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Articles & White Papers

  • Systemic Intelligence (SysQ) – Building powerful skills for high-leverage solutions
  • The SysQ Guide
  • Adaptive Learning for  Collective Impact

Case Studies

  • Culture Change
  • Managing Risk

 


Systemic Intelligence (SYSQ)
Building powerful skills for high-leverage solutions

This article provides an overview of the core principles of systemic intelligence (SysQ). It presents why systemic intelligence is a needed – but often overlooked – capacity for dealing with today’s modern challenges. Read this article to learn how to define SysQ, how it’s used, and how you can build your capacity.

Download SysQ – The Capacity to Find High-leverage

 


The SysQ Guide: Tools and Practices to Build & Apply Systemic Intelligence

The SysQ Guide is designed for anyone who has taken SysQ or Systems Thinking training and wants to deepen their skills. The interactive guide provides an introduction to why SysQ (systemic intelligence) is an essential competency for today’s complex world. Readers will learn the SysQ process and tools / techniques required to effectively apply Sys

Use this guide to deepen your skills at applying SysQ to issues that matter. The SysQ Guide is designed for anyone who has taken SysQ or Systems Thinking training and wants to deepen their skills. The guide provides an introduction to why SysQ (systemic intelligence) is an essential competency for today’s complex world. Readers will learn the SysQ process and tools / techniques required to effectively apply SysQ.

Choose from two versions of the Guide:

  1. Download for ePub readers (including iBooks)
  2. Download for Kindle readers

Adaptive Learning Skills for Collective Impact

Just as there are fundamental skills needed to run complex plays in basketball, there is a set of adaptive learning skills needed to run an effective Collective Impact process.

Often coalitions working on complex, adaptive challenges choose to apply the collective impact process. Although this framework has been successful in a few instances, often the results are less than desired. The reason is there’s insufficient attention to the enabling skills required to effectively lead change.

Download Adaptive Leadership for Collective Impact to learn how adaptive learning skills are as essential to Collective Impact as passing, dribbling, and shooting is to basketball.

 

 


Success story: Culture Change

This paper describes how a large company consciously developed the capacity to think systemically and apply adaptive learning principles. This became the necessary foundation needed for the company to eventually be able to use the system dynamics methodology to important strategic issues. You will learn how other organizations (from private sector companies to collective impact groups) can build and apply this learning capacity based on our learnings fro
m this sustained multi-year endeavor.

Download Using Systems Thinking to Shift Mindsets

 

 


Success story: Managing  Risk

All organizations face issues where the future’s uncertain, but leadership must still make decisions in spite of that uncertainty. Building the capacity of an organization to rigorously apply system dynamics is a high leverage activity. Organizations with sufficient SysQ capacity can build confidence in all decisions they make – even when there’s significant uncertainty and risk. This paper describes how one company used simulation modeling to assess a significant risk – and made a decision that proved worth more than a million dollars annually.

Download Digital Imaging Systems to learn how SysQ was an essential capacity to dramatically increase this company’s profitability.