Systems Thinking Course LO29215

From: Richard Karash (
Date: 09/22/02

Dear Friends --

This is to announce an open-enrollment course "Systems Thinking: A
Language for Team Learning and Leadership." This program is being offered
by the Leadership Development Academy of the Graduate School, USDA, in the
Washington DC area and have been engineered so that the total cost of
attendance is quite reasonable. I will lead this two-day program.

Systems Thinking: A Language for Team Learning and Leadership, November
13-14, 2002, Washington DC, facilitated by me, $800 tuition.

(Note: You should be able to just click the link above, but if you have to
type, note that the URL is case-sensitive.)

If you have any questions about the program and it's suitability for you,
please contact me directly

Brief Description

The purpose of this two-day intensive program is to develop Systems
Thinking skills for practical everyday use. Participants will gain an
increased capacity to assist work teams that need to understand complex
problems together. The Core Competencies courses of the USDA Graduate
School and the Society for Organizational Learning provide a basic
introduction to Systems Thinking. This course carries the subject to a
deeper level of mastery. The course will be facilitated by Richard


Either the 3-day USDA Graduate School program "Organizational Learning
Core Competency Course for Learning Leaders" or the Society for
Organizational Learning "Core Competencies Course." Both include the "Beer
Game" and Systems Thinking work including the system archetypes. Other
pre-requisite programs might be adequate if they include an introduction
to systems thinking and the five disciplines; please confirm with me.

Program Objectives

Participants in this two-day Systems Thinking program will have:

  - Increased skills for understanding the causes and dynamics of
performance and phenomena (good and bad).

  - Skill in the vocabulary and diagramming for communicating about
systems: causal diagramming, use of the system archetypes in practical
settings, ability to use the Systems Thinking process in addressing
complex work issues.

  - Progress on current work issues through class exercises and group

  - Increased capacity to help work teams understand complex problems.

Course Costs and Accommodations:

Location: Washington, D.C., downtown. The specific location to be

Accommodations: not provided, use one of the numerous hotels in
Washington, D.C.

To register:> ("el dee ay")
or call 202-314-3580.

   -=- Rick

p.s. I'll write separately about another November course... "Org
Learning Core Competencies"

p.p.s. Please pass this note along to anyone you think would be
interested. Thanks.


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