Book review: Fate of system thinking

Book review: Fate of system thinking
Source: Samuel Okyere
Date: 26-06-2018 Time: 12:06:11:am

I do believe in faith, but I am sure a prophecy that I was going to author a book this year would have seemed farfetched at the beginning of this year. My lack of faith as it were would not have been founded on disbelieve but on caution and pragmatism. I have had three manuscripts on various subjects.

Books I never attempted to publish as I was content with my little blog I have kept since 2011. My first memory of writing was in high school with a poem called ‘My Love’ and subsequently my first attempt at a book was an anthology of my thoughts, poems I had collected through varying moments and yet I author a business book, ‘Fate of System Thinking’.

For the avoidance of doubt, it is a real book. The emphasis may appear humorous but the subject matter begs no laughter. The book deals with a couple of questions. The central question however remained, ‘Why has Ghana not produced so many multinationals?’ I am sure different people will have different opinions but I draw from insider stories from UT Bank, Capital Bank, uniBank and the Ghanaian banking industry to learn why indigenous companies are not as successful as we will wish they were. The book is not a personal rant but an academic piece backed by hard core verifiable research, data and rigorous thinking.

The book is fortunate to have Mr. Prince Kofi Amoabeng giving a foreword with a review from Mr. Steve Williams. If these two names are familiar to you, then I am sure you are questioning what the content of the book might be. I do not think anybody can teach the lessons of the failure of these banks better than the former Managing Director of UT Bank and yet he grants this book blessing and credibility. Mr. Williams is an expert on so many levels and yet found this book worthy to be read by all persons who intend to learn.

The book is the first of its kind in Ghana by documenting the facts and figures behind the collapse of these banks. If you are an entrepreneur, business manager, student or a believer in building Africa, then this is a must read. Without equivocation I will give a money-back guarantee to anyone who does not find the book useful. I must however caution it is not a story book, it is almost academic and thoughtfully heady. Weightier matters call for careful introspection and I hope this book will encourage all readers to take a closer look at our social and economic structure.

For all that it may be worth, do not miss an opportunity to read ‘Fate of System Thinking’, the central thesis challenges traditional thinking of enterprises, the book reckons that; thinking of an organization as a system is bound to be suboptimal, we may need an interconnected approach to thinking but more importantly we need to think of businesses as biological organisms with a consciousness of its own. Like a child born and subject to nurturing, so must enterprises be ‘socialized’.

I like to conclude with a quote from Nelson Mandela in the book, Conversations with myself, “In real life we deal, not with gods, but with ordinary humans like ourselves: men and women who are full of contradictions, who are stable and fickle, strong and weak, famous and infamous.”

We know without a doubt that all over the world, men and women are born and die, some may leave no memories of their lives, not even their names, it would appear they never existed at all and yet others cause generations to pause, reflect and reconstruct. I have no doubt the lessons in the Ghanaian banking industry offers us such memories by which we may build a new day.

Grab a copy, let us reflect and rebuild mother Ghana. Please invite our speakers to engage through the thinking and together we will be partners at making Ghana and Africa proud. 

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