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YESTERDAY’S THINKING AND ORGANIZATIONAL DISABILITIES System thinking is the “ability of making reliable inferences about behaviors” (Arnold & Wade, 2015). Such a system is complex and once implemented must be maintained. I was privileged to be a part of the production team of a small company that makes short stories and plays. Being employed at the company for about two years, one thing I noticed is that the different departments struggled to operate collectively as a unit. There was hardly any gathering with all departments to make plans about script writing, costume designing, stage setting, etc. Each team operated as a different entity and would often come up with their work and then just present it. If there were gathering, sometimes when suggestions are made to alter certain aspects of the task persons would get offensive and this would sometimes lead to unethical behaviors. Because of this everyone would focus on their responsibility and not try to assist others. Since much team work was not encouraged there was a strain on the actual production; and on the days of some plays, certain things would not be in place. Based on reviews giving by persons in film making, the income we would gain from production and from what I have learnt thus far, I think this is a clear example of poor systems thinking. When problems arise, they would see the best possible solution at the time to mitigate it and never stop to observe that we often encounter problems because there was no standard process or rules to follow. Sometimes we wonder why our deepest problems never get solved but I believe it is paramount for companies to not focus on “snapshots of isolated parts of the systems” (Senge, 2006). But rather, focus on the ‘bigger picture’. I think that one of the core issues was the lack of networking. Networking allows employees to meet with different ideas and perspectives while
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