Quotes in systems thinking
Less than 5 percent result from people committing errors. Human error is a negligible source of our problems. Yet because we don't understand systems, we act as though human error were the primary cause of our problems.
The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.
Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.
All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
When we are blind to systemic causes of problems, all the solutions we try will likely make matters worse.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
We need to work together to optimize the system as a whole, not to seek to optimize separate pieces... Optimizing separate pieces destroys the effectiveness of the whole. For the organization to work well as a whole, the components must work together.
The key to the Toyota Way and what makes Toyota stand out is not any of the individual elements - but what is important is having all the elements together as a system. It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner, not in spurts.
A problem never exists in isolation; it is surrounded by other problems in space and time. The more of the context of a problem that a scientist can comprehend, the greater are his chances of finding a truly adequate solution.