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  • Misunderstandings – How to Iron Them Out and Smooth Your Workflow

    A huge amount of time and energy can be wasted in companies through misunderstandings. They cause blockages and delays because they create frustration and possibly resentment, and if left to fester over time they become chronic problems. Misunderstandings are poison when it comes to cre...

    Tags: Systems Thinking, systems view of the world, Theory of Constraints, conflict, conflict cloud, interdependencies, misunderstanding, thinking, Thinking Process Tools

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  • Hierarchy and Silos – How they Hurt Project Management

    Even with the best Project Management, hierarchy and silos will interfere with outcomes. In this post we look at why that is and how Project Management itself is the answer. If you Google the term ‘Project Management’ you will hundreds of millions of results. It is a multi-billi...

    Tags: Network of Projects, project management, conflict cloud, critical chain, empowerment, network of projects, theory of constraints

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  • Procrastination – Don’t Let it Bite

    Procrastination is one of the greatest enemies of productivity and can play havoc with project management. On top of that, it can chip away at self-esteem. How can we help ourselves and others to overcome something so insidious and yet so common? Can’t Do Won’t Do? One of the reason...

    Tags: Systems Thinking, systems view of the world, Theory of Constraints, conflict cloud, procrastination, project management, Transition Tree

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  • Can Doing Good Be Good for Business?

    A lot of language connected with business has to do with aggression. Not only that, a lot of behavior in business can be aggressively competitive. Phrases like ‘eat what you kill’ illustrate the point. So do businesses have to be ruthlessly self-interested and aggressive to be success...

    Tags: Systems Thinking, systems view of the world, Theory of Constraints, assumptions, charity, conflict cloud, doing good, for-profit, mental models, not-for-profit, philanthropy, sustainable capitalism

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  • Change and the Decision Making Process

    In our previous post, Change: Why Do We Find it So tough? we looked at the fundamental conflict underlying change; that conflict emerges because of our need for control on the one hand, and our need for vision on the other. The need for control and the need for vision are common to individuals as...

    Tags: Systems Thinking, systems view of the world, Theory of Constraints, change conflict, change don't change, conflict cloud, control, Decision making, vision

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  • Design Thinking and the Power of a Systemic Thinking Tool

    We were asked to contribute to a workshop for post-graduate students from diverse backgrounds who co-create an interdisciplinary design strategy  under the guidance of a faculty of professional designers and architects. As Systemic Thinkers who work with the Decalogue Methodology, what ...

    Tags: Systems Thinking, systems view of the world, Theory of Constraints, conflict cloud, design thinking, Goldratt, Thinking Process Tools

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  • Beyond Logic: Tools for Intelligent Emotions (not just Emotional Intelligence)

    We know that intelligence and emotions are not the same. Certainly, people may be capable of great intellectual prowess but be cold and unfeeling. Other people may be kind and generous without having any particular academic inclination. While there may be extreme cases, most of us, and especially...

    Tags: Systems Thinking, systems view of the world, Theory of Constraints, conflict cloud, emotional intelligence, intelligent emotions, Thinking Process Tools

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  • Education for the Future of Work? Think Projects and Networks

    Work is becoming increasingly project-based; the ability to navigate networks and work within a team towards the completion of simple and complex projects will be required of the future workforce. Unfortunately, we are still basing our education system today on models and content that were approp...

    Tags: project management, Systems Thinking, systems view of the world, conflict cloud, education, future of work, mental models, networks, projects

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  • Empowerment: 5 Questions to Help People Do Their Jobs

    Empowerment is a great word but can be meaningless unless we give it an operational definition. Operationally, empowerment means that there is alignment between a person’s authority and the responsibility they are given. Continuing from our previous post on Empowerment, what can we do ope...

    Tags: Systems Thinking, systems view of the world, Theory of Constraints, conflict cloud, empowerment, legitimate needs, misalignment, responsibility and authority

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  • Creative Thinking for Business – A Process that Can Be Learned

    How can we produce more creative business thinkers? What sort of things should business schools be teaching to make that happen? When asked those questions, Neil Turok, Physicist and the director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario answered: “I’d ...

    Tags: Systems Thinking, systems view of the world, Theory of Constraints, conflict cloud, creative thinking, the human constraint, Thinking Process Tools

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