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The Art of Systems Thinking: Essential Skills for Creativity and Problem Solving Paperback – 15 Sep 1997

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (15 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722534426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722534427
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Systems thinking goes beyond logic and sees through isolated events to the deeper patterns and connections. This text aims to unlock the mysteries of systems thinking and offer practical suggestions, exercises and tips to help the reader: problem-solve; think laterally; get a large result from a small effort; manage and negotiate with ease; revolutionize their business or life; and acquire essential skills to promote creativity.

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Systems thinking goes beyond logic, because people are not always logical. Systems thinking sees beyond isolated events to the deeper patterns and connections.


Because we live in a world of systems. Your body is a system, so id your family. The natural environment is a system, as is your business. Understanding how these systems work will dramatically increase your effectiveness, save you time and help you achieve your goals.

Systems thinking is practical and immensely useful. It is not an academic discipline requiring mathematics or engineering to understand it. This book explains the principles of systems thinking in a straightforward way with practical applications, exercises and examples that will help you become more influential and successful in managing your health, work, finances and relationships.

This book will show you how:
• you can get a huge result for a small effort
• obvious solutions can often do more harm than good
• to avoid recurrent misfortunes that seem to happen automatically
• to know the best time to change strategy
• your attempted solution can cause the problem you are trying to solve
• you can never do just one thing because there are always side effects

Joseph O’Connor is a consultant, trainer and author of many books on psychology and communication skills, including the best selling 'Introducing NLP'.

Ian McDermott is a Director of Training for International Teaching Seminars, a leading NLP training organisation in the UK.

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