Upstream thinking in leadership

Organisations have a tendency for downstream thinking. To succeed, leaders should change the focus to upstream thinking.

  • Identify problems early
  • Target leverage points in complex systems
  • Find reliable methods to measure success
  • Consider new ways of working together
  • Embed their successes into systems.

Find new ways of working together:

  • Hand the problem to the right people.
  • Give them enough notice of that problem.
  • Align their efforts toward preventing instances of the problem.

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