Do you keep grappling with the same
stubborn problems in your organization? If so, perhaps there's
a systems archetype lurking in the background. Systems archetypes
are a class of systems thinking tools that capture common
challenges that occur in all kinds of industries and organizations.
archetypes themselves consist of causal
loop diagrams depicting typical and problematic systemic
structures. From "Fixes That Fail" (in which your
"solutions" seem to backfire) to "Tragedy of
the Commons" (in which people "overgraze" a
limited resource, such as admin support), the archetypes give
you an inside look at these structures and reveal high-leverage
actions you can take to manage them.
"Fixes That Fail" and "Tragedy of the Commons,"
the systems archetypes include: "Drifting Goals,"
"Limits to Success," "Growth and Underinvestment,"
"Escalation," "Success to the Successful,"
and "Shifting the Burden."