According to Peter Senge, successful organisations are the ones that despite complex challenges are flexible and adaptive – They are learning organisations.
Senge described learning organisations in the following terms:
“They are places where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free and where people are continually learning to see the whole together.”
One of the key elements of being a ‘learning organisation’ is ‘systems thinking.’
Systems thinking is:
“The ability to see the big picture and notice the interrelationships between what might at first seem to be completely unrelated”
It is a way of looking at our environment that reveals linkages and connections in order that we can identify the risks and the opportunities.