System Archetype 3: Shifting the Burden

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Ignatius D
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Description of Shifting the Burden One of the System Archetypes is "Shifting the Burden". In this type of organizational problem, a temporary or short-term solution is applied to solve the problem which yields satisfying results. But the more this short-term solution is used, the less fundamental long-term measures are taken. Eventually, the effect of the fundamental solution may fade away, in the long term leading to more severe problems. The focus should be treating the cause rather than the symptom. In this archetype, people tend to treat the symptoms rather than focusing on the root cause. Many times, the short-term treatments may treat the symptom, but the problem may create the symptom again, or create a different symptom, or have a side effect which affects the fundamental solution and even that solution may cease to work. So, the actual problem solution will only be achieved when we solve the root cause. Early Warning Symptoms of Shifting the Burden People might say "We f (...) Read more? Sign up for free


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