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Chapter Six Mapping and Exploration of the Systems

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The Power of Asking Pivotal Questions. In a rapidly changing business landscape, executives need the ability to quickly spot both new opportunities and hidden risks.

The Power of Asking Pivotal Questions

Asking the right questions can help you broaden your perspective — and make smarter decisions. Good strategic thinking and decision making often require a shift in perspective — particularly in environments characterized by significant uncertainty and change. What worked in the past simply may not apply in the future. Asking “what if” questions about the future may create discomfort, since answers are often not obvious. But asking such questions also forces you to step back and challenge current assumptions that prevent you from seeing breakthrough solutions. Are You Solving The Right Problem? Build an Organization That’s Less Busy and More Strategic. Working with the top executives at a company I’ll call Titan (which designs and makes transit concrete mixers), I noticed that they were flat-out busy doing everything except thinking about strategy.

Build an Organization That’s Less Busy and More Strategic

They were keeping a close watch on factory operations, tracking production targets, handling problems with staffing and equipment, and even getting involved in administrative tasks like supplying quotes and checking that all the invoicing had been done. And that set the pace for everyone else in the organization. Employees took few breaks. World's Largest Professional Network.

Robert Reich: Trade deals ravage the middle class (and everyone else) Suppose that by enacting a particular law we’d increase the U.S.Gross Domestic Product.

Robert Reich: Trade deals ravage the middle class (and everyone else)

But almost all that growth would go to the richest 1percent. The rest of us could buy some products cheaper than before. But those gains would be offset by losses of jobs and wages. This is pretty much what “free trade” has brought us over the last two decades. I used to believe in trade agreements. Recent trade agreements have been wins for big corporations and Wall Street, along with their executives and major shareholders. They also get better protection for their intellectual property – patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Robert Reich: The sharing economy is hurtling us backwards. How would you like to live in an economy where robots do everything that can be predictably programmed in advance, and almost all profits go to the robots’ owners?

Robert Reich: The sharing economy is hurtling us backwards

Meanwhile, human beings do the work that’s unpredictable – odd jobs, on-call projects, fetching and fixing, driving and delivering, tiny tasks needed at any and all hours – and patch together barely enough to live on. Brace yourself. This is the economy we’re now barreling toward. They’re Uber drivers, Instacart shoppers, and Airbnb hosts.

They include Taskrabbit jobbers, Upcounsel’s on-demand attorneys, and Healthtap’s on-line doctors. Wet maatschappelijke ondersteuning. Google Translate. Van staat naar stad - Wetenschappelijk Instituut. Inside Valve’s plan to revolutionize the world of video games - The Washington Post. Disgruntled Defense of the Ancients 2 players even made an incarnation of their frustration with the lack of Diretide up for download to the game.

Inside Valve’s plan to revolutionize the world of video games - The Washington Post

(Photo by Steam) Just before Halloween, a commentator covering Valve's most popular game, Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2), tweeted it would not have the seasonal event "Diretide. " The time-limited game mode with Halloween elements such as virtual candy collection was a big hit on its first run in 2012. Gabe Newell on Valve’s intimate relationship with its customers. Valve CEO and co-founder Gabe Newell (Valve) Valve is one of the most successful video game companies in the world.

Gabe Newell on Valve’s intimate relationship with its customers

The firm's online game distribution and multi-player platform Steam has 65 million users. Exclusive: Valve's Gabe Newell on Steam Box, biometric controllers, and the future of gaming. By T.C.

Exclusive: Valve's Gabe Newell on Steam Box, biometric controllers, and the future of gaming

Sottek and Tom Warren We just sat down for a rare and wide-ranging interview with Valve CEO Gabe Newell, who opened up to The Verge with details about the company's upcoming "Steam Box" gaming hardware, the future of the Steam digital distribution platform, and even gaming itself. For starters, Valve isn't just attacking the living room; the Steam Box will be designed to work across multiple screens in the home using networking standards like Miracast, ideally allowing users to effortlessly transition between rooms and monitors to enjoy gaming and other content.

But Valve's goal isn't just to put a box into everyone's living room, it's to help build an ecosystem of content developers — including the gamers themselves. Gabe Newell on what makes Valve tick - The Washington Post. Valve co-founder and CEO Gabe Newell (Andrea Peterson/Washington Post) Valve is one of the most successful video game companies in the world.

Gabe Newell on what makes Valve tick - The Washington Post

The firm's online game distribution and multi-player platform Steam has 65 million users. Valve Software: free marketeer's dream, or nightmare? Valve Software's chief economist, Yanis Varoufakis, has a post up detailing the strange corporate structure of the company, famous for its string of hits from the Half Life and Portal series to Counterstrike and Team Fortress, as well as its mammoth digital distribution network Steam.

Valve Software: free marketeer's dream, or nightmare?

The whole post is fascinating as an introduction to the area of economics known as theory of the firm, but the really interesting part is his description of how the famously hierarchy-free company is actually practicing the free market even within the workplace. Why Valve? Or, what do we need corporations for and how does Valve’s management structure fit into today’s corporate world? Why Valve?

Why Valve? Or, what do we need corporations for and how does Valve’s management structure fit into today’s corporate world?

