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17 Habits of Systems Thinking

Given the variety and vagueness of systems thinking definitions, we decided to clarify what we meant by systems thinking, in order to use this as a basis for collecting our data.  Analyzing multiple sources, we developed a list of 17 practices we consider important to systems thinking.  The list was carefully developed using the material of the Linda Booth Sweeney, Barry Richmond and Waters Foundation .

Click on Download Copy above for the list and defintions of these 17 habits.


Immense thanks to our colleague Lucy Garrick for her partnership in the development of the list and survey instrument.  For more information about the source materials, see www.lindaboothsweeney.net; www.watersfoundation.org; and Barry Richmond’s The ‘Thinking’ in Systems Thinking (Pegasus Communications, 2000)