Systems Thinking

Disciplines of the Learning Organization:
Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline
  • Personal Mastery
  • Team Learning
  • Shared Vision
  • Mental Models
  • Systems Thinking

Beginner’s Guide To Systems Thinking pdf

Connection Circle Lesson


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“We don’t do systems thinking, we use systems thinking with what we do.”

Systems Habits
• 13 Habits of a Systems Thinker (pdf)
The 14th Habit of a Systems Thinker- Refines the picture to add clarity and richness to the story. -George Richardson
•  Systems Habits on WebEd *****

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Systems Tools
Levels of the Iceberg Model   definition
THE TIP Tip (What is seen, only a snapshot)
Level 1: Patterns and Trends Over Time
T-Chart Template (pdf)
BOTG Template (pdf)
Level 2: Interdependent Parts of the System
Connection Circle Template (pdf)
Causal Loop Template (pdf)
Stock/Flow Template PDF
Level 3: Mental Models that Influence the System
Ladder of Inference Template (pdf)  definition
polarity model pdf

Goal Setting causal Loop







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Quotes by Famous Systems Thinkers

“The problems we have in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.” -Albert Einstein

“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.“ -Albert Einstein

“I’ve always felt that a person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.”-Abigail Adams

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” –Mark Twain

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”–Lao Tzu

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
– Buckminster Fuller

“In the high country of the mind one has to become adjusted to the thinner air of uncertainty…”
— Robert M. Pirsig

“The gap between vision and current reality is also a source of energy. If there were no gap, there would be no need for any action to move towards the vision. We call this gap creative tension.” -Peter Senge


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