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What does good look like for your organisation?

What does good look like? It might be obvious when we see it, but if we are on the wrong track, we might never see it. How can systems thinking help us discover what good looks like? Knowing what good looks like is fundamental to any enterprise’s success. Once an enterprise understands what good [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:44:08+09:30February 28th, 2017|Purpose, Systems Thinking, Uncategorised|0 Comments

The Centrelink automated debt recovery system fails the pub test

It has been widely reported that the Centrelink debt recovery system has failed the pub test. Why does it matter and what should have been done? The summer has not been a good one for the Australian government as it continues to reel from self-inflicted crises. The parliamentary expenses scandal continues to claim scalps, [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:27:27+09:30January 27th, 2017|System Failure, Systems Thinking|0 Comments

Reductionism and holism – The yin and yang of systems thinking

Reductionism and holism are complementary thinking styles. One seeks meaning from an investigation of the parts, while the other seeks meaning from an investigation of the whole. They are the yin and yang of systems thinking. For over three hundred years we have relied on reductionist thinking to make sense of the world. Reductionism [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:25:06+09:30July 28th, 2016|Systems Thinking|1 Comment

Gun control laws – A tale of two countries

Australia's gun control laws have stopped mass shootings and reduced gun related homicides. Why is the US struggling to introduce gun controls to do the same? Systems thinking may provide some insight. Just two weeks after the Orlando nightclub shooting, the bloodiest in the recent history, when a gunman killed forty nine people and [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:23:37+09:30June 24th, 2016|System Failure, Systems Thinking|2 Comments

Workplace wellness initiatives – For what purpose?

In Australia workplace wellness initiatives are commonplace, yet only half have measureable outcomes. Without them their fitness for purpose is questionable. In a recent news article the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) considered the effectiveness of Australian workplace wellness programmes. It reported that around half of all Australian companies offered some kind of health promotion [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:20:03+09:30April 26th, 2016|Purpose, Systems Thinking|0 Comments

Cockpit security – the threat from within

Cockpit security arrangements introduced after 9/11 failed to consider the threat from within. The fatal crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 caused by the suicide of its copilot Andreas Lubitz, can be directly attributed to the cockpit security arrangements introduced after 9/11. These arrangements were designed to prevent unauthorised access to the cockpit but they [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:18:55+09:30March 25th, 2016|Systems Thinking|2 Comments

Microbeads in cleansing products to be banned in the US

The United States is set to ban exfoliating cleansing products containing plastic microbeads because of their toxic effect on the marine environment. The United States is set to ban soaps and other exfoliating personal care products containing plastic microbeads. The United States Senate has passed legislation to phase out their use, by banning their [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:15:25+09:30January 22nd, 2016|Systems Thinking|1 Comment

Jetstar safety incidents under investigation by the ATSB

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating Jetstar over two safety incidents that had the potential to affect flight safety. On the 19th October 2015 a scheduled flight to Melbourne, operated by Jetstar departed from Brisbane with sixteen more passengers than had been accounted for in the crew’s flight plan. Ten days later a [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:13:08+09:30December 8th, 2015|System Failure, Systems Thinking|0 Comments

Can systems thinking help us innovate?

We can innovate only when we have insight. Systems thinking provides insight into a problem by treating it as a system and examining its properties. What is innovation? Innovation along with agility, sustainability and synergy is becoming one of the most overused words in business today. Companies love to say that they innovate but [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:04:16+09:30November 27th, 2015|Systems Thinking|0 Comments

Future submarines – an Australian build?

Will the future submarines be built in Adelaide? Possibly, but they will most likely be built in Australia. It depends on what is deemed to be culturally feasible. The design and construction of twelve future submarines to replace the current Collins Class fleet costing $50 billion will be the biggest capital expenditure undertaken by the Commonwealth. [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:07:15+09:30October 23rd, 2015|Systems Thinking|0 Comments