While you may not realize it, you are already making use of some of the patterns of systems thinking. For example, you may take a certain perspective on a problem—however, you might not be aware of your perspective and more importantly, may not recognize that you are likely omitting other perspectives. It is these types of omissions that contribute to both the creation of our most challenging problems and our inability to solve them. This course will walk you through the four simple rules of systems thinking, which provide a new paradigm for solving problems. These rules represent distinctions, systems, relationships, and perspectives, or DSRP.
Throughout this course, you will start to unlearn some of the deeply ingrained thought patterns that result in unproductive interactions, unintentional bias, and faulty binary or linear thinking. Systems thinking means intentionally reflecting on how you think, including both the information and the structure of your thoughts and ideas so that you can break old habits and think more systematically. With a variety of examples, tools, and techniques, you will practice making distinctions between ideas or things, organize ideas into systems, recognize hidden or underlying relationships, and identify the perspectives implicit in the information you analyze. As a result, you will be equipped to identify more innovative solutions, build consensus across diverse groups of people, and approach problems with more creativity, adaptability, and clarity.The course Framing Complex Problems with Systems Thinking is required to be completed prior to starting this course.
Faculty AuthorDerek Cabrera, PhD and Laura Cabrera, PhD
Benefits to the Learner
- Build your organizational culture around the shared mental models of your vision and mission using internal marketing campaigns and creative incentives
- Create a visual map of a critical team project or process and share and refine that map with other team members to optimize your collective work
- Develop an actionable list of assignments and work activities to ensure that your actions are aligned with critical team and organizational mental models
- Managers, leaders, decision makers, consultants, and anyone responsible for projects, complex processes, and the budgets and people involved with them. Learners will come from every continent and from a diverse range of organizations, including private sector companies large and small, nonprofits, governments, and NGOs.
- For people already interested in systems dynamics or soft systems methodologies, the core principles from this program can be applied to any systems-based models.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Systems Thinking : Required Courses