Think in Systems

Think in Systems

The book presents the main features of systems thinking in an understandable and everyday manner, helping you to develop this skill top analysts and world leaders use.

Author: Zoe McKey

Publisher: Vdz

ISBN: 1951385209

Category: Science

Page: 208

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Are you stuck in a rut despite your best efforts to get out? Looking for long-term solutions to your problems? We have the best of intentions to improve our conditions, but often our solutions fall short of improving our lives. Sometimes our best efforts can result in the opposite of what we want over time. How can we avoid these unwanted results? If we apply conventional thinking to complex issues, we often maintain or increase the very problems we want to fix. There is, however, a solution to get the desired results. Think in Systems is a concise information manual offering high-level problem-solving methods for personal and global issues. The book presents the main features of systems thinking in an understandable and everyday manner, helping you to develop this skill top analysts and world leaders use. If you thought that complex thinking is only for people who deal with complex issues like running a company or country, think again. Every issue is complex. Running out of gas is a simple problem, but I'm sure you're dealing with much greater headaches on a daily basis. Your life is a system. Everything that is connected to your system (life) is a part of it. However, you are just a subsystem in the larger picture. Your town, country, the world, the solar system are all bigger systems you are a part of. These systems are interconnected. Whatever you do will affect the system and whatever the system does will affect your life. Systems can have positive and negative effect on your life - or on the life of people generally. The greatest problems like hunger, war, and poverty are all failures in the system. Similarly, fights with your loved ones, being stuck in a rut at your job are also system failures. They are not only your fault. Thus they can't be fixed with a simple cause-effect thinking. Learn to use systems thinking in your business, relationships, friendships, and general political, socio-economic, and environmental issues. Systems thinking boosts your critical thinking skills, makes you more logical, enhances your analytical abilities, and makes you more creative. Systems thinking won't put extra pressure on your cognition. Quite the contrary, you'll have fewer headaches knowing that you surely didn't miss any detail when you tried to solve a problem. "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein -Learn the main aspects, concepts, and models of systems thinking. -Design models and systems maps to solve your problems -Find solutions to your underlying problems, not just the symptoms -Improve your mental health, wealth, and relationships Systems thinking is a relatively new discipline which doesn't get the exposure it deserves. However, our world grows more connected, interdependent and complex with each passing day. Becoming a systems thinker will help you to overcome your confusion and fear of missing the whole picture, and help you find more effective solutions to your personal (and if you are up to it), global problems. -Widen your understanding of international economic, political, and socio-economic affairs -Manage your business better -The most helpful materials, books, and experts to learn even more about systems thinking
Categories: Science

You Don t Need an MBA

You Don t Need an MBA

Think in systems: complexity made simple: the theory and practice of strategic planning, problem solving, and creating lasting results. Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. Thaler, Richard H & Sunstein, Cass R (2009).

Author: Alicia McKay

Publisher: Major Street Publishing

ISBN: 9780648980353

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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MBAs are old news. In this ground-breaking book, leadership expert Alicia McKay teaches leaders to focus on the things they don't teach you at business school.Leaders are made, not born. But they are not made in the lecture halls and seminar rooms; you don't need an MBA to be an effective leader.They need to get smart, be strategic about the next step and expand their range, to face a complex and uncertain future. They need paradox: clear values and open minds, high performance and meaningful space, dedication to detail and big picture perspective. They need to ask different questions, design different options and most of all, they need to do that with others on the same journey.In this thought-provoking book, Alicia McKay teaches you the five skills every strategic leader needs:* How to develop true flexibility* How to make good decisions* How to develop powerful systems* How to drive real performance* How to have meaningful influence Drawing on the latest global thinking on leadership, You Don't Need an MBA uses Plain English to demystify the skills leaders of the future need and outlines a way forward; united leadership that focuses on real outcomes, not quick-fixes.
Categories: Business & Economics

Cases on Strategic Partnerships for Resilient Communities and Schools

Cases on Strategic Partnerships for Resilient Communities and Schools

Think in systems: The theory and practice of strategic planning, problem solving, and creating lasting results - Complexity made simple. CreateSpace Independent Publishing. Northern Georgia, R. E. S. A. (2014). FAQ-sheet.

