Basics of Systems Thinking

Basics of Systems Thinking

Program Title: “Basics of Systems Thinking: A Beginner’s Guide to Exploring Complexity”

Program Overview: Level 1 of our Systems Thinking Training for Trainers program is designed to provide participants with a solid foundation in systems thinking principles and tools. This level is structured around 15 sessions, each corresponding to a chapter in the accompanying book. Participants can enroll in the full program or choose individual sessions based on their interests and learning needs.

Session Breakdown:

  1. Introduction to Systems Thinking
    • Overview of systems thinking concepts
    • Historical development and relevance in modern times
  2. Foundations of Learning Organizations
    • Introduction to learning organizations
    • The role of systems thinking in organizational learning
  3. Command and Control in Systems
    • Understanding traditional management approaches
    • Exploring alternatives to command and control
  4. Open and Closed Systems
    • Characteristics and implications of different system types
  5. Symptoms vs. Problems
    • Identifying root causes versus surface-level symptoms
  6. Quick Fixes and Their Consequences
    • Analyzing the impact of short-term solutions
  7. Temporary Fixes vs. Permanent Solutions
    • Developing sustainable solutions in systems
  8. Identifying Undesirable Outcomes
    • Recognizing and addressing unintended consequences
  9. System Boundaries and Their Importance
    • Defining and analyzing system boundaries for better understanding
  10. Modeling Current Reality in Systems
    • Tools and techniques for accurate system modeling
  11. Analyzing Symptoms, Trends, and Patterns
    • Interpreting system behavior for insights
  12. Data Interpretation Through a Systems Lens
    • Using data effectively in systems thinking
  13. Understanding Systemic Structures
    • Exploring the structure-behavior relationship in systems
  14. Exploring Mental Models
    • Examining how perceptions and beliefs influence systems
  15. The Hero and Scapegoat Model
    • Understanding dynamics of blame and responsibility in organizations

Program Duration and Format:

  • Each session is designed to last approximately 2-3 hours, with the full program totaling 30-45 hours.
  • The program is delivered through a combination of online lectures, interactive discussions, and practical exercises.

Enrollment Options:

  • Participants can enroll in the full program to gain a comprehensive understanding of systems thinking.
  • Individual session enrollment is also available for those interested in specific topics.

Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate acknowledging their mastery of Level 1 Systems Thinking concepts.

Who Should Enroll: This program is ideal for trainers, educators, consultants, managers, and anyone interested in learning and applying systems thinking principles to enhance their professional practice and personal growth.

For enrollment details and more information, please visit our website or contact us directly.