Plant System: A Natural System Thinking Approach to Business Planning

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The Plant System for Business Planning - Part 1: Visualise using System Thinking

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  • This is part 1 of 3, an introduction to visualising the Plant System as a system thinking model that we use as a framework for strategic planning.
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The System Thinking Plant System

This is a great system thinking model to help you and your business to start creating a healthy Systempreneur culture.

Inspired by nature, this System Thinking model will demonstrate how we balance activities to create a fast-flowing productive system that just works. Even though a weed in my garden inspired this system, I have found the Plant System to be incredibly useful when applied in my digital business and strategic planning. It also fits perfectly with our mission of helping people create sustainable systems that make them feel productive.

Analyse That Ltd use all the systems we blog about, and this one is our cornerstone system.

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However, while I’ve got you here, here is a bit of information about the Plant System that I hope will whet your appetite.

Why is such a system useful?

  • It helps regulate our activities.
  • It helps with change management.
  • It improves communication within teams.
  • It highlights the opportunities we are not taking on what could be great ideas.
  • It stops us from being too biased towards a particular task.
  • It keeps us productive. Whenever I get stuck in a rut, I always go back to this system.

Why System Thinking?

A quick Google search will tell you that the purpose of system thinking is to provide a holistic approach to analysis that focuses on the way that a system’s constituent parts interrelate and how systems work over time and within the context of larger systems.

As business owners, entrepreneurs, business professionals, we spend a lot of our time keeping busy with work. We get ourselves in the zone, knocking out tasks one after another. This hard work is great but how many times have you done some great work only to find that it hasn’t provided the rewards you wanted? It’s often hard to see the bigger picture and understand why some ideas have fizzled out. More often than not, some element of the system has been neglected or misused. This post is all about visualising how a system works in a simplistic manner and aligning to a similar process. It helps us see where there is an imbalance and where to focus our energy for the best chance to thrive.

And what better system to align with than one of a plant.

The Plant System Visualised

Let’s jump right in. Here is the gif of our system thinking model for the Plant System.

This model consists of a mixture of balancing and reinforcing loops that creates a sustainable system.

You can image if you have too much or too little of one part of the system, we will disrupt the flow which is not good.

The key is always to balance the flow to what works.

Take a minute to watch the flow.

Join the conversation and get creative!

We don’t always get it right so we welcome constructive feedback. Please get involved and leave your updates on the Facebook post and start a conversation with other Systempreneurs, entrepreneurs and small business owners on how you think it could be improved.

Or even make changes yourself using the following link: Play and remix the model yourself on Nicky Case's website and post your system thinking samples.

What's Next

Next, we are going to show you how we can apply this model to a business and how incredibly useful that can be to you. When you have signed up, just follow the email journey.
  • Part 2: See how we can apply this model to our business planning.
  • Part 3: We show you how we can leverage the data behind the model to help tweak the planning to find out what works.


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About The Author

Glenn Renwick

Hi guys! I'm Glenn, the business development director here at Analyse That®. I would describe myself as a life-long learner with a passion for finding efficient and productive ways of working. You will see me tinkering away, writing, designing and developing systems that drive our business forward and hopefully yours too. Want to know more? See my journey that led to this blog

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