Author: Thomas, Ursula

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781799832874

Category: Education

Page: 339

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As the importance of public education increases both globally and nationally, partnerships between schools and their community become key to each other's success. Examining the intersection of schools with their communities reveals the most effective strategies for supporting school populations that are traditionally marginalized or underserved in both rural and urban areas. Cases on Strategic Partnerships for Resilient Communities and Schools is an essential publication that uncovers the problems and pitfalls of creating strategic partnerships between schools and other members of the community in which the schools are situated that include for-profit businesses, not-for-profit entities, and private organizations. The book reveals that schools that are thriving effectively do not do so in isolation but as vibrant members and centers of the communities in which they serve students and families. Moreover, it examines the difficulty in advocating for the schools and the leadership of the schools within these communities so that they can be better served. Highlighting a wide range of topics including leadership, community-based outreach, and school advocacy, this book is ideally designed for teachers, school administrators, principals, school boards and committees, non-profit administrators, educational advocates, leadership faculty, community engagement directors, community outreach personnel, entrepreneurs, researchers, academicians, and students.
Categories: Education

Systems Thinking For Social Change

Systems Thinking For Social Change

Systems Thinking for Social Change enables readers to contribute more effectively to society by helping them understand what systems thinking is and why it is so important in their work.

Author: David Peter Stroh

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 9781603585804


Page: 266

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Donors, leaders of nonprofits, and public policy makers usually have the best of intentions to serve society and improve social conditions. But often their solutions fall far short of what they want to accomplish and what is truly needed. Moreover, the answers they propose and fund often produce the opposite of what they want over time. We end up with temporary shelters that increase homelessness, drug busts that increase drug-related crime, or food aid that increases starvation. How do these unintended consequences come about and how can we avoid them? By applying conventional thinking to complex social problems, we often perpetuate the very problems we try so hard to solve, but it is possible to think differently, and get different results. Systems Thinking for Social Change enables readers to contribute more effectively to society by helping them understand what systems thinking is and why it is so important in their work. It also gives concrete guidance on how to incorporate systems thinking in problem solving, decision making, and strategic planning without becoming a technical expert. Systems thinking leader David Stroh walks readers through techniques he has used to help people improve their efforts to end homelessness, improve public health, strengthen education, design a system for early childhood development, protect child welfare, develop rural economies, facilitate the reentry of formerly incarcerated people into society, resolve identity-based conflicts, and more. The result is a highly readable, effective guide to understanding systems and using that knowledge to get the results you want.

System Leadership for Sustainability

System Leadership for Sustainability

System leadership provides the model for such a leadership theory and practice. ... the complex change required for a sustainable future, building upon the suggestion by Senge and colleagues that solving the complex social problems of ...

Author: Christopher G. Beehner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000754018

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 196

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This book is the first to explore the application of system leadership to promote sustainable solutions for contemporary and future environmental and social problems. The combination of synthesized research summaries and case studies of individuals and organizations contribute considerably to the field by expanding system leadership concepts from theory to practical application. System leadership has been identified as a method by which complex societal problems can be addressed, but it has as yet not been applied to sustainability. The first chapters introduce the background and fundamentals of system leadership and its relevance to sustainability. The chapters that propose methods of developing system leadership, examples of system leaders, and practical application of system leadership in industry, academic, government, nonprofit, and NGO settings. Each chapter includes a chapter case, interview, and/or reflection questions in order to stimulate critical thinking and provide instructional tools for academic use and practical application. The book is particularly relevant to researchers and students internationally in the fields of social development and sustainability. It is also relevant to public, private, and nonprofit/NGO management practitioners who are curious about the leadership styles and skills necessary to develop a sustainable future.
Categories: Business & Economics

Public Sector Leadership

Public Sector Leadership

Complex systems and evolutionary perspectives on organizations: The application of complexity theory to organizations. ... A practical guide to solving complex problems, avoiding unintended consequences, and achieving lasting results.

