Systems thinking meets business practice:
Analyzing and solving complex challenges successfully.
Complex (organizational) problems are usually approached as if they were complicated due to a lack of systems thinking expertise or appropriate complexity management tools. This leads to symptom treatment, worsening situations and loss of valuable resources such as time and money.
By applying a science-based, systems thinking approach to the problem analysis phase, we will understand your complex challenge in its depth and solve it together.
Services that we provide:
Learn Systems Thinking Basics+
What is a system and what are essential "do's & don'ts" when dealing with complex problems? What are key implications from a 2nd order cybernetics perspective? This course will provide you with basic insights that every leader, top manager, board member, and (business) student should know to be empowered to tackle complex problems successfully.
Are you equipped with basic systems thinking skills and can you apply them to manage your current complex challenge? If not, let's get in touch!
Analyze and solve complex challenges together with a (cross-functional) team
Analyzing complex organizational problems can be a challenge, for instance due to internal blind spots or siloed structures. In that case, an external person who is equipped with the necessary systems thinking skills, complexity management methods and deeper systemic insights, can guide a team of content experts to jointly develop effective solution strategies.
Are there complex challenges in your organization which require a new and systemic approach to be solved? Let's collaborate!
Identify and release blocking beliefs
Did you know? Mindset, (subconscious) beliefs and emotions are among the decisive success factors of any organization. They are key part of organizational culture but - so far - seldom taken into account or managed by executives and teams. This is more than a "missed opportunity" because beliefs and emotions have the power to make or break the success of a project and an organization - seen from a more systemic perspective that is backed by interdisciplinary science. That is why the 1-on-1 coaching session focuses on this subtle energetic realm to work on blocking beliefs. By applying magic? No, by applying tools that can work wonders.
What are the internal blockages that stand in the way of your success? Let's find out!
"I would recommend the workshop to everyone dealing with complex systems/problems because I am scared the planet and its inhabitants have to suffer the damage when the problem solvers make one of the ten mentioned mistakes that may cause dramatic effects."
NLadviseurs, Biodiversity policy and legislation advisor
Scientifically backed through research:
Almost 75% of all change projects fail - due to a too superficial problem analysis.
In my dissertation, I developed a sound analysis methodology for complex organizational problems that has proven to be successful.
Learn more about the findings and get the book/ebook (in German) here!
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About / Connecting the Dots
Dr. Violetta Neumann-Wolff
My passion is to identify root causes of clients' complex problems using systemic insights, a proven methodology, critical thinking and my well trained intuitive power. This way we can develop solution strategies together which truly push the needle!
CEO & founder
What drives me? Connecting insights and personal experience!
Back in 2010, I was introduced to the circular economy concept "Cradle to Cradle." Ever since, it has been an ideal dear to my heart. Why? Because - in my eyes - its five pillars (product design for either biological products or technical service solutions, renewable energy, social justice, chemical analysis to 100 ppm, water stewardship) make sense and are essential to tackle several environmental and social problems in an eco-effective way.
To become part of the solution, I would recommend any organization to combine this product-design concept with a "B-Corp" certification. This way you make sure you do the right things right and mitigate risks.
Systems oriented management tools and systems theory
By learning the method systems thinking/systems mapping in 2013 and systems constellation in 2016, it enabled me to tackle complex problems strategically. But only when I was combining these two methods in my dissertation for an in-depth analysis of complex organizational problems, I was also introduced to the theory and science of cybernetics (1st order and 2nd order) and deeper aspects of organizational culture and psychology. This background knowledge enabled me to also grasp the subtle and hidden root causes of complex organizational problems.
I would recommend any organization to first seek to understand a complex problem in its depth. This way you avoid wasting time and money by treating symptoms.
Mindset and emotions
In 2017, personal challenges proved to be a blessing in disguise: I came across several different coaching techniques that have the power to calm the nervous system, change subconscious beliefs and alter emotional states. As a result, I experienced different results on the "outside". This is what I call "cybernetics 2nd order in action".
So far, not many leaders or decision makers are aware of the power of this underlying concept of "inside-out causality". Why? Because it is normally not taught in schools and universities.
I would recommend any leader to consider (subconscious) beliefs and emotions as KPIs and take "inner work" seriously. Not only will you feel more relaxed and self-confident but you can also mitigate risks and improve desired outcomes.
That said - what are our Vision, Mission and Values?
We envision an economy, society and ecosystems that are healthy, happy and thriving! This is due to the fact that the economy is run on eco-effective closed-loops and well-orchestrated systems that are constantly improving through the help of human innovation, collaboration and creativity. Systemic laws and systems thinking skills are applied by all decision makers because these skills and insights are taught in schools and universities. "Inner development" is seen as a strategic success factor because everyone is now aware of the fact that "inner work" is a prerequisite for positive outcomes.
We believe in 3 powerful levers to support the achievement of this vision:
- teaching systems thinking
- applying systemic insights to tackle complex problems
- fostering inner development through coaching
Central values that determine our actions and decisions are thrivability, creativity, imagination, accountability, openness, systems thinking (=cybernetics 1st order) and systemic thinking (=cybernetics 2nd order), continuous learning and (self-)development.