Topic: Fundamentals

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Anchoring Model Development in Causal Loop Diagrams

As a consultant working in the field of systems thinking, I am continually amazed by the ease with which people are able to read …

Keeping Performance up to Speed

Last week, while I was waiting for a phone call at my home office, I ran a utility program on my relatively new computer …

Paper Fold: An Exercise in Exponential Growth

The behaviors of all ecological and human systems result from cause-and-effect links that make up reinforcing (positive) or balancing (negative) feedback loops. Generally speaking, …

On Conversation and Collective Questioning: Theory and Practice of the World Café

Are you looking for new approaches to address questions that matter to your organization or group so that what emerges is likely to be …

Encouraging the “Epidemic” Spread of Change

Why did the crime rate in New York City drop so dramatically starting in 1993? How is it that some products—such as Hush Puppies …

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 …

In Search of the Perfect Causal Loop Variable

Imagine that you’re sitting in the company cafeteria with some colleagues, munching sandwiches and discussing the latest resignation from the customer service group. “I …

We Can’t Afford to “Wait and See” on Climate Changes

Recent Bush administration statements on climate change just do not add up. The U. S. President and his advisers refer to the heat-trapping effects …

Managing Delays

My husband, Hal, and I rented a houseboat and traveled down the beautiful St. Johns River in Florida. After a short lesson at the …

Selecting Variable Names for Causal Loop Diagrams

When first beginning to draw a causal loop diagram, don’t spend a lot of time up front trying to select the “perfect” variable name.