Destination Thinking: A Business Planning Guide the Systems Thinking Approach

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9780976013570: Destination Thinking: A Business Planning Guide the Systems Thinking Approach

Book by Stephen G Haines with Valerie MacLeod and Terry Schmidt

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STEPHEN HAINES is the founder and CEO of the Haines Centre for Strategic Management. The Haines Centre has offices in over 20 countries. Stephen is the world's foremost authority and leader on the Systems Thinking Approach™ to Strategic Management (Planning-People-Leadership-Change). He has led Best Practices research in Strategic and Systems Thinking for more than 25 years. VALERIE MACLEOD is a Partner at the Haines Centre for Strategic Management in Calgary, Alberta. She is a Facilitator, Coach, Entrepreneur, Systems Thinker, Author, Strategist, Educator, and Speaker. TERRY SCHMIDT is a Principal at the Haines Centre for Strategic Management in Seattle Washington. He is an Entrepreneur, Educator, Strategic Project Master and Change Agent.

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"Change is about the only predictable factor in the future," author Stephen Haines states in his latest book, Destination Thinking: A Business Planning Guide . Destination Thinking provides organizations, teams, business units and individuals with the practical tools necessary to embrace change and move away from simplistic planning, to simple, strategic planning; stressing that in order for an organization to function, all of its parts must work together for the overall objective of the whole. The whole is primary and the parts are secondary.

With its 5 Key Phases known as the ABCs of Strategic Thinking , Haines once again delivers the importance of backwards thinking, the Core Technology of the science of Systems Thinking, and how in order to have positive change, an organization must be willing to reinvent its vision and think backwards to their future, in a holistic and natural way. The ABCs of Strategic Thinking show organizations the meaning of backwards thinking with the following 5 Key questions; (A) Where do we want to be? (B) How will we know when we get there? (C) Where are we now? (D) How do we get there? (E) What will/may change in our environment in the future?

Destination Thinking introduces the 3 Primary Goals an organization should follow; (1) Developing a Business Plan, (2) Ensuring its Successful Implementation & Change, (3) and Building & Sustaining Long Term High Performance. It further illustrates the need for an organization to see itself as a living system, or a complex network of inputs, interactions, processes and outputs. It emphasizes that an organization's Vision must be to think, plan, act and communicate throughout its entirety in order to get the Ideal Results, yet, not forgetting the significance of recognizing and supporting the personal growth, contribution and fulfillment of its employees. People support what they help create. This is the ultimate how-to Survival Guide for any Progressive Leader of a Business Unit, Program Area, and Functional Area within the Public & Private sectors, and Non-Profits. The comprehensive, Step-by-Step tools and the Key Models that exist inside this one-of-a-kind book will benefit anyone developing or implementing a Three-Year Business Plan. Nidya R.M. --Nidya R.M.

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