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A systems approach in the design of any organization, big, small, for profit, not-for-profit, governmental, whatever, is a good idea. When you systematize the process, you have the opportunity to powerfully replicate what works and potentially avoid what causes inefficiencies. If you want to revisit some of the reasons why a systems approach will help you, you can do that here.

We also talk a lot about how you should change a strategy only when it stops optimally performing.

Systems are the tools to help execute strategy, and the same rules apply. Change them only when they stop optimally performing. Think about changing constantly, but actually change them only when they stop consistently producing the results you’re after.

And this is pretty much true from industry to industry. Consider Murphy’s Law of Computing:

A complex system that does not work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.

 

 

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