Lockdown Day 53 – 18 May 2020 – Systems Theory

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This post contains my first two affiliate links! At the beginning of lockdown, one of my goals was to get started with a way to make money online.  Some of my goals I achieved earlier.

I have a book published on Amazon and the second is coming along nicely and should be ready for uploading on Wednesday.

The second e-book I am giving away in return for an an email subscription and another you can download for free. Follow the links below. I am coming out of this stronger!

The Skeleton Dance is appropriate for this post.

November 1990 a courier delivered my handbooks for the first session of MBA in February 1991. Among those books, were a book by Peter Senge. It changed my life. The more I read, the more excited I got.

“the bad leader is he who the people despise; the good leader is he who the people praise; the great leader is he who the people say, “We did it ourselves”
― Peter M. Senge

“Reality is made up of circles but we see straight lines.”
― Peter M. Senge

“In the presence of greatness, pettiness disappears. In the absence of a great dream, pettiness prevails.”
― Peter M. Senge

“[…] vision without systems thinking ends up painting lovely pictures of the future with no deep understanding of the forces that must be mastered to move from here to there.”
― Peter M. Senge

“Our prevailing system of management has destroyed our people. People are born with intrinsic motivation, self-respect, dignity, curiosity to learn, joy in learning. The forces of destruction begin with toddlers—a prize for the best Halloween costume, grades in school, gold stars—and on up through the university. On the job, people, teams, and divisions are ranked, reward for the top, punishment for the bottom. Management by Objectives, quotas, incentive pay, business plans, put together separately, division by division, cause further loss, unknown and unknowable.”
― Peter M. Senge


Follow this link to Peter Senge and read Systems Thinking from the Master. Think of your body – it is a perfect system. For the system to work perfectly, each and every part of the system must work perfectly. How well do you function with a headache? Or with a sore tooth? What about gout in your left big toe? Perhaps that gout is a symptom of another body part not working well! The fact is, each and every part of your mind, soul and body is connected. The one affects the other. It is interconnected and interdependent and co-dependent and dependent of each other. You change one, you change everything.

I do not want to go into systems theory in detail. Just a few thoughts, though, Systems are alive. The moment you die, the system dies and decomposes. Systems have feedback loops. Think about cycling in a side wind. You ride into the wind to go straight, but when the wind falls away, you swerve and ride straight again. There is a feedback loop between you and society. When you die, society has to adapt. Man, this is amazing stuff! Do look into system theory.

Consider this quote:
“Reality is made up of circles but we see straight lines.”Do you really think the world can stop doing business with China? Do you really think some businesses are more important than another in a modern economy? Do you still think some products are more important in a modern economy? And most importantly, do you still think some people are “more equal” in a modern economy? Then think again, the foot bone is connected to the neck bone! One piece of bubblegum goes into the GDP!
When we come out of lockdown, I agree we should try to support our local business (I have done that before the virus whenever I could, like buying hiking boots and backpacks). But do not get nasty.

Businesses employ people. Your support helps pay a salary. The salary you pay helps to pay your salary. Your support of a business helps put food on the table for a family, just like yours. Instinctively we want to save money. To escape the economic mess we need to spend as much as we can!

We live in one big system, like wheels within wheels. Mess with one part of the system and you mess up the whole system. I am going to stop now, because I know if I get going and can go on forever. Just be aware we need each other to live. Nobody is dispensable, no business is dispensable.

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