Applying Systems Thinking
Duration: 3 Day
Delivery: For organisations / groups in house
Systems thinking helps us to see the inter-relationships between things, as well as the underlying patterns and root causes of symptoms and problems that occur everyday in our organisations. Systems thinking enables us to find practical, effective and sustainable solutions to a myriad of real-world problems.
You will gain a richer insight into problem solving, and a fluency in searching for and applying possible solutions. Your new skills will provide the foundation to understand and design corporate change.
- Learn key approaches for Systems Thinking
- Employ practical approaches to solve complex problems
- Understand which approach fits which problem
- Understand the dichotomies implicit in management
- Recognise the balance point for best performance (between too much and too little)
As a management consultancy that uses systems thinking as an integral part of our work with clients across the private, public and charitable sectors … we feel we are uniquely qualified to present this exciting course – developed by systems practitioners.
Who will our Systems Thinking Courses help?
It is intended for those engaged in bringing new thinking and new solutions to their organisations and draws from the three worlds of systems practice providing a sound academic foundation, methods based approaches as well as pragmatic and practical solutions. Our Systems Thinking course will help people such as Business Analysts, Project Managers, Team Leaders, Change Managers, Change Agents, Senior Managers and anyone who wants to radically improve the quality and effectiveness of their organisation.
Designers, Legislators and Policy Analysts who wish to understand the world in which we operate better will also benefit from a better understanding of Systems thinking approaches.
Grounding in a variety of systems thinking methods and approaches available including:-
- Stafford Beer’s Viable System Model
- Soft systems
- Critical Systems Heuristics
- Systems Dynamics
- Cognitive mapping
- Six Sigma
- Many more.
Topics covered will include:
- - New challenges and the need for a better view of the world
- - Benefits of Systems Thinking
- - Recognising types of problems and knowing how to solve them
- - A historical perspective – origin and development
- - Key management challenges and dichotomies
- - An overview of some of the main Systems Thinking Approaches
- - Underpinning concepts and ideas
- - An Overview of some associated Tools and Techniques
- - Hard systems approaches
- - Soft systems approaches
- Practical Advice
- - Introducing Systems Thinking
- - Communicating in pictures and concepts
- - Systems Thinking and Change Management
- - Review of Associated Skills and Knowledge needs
- - Recommendations for developing your own ‘methodologies’
- - The Application of Systems thinking in the Real World
- - Company case studies
- - Case material based on your own case study
- - Specialist material for Public Sector and Private Sector applications
Should you wish to organise our 3 day Systems Thinking Course as a bespoke training course for your organisation, please contact us today for a tailored proposal and quotation or call us on 01565 759893.
The three-day course comprises a stimulating mix of taught modules, discussion, cases and practical activities, together with pre-reading and a useful pre-course ‘audit’. We also invite delegates to bring their own issues for use in the course.
Importantly, course leaders will also be available for individual support and mentoring - entirely free of charge - for up to 30 days after the course.
Watt Works are based in the North West and cover areas such as Cheshire, Manchester, North Wales, Liverpool and Lancashire, and are happy to deliver in-house training courses nationwide.
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“The facilitators were fantastic. I knew very little about Systems Thinking before I attended the workshop and now I can’t wait to find out more.”
- Neil Winkworth, Baringa Partners
“Very knowledgeable and personable presenters who went out of their way to engage the participants and enhance the learning experience and provide more than expected.”
- Samuel Short, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge