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Organizational overload is a troubling fact of today’s business culture. The more overloaded and chaotic the organization, the more difficult it is for the majority of people to do their best and most important work. Typical explanations of the problem – external factors such as market pressures and 24/7 technologies, or the unreliability of poorly organized individual performers – do not give organizations much leverage for solving it.

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Since how people think has a strong influence on their effectiveness, it helps to ensure that your beliefs and assumptions hold support the results you want to achieve. Learn this six-step process to re-examine your individual and collective assumptions.
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Developing the awareness and will to make fundamental individual changes comes from thinking systemically. Developing the ability to implement these changes in service of the whole is a result of acting systemically.

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Good Intentions Are Not Enough

Lewis Thomas, the award-winning medical essayist, observed, “When you are confronted by any complex social system … with things about it that you’re dissatisfied with and anxious to fix, you cannot just step in and set about fixing with much hope of helping. This is one of the sore discouragements of our time.”

Consider the following headlines all based on true stories, which epitomize Thomas’s insight:

  • Shelters increase homelessness
  • Food aid increases starvation
  • Drug busts increase drug-related crime
  • Job training programs increase unemployment

 These stories share specific characteristics:

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