Systems thinking is a holistic approach to problem-solving. In practice, it means taking a step back to understand how different variables interact in our organization and using that information to design more meaningful solutions at work and in board roles. In today’s world where organizational restructuring, new technology implementations, social trends, process improvements and other big changes impact stakeholders at all levels, systems thinking has become an important concept and skill trustees should have to navigate complex situations.
In this course, participants will recognize the different concepts tied to systems thinking and explore the advantages of being recognized as a systems thinker in their organization or board. Participants will also discuss how having a systems thinking mindset might help to reduce frustration, confusion, and tension that arise due to organizational change.
By the completion of this course, successful students will be able to:
- Identify the history and role of system thinking in the school board context
- Recognize different concepts of systems thinking and their implications
- Explore tools, techniques, strategies and resources that to help them assess the complexity of a situation, and produce reasonable recommendations or results
- Apply systems thinking to a challenging situation in your school board