current knowledge …

Wobbling to Success by Managing the “Accidental Adversaries” Dynamic

Have you ever been in a relationship that you just knew could be better? Or one that required hard work to maintain because of …