We work in partnership with our clients and each other. Our practice is based on the view that knowledge must become embedded into the organization so teams can better understand the connections among their decisions, their people, and their performance.
STC consultants have invested their professional careers applying systems thinking, and have focused on a wide variety of industries as well as global and societal issues.
We are truly systems thinkers!
We do not claim expertise in any specific business area. Rather we work to bring to the table our deep systems expertise (concepts and tools); our clients bring deep understanding of their environment; together we find a heightened level of perception and new ways to think about issues. The result is often amazing in terms of results and accomplishments.
We are also committed to the transfer of thinking skills, that is, leaving our client's not just with solutions to immediate issues but with new ways of perceiving their world in dealing with the future. We continue to be available for coaching as needed for on-going progress.
Most recently, we have worked with the following clients:|
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance: Charged with developing systemic solid waste policy recommendations for the state of Minnesota, the Collaborative worked with this client to design and facilitate a series of workshops to engage a wide range of constituents who had had difficulty coming together in past efforts to engage them. The full force of systems thinking and team learning practices were brought to bear in this project, resulting in a very successful project where consensus was achieved on ten recommendations and four principles.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: The Collaborative worked with managers to identify the key drivers of the Facilities business area. These feedback forces were considered when assessing several strategies also developed on this team. Stakeholder assessment also played a key role for this organization, as they have multiple customers with differing goals and timeframes.
Visteon Corporation: Working with a cross-functional team, Collaborative consultants helped them to identify several key dynamic issues. One in particular was chosen to develop into a dynamics simulation model. The findings from this model helped to illuminate a vital strategic issue for rolling out a new business strategy. The Collaborative presented a few learning labs using this model to report to key stakeholders the lessons learned on this practice field. Then the primary client became the facilitator for these learning labs.
Pegasus Communications, Inc.: We tailored a two-day workshop for key people in the organization, introducing the concepts and tools of systems thinking. This included causal loop mapping, archetypes, a complete case study from facilitation to recommendations, and an introduction to system dynamics. Like other workshops, it was experiential (and fun) for participants.
Entrepreneurial Coaching: This focused on coaching activity for an emerging business, increasing the depth of understanding of the people involved of systems principles as well as a sounding board for business issues.
Too numerous to cite in detail, we also have experience in the following areas:
Corporate Strategy and Operations: Interventions, analysis, and development in a wide variety of public and private sector industries including automotive, pharmaceutical, computer equipment and components, aerospace, communications, oil and gas, and retail.
Social Systems: Analysis and intervention for social service policy, family, and team dynamics.
Environmental Management: Analysis, development and strategic planning for sustainability at local, state, and global levels.
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The Systems Thinking Collaborative is a networked consulting practice dedicated to applying systems thinking and system dynamics. We help clients manage their dynamically complex issues to achieve their goals and to facilitate organizational learning. Our practice offers innovations that come from combining our members' diverse approaches to organizational learning.
• A network of experienced systems thinking consultants,
• Who align and combine the spectrum of organizational learning tools, and
• Provide cost effective applications.
The Collaborative is a virtual organization. Our clients benefit from our experience, our ability to support wide-ranging systemic initiatives, and our cost effectiveness. Our members benefit by working with others to advance their state of the art practice.
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• David W. Packer
• Kristina Wile
• Rebecca D. Niles