Can Systemic Thinking Save the World?

Can Systemic Thinking Save the World?

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What would happen if we all embraced a systemic vision of the world, if we all started thinking and acting with a systemic awareness, if we learned a method to connect the dots? What if we taught children and students to see opportunities that otherwise would  not be visible, to anticipate and defuse negative implications? What if we trained business students to develop an intelligence capable of constructing and implementing robust and sustainable solutions, where everybody wins?

Most probably:

  • We would not put up anymore with the lack of intelligence that permeates the way politics and businesses are run today;
  • We would already have done much more to avoid climate change;
  • We would not see as inevitable that insurance companies and Big Pharma control our health;
  • We would stop trusting  the claims made by the financial pundits and Wall Street wizards about how they boost our economy;
  • We would stop believing that only our individual efforts and personal drive will, eventually, be the cause of our success as a country;
  • We would stop believing that by competing with each other,  one day we could be part of that 1% of the population that owns 80% of the wealth.

The way out of the crisis: the new economics

In his monumental work ‘The New Economics’, W. Edwards Deming states that:

‘It would be better if everyone would work together as a system, with the aim for everybody to win. What we need is cooperation and transformation to a new style of management.’

At Intelligent Management we have spent 20 years developing and implementing a methodology for organizations to deliver operationally what Deming was proposing. We have to transform the way we are, and we can only do so through cooperation and better systemic thinking, by learning to connect the dots at all levels. The run up to a new presidential election in America and Brexit in the UK are painful indicators of the urgent need for this.

Never before have we enjoyed such freedom to communicate and innovate. But in order for industries to innovate and prosper sustainably, they must be supported by infrastructures provided by governments. As Domenico Lepore puts it, these governments must be “cognizant that their role is to facilitate the growth of talent, protect everybody’s freedom to participate and venture, and help the weak and the poor to live with dignity.”

Learning to think

In order to live and prosper in this world of unprecedented interconnection, we have to learn at a much faster pace and we can only do so if we improve our ability to leverage our intellect and manage our emotions. From the Theory of Constraints we can access a whole body of knowledge and Thinking Processes to foster the systemic approach and mindset Dr. Deming so passionately called out for.  That’s why we developed the Deming and Goldratt approach of the Decalogue methodology. It’s for organizations, but even children can and do learn to think differently thanks to the Thinking Processes created by Dr. Goldratt.

In the still early days of 2019 here’s a thought: it’s high time for schools and Business Schools to start teaching systemic thinking. Our very survival may depend on it.

Intelligent Management, founded by  Dr. Domenico Lepore, helps leaders in organizations speed up flow, overcome silos, and  shift towards a whole system way of working through a synchronized  Network of Projects. We support our international clients through education, training and the Ess3ntial multi-project software to schedule competencies and unlock the potential of human resources. Based on our proprietary Decalogue methodology .

See our new books  The Human Constraint – a business novel purchased in 36 countries  so far and  ‘Quality, Involvement, Flow: The Systemic Organization’  from CRC Press, New York, by Dr. Domenico Lepore,  Dr. Angela Montgomery and Dr. Giovanni Siepe

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By: angela montgomery
Posted: February 6, 2019, 11:14 am

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