It has been refreshing to read the feedback coming in on SWAT - Seize the Accomplishment, and I'm very appreciative of those who have taken the time to read it and share their thoughts.
Scot Herrick gave a great overview of the book, and he summed up nicely WHY systems thinking is so critical in this day and age:
In the Great Recession, the need for good Systems Thinking has never been more needed. As companies have lopped off divisions, pared back operations, changed credit policies and laid off millions of workers, what were inputs and outputs to systems have significantly changed. I doubt management has had enough time to really analyze what the company’s processes are now, much less if they have Systems Working All Together. As an employee, you are paying the price.
Timothy’s book is a timely reminder that we can’t really improve our businesses (or job satisfaction) until we embrace Systems Thinking into our work. Without it, all we do is solve one problem — and cause two more.
Thanks, Scot! It was this message that compelled me to get SWAT published. Kevin Eikenberry enjoyed the book so much, he's willing to offer an extra incentive for those who order it:
I like this book enough to give you an extra incentive to order a copy.
Last Fall Timothy was our invited expert during one of our Remarkable Leadership Learning System Guest Conversations. When you buy a copy of the book from Amazon, email us a copy of your order confirmation number. When you do, we’ll send you links for both the recording and transcript of this excellent one-hour conversation.
Closer to home, Claire Celsi gave a glowing review with her slant on why systems thinking is so important for today's professional:
I encourage anyone who interacts with medium or large corporation, or complex government agencies, to read this book. Communicators need to learn how to be at the table when big decisions are being made. One way to gain the respect and trust of the executives in your organization is to speak their language and realize that complex decisions sometime muddle the message coming out to employees and stakeholders. Encourage leaders in your organization to put the complexity aside after a decision has been made. The final decisions need to be communicated clearly and without management speak.
Big HUGE Carpe Factum THANKS to Scot, Kevin, and Claire. It is awesome to be able to know such amazing people.
To top it all off, I received some nice press from Lynn Hicks in the Des Moines Register today.
I also want to thank Michael Libbie for a super radio interview last week (even if I was befuddled by the chair), and I'm looking forward to another interview today with J. Mac McKoy. Check out the podcast below from my discussion with Michael: