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The Elements of Thinking in Systems

Use Systems Archetypes to Understand, Manage, and Fix Complex Problems and Make Smarter Decisions
Auteur(s): Albert Rutherford
Narrateur(s): Russell Newton
Durée: 4 h et 2 min
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Would you like to have better solutions to your problems? Struggling to understand why things went wrong when you did everything right? The Elements of Thinking in Systems can help you with these problems. 

Systems surround us, and we might not even be aware of it. Your household is a system. The bakery on the corner is a system. Your class at school, your department at work, and your weekend soccer team made of wholehearted dads is a system, too. You are a vital part of more complex systems like your country, the economy, or the world; learn about their changing nature and find optimal solutions to problems related to them. 

The world is more connected than ever thanks to innovations like telephone, television, computers, and internet. The way we sense reality changed significantly. Using conventional thinking to understand the world as it functions today is not enough. We need to know the elements of systems thinking to see beyond simple cause-effect connections. This audiobook will help you to find strategic solutions to every complex modern problem.

The Elements of Thinking in Systems focuses on the nine fundamental system archetypes; our mental models related to them and the step-by-step implication methods to fix them. Learn to use systems archetypes to solve your problems at work, in your business, in your relationship, and social connections.  

See through the motivations and understand the drives of contemporary politics, economics, and education. Widen your perspective, think critically, analyze deeply, clear your vision, and be more logical and rational just by applying systems thinking. 

Think differently and get different results. 

  • Learn the language of systems thinking.
  • Apply the best systems-thinking ideas, models, and frameworks in your cognitive and decision-making process. 
  • Learn to understand, design, and find solutions to the main system problems, called "archetypes".

Complexity, organizational pathways, and networks gain more and more importance in our interconnected world. The Elements of Thinking in Systems gives you real-life examples to make the adoption process of this type of thinking smooth. 

Define your problems more accurately, find better, long-lasting solutions to your problems, learn to create strategic plans using systems diagrams, and understand your place and power over the world. 

©2019 Albert Rutherford (P)2019 Albert Rutherford

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  • Mario Lopez
  • 2019-03-19

Don't hate the player, hate (and fix) the game

There was something about this book that I didn't quite like. I'm not sure if it's because this book is covering a complex topic, or if it's because I just didn't care for the way the information was laid out. I usually like books of this nature to provide a high level overview of the topic followed by details for each component. I didn't really feel like I got that here.

Aside from that, though, this book was great. The topic covers so many aspects of life that I'd expect everyone to take something different away from the book. My take away was that when failures occur, you should look at the system that created that error. That is, you should look at the big picture, see how all of the elements are connected, and identify the root cause of a problem in order to fix it long-term. We shouldn't look for individual people to blame, and we shouldn't even look at individual elements if we want a long-term fix.

While I'm tempted to expand on this, the book does a much better job explaining it all. I highly recommend it.

The audiobook's narration was smooth and consistent. I was able to comfortably listen to it at 2.5x speed and catch every word.

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  • E.H. Benson
  • 2019-03-31

Basic primer for systems thinking

I've read many of the books mentioned as references in this audiobook. Overall, the presentation is excellent. The content is an introduction to the basic concepts of systems thinking. Occasionally it gets a little confusing, but in most of these instances I needed a diagram in front of me to truly understand what the author was talking about. If you are interested in learning about systems thinking, take a listen. If you've already read a bit on the topic, I would suggest finding a more technical text to expand your horizons.

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  • Cyphers Fallen
  • 2019-03-18

Best Ways to Approach and Solve a Problem

Thia audiobook contains useful strategies to identify and solve problems. I found my self, while a listened, applying it easily to my every day life. It helped with questions like; How can I make my side business more successful and cope with growth? How to prepare for a new job interview? And, What is causing me to repeat the same mistakes? The Narrator is a great fit for this type of audiobook. His delivery was perfect for conveying complex information and kept mind focused on what was being said. I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook and think it will help me in my future endeavors.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Carlos Flores
  • 2019-04-14

A great go to guide for Systemic thinking

Full disclosure: I’ve received a complimentary copy of this audiobook to review it to the most honest assessment I can give.

This is a difficult topic but it is explained fairly simple from so wider audiences wouldn’t have any issue following it. Though some examples were confusing and had me going back time and time again in order to fully understand them.

I guess one of the flaws I can find is the narrator, I find his voice not suited for this type of heavyweight field of knowledge. Maybe I’m wrong but it made the experience not that great for me and even had to plan around doing some chores so it would not knock me out asleep.

I think about purchasing the kindle edition since this is better for consulting this type of information than going back and forward with the audible app