Understanding

Understanding relationships is the foundation of effective problem solving. Though relations exists on multiple levels. There is a also a video for this insight which is a component of the Effective Problem Solving Course.

Understanding relationships is the foundation of effective problem solving. Though relations exists on multiple levels. There is a also a video for this insight which is a component of the Effective Problem Solving Course.
A [Situation] or [Event] is what happens when one isn't paying attention to things as they are evolving. When all of a sudden the situation gets to a point where it captures one's attention it is perceived as an event and one wonders how it came to be.
While a [Situations] may seem an [Event] typically there are well defined patterns of behavior leading up to the current [Situation] being what it is. The [Situation] is simply the current state of a set of evolving patterns. There are notes on the individual patterns if you care to read them.
The evolving [Patterns] leading up to the current [Situation] are actually the behavior trends of a dynamic network of [Interacting Components]. And if the current [Situation] is to be different in the future it is this dynamic network of [Interacting Components] we must understand, and alter.
Realizing that this dynamic network of interactive relationships is responsible for the situation the most common response is to set out modifying the structure. This just happens to be an undertaking doomed to failure from the outset. There is an even deeper level of understanding that is essential.
It is the [Stakeholder Perspectives] which are responsible for the dynamic network of [Interacting Components]. Unless stakeholders alter their perspectives any changes to the network of [Interacting Components] will be short lived as the stakeholders will morph the situation back to something consistent with their [Stakeholder Perspectives].
Hopefully this provides a realization that understanding is an involved pursuit. If there is to be lasting change one needs to work backward and understand the [Situation], the [Patterns of Behavior], the [Interacting Components] and the [Stakeholder Perspectives]. And it's the [Stakeholder Perspectives] that serve as the real leverage for lasting change.

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