Consulting

A sampling of consulting projects are attached as sub tabs.

My consulting is based upon systems thinking, which is a perspective for going beyond linear cause and effect events to find patterns of behavior and underlying interrelationships.

A system is an entity that maintains its existence through the mutual interaction of its parts. The first rule of systems is: “Don’t fight the system. Change the rules and the system will take the path of least resistance to change itself.”

Characteristics emerge from the interaction of the elements within a system which are not evident when analyzing the individual elements. Consider water. By studying hydrogen and oxygen one will never perceive the characteristic of wetness. Only in studying the interaction of these elements, the system, will this property become evident.

Only by thoroughly understanding the system and identifying leverage points can one determine appropriate ways of influencing the system to create lasting change.

Austrian Biologist Ludwig von Bertalanffy believed there were a set of fundamental structures which operated in the same fashion across all disciplines. And, if one learned these fundamental structures, when they moved from one discipline to another they wouldn’t have to relearn everything from the beginning, but rather simply learn the specifics of these structures within the new discipline.

Edward de Bono has commented that the reason we produce such ineffective answers is that we find thinking painful. As such, problems are address with reductionist thinking to find “an answer,” which is then treated as “the answer” to achieve finality, when in fact, problem solving is recursive.

Planning is a form of problem solving that typically involves modeling. A model is a simplification of reality intended to promote understanding. Stated in another way: “If you can describe complexity, then it’s not complex any more.”

The pitfall to planning based upon reductionist thinking is that the model may omit key information causing a flawed understanding, which is why planning must be recursive.

Set limitation theory and the Mandelbrot set provides mathematical and graphic explanation of how and why effective planning requires recursion.

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