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A New Path to Understanding Systems Thinking

Jeff Frakes, Ph.D and Nalani Linder

 

Tools to Help with Systems Thinking Practices

Questions or comments about these tools? Contact Jeff or Nalani.

 

Systems Thinking Practice

Suggested Tool or Resource

Considering Short and Long Term Consequences
Looking at Multiple Perspectives
Looking at the Big Picture
Looking for Patterns
Looking for Trends
Being Comfortable with Ambiguity

Polarity management maps:

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Checking Results for Lessons

Exercises such as Barry Oshry’s ‘Time Out Of Time’ (TOOT) activity

Looking for Interconnected Issues
Looking for Small Actions That Can Make Big Differences
Considering the Impacts of Accumulations Over Time

Online simulators, such as the 'Root Beer Game' by Harvard Business School on Forio

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Being Comfortable with Questioning One's Deep Assumptions

Reflection exercise using an alternative world map

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Being Aware of Boundaries
Thinking Critically about Causation, Not Just Correlation

‘Living Loops’ Exercise
from Systems Thinking Playbook

 

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Being Cautious of Adopting a Win/Lose Attitude
Considering Unintended Consequences
Seeing Self as Part of System

7 column analysis

Recognizing that a System's Structure Drives Its Behavior

‘Group Juggle’ Exercise
from Systems Thinking Playbook

 

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Other Resources

'Watch Your Language!: Clues to help you 'hear' systems vs. non-systems thinking'

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A New Path to Understanding Systems Thinking
(The Systems Thinker, Pegasus Communications, 2011)
A research study on Myers Briggs preferences and the practices of systems thinking

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