Cause-Effect analysis anticipates purpose but not until the system is actualized, can you really observe manifest purpose.
We live in such a complex world with all sorts of old and new, physical and virtual, order and chaos, it’s important to encourage critical thinking to embrace different perspectives. You don’t need to agree completely with the other side’s viewpoint, but you can always gain empathy, insight, and a new perspective to see things from the other angle.
Every problem has cause & effect; or possibly, the multitude of cause-effects: Many of today’s problems are over-complex and hyper-connected, there are multiple, inter-related dynamics you have to really dig beneath the superficial layer, see around the corner and transcend the interdisciplinary knowledge, to get to the real problem in order to solve them smoothly. Some problems are the symptoms; when you try to fix them, the real problems will keep coming back. As people have different perceptions; they perceive problems differently; they have cognitive differences to understand what the real problem is.
The more complex the situation is, the more important it is to apply logic via multidimensional thought processes and cross disciplinary boundaries to see underneath the symptoms and dig into root causes of the problem. Some problems seem irrational as they are caused by people’s emotional reaction to a set of circumstances or events. This can appear to be illogical. Complex problems have a multitude of cause-effects. The assumption that there is a single cause to a “problem” in a complex adaptive system is unhelpful. The logical problem-solving scenario does conform to a sequence, a focus or a goal, a motivation to explore proposals, a willingness to imaginatively explore alternative solutions.
The well-defined “CAUSE & EFFECT” relationships allow you to uncover the deeper causes, in order to make sound decisions and choose solutions and move forward: Trying to fix the wrong cause of a problem will waste talent, time, and resources, increase anxiety, and cause chaos. Critical thinking is a type of professional thinking process to do logical reasoning, understand, interpret, judge things objectively, leverage diverse viewpoints, update knowledge, uncover deeper causes, in order to solve the problems smoothly.
The opposite of critical thinking perhaps causes unprofessional mentality and misjudgment. Misinterpretation enlarges communication gaps and causes decision-ineffectiveness. It is important to keep track of the outcome of problem-solving. If the problems don’t get fixed thoroughly; the old symptoms will continually come back, it wastes time and energy. It’s important to understand human dynamics, systems, and relationships, assess the problem systematically, uncover the deeper causes in order to solve them smoothly.
Explore Cause & Effect rather than Trade-Offs & Priorities: Some complex problems are perhaps caused by dysfunctional systems in which people are just one of the root causes. There are multiple, inter-related dynamics you have to really dig beneath the superficial layer, see around the corner and transcend the interdisciplinary knowledge, to explore the cause & effect of the real problem.
Keep in mind, solutions to complex problems are not true-or-false, but better or worse. Forward-looking organizations focus on people centricity, tailor customers’ needs and solve their problems smoothly. If one accepts that sustainable business success requires satisfied customers, that satisfied staff is more likely to satisfy customers, then you are exploring cause and effect rather than trade-offs and priorities. There is a seamless shift in discovering possibilities and creating multiple pathways to solve problems via interactions, associations, and expansions, etc, a wave pattern of consolidating and integrating ideas to come up with a cohesive solution.
Cause-Effect analysis anticipates purpose but not until the system is actualized, can you really observe manifest purpose. Philosophy can allow you to see the cause and effect thoroughly and help you see reasoning in action. It’s not so effective to use linear logic to understand highly complex, nonlinear cause-effect relationship scenarios to solve complex business problems. Establishing the cause-effect relationships between key performance indicators is an important outcome of developing the strategy map, and improving performance management effectiveness.