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The Mantra of Appreciation

Ifirst learned about Appreciative Inquiry in the late 1980s when David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney developed their model, echoing Maslow’s idea that we look …

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 …

Creating Tomorrow’s Innovators Today

In 2010, IBM’s Institute for Business Value surveyed 1,500 chief executives from 60 counties and 33 industries to determine the foremost issue confronting them …

Mental Models and Systems Thinking: Going Deeper into Systemic Issues

In a causal loop diagram of a systemic issue, variables are connected in cause-and-effect relationships. But often the implicit thought processes behind those links …

Acting and Thinking Systemically

In the summer of 2006, a group of local foundations supported the leaders of Calhoun County Michigan (population 100,000), in developing a 10-year plan …

Causal Loop Construction: The Basics

Systems thinking has been described as a language for talking about the complex, interdependent issues managers face every day. Within that framework, causal loop …

Human Resources and the Doom Loop

Few would argue that an effective human resources (HR) practice can be a real source of competitive advantage to a company. Acres of research …

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 …

System Dynamics Loop Generator

I recently heard about a piece of software that I could use on my iPad to build causal loop diagrams. As a Mac user, …