The Ripple Effects of Change (Part 1): Cats in Borneo

Have you ever made a decision that led to an unintended consequence? America’s Funniest Home Video’s has built a franchise on this premise. Trampolines, piñatas and grandparents on skateboards remind us that we have all been victims of this principle.

Effective leaders acquire skills which help them minimize the surprise of unintended consequences. In technical terms, we can do this through something called ‘systems thinking’. In layman’s language, this is simply a fancy term for becoming good at consequence consideration. This principle is wonderfully illustrated in this three minute video.

So in summary:

Systems Thinking Summary

Stay tuned next week to see how this ripple effect from driverless cars will have far-reaching impact!

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Jeff Suderman is a futurist, consultant and professor who works in the field of organizational development. He partners with clients to improve culture, leadership, teamwork, organizational alignment, strategy and organizational future-readiness. He resides in Palm Desert, California. Twitter: @jlsuderman Email:


Systems thinking: a cautionary tale (cats in Borneo)