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Applied Understanding: Managing Time in Time Management [Systems thinking & modelling series]

This is part 19 of a series of articles featuring the book Beyond Connecting the Dots, Modeling for Meaningful Results.

Often we are victims of our own beliefs and thus pursue approaches to deal with situations that are doomed to fail. Why are they doomed to fail? Because the basis of our approach is flawed to begin with. The following “Managing Time in Time Management” model demonstrates a very prominent example of this.

Interactive model: Managing Time in Time Management

Should you be surprised if pursuing the wrong course of action doesn’t produce the desired result?

Managing Time in Time Management

Need help? See the Model instructions

Hopefully this model provides an additional sense of the importance of soft variables in some models. Quite often soft variable are the real key to understanding what’s really happening in the web of extended interactions.

This model, like so many others, also serves to point out how true Pogo really was. “We have met the enemy and he is us!”

Next edition: Applied Understanding: Are There Limits.

Article sources: Beyond Connecting the Dots, Insight Maker. Reproduced by permission.

Header image source: Beyond Connecting the Dots.

Scott Fortmann-Roe and Gene Bellinger

Scott Fortmann-Roe, creator of Insight Maker, and Gene Bellinger, creator of SystemsWiki, have written the innovative interactive book "Beyond Connecting the Dots" to demystify systems thinking and modelling.

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