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A system is anything that has interacting and interconnected parts.
The human body is an example of a system. It reacts to the environment and is composed of many interdependent parts such as the brain, digestive, and circulatory systems.
Systems thinking is the art and science of making reliable inferences about behaviour by developing an increasingly deep understanding of underlying structure.
With system thinking, it’s easier to deal with complex problems because system thinking asks that you look at the bigger picture first.
It is impossible to know the behavior of a system just by knowing the parts that make up that system
Systems are made up of three parts: elements, interconnections, and a function or purpose.
Elements are the actors in the system.
Anything without interconnections or purpose cannot be considered a system.
The first step in shifting from linear thinking to system thinking is to ask if something is actually the problem or a symptom of something deeper.
Linear thinking focuses on solving a problem while system thinking digs deeper to see if systematic issues exist.
Systems can be stuck in a negative loop that risks killing off the entire system. This happens when there is an erosion of goals and expectations.
One way to fight the negative loop is to maintain absolute standards no matter what happens to performance. The second way is to set performance standards that mirror the best performances from the past.
In terms of systems, escalation is a reinforcing loop that is created when actors try to compete to get ahead of one another.
Escalation is connected to achieving a positive goal. But when escalation erodes relationships within systems, it is not a good thing.
For instance, when businesses try to compete by lowering their price, it can lead to a dangerous escalation where everyone loses.
Winning creates a powerful feedback loop that reinforces gains that have already been achieved.
Teams that win championships receive more TV revenues and showtime. As a result, they get more fans and even more money. This allows them to buy the best players and keep winning.
It is impossible to have two species living in the same ecological niche surviving on the same resources. One will be forced out.
The competitive exclusion principle explains why governments are required to intervene in markets because, without such interventions, monopolies would dominate the market.
The four communications styles that end relationships:
Thinking of our relationship as a system and stock mean that both partners are feedback loops. We look for any changes that may have happened recently and analyze whether the system dynamics have changed.
By applying system thinking to relationship problems you will be able to take your power back and feel hopeful. One way is to recognize that things run on three different categories: physical, mental, and emotional. Solutions to relationship problems can be found in any of these areas.
System thinking is being able to examine and analyze ourselves and things around us with the express purpose of being able to improve upon them.
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