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What is systems thinking?

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Systems thinking is a management discipline that involves understanding systems by analyzing linkages and interactions between the parts that make up the whole of a defined system. Systems thinking uses tools, concepts and habits to gain an understanding of the interdependent structures of active systems.

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Visual, listening and speaking, and kinesthetic are the three categories of systems thinking. Visual tools are the ladder of interference, behavior-over-time graphs, stock/flow diagrams, iceberg visual, and casual loop diagrams. These tools help communicate, analyze, synthesize, and collect thoughts about systems. Listening and speaking help develop a common vocabulary and using different communication techniques enhances the understanding of how systems work by using many perspectives to see the larger picture.

Kinesthetic strategies study how and why a system function does what it does by using the body and the mind.

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