What is the difference between "what i heard she said" and "what she said"? Are we limited by our own cognitive biases based on mental models that we consider 'the truth'. What about our optimisation focus? Are we investing in improving locally (my, my team's, my department's) or are we taking a step back and optimising for the whole? Organisations do not become learning organisations unless they acknowledge and challenge existing mental models in order to move beyond unfavourable behaviours/assumptions and continually reflect keeping the optimisation of the whole in their minds. This workshop puts the two disciplines of a learning organisation - mental models and system thinking - into practice using Causal Loop Modelling. The participants will learn how to externalise, share and discuss existing mental models in a collaborative learning activity that they can take back to their organisations and start using right away to pursue the journey of becoming a learning organisation.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

The participants will be divided into teams and facilitated as a workshop. Some slides will be used for guidance, instructions etc. The proposed timing of the different sections is as follows:

  • Introduction, ice breaker & teaming - 10 minutes
  • Causal loop modelling primer - slides - 15 minutes
  • Modelling activity 1 - team workshop - 15 minutes
  • Playback and debrief - 15 minutes
  • Modelling activity 2 - team workshop - 15 minutes
  • Playback and debrief - 15 minutes
  • Closing - 5 minutes

Learning Outcome

To be able to...

  • Comprehend the impact of our mental models on limiting growth opportunities
  • Comprehend the impact of local optimisation on the system as a whole
  • Apply causal loop modelling in day to day situations

Target Audience

Leaders, Change Agents, Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, System Thinkers

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