Applying Systems Thinking and Common Archetypes
How your organization thinks about problems has a lot to do with the quality of solutions it applies. All too often, organizations rush through problem solving, overlook the relationships between
contributing factors, and fail to test assumptions before implementing an ineffective “fix.”
Applying Systems Thinking and Common Archetypes to Organizational Issues gives you and your colleagues a new way to think about and understand the challenges you face. You’ll be
introduced to core Systems Thinking concepts and common archetypes, or systemic behaviors that guide organizations. You’ll see how Systems Thinking can improve problem solving and inspire
organizational learning. Most importantly, you’ll apply Systems Thinking and common archetypes to issues that you and your organization are actually facing.
Applying Systems Thinking and Common Archetypes to Organizational Issues was adapted from a workshop entitled Systems Thinking: A Language for Learning and Action from Innovation Associates.
Founded by Peter Senge, Innovation Associates brought the Systems Thinking approach into many Fortune 100 level businesses. Michael Goodman was Vice President at Innovation Associates, where he led
the effort to develop this course for the web. Sherry Immediato, Managing Director of the Society for Organization Learning (SoL) and founder of Heaven & Earth Incorporated, adapted the original
materials and contributed significant content to this course.