Habit #1: Makes Meaningful Connections Within and Between Systems

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Systems thinkers flourish when making connections within and between systems. It was a conscious decision to start with this Habit, in hopes that you will make your own meaningful connections as you work your way through the Habits of a Systems Thinker.

Making Connections

Making Meaningful Connections

Connections exist in nature, in learning and in relationships with others. The ability to make meaningful connections is a vital part of thinking and learning. Given the many contexts in which this Habit applies, it would be easy to trivialize the notion that everything is connected. A systems thinker continually makes meaningful connections and consciously weaves them together to produce clearer thinking and new ideas.

“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, author

Natural World Examples

Examples of connections exist throughout the natural world. A plant grows from a seed then flowers and produces fruit that eventually produces seeds. The plant is also connected to the birds and insects that pollinate its flowers. It needs sun, wind and water to grow. Predators or unfavorable weather can adversely affect it. The plant’s survival is dependent on an intricate series of connections. On one hand, these connections happen naturally and without much thought or consideration, and yet the farmer, whose livelihood is dependent on producing a crop of fruit and having seeds for the future, has to give careful consideration to all of these factors.