Anyone who has studied systems thinking or looked at the science of complexity is familiar with the concept of leverage points. Â A leverage point within a system is a point where a little bit of action produces a disproportionately large amount of impact. Â For instance, if we have a fire in a room, it may take a lot of water to put the fire out. Â Or, if the room is airtight we can simply shut the door and the lack of oxygen can shut the fire down almost immediately. Â In this instance, the access to oxygen is a leverage point for the fire.
Donella Meadows has done some great work around leverage points for complex systems. Â Besides identifying the 12 types of leverage points, Meadows has also determined generally which ones provide more leverage. Continue reading “Leverage Points and Performance Work”