Systems Thinking for Leaders: Workshop

Aims and Objectives

  • Provide an overview of Systems Thinking principles and practice for leaders.
  • Challenge the traditional management thinking and organisational views that many leaders use to make decisions.
  • Create curiosity, with a desire to discover more and implement the methods learned.
  • Deliver the practical skills and knowledge to allow delegates to study their own organisations and improve the way they work.

Outline

The central theme of the workshop is “A challenge to traditional thinking and leadership.”  Delegates will first learn what a system is and why it is useful to think of business organisations as systems.  To help with this, the delegates will take part in a group exercise designed to explore a simple system of work and the management thinking that drives it.  The delegates will experience an entire transformation lifecycle within a short, concentrated and condensed case study.  They can then understand how applying systems thinking principles and practices could have a significant and transformative impact on their own businesses.

After this, a more in-depth study of the practical tools needed to explore work systems will be delivered.  This will lead on to an exploration of the traditional forms of management and leadership and how they may no longer be fit for purpose in the modern business world.  Alternative approaches to leadership will be shared and explored with the group.

Delegates will leave the course with a workbook assignment that will challenge and guide them to study their own systems of work using the principles and methods learned.  The hope is that they will use this new understanding to lead systemic improvements within their business.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course delegates should be able to:

  • Describe what a system is and how systems thinking can help organisations to transform the way they work.
  • Understand the methods required to study and improve systems of work.
  • Use the workbook provided to study their own work systems.
  • Understand how to lead improvement in the workplace.
  • Understand the differences between traditional leadership approaches and a systems thinking approach.
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