The Habit-Forming Guide to Becoming a Systems Thinker Spiral-bound – January 1, 2017
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- Publisher : Waters Center for Systems Thinking; 1st edition (January 1, 2017)
- Language : English
- Spiral-bound : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0997883413
- ISBN-13 : 978-0997883411
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
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One example from the book: A family on vacation drives over a pot hole in a rural road causing an axle to snap. They are rescued by a group of workers who scavenge parts to get them going and unblock the road. Good stuff as far as it goes. But if one follows the Russel Ackoff dictum to dissolve problems rather than just solve them, the systems approach would be to then do something about the pot hole - at least put up a sign warning people that there are pot holes in the road and to watch for them. This is only one example of stopping short of a true systems approach in the book.
I wanted to love this book. As it stands, I wish it were more systems thinking in its approach.
Most schools and families do not teach these concepts or help the children practice and cultivate them into habits. Therefore, most adults have not developed Systems Thinking skills either. As a result, the five most important systems in our life and world -- Family, School, Workplace, Community and Well-being -- are getting comprised to alarming levels. Concepts and insights are useless unless they are put into action. This guidebook has the concepts and the practice ideas in one place.
The spiral binding is great as you will be going back to it over and over again. Enjoy!