Analytic vs. Systems Thinking

Analytic vs. Systems Thinking

stop Using “Analytic Approaches to Systems Problems”

Systems vs. Analytic Thinking
In Systems Thinking –the whole is primary and the parts are secondary
vs.
In Analytic Thinking –the parts are primary and the whole is secondary

 

Analytic Thinking
(Analysis of Today)
vs.
Systems Thinking
(Synthesis for the Future)
1. We/They
vs.
1. Customers/stakeholders
2. Independent
vs.
2. Interdependent
2. Independent
vs.
2. Interdependent
3. Activities/tasks/means
and
3. Outcomes/ends
4. Problem solving
and
4. Solution seeking
5. Today is fine
vs.
5. Shared vision of future
6. Units/departments
and
6. Total organization
7. Silo mentality
vs.
7. Cross-functional teamwork
8. Closed enviroment
vs.
8. Openness and feedback
9. Department goals
and
9. Shared core strategies
10. Strategic Planning project
vs.
10. Strategic Management System
11. Hierarchy and controls
and
11. Serve the customer
12. Not my job
vs.
12. Communications and collaboration
13. Isolated change
vs.
13. Systemic change
14. Linear/begin-end
vs.
14. Circular/repeat cycles
15. Little picture/view
vs.
15. Big picture/holistic perspective
16. Short-term
and
16. Long-term
17. Separate issues
vs.
17. Related issues
18. Symptoms
and
18. Root causes
19. Isolated Events
and
19. Patterns/trends
20. Activities/Actions
and
20. Clear outcome expectations(Goals/Values)