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MLC 185 - System Thinking Skills

Code Start Date Duration Venue
MLC 185 15 August 2022 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
MLC 185 10 October 2022 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
MLC 185 05 December 2022 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
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Course Description

Systems thinking is understanding how different parts of a system can influence one another within a whole.

Systemic thinking, unlike analytical thinking, requires multiple skill sets to establish a holistic view of a system and explain its behavior. On the contrary, analytical thinking is used to break down a system in to simpler parts in order to identify the pieces and examine how they work together.

This course gives an in depth analysis of systematic thinking and examines whether or not participants are implementing the tools needed to make the best decisions in their companies.

Course Objectives

  • Understand How the System Works and Use Feedback Points
  • Discover the Patterns, Structure, and Events of a system 
  • Putting systems in context 
  • Identify gaps in the system 
  • Engage with complexity, rather than ignore it
  • Identify leverage points for systems change

Who Should Attend?

  • Supervisors
  • Managers
  • Executives
  • Anyone who is involved in developing and implementing plans

Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

  • What is systems thinking?
  • What is a system?
  • Collections vs. Systems 
  • Defining the characteristics of systems 
  • The importance of purpose 
  • How to use systems thinking

Day 2

  • Characteristics of systems thinking
  • The conceptual nature of systems thinking
  • A child’s early steps towards system thinking
  • The building blocks of systematic behavior
  • Reinforcing and balancing process
  • How to foster learning with systems thinking

Day 3

  • Places to intervene in a system
  • Looking for signs 
  • Constructing mental models
  • Selecting activities
  • Representing activities
  • Representing relationships

Day 4

  • The delays that occur in a system 
  • Communicating system 
  • Types of systematic thinking 
  • Dynamic Thinking
  • System-as-Cause Thinking
  • Forest Thinking

Day 5

  • Operational Thinking
  • Closed-Loop Thinking
  • Quantitative Thinking
  • Scientific Thinking