Seven Phase Model of Burke
Jerry Talley, Business Consultant, United States, Member
The 7-Step model glosses over certain essential features:
- It is not only "frequently" cyclical, it should "always" be cyclical.
- Action planning is inadequate to describe the importance and subtlety of seeking out the smallest, high-leverage action in a complex system. We need to find points of existing system health to extend rather than delude ourselves into thinking we can drive a complex system with some new overlay.
- Finally, the model misses the point that we are "in" the system, not outside acting "on" the system. Steps 1-4 will alter the system even before we get to step 5!