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SYSTEMS THINKING ...
IN A NUTSHELL
WHAT IS SYSTEMS THINKING?
“Systems thinking is a management discipline that concerns an
understanding of a system by exami...
WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT?
Given the significant social, economic & environmental challenges in today’s world
of work, many sy...
LEARNING TO THINK BIG & ACT SMALL
Systems thinking helps leaders to think big, however at the same time it is
important to...
10 COMMON CHARACTERISTICS
OF A SYSTEMS THINKER
1. Insatiable Curiosity & Courageousness to prove themselves wrong
2. Happy...
IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ...
Want to learn more about Systems Thinking, Collaboration and Innovation?
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Systems thinking ... in a nutshell

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A brief introduction to Systems Thinking

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Systems thinking ... in a nutshell

  1. 1. SYSTEMS THINKING ... IN A NUTSHELL
  2. 2. WHAT IS SYSTEMS THINKING? “Systems thinking is a management discipline that concerns an understanding of a system by examining the linkages and interactions between the components that comprise the entirety of that defined system, as well as perceives that same system as an interactive component of something bigger than itself.”
  3. 3. WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? Given the significant social, economic & environmental challenges in today’s world of work, many systems - such health, housing, education, social care etc - are at breaking point and in the process of significant transformation. Given that many of these systems are connected and highly interdependent, it helps if leaders and their teams understand the importance of systems thinking, systemic responses & collaborative approaches that help many systems to transform simultaneously without losing sight of the user experience. It also helps for leaders to understand how our psychology & neurology affect our ability to collaborate with others, and techniques to overcome these barriers.
  4. 4. LEARNING TO THINK BIG & ACT SMALL Systems thinking helps leaders to think big, however at the same time it is important to act small. The curse of a systems thinker who only considers the whole and not the parts can seek to generalise and stereotype too much, leading to one- size-fits-all solutions that do not connect with people’s lived experiences. The key is to learn to think big, but act small. A helpful technique is to apply boundary thinking and engage with those who you want to benefit from any transformation initiative.
  5. 5. 10 COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF A SYSTEMS THINKER 1. Insatiable Curiosity & Courageousness to prove themselves wrong 2. Happy to not know the answer 3. Intuitive Pattern/Trend Spotter 4. Cross-Pollinator/Connector/Weaver 5. Working at the Edges (not the Centre) 6. Attracted to Ambiguity 7. Turn Uncertainty into Opportunities 8. Flow & Flexibility 9. Pioneer 10. Reluctance to Lead Want to read more? Click “10 Common Characteristics of Systems Leaders”
  6. 6. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ... Want to learn more about Systems Thinking, Collaboration and Innovation? Like our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/futurecatalyst) or follow us on Twitter (@futurecatalyst) Visit our website – www.futurecatalyst.co.uk or Contact Us for a free consultation without obligation – 07474 237383

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