Utilizing Systems Thinking
The resources for this week focus on learning and working as a part of a team. This week, you have been introduced to the process of working toward team alignment, which occurs when a group has developed a shared vision of what needs to be accomplished. You also have evaluated tips on how to complete an effective charter process, such as establishing clear goals, assignments, and establishing conflict resolution procedures.
As you review the Learning Resources this week, continue your research in the Walden University Library, and prepare your Discussion posting, contemplate the following.
How will taking a systems thinking approach change the team process?
What do you see as potential benefits of using systems to identify cause and effect?
What will be the greatest challenges of using systems thinking?
Note: You do not need to directly answer these points in your Discussion post as they serve only to begin your thinking process; however, you must explain your reasoning as you formulate your formal response.
Now answer the following questions:
- Reflect on a time you were part of a team. Describe how your team may (or may not) have operated as a learning organization. What were the implications or results?
- After reviewing the readings in your Senge text, summarize a time when you or another team member you were involved with became a prisoner of their own thinking (p. 27). What can you individually do as a team member to avoid this happening again and instead ensure that each of the three basic conditions for dialogue (p. 226) is met. How could you help other team members do likewise?
- Why is it important to suspend your assumptions (p. 226)? How would you actually go about suspending your assumptions? What do you think will be the most difficult part of the communication process?
Senge, P. (2006). The fifth discipline: The art & practice of the learning organization. New York: Doubleday.