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September 26, 2019

Our recent work with nonprofit service providers committed to reducing poverty has uncovered a concern shared by many of them across a wide range of communities, "Although our work is connected, we're not connected to each other." This blog post d...

April 17, 2019

This post builds on the previous one, "Learning to Manage Complexity - 5 Strategies" by introducing four tools for managing complexity: negotiate SMART agreements; clarify multiple roles; manage communication channels wisely - meetings and...

March 8, 2019

Organizations which seek to embrace complexity can implement five strategies to manage it more effectively. These are 1) thinking differently about complexity, 2) thinking differently about collaboration, 3) thinking differently about...

January 25, 2019

Learn why nonprofit organizations with great aspirations and an appetite for tackling complex issues frequently find it difficult to manage or digest the complexity they seek to embrace....

November 27, 2018

Many people ask how they can further their learning about applied systems thinking. Depending on your experience so far, here are some recommended pathways. They include: books, articles, online courses, online videos and podcasts, and...

December 9, 2017

“I believe that this country needs both liberals and conservatives. And we need both traditions at their best and highest expressions, especially now." So writes Van Jones, a highly regarded CNN political contributor, leader of numerous social and...

January 5, 2017

In order to lead systemic change, learn to access levers at the individual, collective or relational, and systems levels. The I/WE/IT framework enables leaders to cultivate a viewpoint of personal responsibility for change, strengthen...

January 15, 2016

Whether you believe that inequity is racially and/or economically driven, the problem undermines the moral as well as social and economic fabrics of our country. This post describes several dynamics and assumptions that lead inequity...

September 28, 2015

How do you encourage people to think systemically when many people see it as too daunting and difficult to apply? This post identifies five obstacles to systems thinking and fourteen corresponding strategies you can use...

January 30, 2014

You might conclude that boundaries are becoming increasingly irrelevant in the face of such factors as global competition and 24/7 technology. However, the opposite is true: this world of growing complexity actually demands that we both respec...

July 31, 2013

Success is only sustainable if you learn to anticipate and overcome natural limits to your current growth and deliberately cultivate new ways to grow. Learn how Preventure, a rapidly growing health and wellness services company, is...

May 31, 2013

Embracing paradox is a powerful way to turn dysfunctional conflict into productive thinking, innovative solutions, and high performance. You can learn to not only value paradox but also cultivate it, and not only cultivate it but also make it...

May 3, 2013

When you are confronted by a long list of priorities, limited resources, and people defending their own work, consider sequencing vs. prioritizing to develop an effective strategy....

March 31, 2013

In today’s increasingly turbulent world characterized by seemingly intractable conflicts, it is helpful to learn what motivated Prsident Lincoln and how he helped the U.S. reconcile the deep divisions that erupted in the Civil War. His two primary...

February 28, 2013

Viewing systems thinking as just a mental discipline misses the richness and breadth of the approach – which actually includes emotional, physical, and spiritual dimensions as well. Integrating all of these dimensions increases your...

January 30, 2013

A global healthcare supplier is learning to increase the efficiency and throughput of its new product development process by rigorously balancing workload and capacity. By deliberately focusing its resources on fewer projects during any one...

December 31, 2012

Policy makers who seek to protect society from people struggling with substance abuse often end up becoming addicts themselves. They become addicted, albeit unwittingly, to quick fix solutions which temporarily address social problems but...

November 30, 2012

Systems thinking can be viewed as a spiritual practice which involves seeing  connections, making positive choices, and cultivating personal strengths. When approached from this perspective, the work of systems thinking is to enable people to...

July 27, 2012

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 pr...

June 15, 2012

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 assum...

May 15, 2012

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.

May 15, 2012

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 ...

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March 31, 2013

In today’s increasingly turbulent world characterized by seemingly intractable conflicts, it is helpful to learn what...