Seeing Systems to Better Address Complex Organizational Problems Edit Title

Wed, Jun 01, 2016 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT Edit Date

Often we are so busy coping with day-to-day issues that we don’t step back and see the big picture. Unfortunately this may mean we’re constantly reacting to symptoms rather than identifying and addressing causes. The problems we face in today’s organizations are complex, so we need to be able to see the trees and the forest---individual instances and recurring patterns. Learning to view and impact organizational systems is essential for accomplishing leadership goals such as strategic planning, improving staff morale, working more efficiently, addressing ongoing conflict, and fostering diversity and inclusion.

During this thought-provoking webinar we will introduce systems thinking in a clear and understandable manner and then consider three actual case studies to see practical ways the ideas can be applied. For example, we’ll look at how recurring conflict was reduced in one organization by addressing systemic causes (rather than just blaming it primarily on “personalities” or “poor communication”). We will end by talking about how to carry the discussion forward with your team.

By participating in this webinar, you will:

  • Understand what taking a systems perspective means.
  • See how taking a systems view can help your team better understand difficult organizational issues.
  • Learn tips and suggestions for starting to explore systems in your organization.
  • Consider systems thinking as an important attribute of leadership development.

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