Engineering is the ability to predict future outcomes before building the system
Systems Engineering is the process of achieving a desired holistic, or ecosystem wide, behavior through the arrangement of the component parts
Systems Thinking is the management discipline of understanding the linkages and interactions between component parts that comprise the entirety of a defined system and considering the whole system in relation to its environment
Leaders frequently do not consider how decisions in one part of the organization will impact the organization as a whole.
Some of the common mistakes include:
- Failing to consider the perceptions, fears, and other concerns of the workforce
- Over optimism in the ability to integrate or roll out technologies
- Clashes in decision-making, organizational structures
- Optimistic financial modeling
The reasons above, and others, is why the majority of publicly announce mergers fail to achieve their stated performance goals. The Acumen Dynamics approach to working with clients is to encourage a systemic approach to anticipate potential pitfalls through taking a holistic view of challenges and opportunities.