Author: Petri Virtanen

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000798326

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 175

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Drawing its origins from the Human Relations movement of the early 20th century and from public leadership orientations emphasising human aspects, human-centred public leadership approaches leadership from a system ́s perspective. It explores societal institutions, organisations, and phenomena as an emergent system structure that manifests its existence through the multilateral and reciprocal interaction of its parts. Systems thinking and the need for systemic change suggest that one can only understand and improve a system by looking at how all the parts interact with each other and how they are integrated. The systemic nature of public leadership refers to dynamic learning mechanisms as they relate to the contents of leadership development tools which are derived mainly from the changing mode of the operating environment, from the leaders’ own experience, from their own personalities, from a learning-by-doing approach to leadership development, and from the ways in which leaders learn and unlearn. This book presents key concepts, approaches, origins, applications, and best practices to understand the evolution and nature of human-centred approach in public leadership. It introduces a new public leadership paradigm that is needed in a complex, internationally interconnected social, economic, cultural, and political environment. Based on scholarly public leadership research in addition to the authors’ professional experience as academics, managers, practitioners and consultants, this volume offers guidance for decision-makers, public, business, and non-governmental sector leaders, managers, and practitioners about how to create a context and contents for human-centred leadership in the age of complex society and turbulent operating environment. It will be of value to researchers, academics, and students in the in the fields of leadership and public management.
Categories: Business & Economics

Holistic Housing

Holistic Housing

The project examples illustrate how indi— vidual aspects of sustainability have been handled and the effect of the ... their actions revealed — demonstrated recurring errors in thought and plan— ning when dealing with complex systems.

Author: Hans Drexler

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783955531461

Category: Art

Page: 288

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"Holistic Housing. Concepts, Design Strategies and Processes" is a fundamental reference work on housing construction. The book deals with the issue of sustainability in a planning context but also analyses a building's usage and ageing over its 'life cycle'. A system of criteria specially developed in an accompanying research project can be used to compare and evaluate buildings. It can also be used as a tool for optimising the sustainability of buildings in development during the planning process. By contrast, most existing sustainability systems are conceived not as design and planning tools, but as instruments for evaluating finished buildings and completed planning. 15 practical examples explain the ways in which these criteria and other aspects of sustainable building can be implemented in sophisticated architecture and how these can then be experienced. A system developed from analysing the examples is used to classify and compare the buildings. The building's significance as a lived environment is also not neglected here: sustainability develops in a dialogue between a building and its users, with an emphasis on residential usage.
Categories: Art

Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development Theory Practice and Future Applications

Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development  Theory  Practice and Future Applications

The United Arab Emirates was the first country to launch AI Strategy in the region and world; that shows the adoption of AI in the Federal government's strategic plans is inevitable [14–16]. Several countries, such as China, the USA, ...

Author: Aboul Ella Hassanien

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030519209

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 311

View: 542

This book highlights the latest advances in the field of artificial intelligence and related technologies, with a special focus on sustainable development and environmentally friendly artificial intelligence applications. Discussing theory, applications and research, it covers all aspects of artificial intelligence in the context of sustainable development.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Complexity Management and the Dynamics of Change

Complexity  Management and the Dynamics of Change

Challenges for Practice Elizabeth McMillan ... writers as a reinterpretation of classical management theories as are other management systems like Management Information Systems (MIS) and Planning, Programming, Budgeting Systems (PPBS).

Author: Elizabeth McMillan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134115129

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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The insights of complexity science can allow today’s managers to embrace the challenges and uncertainty of the twenty-first century, and successfully oversee organizational change and development. Elizabeth McMillan's book brings these ideas into perspective by: outlining the historical relationship between science and organizations reviewing current perspectives on organizational change and best practice citing real-life examples of the use of complexity science ideas discussing issues which may arise when using ideas from complexity. Written in an accessible style to bridge the gap from scientific theory to commercial applicability, this text shows how organizations can become more effective, democratic and sustainable through complexity science.
Categories: Business & Economics

Resources in Education

Resources in Education

ED 385 895 The Impact of Foreign Language Instruction in the Elementary School Arena : It Does Make a Difference . ED 386 037 The Impact of ... The Implications of Chaos Theory for Strategic Planning in ED 393 376 Higher Education .



ISBN: UOM:39015079893023

Category: Education

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Categories: Education