The late Dr. Russell Ackoff was described by Steven Brand as “the Einstein of Problem Solving”.  If you have ever brushed with the magic of Systems Thinking, you probably know who Russ Ackoff was.  He’s been described as a Renaissance Man, architect, city planner, philosopher, behavioral scientist.  He is considered the father of organizational systems theory and especially, Systems Thinking.

A nod to Alex Mathews and his excellent The Enterprise Advocate blog for coming across this excellent presentation.


If you are involved in any type of improvement effort, ask yourself (and your teammates) – are we approaching this with a whole systems perspective?  If not (the likely case!), what can you do about it?

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