If I could travel 10 years back in time in a special Systems Thinking Tardis or a DeLorean, these are the 5 things I would tell myself that I would no doubt not understand and instead ignore.
1: “If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact – not to be solved, but to be coped with over time.” – Shimon Peres.
Most people aren’t interested in work because they are in a command and control environment that makes work dull and annoying. This is a fact to be lived with.
2: Don’t bother trying to “convert” the people around you. Not only is it presumptuous, they are too far away from the problems that they are causing to see them. See tip 1.
3. Start blogging now, don’t wait. The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
4. At one point you will be the only systemsy person in the organisation. Don’t panic! It’s one more than none, and when eventually some more appear it’ll be because there was more than none.
5. There’s loads of other systemsy people out there, just not in here right now. See tip 3.