Systems Thinking




Vadim Kotelnikov

Systems thinking is about focusing on the whole
and interconnectedness of the components of a complex system

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Growing Role of Systems Thinking

The complexity of systems grows with rapid development of IT. Mastering systems thinking means overcoming the major obstacles to inventing, designing and managing complex social, business, and economic systems.




System and Systems Thinking Defined

A system is an entity which maintains its existence and functioning as a whole for some purpose through the mutual interaction of its parts.

Systems thinking is an ability to see things as a whole (or holistically) including the many different types of relationships between the many elements in a complex system.


Holistic Thinking

Holistic Creativity

5 Basic Elements

Business Systems

Systemic Innovation

Systems Thinking vs. English Thinking



Systems Thinking value for business VadiK holistic thinking  

"Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots... Systems thinking is a sensibility for the subtle interconnectedness that gives living systems their unique character." ~ Peter Senge



Vadim Kotelnikov

Three main barriers to systems thinking are inability to engage light-speed subconscious mind, lack of broad expertise, and linear thinking habits

Vadim Kotelnikov, founder of 1000ventures - personal logo VadiK

Inventor Business e-Coach

Author Innoball

Founder Innompic Games icon



Vadim Kotelnikov

Coaching by Example

Holistic Thinking: Business Design of Innompic Games

Innompic Games

Holistic & Systemic Innovation



Innompic Games is a civilisational breakthrough that will create a great positive global impact for centuries ahead and turn the Earth to the Planet of Loving Creators.





Harmonious Mega-Innovation

To achieve an immense lasting impact, I design and build Innompic Games holistically and systemically, harmonising and synergizing IG's business tree, 6Ws and the 5 Basic Elements.








Growing Value of Systems Thinking for Business

Holistic Thinking







Systematic vs. Systems vs. Systemic Thinking

Systematic Thinking thinking methodically

Systems Thinking dealing with the whole system and thinking about how things interact with one another

Systemic Thinking combining analytical thinking with synthetical thinking to find system-wide focus and gain systemic insights into complex situations and problems.







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  • Foresight to connect disparate pieces into cohesive solutions... More



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The Goal of Systems Thinking

The goal of systems thinking is to manage the rapidly growing complexity of the worlds of business and technology. The task of a business architect and a process manager is to create systems, within a sensibly structured business, that empowers employees and enables people to achieve higher productivity and greater competitive advantage... More

The Focus of Systems Thinking

Systems thinking "focuses on the whole, not the parts, of a complex system. It concentrates on the interfaces and boundaries of components, on their connections and arrangement, on the potential for holistic systems to achieve results that are greater than the sum of the parts. Mastering systems thinking means overcoming the major obstacles to building the process-managed enterprise for every business process is a whole system."2


"I shall proceed from the simple to the complex. But in war more than in any other subject we must begin by looking at the nature of the whole; for here more than elsewhere the part and the whole must always be thought of together." ~ Carl Von Clausewitz

System Approach to Change

Systems thinking and system change are essential to support individual and organizational development. The success of a project or an organization is influenced by a magnitude of factors... More

Growing Demand for Systems Thinking

"End-to-end business processes are dynamic systems, but today's business professionals are generally not trained in general systems thinking. Too often constrained to a perspective limited by ingrained business practices, rigid scripts and structured input-output work, few professionals have a wide-angle view of, or experience dealing with, end-to-end business processes."2

Balancing the Five Basic Elements of Nature

Balanced Organization: 5 Basic Elements  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

The Five Basic Elements are Fire, Earth, Water, Metal, and Wood. According to the ancient Chinese belief, those are the basic elements of the universe and everything in our word is a compound of the five elements. These elements are understood as different types of energy in a state of constant interaction and flux with one another.

The most important of all is the balance of all five elements... More

Systems Thinking and Modern Management

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The system approach to management is based on general system theory the theory that says that to understand fully the operation of an entity, the entity must be viewed as a system. This requires understanding the interdependence of its parts... More

The Power of Your Cross-Functional Excellence

If you build broad cross-functional expertise, no idea will be wasted! Your mind can accept only those ideas that have a frame of reference with your existing knowledge. It rejects everything else.

If your knowledge is functionally focused, you'll be open to new ideas related to your functional expertise only and will miss all other learning and innovation opportunities.


If you develop a broad cross-functional expertise, no new idea will be wasted. It will immediately connect with the existing knowledge and will inspire  you, energize you, and encourage your entrepreneurial creativity. The broader your net, the more fish you catch... More

Systems Thinking and Cross-functional Management (CFM)

Cross-functional management (CFM) manages business processes across the traditional boundaries of the functional areas. In Total Quality Management (TQM) and Kaizen, the cross-functional goals of QCD (Quality, Cost, Delivery) are clearly defined as superior to such line functions as planning, design, production and sales. The positioning of cross-functional goal as superordinate ones necessitates a new systems approach to management, thinking  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book and decision making... More

Apply 80/20 Analysis

80/20 Analysis examines the relationships between two sets of comparable data and can be used to change the relationships it describes. One its use is to discover the key causes of the relationship, the 20% of inputs that lead to 80% of outputs, and put your resources behind the best-performing efforts. The second main use of 80/20 Analysis is to improve the effectiveness of the underperfroming 80% of inputs that contribute only 20% of the output.

80/20 Analysis should be applied carefully, in a systemic way, as opposite to linear thinking that may lead to misunderstanding of the 80/20 Principle and its potential abuses. "Don't be seduced into thinking that the variable that everyone else is looking at... is what really matters. This is linear thinking. The most valuable insight from 80/20 Analysis will always come from examining non-linear relationships that others are neglecting."11... More

  Application  Value Chain Management and Value System Analysis

Your firm's value chain links to the value chains of upstream suppliers and downstream buyers. The result is a larger stream of activities known as the value system. The development of a competitive advantage depends not only on your firm's specific value chain, but also on the value system of which your firm is a part.

Making breakthrough improvements in your value chain requires out of the box, cross-functional, systems thinking.  You have to see the value creation process across the entire flow of work, not just single points... More



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  1. "Systemic Thinking," Gary Bartlett

  2. "Business Process Management," Howard Smith and Peter Fingar

  3. "Managing Complexity," Robin Wood

  4. "Sloan Management Review"

  5. "Strategy  Safari: A Guided Tour Trough the Wilds of Strategic Management," Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand, and Joseph Lampel,

  6. "Strategy, Blind Men and the Elephant," Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand, and Joseph Lampel

  7. "The Fifth Discipline," Peter Senge

  8. "Smart Business," Jim Botkin

  9. Heller, Robert, "Roads to Success", London

  10. "Change Management: The Columbo Theory," Gene Bellinger

  11. "The 80/20 Principle," Richard Koch