**May 21, 2004** #### #### Links [Transistor](https://share.transistor.fm/s/c992ce59) [Spotify](https://open.spotify.com/show/3DBRCVFep0YbYeLPcVVXQv) [Apple Podcasts](https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/essential-dynamics-with-derek-hudson/id1542392917) [Podcast Addict](https://podcastaddict.com/podcast/essential-dynamics-with-derek-hudson/3153944) #### Summary The Human Constraint: How Business Leaders Can Embed Continuous Innovation, Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving Into Daily Practice #### Concepts - [[Systems Thinking]] - [[Control Point]] - [[Being Stuck]] #### Quotes >The failure to think at a systems level is the root of a lot of problems that we have in organizations and in our society. >These are a set of assumptions or limiting beliefs that are keeping unstuck. And if we are able to challenges those assumptions, that's what allows us to break through into a new solution, a new reality, and that's what allows us to move into a more desirable future. >We make the choice of which point in the system we want to have less capacity than the rest of the system... By having that strategically chosen point, which is called a constraint (leverage point) that is a strategic choice which is going to enhance everything that's going on in the system. >The ability to think systemically is something which we're not taught at school, we're not taught at university, we're certainly not taught in business schools. And yet it is the most important skill for anybody in any kind of leadership position in the world today to have. >When organizations work this way they will work this way with other organizations and we'll be able to optimize human potential in a way which we haven't seen to this point. >We can build a much better world by understanding what it means to act as a system, by understanding that we have to respect other people's needs, and that the opportunities for doing things in a better way, in a wiser way, are manifold. It's just up to us to make the choice. Business is an opportunity to actually improve human existence. #### See also - Angela is at [Intelligent Management](https://intelligentmanagement.ws/) - Angela's book is [The Human Constraint](https://www.routledge.com/The-Human-Constraint-How-Business-Leaders-Can-Embed-Continuous-Innovation-Conflict-Resolution-and-Problem-Solving-Into-Daily-Practice/Montgomery/p/book/9781032644264) - Derek is at [Unconstrained](https://getunconstrained.com/)