Or, what do we need corporations for and how does Valve’s management structure fit into today’s corporate world? You have read Valve’s survival manual for new employees. You have read Michael Abrash’s wonderful account of working at Valve. Why There Are No Bosses at Valve - Businessweek. Earlier this week, Valve Software—the company behind the Half-Life, Counter-Strike, and Portal video game series—released its employee handbook to the public because, according to Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, somebody asked. “I’d mentioned the handbook on a podcast and one of the listeners contacted us and said, ‘Hey, can I get a copy?’ So [designer] Greg Coomer sent him a copy and all of a sudden, it got posted online,” he says. The handbook attracted a lot of attention because, in addition to offering company massage rooms and free food, Valve has a unique corporate structure rarely seen at such a large company: Valve has 300 employees but no managers or bosses at all.

Newell talked to Bloomberg Businessweek about his company’s environment and how it works. Why did you create a workplace with no managers? I was at Microsoft (MSFT) for 13 years and one of the things I did was go out and talk to customers. What Makes Valve Software the Best Office Ever? - Businessweek. Valve Software is good at three things: developing first-person shooter games such as Half-Life and Counter-Strike, digitally distributing its games on its 35 million-member Steam network, and keeping its employees happy. The computer software company’s “Handbook for New Employees” (PDF) recently surfaced online and—let’s just say that if we knew anything about designing computer games, we’d send an application to the company right now.

Here are the most interesting details found in the 56-page booklet: The Good There are no managers or bosses at Valve. Even Valve co-founder Gabe Newell isn’t directly in charge of anyone. Valve, a Video Game Maker With Few Rules. THIS is no Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Every way I look, the scene shifts, the battle unfolds. I have a crazy contraption strapped to my head: a boxy set of goggles that looks like a 22nd-century version of a View-Master.

04 FuturesW. Futures Wheel. Emergent%20Futures%20Consequence%20Wheel%20Tool%20Download.pdf. DSnowdenALeadersFrameworkHBR. The Dawn of System Leadership. The deep changes necessary to accelerate progress against society's most intractable problems require a unique type of leader—the system leader, a person who catalyzes collective leadership. With the passing of Nelson Mandela in late 2013, the world celebrated a remarkable life. But the spotlight on Mandela's accomplishments relegated to the shadows much of the reason that he has had such a lasting impact, in South Africa and beyond. Above all, Mandela embodied a system leader, someone able to bring forth collective leadership. In countless ways, large and small, he undertook interventions aimed at bringing together the remnants of a divided country to face their common challenges collectively and build a new nation.

Decisive Action - How businesses make decisions.pdf. The Secret to Creativity, Intelligence, and Scientific Thinking: Being Able to Make Connections. 10.3K Flares 10.3K Flares × When we shared this image from the @buffer Twitter account recently, it got me thinking. The Tweet resulted in over 1,000 retweets, which somehow was an indication that a lot of people seemed to agree with this statement. There’s a key difference between knowledge and experience and it’s best described like this: The original is from cartoonist Hugh MacLeod, who came up with such a brilliant way to express a concept that’s often not that easy to grasp. The image makes a clear point—that knowledge alone is not useful unless we can make connections between what we know.

Lots of great writers, artists and scientists have talked about the importance of collecting ideas and bits of knowledge from the world around us, and making connections between those dots to fuel creative thinking and new ideas. Why the Failure of Systems Thinking Should Inform the Future of Design Thinking. "You never learn by doing something right ‘cause you already know how to do it. You only learn from making mistakes and correcting them. " Russell Ackoff Design and "design thinking" is gaining recognition as an important integrative concept in management practice and education. But it will fail to have a lasting impact, unless we learn from the mistakes of earlier, related ideas. The Fifth Discipline. 5 ways 'systems thinking' can jumpstart action. Systems Thinking by Approaching Business with Systems Thinking Businesses promote and sell products and services, which includes solutions to a problem or benefit of a product.

In a lot of businesses, expertise is an key capability that leads to the ability to provide optimum service. That is why some companies create functional teams within their corporate structure to ensure that expert service is provided. The team of workers should be strategically placed so that their expertise can be appropriately utilized. Another reason is to make each employee accountable and responsible for their specific role. Why You Should Embrace Systems Thinking When a business uses a systems thinking approach to doing business, it makes the system more efficient and cost-effective. Systems thinking combined with human interaction with customers is exemplary of a wide range of things working efficiently for the same goal. Working together for a common goal is pretty much what systems thinking is about. Business leaders need systemic thinking for sustainability.

Adaptive Strategy Is a Cop-Out - Roger Martin. By Roger Martin | 11:00 AM May 23, 2014. Google Glass Doesn’t Erode Privacy. Human Behavior Does. Stop Making Plans: How Goal-Setting Limits Rather Than Begets Our Happiness and Success. MDDI Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News Products and Suppliers. Posted in Medical Device Assembly by Chris Wiltz on November 8, 2013. Systems Thinking in Project Management. August 7, 2010 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Miscellaneous Systems Thinking in Project Management By Michael D. Systems Thinking as a Leadership Practice. IFTF_SR-1675C_SystemsMythologyToolkit_web. Don't Be So Sure, by Margaret Wheatley. The Messy Business of Management. Making sense of messy problems - Systems Thinking for multi-channel UX. Website - Decision Strategies for Addressing Complex, "Messy" Problems.

Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving - Wicked Problem. CogNexus Institute brochure - wickedproblems.pdf. Viable system model. The Viable System Model as a Framework for Understanding Organizations - TheViableSystemModel.pdf. Dilbert Creator Scott Adams On Why Big Goals Are For Losers.