In all modern businesses it is becoming increasingly apparent that planning and production occur in a systems setting. Irrespective of the size of the organization or of the level within the organization, actions taken by people are influenced by many factors within and external to the organization. Some of these factors influence attainment of a desired outcome strongly, whilst other factors are of little concern. Similarly particular actions may influence other processes both within and external to the organization. Identification of and effective and efficient management of key drivers within corporate activities is a key skill at all levels of management. Developing skills in systems thinking or ecological intelligence is thus critically important for effective and efficient business practice.
Managing complex interdependencies is a skill not currently taught in schools, colleges nor at most universities. It requires a different type of intelligence, an ecological intelligence.
Courses in developing ecological intelligence tailored to people with different background skills and managerial responsibilities are available.