Systemic and networked thinking

Most people already come up against their personal limits in overseeing the dynamic interaction of influencing variables at around four to six. In dealing with systemic and networked thinking, we leave the spheres of linear, subject-specific and selective thinking and turn to the complex, global, systemic and networked contexts and interactions. Systemic and networked thinking is thinking in - larger, more complex - contexts and thus more focused on developments and less on states.

Networked thinking means leaving the thought patterns of direct cause-effect relationships and going new ways. A cause can have several effects, several causes can have an effect on the same variable. There are feedbacks between effects and causes. In the case of complicated and complex requirements, it is crucial to take all relevant information into account, to maintain an overview and to make full use of one's own room for maneuver.

In our VUCA world with its dynamic systems, this ability is thus becoming a key competence for making reflective, goal-oriented and successful decisions under time pressure and despite complex situations.

The following questions are at the center of this topic

  • What is systemic, broad-minded, cross-disciplinary thinking?
  • What are the hurdles to networked thinking?
  • How can we recognize complex relationships as an interconnected system?
  • How can we gain the necessary overview and secure orientation in complex situations?
  • How can we make informed decisions - taking into account the information that is essential to the situation?
  • How can we manage complex problems?


Potential training content:

  • Complexity, biocybernetics and systems
  • Thinking in accordance with the brain
  • Associative thinking
  • Being able to "think" systems: Understanding and mapping complexity
  • Systemic questioning - away from the problem and towards the solution
  • Basis of the solution management
  • Identify leverage effects to aid decision making