Systems exist all around us.
Every day we operate in an incalculable number of systems. Our biological systems dictate our physical needs. Our economic systems drive us to earn money to support our physical needs. Transportation systems define how we travel. Companies establish their own systems which workers participate in. We operate thermostats, vehicles, and electronics. We exist as a member of a global system, the earth system and the solar system. We are composed of an almost invisible systems of atoms. Systems exist wherever we look.
This book focuses on strategies for understanding the systems around us.
Throughout this book the example of a personal bank account is used. The techniques are generic and can be used to understand any system. These are simple techniques which I have found useful in my professional and personal life.
At the heart of each tool and technique lies the relentless pursuit of figuring out what’s true. Truth is uncovering what’s actually happening, the components involved in any given system and discovering the connections between those components. If this sounds abstract, keep reading, my hope is that the examples outlined in this book are accessible enough to help anyone understand systems, and begin to harness that understanding to improve your life.
Events are happening, triggering other events in perpetual causal chain, and I hope that these techniques and tools help you to make sense of those events and help you to effect positive changes in the systems that you participate in!