Interactive simulations are an excellent resource for building systemic intelligence. If done well, they provide you with a clear picture of one (or more) useful mental model(s) – by clearly articulating that mental model and engaging you viscerally with its implications.

Pontifex Consulting has been developing simulations for organizations, coalitions, and communities for over twenty years. These simulations have been used by: MBA and executive education programs to enhance learning, state politicians to develop public policy, corporate leadership teams to develop global strategies, non-profits to communicate funding strategies to their boards, and NGOs to achieve international development goals. Experience a few of these simulations on this Resources page – and better understand where and how such simulation tools might help you and your colleagues achieve extraordinary results. All of these simulations are available from Pontifex Consulting’s portfolio on the isee exchange. For the best experience on mobile devices use the versions from the isee exchange. Please contact us if interested in embedding any simulation on your website. If you like any of the simulations / labs, consider registering with us so we can contact you when we update them or post additional ones.

An Introduction to SysQ: Why systemic intelligence is an essential (yet often overlooked) leadership capacity

An Introduction to SysQ is our free interactive resource for building and applying Systemic Intelligence (SysQ). Practitioners of systems thinking and adaptive leadership will better understand why systemic intelligence is an essential leadership capacity, and how to increase your (and your team’s) capacity to apply it.  Our comprehensive guide gives you rapid access to the full suite of systems thinking tools (including the SysQ Questions, trend graphs, archetypes, causal loop and stock & flow diagrams, and simulations) – including when and how to use each. And because An Introduction to SysQ is browser based, you can use it on mobile devices. Access the guide here (below) or from its source on the isee exchange. Use the isee exchange version for the best experience on mobile devices. You can also embed it in your website. Contact us to find out how.

SysQ for Business Process Improvement

This online sim is an interactive case study based on a real world experience. Often policies or programs are implemented believing they will have no unintended consequences. In this case study, you’ll see how a services organization implemented a marketing promotion only to find it created unforeseen headaches. SysQ is a way to anticipate and preemptively avoid (or mitigate) these actually predictable unintended consequences.

SysQ for The Power of Full Engagement

Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz wrote an international best seller that shifted the typical management paradigm for “managing work”. They propose the essential aspect to manage isn’t the amount of hours or time employees put into completing tasks. Instead, the focus should be on managing staff energy. This online sim demonstrates how their theory works. It’s also an excellent example of how SysQ isn’t just for managing systems, but for helping to communicate theories that sometimes sounds “squishy” and immeasurable.