Topic: Fundamentals

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Identifying and Breaking Vicious Cycles

Perhaps the most prevalent and accessible form of systems thinking for people new to the concept is the vicious cycle. Examples: TEAM TIP …

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 …

Using Causal Loop Diagrams to Make Mental Models Explicit

Making mental models explicit can enhance both individual and organizational learning by making individual learning more accessible and therefore more easily transferable to the …

Structural Thinking: The World According to Accumulators and Flows

Avice president of a major U. S. manufacturer once questioned whether today’s rapid pace of change means that all our old tools and ways …

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 …

Accumulators: Bathtubs, Bathtubs Everywhere…

When’s the last time you actually took a real, honest-to-goodness bath? If you are like most people, it has probably been quite a while.

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 …

Balancing Loops with Delays: Teeter-Tottering on Seesaws

Most of us have played on a seesaw at one time or another and can recall the up and down motion as the momentum …

Fine-Tuning Your Causal Loop Diagrams—Part II

Distinguish Between Actual and Perceived Conditions Perceptions and reality often differ, and it is usually important to capture these differences in your causal diagrams. The …