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A Tale of Two Loops: The Behavior of “Success to the Successful”

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. . . .” So begins Charles Dickens’s classic novel A Tale of …

Escalation: The Underlying Structure of War

The lessons we learn by studying the “Fixes That Fail” and “Shifting the Burden” archetypes revolve around the kinds of actions that we choose …

Shifting the Burden: Moving Beyond a Reactive Orientation

Although the parable of the boiled frog has become a familiar story in organizational learning circles, it does not yet seem to prevent organizations …

Fixes that Fail: Why Faster is Slower

Mqost of us are familiar with the paradox that asks, “Why is it that we don’t have the time to do things right in …

From Hero as Leader to Servant as Leader

An organizational and spiritual awakening is currently taking place. On the eve of the new millennium, more and more people are seeking deeper meaning …

A Lifetime of Systems Thinking

When one reaches 80, one is considered to be ripe and ready for picking. Picking usually consists of the pickers asking the pickee to …

Breaking Down Functional Blinders: A Systemic View of the Organizational Map

Archetypes in systems thinking are commonly occurring, generic structures of multiple feedback loops. These widely studied models provide immediate insight into the potential pathologies …

Introducing the Systems Archetypes: Escalation

You may have seen or been involved in a situation where a minor incident quickly escalated into a major blowout before anyone even knew …

Introducing the Systems Archetypes: Drifting Goals

It is an old tale that if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will leap out. But if you …

Introducing the Systems Archetypes: Shifting the Burden

As with the previous systems archetype that we discussed, “Fixes That Fail,” “Shifting the Burden” is about how the pressure of a worsening problem …