Tag: Cybernetics Systems Thinking

Yves Morieux: Smart Simplicity

Yves Morieux speaking on stage.

Yves Morieux speaking on stage.A wonderful discovery today, “As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify,” a TED Talk by Yves Morieux. Morieux is a senior partner in the Washington DC office of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)  and director of the BCG Institute for Organization. He studies how changes in structure can improve motivation for employees.

“Smart Simplicity” uses six key rules that encourage cooperation to solve long-term problems. Not by just reducing costs and increasing … Read more “Yves Morieux: Smart Simplicity”

What Are Systems?

Q. So what are systems and why do a sociocratic organizations meet that definition?

A system is a grouping of parts that share a common purpose. Organizations are systems of people who share a common purpose or aim.

A Grouping of Parts

The parts must be defined. A lawnmower doesn’t work with just any old part. It works because specific parts do specific jobs. All parts can expect specific behaviors from other parts.

In order … Read more “What Are Systems?”

Satisfice: Satisfying & Sufficient

Satisfice (a portmanteau of satisfy and suffice) is a decision-making strategy that attempts to meet criteria for adequacy and not to find an ideal solution.

The word satisfice was created by Herbert Simon in 1947. He pointed out that human beings lack the cognitive resources to maximize: we usually do not know the relevant probabilities of outcomes, we can rarely test all outcomes with sufficient precision, and our memories are weak and unreliable. … Read more “Satisfice: Satisfying & Sufficient”