Strategic and Systems Thinking: The Winning Formula

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I. Overview Science and Age of Systems Thinking * Thinking and Critical Issues * Paradigm Shifts Where Is It Occurring? * Strategic Thinking Defined and Contrasted * Analytic vs. Systems Thinking II. Systems Thinking Basics Core Technologies * 12 Characteristics of General Systems Theory and Our ABCs * Some Properties and Principles of Systems * Primary Systems Questions III. Hierarchy of Living Systems * The "Big Four Systems" Levels and Their Collision/Collaborations * Six Natural Rings of Reality * Cascade of Change IV. The ABCs of Strategic Management * Five A B C D E Phases and their Many, Many Applications * The Model of an "Organization as a System" V. Historical Cycles of Change and Learning * Cycles and the Rollercoaster of ChangeTM * The Iceberg Theory of Change and Structures VI. Summary of Strategic and Systems Thinking * Strategic Management System and Enterprise-Wide ChangeTM * A New Language and Culture of Simplicity VII. Plan-to-Plan Process Tailor To Your Needs * Big 3 Enterprise-Wide Failure Issues * Players of Change * Tailoring To Your Needs * Next Steps/Action Plan

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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.

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Strategic and Systems Thinking: The Winning Formula is the 1st book in the four-part Business Excellence Series created by author Stephen Haines with James McKinley. This series prides itself in providing thought provoking applications and innovative insights based on over 50 years of extensive research in the General Systems Theory and over 35 years of practice in the Strategic Management field.

Strategic and Systems Thinking: The Winning Formula is based on the world renown Systems Thinking Approach® which simplifies the General Systems Theory and applies its concept of wholeness to individuals, teams and organizations. The Systems Thinking Approach® clarifies that in order for any whole system to work, all of its parts must work together to achieve its function. The whole is primary, the parts are secondary. Three strategic goals are given as the first step to getting an organization moving forward. Goal #1 Developing shared visions, strategies and operational plans. Goal #2 Ensuring successful implementation of desired major changes. Goal #3 Building & sustaining high performance over the long term.

Haines and McKinley present the idea that we not only need to change the way we examine organizational issues, but spend more time in providing leadership that will come up with the solutions to these complex problems in a holistic and successful way. To that end, Strategic and Systems Thinking: The Winning Formula is divided into four parts.

Part 1 - Analytic Approaches to Systems Problems, explains the mistakes that are made by wasting resources in looking for the ultimate right answer or fad. As they like to point out, by looking for one right answer only partial solutions are found and most likely, new issues will be created.

Part 2 - Systems Thinking for 21st Century Success, addresses the dichotomy of societal and organizational changes, proposing that we as leaders accept that they create both chaos and opportunity. It further explains that we must acknowledge and view the world as being interdependent.

Part 3 - Bridging the Gap- Systems Solutions to Systems Problems, illustrates that a new way of thinking is needed to solve old issues, in other words as Einstein once stated, one cannot solve today s problems with the same level of thinking that created those problems initially. Divided into 4 concepts, Part 3 reviews the success of the Systems Thinking Approach® along with the Seven Levels of Living Systems, the 12 Systems characteristic or standard system dynamic, the Basic ABC systems Framework and The Rollercoaster of Change.

Part 4 Feedback - the Breakfast of Champions, concludes with a close examination of why feedback is the key to learning and to the entire systems process. It illustrates why it is vital for leaders to view feedback as a reward rather than something to avoid.

Simple to read, numerous comprehensive models and real life examples, Strategic and Systems Thinking: The Winning Formula is a book worth having for anyone looking to simplify their current chaotic state. As quoted in the book, Any idiot can simplify by ignoring the complications, but it takes real genius to simplify by including the complications. --Nidya R.M.

Steve Haines and colleagues at the Haines Centre for Strategic Management have clearly created a new and elegant level of thinking to address the significant problems of today and the future-thinking backwards to the future. Organizations that adopt this new frame of reference substantially improve their probability of long-term success Dr. R.P. Gilbert, Former Executive Director-Red Angus Association of America

I don t remember packaged systems quickly as the perfect solution for our business. In the case of Steve and the Centre, I would look at several other planning books and manuals. However; each time I found myself coming back to the Centre s process and finding it had the answers. It would hit me... This is it! --Evan Curry, Senior VP-Cardone Industries, Inc.

It is amazing feeling to have begun with a vision for ourselves, and to see each of the goals outlined in our plan being accomplished by our team. Stephen Haines and The Systems Thinking Approach® are amazing! --Anthony Jones, CEO-Valley Credit Union, San Jose, CA

Strategic and Systems Thinking: The Winning Formula takes the average business professional on an enlightening ride! Quite often theories are overwhelming, cumbersome and difficult to apply to real-world situations. Instead, we now have a book that introduces us in easy A, B, C...steps how to shift away from analytical ways of deciphering our organizations to relational thinking. This type of thinking allows business leaders, to develop easy and effective ways to fully integrate and create holistic ways to lead organizations, with the most collaboration. The real life examples of company experiences with Strategic and Systems Thinking through out the book give readers practical explanations that can be applied to their individual company situations. All leaders should add this book to their must reading list who are tired of fad strategic planning theories, and instead open to making a systems-wide change that involves the entire organization completely on-board with future change. - Jodi Waterhouse, Manager, Corporate & Professional Education-UCSD

As individuals and organizations move from actions to manage parts and move into the thinking and actions of managing relationships, they will also discover a corresponding higher level of team work and organizational effectiveness. Lacking this insight, organizations will continue to manage parts, as if they fly in close formation and suffer from the corresponding inefficiencies. Those in search of the new world view of systems thinking and thirsty for the greater implications of thinking and acting together will find great joy in Strategic and Systems Thinking, by Steve Haines. - Bill Bellows, President - In2:InThinking Network

The Strategic and Systems Thinking Book is a comprehensive, holistic approach to Strategic Thinking, Planning and Strategic Management. In a very condensed and organized manner, the book outlines the key components of building a sustainable Strategic Management process. We have used the process for three years and the systems approach has helped us build better strategies and measures of success and also aligned our entire organization to be Strategic Systems thinkers. The result is that we have a clearer sense of direction and purpose and we are prioritizing and executing initiatives that deliver the most Strategic and Operational value. - Marc Miller, VP of Strategic Planning- Guadeloupe Valley Telecommunications Corporation, San Antonio Texas

This is a groundbreaking framework that integrates the three pillars that twenty first century organizations will need to thrive and survive: Strategic Thinking, Systems Thinking, and Change Management. It s the best system out there for managers and human resource --Haines Centre for Strategic Management

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