Seeing the Forest for the Trees : A Manager's Guide to Applying Systems Thinking
Systems thinking can help you tame the complexity of real-world problems by providing a structured way of balancing a broad, overall view with the selection of the right level of detail, truly allowing you to "see the forest for the trees". Only by taking a broad view can we avoid the twin dangers of a silo mentality-in which a fix 'here' simply shifts the problem to 'there', and organisational myopia-in which a fix 'now' gives rise to a much bigger problem to fix 'then'. Seeing the Forest for the Trees will give you all the tools and techniques you need, with many practical examples as diverse as managing a busy back office, negotiating an outsourcing deal and formulating business strategy.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 152 x 232 x 32mm | 399.16g
- 01 Oct 2002
- Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- NICHOLAS BREALEY PUBLISHING
- London, United Kingdom
About Dennis Sherwood
Dennis Sherwood was for twelve years a consulting partner with Coopers & Lybrand and was subsequently an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in London, a partner in Bossard Consultants, and Vice President of SRI Consulting. Educated at the universities of Cambridge, Yale and California, and a Sloan Fellow, with Distinction, of the London Business School, he is now the Managing Director of Organica Consulting which specialised in building competitive advantage through innovation whose clients include Thames Water, Nestle, National Grid, Pearson TV, The Defence Evaluation & Research Agency, Wedgewood, and Yorkshire Electricity. He is well-known on the conference circuit and is the author of five previous books, including Smart Things to Know About Innovation and Unlock Your Mind. Visit www.organicaconsulting.com for more information.