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Course Description

Whether you need to tackle a complex project, communicate more effectively, rethink your organization or your job, solve world hunger, or figure out your teenager, systems thinking can help you. All of these are complex and challenging real-world problems, sometimes called wicked problems. We all confront problems, big and small, in our personal and professional lives, and most of us are searching for better ways to solve them. In this course, Professors Derek and Laura Cabrera will demonstrate how we can use systems thinking to solve everyday and wicked problems, to transform our organizations, and to increase our personal effectiveness.

At its core, systems thinking attempts to better align the way we think with how the real world works. Our thinking is based on our mental models, but these models, created from our unique perspective with its inherent biases, are usually inadequate representations of reality. The Cabreras illustrate how we can use feedback to recognize and adapt our mental models so that they better align with reality, enhancing our problem-solving capabilities.

For systems thinking to be successful, it must be adaptive. In this course, you will explore the concept of complex adaptive systems, and while these systems seem unnecessarily complicated, the Cabreras will reveal a surprising discovery. Underlying all complex adaptive systems are simple rules, and applying these rules is the key to transforming the way we frame and solve everyday problems.

Faculty Author

Derek Cabrera, PhD and Laura Cabrera, PhD

Benefits to the Learner

  • Identify and describe the problems you want to solve in your personal and professional lives
  • Examine the mental models you have and how they differ from reality
  • Determine how you can use feedback to improve your mental models
  • Recognize the biases that you have that can distort your mental models
  • Examine complex adaptive systems and the simple rules that underlie these systems
  • Determine how systems thinking is a complex adaptive system
  • Explore the four simple rules that underlie systems thinking

Target Audience

  • Managers, leaders, decision makers, consultants, and anyone responsible for projects, complex processes, and the budgets and people involved with them. Learners will come from every continent and from a diverse range of organizations, including private sector companies large and small, nonprofits, governments, and NGOs.
  • For people already interested in systems dynamics or soft systems methodologies, the core principles from this program can be applied to any systems-based models.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Sep 07, 2022 to Sep 21, 2022
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Oct 05, 2022 to Oct 18, 2022
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Nov 02, 2022 to Nov 15, 2022
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Nov 30, 2022 to Dec 13, 2022
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Dec 28, 2022 to Jan 10, 2023
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Jan 25, 2023 to Feb 07, 2023
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Feb 22, 2023 to Mar 07, 2023
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Mar 22, 2023 to Apr 04, 2023
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Apr 19, 2023 to May 02, 2023
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
May 17, 2023 to May 30, 2023
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Jun 14, 2023 to Jun 27, 2023
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Jul 12, 2023 to Jul 25, 2023
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Aug 09, 2023 to Aug 22, 2023
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Sep 06, 2023 to Sep 19, 2023
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Oct 04, 2023 to Oct 17, 2023
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Nov 01, 2023 to Nov 14, 2023
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Nov 29, 2023 to Dec 12, 2023
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

Language of Delivery
English
Type
2 week
Dates
Dec 27, 2023 to Jan 09, 2024
Total Number of Hours
10.0
Course Fee(s)
Regular Price $999.00
Section Notes

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

This course includes a year of free access to Symposium! These events feature various live, highly participatory virtual Zoom sessions with Cornell faculty and experts to explore today’s most pressing leadership topics. Throughout the year, you may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending a Symposium is not required to successfully complete the certificate program.

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