System Dynamics Home Page 11 Laws of Systems Thinking and Stakeholder Engagement Systems Thinking Graphic from www.systemswiki.org In a previous post we introduced the idea of systems thinking as a way of looking at the world and defined different types of systems. This post uses Peter Senge’s 11 Laws of the Fifth Discipline to expand on how complex systems work and more importantly looks at how stakeholder engagement can reduce the unintended consequences that plague many of our most well intended decisions. The laws of social systems 1. Systems Archetype – Fixes that fail Oh, we do love to solve problems, lay that last puzzle piece, get the decision made and get on with the work. 2. This is, in systems thinking parlance ”compensating feedback”. … a living system forms from shared interests, all change results from a change in meaning, every living system is free to choose whether it changes and, systems contain their own solutions. In stakeholder engagement the role of leadership is to create an environment where this can emerge. 3. 4. Don’t try this at home! 5. 6. 7.
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ComplexityBlog.com - Science, Engineering, and Philosophy of Complexity & Adaptive Systems Linda Booth Sweeney Systems change. That’s a phrase I’m hearing more and more. And I wonder, where our next generation of leaders learn to drive this kind of change, the systems kind, where nothing stands alone and actions leave tracks? Where will they learn to connect the dots, discovering as they do force multipliers among seemingly disconnected issues like education reform, climate change, electoral reform, racism, violence both local and global, and inequities of every kind, among other pressing issues of our day? We know these challenges don’t occur in a vacuum. Climate change displaces people, which exacerbates poverty and conflicts among classes, races, and religions, which makes it harder to stop or reverse climate change, and so on and so on. To transform systems, we need to make them visible. My hope for any anyone who wants to change the world is this: Understand in your bones what Martin Luther King called the “interrelated structure of reality.” In some ways, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Creative Learning Exchange — The Fifth Discipline The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (Senge 1990) is a book by Peter Senge (a senior lecturer at MIT) focusing on group problem solving using the systems thinking method in order to convert companies into learning organizations. The five disciplines represent approaches (theories and methods) for developing three core learning capabilities: fostering aspiration, developing reflective conversation, and understanding complexity. The Five Disciplines The five disciplines of what the book refers to as a "learning organization" discussed in the book are: "Personal mastery is a discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our energies, of developing patience, and of seeing reality objectively Senge describes extensively the role of what it refers to as "mental models," which he says are integral in order to "focus on the openness needed to unearth shortcomings" in perceptions. The Learning Disabilities
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Fallacy of systems thinking and reversing the productivity game The problem with productivity enthusiasts these days, is that they will pay more attention to the hacks and tricks, than doing the actual work. We’ve created this “work masturbation” environment, where doing it better is more important than doing it at all. The problem lies with the saturation of the marketers in the field. They are creating all these artificial needs, like systems, and gadgets, in order to sustain themselves and their continuous work. There is always that new thing, like: setting up your system on iOS, setting up your system within XYZ New Wave application that everybody seems to recommend…. First you need wake up to the truth… …that system is irrelevant. You are justifying your procrastination by doing what has perceived notion of urgency, instead of doing what is important. The habit of mindfulness and it’s impact on productivity For a long while I was procrastinating on mindfulness, it sounded to me like yet another fad. Brain patterns and Mindfulness