Systems Thinking is to understand the relationship between the parts and the whole.
System Thinking (ST) provides the holistic way to view problems, better and accurate understanding of the overall situation, better defining the problems and how you should go about solving them and in what sequence. Although the concept of Systems Thinking (ST) was coined about three decades ago and has been developed since then, it seems only very small proportion of people are interested in it and even fewer can master it. Digital businesses become over-complex and extremely uncertain, often, framing the right questions to ask or defining the real problems to solve is more challenging than finding the answers or discovering the solutions. Systems Thinking can help both framing the right questioning and help to solve the problems as well.
Systems Thinking provides the tools and methodology to define problems in situations of uncertainty: Because ST helps define how you see “problems,” it helps you actually understand the problem because understanding the problem is the most critical step in solving it. ST as a discipline involves the recognition that beneath every apparent static element in our consciousness, we can find something dynamic if we take the time to think of it in that way. The applications of ST in a structured and systematic process allow a more complete and holistic approach to being taking. ST reveals much more than the “scope” of the problem, although that is a large part of it. It provides an insight into the emergent and inherent properties, particularly due to unforeseen consequences of the combination of parts and the interaction within the system and between the system and its environment. To put it simply, ST is to understand the relationship between the parts and the whole. It is an outside-in perspective of interconnectivity and interdependence in a system.
Holistic Thinking is a combination of analysis, Systems Thinking, and Critical Thinking: Digital means high data flow, information flow, hyper-connectivity and interdependence, Holistic Thinking which requires interdisciplinary knowledge and systematic approach is in demand to deal with today’s over-complex business dynamic. Holistic Thinking requires a very open mind and the ability to transcend conventional wisdom. It suggests a genuine sense of exploration and innovation. The word holistic itself refers to something that transcends any simple combination of ways of thinking. Holistic Thinking is more than a combination of analytical, critical, and systems thinking. Thinking in different ways often has to do with whether one is willing to perceive things from a different perspective through what lens. Holistic Thinking offers new and varied information that can be thought of using diverse way of thinking that can be highly varied and constantly expanding.
Non-linear thinking is a type of integral thinking: In both the real, physical world and the business world, most relationships are actually nonlinear. The term linear thinking implies the whole is simply equal to the sum of its part, which is not effective from a business perspective. One example is strategic decision making; if you design this as a linear process, it almost always fails. Linear models are usually about simplification, and they are valid only within limited conditions. Now that the digital business or the world as a whole has become over-complex and hyperconnected, some people thought that linear thinking is simply a type of logic thinking, and nonlinear thinking is an out-of-box kind of thinking. But to dig deeper, nonlinear thinking is an emerging type of Systems Thinking useful to understand complexity and interconnectivity. The route from linear to nonlinear thinking could be evolutionary. One characteristic of nonlinear systems is that small changes can have large impacts. If you pick the right thing to alter, you can sometimes achieve enormous outcomes at little or no expenditure of effort. This approach requires great insights and knowledge.
As the saying goes: The quality of your life is a function of the quality of the thinking you have done. In other words, what you are experiencing is the sum total of all the decisions you have made. And your thinking capability is the critical factor in overall decision effectiveness. Therefore, learn how to leverage Systems Thinking to perceive things from a different angle, and understand the interconnectedness between the parts and the whole, in order to understand each other, businesses and the world holistically."Thinkingaire" Slideshare Presentation
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