Building Capacity in Organizational Learning and Systems Thinking
In 1990 Peter Senge, a fellow co-founder of Innovation Associates along with Brideway Partners’ David Peter Stroh, Charlie Kiefer, and Robert Fritz, published The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. The book has since been hailed by the Harvard Business Review as “one of the seminal management books of the past seventy-five years,” and its relevance has stood the test of time.
Bridgeway Partners helps you become more effective in leading systemic change by developing your capacity to apply the five inter-related learning disciplines of systems thinking, team learning, shared visioning, mental modeling, and personal mastery. We emphasize applied systems thinking and executive team learning because they naturally integrate all five disciplines to best leverage your organization’s resources.
Drawing on David Peter Stroh’s internationally recognized expertise you will learn to apply systems thinking to achieve breakthrough change around chronic, complex problems in your organization.
Build your capacity in systems thinking:
Bridgeway Partners offers three ways you can build systems thinking capacity by applying systems principles and tools to your organization’s most important issues. Participants use a proven change management strategy to ensure that they address pressing complex, chronic problems in your organization while simultaneously developing their technical skills.
1. Leading Systems Change – this 2-3 day onsite workshop is excellent for intact work groups who want to solve a shared complex, chronic problem and serves as an introduction for more in-depth capacity building.
2. Developing Internal Change Agents – this program enables your internal change agents to develop their technical systems thinking skills by applying the tools in real time to your organization’s most knotty problems. Learning formats include working alongside your people, workshops, and coaching.
3. Developing Change Leaders Across Organizations – leadership development institutes enable participants to increase their effectiveness as change leaders by combining a face-to-face introduction to systems thinking with subsequent support for implementing their change projects through homework assignments and coaching calls.
Strengthen your executive team:
Bridgeway Partners also enables your executive team to meet its unique responsibilities and challenges in leading systemic change.
Your executive team will learn to:
- Mobilize organizational alignment around a shared vision,
- Understand the big picture of what is happening in your organization, and why,
- Develop and refine the organization’s external strategy,
- Increase productivity in support of strategic objectives, and
- Catalyze and sustain organizational change.
A major foundation brought 30 program and administrative staff together over a six-month period to learn new technical systems thinking skills, understand how to use these skills in ways that create real change, and then apply both technical and change management tools to projects of great importance to the foundation.
Specific program-related projects focused on such areas as reducing obesity, developing a sustainable food supply, and improving K-12 education. Administrative projects addressed such concerns as the role of evaluation, effectiveness of information technology, and human resource management.
"We received enormous value from bringing program and administrative staff together to deepen their skills in systems thinking. The staff achieved meaningful improvements in both our grant-making and managerial effectiveness."
Former Director of Program Learning, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation