Vaughan & Company

San Francisco, CA

Organizational Alignment through Systems Thinking

Organizations Are Comprised of Connected Elements

Systems thinking is the process of understanding how things influence one another within a whole. In organizations, you can't change one element of the organization without affecting other parts. For example, if you change the strategy, it can change a company's culture, people, processes and more.

To fully understand the implications of recent organizational changes, Vaughan & Company uses Systems Mapping®, a proven organizational assessment and diagnostic process. The dynamic, data driven, visual on-line mapping process provides clear, interactive, and easy-to-analyze electronic maps that provide a look at an organization is functioning in all areas.

Seeking Harmony with a Holistic View

In order to find an effective solution, you must first find the root cause of the problem. That's done with our unique online tool that presents a pointed question—"What's the current state of"—and then drills down to 13 areas of an organization from its culture through its communications to get factual examples and data points.

How It Works

The online questionnaire takes between 30 to 45 minutes for employees to complete. Participants can elect to complete the survey in parts, going back to reflect on the questions to provide thoughtful answers that help see the whole of the problem and get actionable answers.


With culture pulse tools, you can collect and analyze data from a broad spectrum of people in an organization quickly and take action in weeks, not the three or four months it usually takes.


Based upon systems thinking and systems dynamics frameworks, systems mapping allows you to see the whole picture to identify issues and test actions making sure things wonít get worse.


The visual display, coupled with embedded data, allows you to clearly see the underlying systemic issues in your organization. The visual map identifies the disconnects.


The web-based application means no software to download, no problems with different platforms, no dealing with the IT Department. Access your data anytime, anywhere.


The process can be used in a variety of ways and combined with other, more traditional tools and approaches. Clients have used the process to lead change in many areas.


System Mapping has been used successfully for over thirteen years with a range of Fortune 500 companies. Factual data with real examples helps companies make better decisions.

If you only see part of the organization, you can only provide part of the solution.

Organizations, as the name suggests, are organic, dynamic ecosystems of many moving parts. If you look to solve a problem in one area of an organization without understanding how it affects other areas, you're likely to fail.

Systems Mapping Helps:
  • Align teams/groups around the real issues.
  • Make sense of the complexity of your organization.
  • Collect and present data in a meaningful way that removes emotion and finger-pointing.
  • Look at the whole of the problem versus just a small part.
  • Make better decisions.

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