. Systems thinking leader david stroh walks readers through techniques he has used to help people improve their efforts to end homelessness, facilitate the reentry of formerly incarcerated people into society, strengthen education, resolve identity-based conflicts, improve public health, design a system for early childhood development, protect child welfare, develop rural economies, and more.
The result is a highly readable, effective guide to understanding systems and using that knowledge to get the results you want. Moreover, the answers they propose and fund often produce the opposite of what they want over time. Donors, leaders of nonprofits, and public policy makers usually have the best of intentions to serve society and improve social conditions.
Systems Thinking For Social Change: A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results #ad - How do these unintended consequences come about and how can we avoid them? By applying conventional thinking to complex social problems, we often perpetuate the very problems we try so hard to solve, but it is possible to think differently, and get different results. It also gives concrete guidance on how to incorporate systems thinking in problem solving, decision making, and strategic planning without becoming a technical expert.
But often their solutions fall far short of what they want to accomplish and what is truly needed.
Thinking in Systems: A PrimerChelsea Green Publishing #ad - Donella meadows was known as much for nurturing positive outcomes as she was for delving into the science behind global dilemmas. She reminds readers to pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable, to stay humble, and to stay a learner. In a world growing ever more complicated, and interdependent, crowded, Thinking in Systems helps readers avoid confusion and helplessness, the first step toward finding proactive and effective solutions.
Edited by the sustainability institute’s diana wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life.
Some of the biggest problems facing the world—war, poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation—are essentially system failures. In the years following her role as the lead author of the international bestseller, Limits to Growth—the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet— Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001.
Thinking in Systems: A Primer #ad - Thinking in systems, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. They cannot be solved by fixing one piece in isolation from the others, because even seemingly minor details have enormous power to undermine the best efforts of too-narrow thinking.
While readers will learn the conceptual tools and methods of systems thinking, the heart of the book is grander than methodology.
Needs Assessment for Organizational SuccessASTD Press #ad - Needs Assessment for Organizational Success #ad - This book begins with the concepts of front-end alignment followed by the tools needed for positive, predictable, and measurable results. This is not the case. Most books start with the tools and techniques of needs assessment and assume that implementation will naturally bring success. Rather, this book deals with the framework and alignment that will make such methodologies and approaches useful.
. This book does not deal with specific data collection methodology or approaches.
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This revised edition provides an overview of these, and includes expanded coverage of both introductory and more cutting-edge techniques within six new chapters. He continues his innovative and pragmatic thinking about evaluation, constructing, including identifying, and testing theories that can work in practice.
Practical Program Evaluation: Theory-Driven Evaluation and the Integrated Evaluation Perspective #ad - Rivera, university of New Mexico. At the core of program evaluation is its body of concepts, theories, and methods. New chapters gleaned from the field reveal solution sets for overcoming challenges in a variety of contexts while still balancing scientific and stakeholder needs. Donaldson, claremont graduate University "Chen brings decades of evaluation and experience to this new edition.
Chen details a range of evaluation approaches suitable for use across a program’s life cycle. Illustrated throughout with real-world examples that bring the material to life, the Second Edition provides many new tools to enrich the evaluator’s toolbox. In this eminently readable book, chen presents a strong matrix framework for conceptualizing a full range of evaluation strategies and approaches… The writing is exceptionally clear, because it is fair-minded and principled, and, accessible to novice evaluators, of relevance to seasoned evaluators as well.
The Systems Thinking Playbook: Exercises to Stretch and Build Learning and Systems Thinking Capabilities#ad - This book has become a favorite of managers, K12 teachers, university faculty, and corporate consultants. It provides short gaming exercises that illustrate the subtleties of systems thinking. The companion dvd shows the authors introducing and running each of the thirty games.
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning OrganizationCurrency #ad - The updated and revised currency edition of this business classic contains over one hundred pages of new material based on interviews with dozens of practitioners at companies like BP, and organizations like Roca, Ford, HP, Saudi Aramco, Intel, Oxfam, Unilever, and The World Bank. The leadership stories in the book demonstrate the many ways that the core ideas in The Fifth Discipline, many of which seemed radical when first published in 1990, have become deeply integrated into people’s ways of seeing the world and their managerial practices.
Completely updated and revisedthis revised edition of Peter Senge’s bestselling classic, The Fifth Discipline, is based on fifteen years of experience in putting the book’s ideas into practice. In the fifth discipline, collective aspiration is set free, senge describes how companies can rid themselves of the learning “disabilities” that threaten their productivity and success by adopting the strategies of learning organizations—ones in which new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, and people are continually learning how to create results they truly desire.
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization #ad - Mastering the disciplines senge outlines in the book will:• reignite the spark of genuine learning driven by people focused on what truly matters to them• Bridge teamwork into macro-creativity• Free you of confining assumptions and mindsets• Teach you to see the forest and the trees• End the struggle between work and personal time.
It features a new foreword about the success peter senge has achieved with learning organizations since the book’s inception, Leaders’ New Work, as well as new chapters on Impetus getting started, Systems Citizens, Strategies, and Frontiers for the Future. As senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition.
Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming OrganizationsMcGraw-Hill Education #ad - And this can lead to uninspiring results. What matters most is how you work to bridge these divides and transform your organization's wide-ranging talents and knowledge to deliver value. Naylor fitzhugh professor of business administration at Harvard Business School "Few books capture the needs and narrative of today's business and so elegantly lay out a plan to address its challenges.
With boundary Spanning Leadership, the possibilities are limitless. For more about the book and free resources, visit www. Spanboundaries. Com. Powered by a decade of global research and practice by the top-ranked Center for Creative Leadership CCL, this book takes you from rural towns in the United States to Hong Kong's skyline and from a modernizing South Africa to the bustling streets of India, showing you how to build bridges across boundaries.
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. This book shows you how to improve your span ability. Bob johansen, Ph. D. Institute for the future, distinguished fellow, and bestselling author of Get There Early and Leaders Make the Future Catalyze collaboration, drive innovation, transform your organization--with Boundary Spanning Leadership you can put it ALL together! We live in a world of vast collaborative potential.
Lean Startups for Social Change: The Revolutionary Path to Big ImpactBerrett-Koehler Publishers #ad - Its mantra is “build, learn”: create small experimental initiatives, measure, quickly get real-world feedback on them, and use that data to expand what works and discard what doesn't. In this eye-opening book, serial social entrepreneur Michel Gelobter shows how it can do the same for nonprofits. Traditionally, entrepreneurs in all sectors develop a plan, whether creating a new business or a new program, find money to fund it, and pursue it to its conclusion.
For years, the lean startup has been revolutionizing both new and established businesses. The lean startup is all about agility and flexibility. The problem is, over time conditions can change drastically—but you're locked into your plan. The standard approach wastes time and money. Using dozens of social sector examples, Gelobter walks you through the process.
Lean Startups for Social Change: The Revolutionary Path to Big Impact #ad - The lean startup will help your organization vastly increase the good it does.
Decide and Deliver: Five Steps to Breakthrough Performance in Your OrganizationHarvard Business Review Press #ad - Identify your critical decisions. 3. If your company's experiencing these problems, it's not alone. Decisions that people sabotage or don't know how to implement. Ensure that your company enables and reinforces great decision making and execution. 5. Set individual critical decisions up for success. 4. Assess your decision effectiveness—and how your organization affects it.
2. In decide and deliver, the authors draw on Bain & Company's extensive research to present a five-step process for improving your firm's decision effectiveness:1. Most organizations don't know how to make and execute good decisions. And they're paying a high price—as profitability and competitiveness erode.
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Dithering. Embed the changes in everyday practice.
The Systems View of Life: A Unifying VisionCambridge University Press #ad - Written primarily for undergraduates, it is also essential reading for graduate students and researchers interested in understanding the new systemic conception of life and its implications for a broad range of professions - from economics and politics to medicine, psychology and law. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation leading to a novel kind of 'systemic' thinking.
This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework. The implications of the systems view of life for health care, management, and our global ecological and economic crises are also discussed. Over the past thirty years, a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science.
The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision #ad - Taking a broad sweep through history and across scientific disciplines, social networks, the authors examine the appearance of key concepts such as autopoiesis, dissipative structures, and a systemic understanding of evolution.
Learn To Think in Systems: Use System Archetypes to Understand, Manage, and Fix Complex Problems and Make Smarter Decisions#ad - Your class at school, your department at work, and your weekend soccer team made of wholehearted dads is a system too. Your household is a system. Think differently and get different results. Learn to think in systems gives you real-life examples to make the adoption process of this type of thinking smooth.
Learn the language of systems thinking. Apply the best systems thinking ideas, models, and frameworks in your cognitive and decision-making process. See through the motivations and understand the drives of contemporary politics, economics, and education. Systems surround us and we might not even be aware of it.
Learn To Think in Systems: Use System Archetypes to Understand, Manage, and Fix Complex Problems and Make Smarter Decisions #ad - Learn to understand, design, and find solutions to the main system problems called ‘archetypes. Complexity, organizational pathways, and networks gain more and more importance in our interconnected world. Widen your perspective, analyze deeply, clear your vision, think critically, be more logical and rational just by applying systems thinking.
We need to know the elements of systems thinking to see beyond simple cause-effect connections. The way we sense reality changed significantly. Would you like to have better solutions to your problems? Struggling to understand why things went wrong when you did everything right? Learn to Think in Systems can help you with these problems.