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All Methods Are Wrong. Some Methods Are Useful.

Interest in systems concepts is reviving and broadening. However, the sheer size of the field poses a dilemma for both newcomers and those who …

Integrating Systems Thinking and Design Thinking

As readers of this newsletter are aware, systems thinking is evolving as an alternative to the old paradigms. Richard Mattessich wrote that “systems thinking …

”Leaning” into Organizational Learning

As a senior management team, we have always worked hard to create a true learning organization in our firm, Danfoss Socla, a specialized valve …

Treating America’s Health System with Structural Dynamics

Ours is an era of discontinuity. The tectonic plates of history are shifting, causing powerful and complicated stresses for nearly every human system — …

Shifting Perspective to Shift Results

So prevalent are relationship troubles that most of us merely accept them as the way things are. A Time magazine article in 2002 went …

A New Path to Understanding Systems Thinking

Many readers will recognize this scenario: A group in your department is planning a highly complex project, but the conversations you’re hearing about it …

Until the Vulcan Mind Meld… Building Shared Mental Models

In the popular science fiction TV series Star Trek, the Vulcans, an extraterrestrial species, possess a unique characteristic: They can wordlessly share thoughts, experiences, …

Finding Balance: What Aikido Can Teach Us About Conflict

Conflict stories are our most interesting stories. When you see two people deeply engaged in conversation, chances are that one of them is telling …

The Art of Online Hosting: From PowerPoint to Powerful

Based on our experience in hosting online events—ranging from a train-the-trainer webinar for 12 to a public forum on enlightened business practice for 1,200—we …

Intuition as a Key Factor for Implementing Theory U

As pointed out by many researchers and business coaches, the pace of change and complexity in organizations today is accelerating at an exponential rate.