Systems Thinking: Understanding the whole rather than just separate pieces

Big challenges don’t reflect simple cause-and-effect relationships. Instead they involve many elements interacting in mutually reinforcing ways. They’re complex, and this can make it tough to find real solutions.

Synergos’ John Tomlinson talks about systems thinking – – a set of methods and tools that allows us to focus on the whole system in which a problem exists – instead of just the small pieces that we see from our own perspective.

Systems thinking is element of Synergos’ bridging leadership approach. Bridging leadership is a style of leadership practiced by both individuals and organizations to build trust for collective action.

Learn more about bridging leadership – leadership that builds trust and collective action – at