Fantastic definition of Systems Thinker
Our experience in studying and teaching systems thinking has led to the definition of a systems thinker as someone who:
- Sees the whole picture.
- Changes perspectives to see new leverage points in complex systems.
- Looks for interdependencies.
- Considers how mental models create our futures.
- Pays attention to and gives voice to the long-term.
- “Goes wide” (uses peripheral vision) to see complex cause and effect relationships.
- Finds where unanticipated consequences emerge.
- Focuses on structure, not on blame.
- Holds the tension of paradox and controversy without trying to resolve it quickly.
- Makes systems visible through causal maps and computer models
- Seeks out stocks or accumulations and the time delays and inertia they can create.
- Watches for “win/lose” mindsets, knowing they usually makes matters worse in situations of high interdependence
- Sees oneself as part of, not outside of, the system.