Full course description
OverviewSystems Thinking in Practice is based on the ideas raised by Peter Senge in ‘The Fifth Discipline’, identified by the Harvard Business Review as one of the seminal management books of the last 75 years.
Discover the possibilities that come from looking at business problems in a different way, seeing overall structures, patterns and cycles. Systems thinking allows you to understand the full picture of an organisational system, all the interrelating relationships within it and how they impact each other. Learn to examine the connections and interactions of components within a system and identify the root causes of organisational issues.
In an environment of increasing complexity and change, the ability to think and act systemically is critical to success. Be equipped with skills and tools to enhance your decision-making. This high impact course is designed to give you the foundations for Systems Thinking and an understanding of the organisational benefits of this approach.
What will you learn?By the end of this program you will be able to:
- Understand the foundation principles of Systems Thinking and how to apply them.
- Follow a step by step process for applying system tools in organisational problem solving
- Use Systems tools to assist in strategic planning and managing organisational change
- Assess and address organisational structures that hinder performance and cause failure
Who is this for?Middle to senior managers - who want to enhance their thinking and use the practical application of systems thinking to improve the outcomes of complex problem-solving.
Dr Barry V. Bales - PhD
Barry V. Bales is Assistant Dean for Professional Development at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs seminars on leadership, executive development and other areas of professional development for over 3,000 people each year. Dr Bales is a frequent seminar/conference speaker in the areas of leadership, systems thinking, strategic thinking, strategic planning and executive development. He has taught and/or consulted with private sector, government and non-profit leaders throughout the US, Philippines, Brazil, China, South Africa, Australia and India. .