Monday, October 22, 2007

What he said

See Gill South's report about Systems Thinking, System Dynamics: Managing Change and Complexity by Kambiz E. Maani and Robert Y. Cavana.

The advice?

  • Take the time to think.
  • Patterns, not individual datapoints (problems), are key.
  • If you want to change an event (fix a problem), you have to change the process (structure) that created the pattern of which the event is a part.

As some might say, it's all about context. Others might suggest it's about getting leverage.

If you're facing a challenge in your organization, are you looking at an individual event, or is there a pattern? What's the structure (process) that created that pattern? What can you do to change the structure so that the pattern changes in a way you want? Would you like to talk about it?

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