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Systems Management Workshops from Systems Practice


Overall Purpose:

The development of leadership resources


What do we offer?

We offer a development service, aimed a building complexity management skills.


Overall deliverable:

The ability to manage emotional and conceptual complexity


 More specific deliverables:

1.      The ability to frame business problems relating to profitability, growth and business effectiveness.

2.      The ability to set up viable projects to address these.

3.      Assured implementation in practice.


Application areas (“Topics”):

The contexts within which we develop skills for problem solving include:

·         Organisational problem solving

·         Long term planning

·         Organisational design

·         Strategy design

·         Project design



Specific deliverables include:



Ability to frame a problem

Solve business problems with high leverage solutions

Ability to design collaboration

Ability to commission a project  viably


Ability to be creative and innovative

An ability to ‘think on their feet’

Ability to create shared mental models

Create better functioning teams who deliver effective results

Ability to appreciate multiple perspectives

Ability to create shared workspace

Ability to tolerate ambiguity

Deliver business solutions that will impact more effectively on profitability

Ability  synthesise multiple perspectives

Ability to think and behave strategically

Ability to make better quality business decisions with far reaching strategic  consequences

Ability to use learning as a basis for inquiry

Ability to embrace the learning experience



The application areas/topics are presented in three formats:


1.      A seminar series.
This is a series of half or one day seminars The seminars emphasise the presentation of the material with only moderate participant application of the material during the sessions to increase understanding of the concepts. The seminars are aimed at individual attendance, with representatives from a range of companies. Group size 10 to 20 people.

2.      A workshop series.
This is a series of 2-3 day workshops where participants engage their own practical situations using the frameworks supplied. The workshops emphasise the application of the processes to the work situation of participants, with multiple participants from the same organisation forming a work group. The workshops are aimed at small group (3-5 people) attending form the same organisation, with either multiple groups form the same business, or multiple organisations attending. Group size 15-25.

3.      A project series.
A year program based on an action learning process driving at  work place implementation. The work sessions (1-2 days) represent integrating and planning sessions for a task group working on a real, live and high priority organisation problem. The emphasis is on getting the problem dealt with and the material and "presenters" are used as resources for the project. Any reasonable group size, and 2-3 simultaneous projects can be dealt with, with participants from non-competitive organisation, or from a single organisation.

 The primary difference between these three series, is the depth of application experience created in the sessions. The theoretical input is more or less the same, the learning is not.

Target audience:

As clients we see senior managers, typically 35-55 years of age, with more responsibility for, and control over, resources than capacity to process the complexity, and who acknowledges this..



What do we believe?

We help people empower themselves by building belief and confidence in their knowledge and skills through the application success on their own situations.


What is different?

Our approach is holistic and systemic in spirit, and we are humbled by the complexity in reality. We assume complexity and the limitations of all humans (especially our own) to process this complexity adequately. We acknowledge our inquiry tools are inadequate when measured against real world complexity, but we know they are vastly better than that which is generally (not) used in business. We have the practical track record to demonstrate this effectiveness.


We do not believe people can be taught; we believe people have an enormous capacity for learning and adapting, provided the appropriate environment. Teaching for us is not about imparting our knowledge, but about enabling people to acquire their own knowledge through building the requisite mental frameworks for dealing with their complexities.


Contact Details:


Office: Fax: 021-974 8543                

Dr Johan Strümpfer:  Mobile: 083 251 9292 email

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