Seeing the Forest for the Trees

A Manager's Guide to Applying Systems Thinking

Author: Dennis Sherwood

Publisher: Nicholas Brealey International

ISBN: 1857884973

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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How to use Systems Thinking to improve your business.

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

A Manager's Guide to Applying Systems Thinking

Author: Dennis Sherwood

Publisher: Nicholas Brealey

ISBN: 1473644909

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 228

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Systems thinking can help you tame the complexity of real-world problems by providing a structured way of balancing a broad, overall view with the selection of the right level of detail, truly allowing you to "see the forest for the trees". Only by taking a broad view can we avoid the twin dangers of a silo mentality-in which a fix 'here' simply shifts the problem to 'there'-and organisational myopia-in which a fix 'now' gives rise to a much bigger problem to fix 'then'. Seeing the Forest for the Trees will give you all the tools and techniques you need, with many practical examples as diverse as managing a busy back office, negotiating an outsourcing deal and formulating business strategy.

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

A Manager's Guide to Applying Systems Thinking

Author: Dennis Sherwood

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1857884973

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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Systems thinking can help you tame the complexity of real-world problems by providing a structured way of balancing a broad, overall view with the selection of the right level of detail, truly allowing you to "see the forest for the trees". Only by taking a broad view can we avoid the twin dangers of a silo mentality-in which a fix 'here' simply shifts the problem to 'there', and organisational myopia-in which a fix 'now' gives rise to a much bigger problem to fix 'then'. Seeing the Forest for the Trees will give you all the tools and techniques you need, with many practical examples as diverse as managing a busy back office, negotiating an outsourcing deal and formulating business strategy.

Seeing the forest among the trees

the case for wholistic forest use

Author: Herb Hammond

Publisher: Polestar Book Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 309

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Comprehensive and beautifully illustrated, this is the definitive forest ecology handbook.

Seeing the Forest and the Trees

Human-environment Interactions in Forest Ecosystems

Author: Emilio F. Moran,Elinor Ostrom

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262633124

Category: Nature

Page: 442

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'Seeing the Forest and the Trees' examines changes in land cover & land use in forested regions as major contributors to global environmental change.

Seeing Trees

Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees

Author: Nancy Ross Hugo

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604693665

Category: Nature

Page: 244

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Have you ever looked at a tree? That may sound like a silly question, but there is so much more to notice about a tree than first meets the eye. "Seeing Trees" celebrates seldom-seen but easily observable tree traits and invites you to watch trees with

The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering

Mastering Complexity

Author: Sanjoy Mahajan

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262526549

Category: Mathematics

Page: 408

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In this book, Sanjoy Mahajan shows us that the way to master complexity is through insight rather than precision. Precision can overwhelm us with information, whereas insight connects seemingly disparate pieces of information into a simple picture. Unlike computers, humans depend on insight. Based on the author's fifteen years of teaching at MIT, Cambridge University, and Olin College, The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering shows us how to build insight and find understanding, giving readers tools to help them solve any problem in science and engineering.To master complexity, we can organize it or discard it. The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering first teaches the tools for organizing complexity, then distinguishes the two paths for discarding complexity: with and without loss of information. Questions and problems throughout the text help readers master and apply these groups of tools. Armed with this three-part toolchest, and without complicated mathematics, readers can estimate the flight range of birds and planes and the strength of chemical bonds, understand the physics of pianos and xylophones, and explain why skies are blue and sunsets are red.The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering will appear in print and online under a Creative Commons Noncommercial Share Alike license.

Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest

Author: Joan Maloof

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820335983

Category: Nature

Page: 176

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In this collection of natural-history essays, biologist Joan Maloof embarks on a series of lively, fact-filled expeditions into forests of the eastern United States. Through Maloof’s engaging, conversational style, each essay offers a lesson in stewardship as it explores the interwoven connections between a tree species and the animals and insects whose lives depend on it--and who, in turn, work to ensure the tree’s survival. Never really at home in a laboratory, Maloof took to the woods early in her career. Her enthusiasm for firsthand observation in the wild spills over into her writing, whether the subject is the composition of forest air, the eagle’s preference for nesting in loblolly pines, the growth rings of the bald cypress, or the gray squirrel’s fondness for weevil-infested acorns. With a storyteller’s instinct for intriguing particulars, Maloof expands our notions about what a tree “is” through her many asides--about the six species of leafhoppers who eat only sycamore leaves or the midges who live inside holly berries and somehow prevent them from turning red. As a scientist, Maloof accepts that trees have a spiritual dimension that cannot be quantified. As an unrepentant tree hugger, she finds support in the scientific case for biodiversity. As an activist, she can’t help but wonder how much time is left for our forests.

The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate Discoveries from a Secret World

Author: Peter Wohlleben

Publisher: Greystone Books

ISBN: 1771642491

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest, and he believes that eco-friendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.

I CANT SEE THE FOREST W/ALL TH

Author: Scott Stevens

Publisher: Booklocker.com

ISBN: 9781634919708

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 66

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Reveals the health consequences of America's most beloved drug - even when used in moderation. The $250 billion annual alcohol pandemic dwarfs all other drug "epidemics" combined. It's a drug we romanticize with wishful thinking about safe use and health benefits. Science and medicine say otherwise...

Forests Are Gold

Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam

Author: Pamela D. McElwee

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 029580646X

Category: History

Page: 312

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Forests Are Gold examines the management of Vietnam's forests in the tumultuous twentieth century�from French colonialism to the recent transition to market-oriented economics�as the country united, prospered, and transformed people and landscapes. Forest policy has rarely been about ecology or conservation for nature�s sake, but about managing citizens and society, a process Pamela McElwee terms �environmental rule.� Untangling and understanding these practices and networks of rule illuminates not just thorny issues of environmental change, but also the birth of Vietnam itself.

Finding the Forest in the Trees:

The Challenge of Combining Diverse Environmental Data

Author: Committee for a Pilot Study on Database Interfaces,National Research Council,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309050820

Category: Nature

Page: 144

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During the last few decades of the 20th century, the development of an array of technologies has made it possible to observe the Earth, collect large quantities of data related to components and processes of the Earth system, and store, analyze, and retrieve these data at will. Over the past ten years, in particular, the observational, computational, and communications technologies have enabled the scientific community to undertake a broad range of interdisciplinary environmental research and assessment programs. Sound practice in database management are required to deal with the problems of complexity in such programs and a great deal of attention and resources has been devoted to this area in recent years. However, little guidance has been provided on overcoming the barriers frequently encountered in the interfacing of disparate data sets. This book attempts to remedy that problem by providing analytical and functional guidelines to help researchers and technicians to better plan and implement their supporting data management activities.

THE TREES

Author: Conrad Richter

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0804150990

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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“They moved along in the bobbing, springy gait of a family that followed the woods as some families follow the sea.” In that first sentence Conrad Richter sets the mood of this magnificent epic of the American wilderness. Toward the close of the eighteenth century the land west of the Alleghenies and north of the Ohio river was an unbroken sea of trees. Beneath them the forest trails were dark, silent, and lonely, brightened only by a few lost beams of sunlight. Here the Lucketts, a wild, woodsfaring family, lived their roaming life, pushing ever westward as the frontier advanced and as new settlements threatened their isolation. Richter has written, not a historical novel, of which there are so many, but a novel of authentic early American life, of which there are so few. It is the primitive story of Worth Luckett, the hunter, and of Jary, his woman; of Genny, Wyitt, Achsa, and Sulie, their woods-wild children; of the bound boy and the Solitary and Jake Tench; but principally of the oldest girl, Sayward Luckett, whos people as far back as she knew had always been hunters and gunsmiths to hunters, but who, through the quiet, growing, and yet tragic oppression of the trees, turns her back at last on her life as a hunter’s child and becomes a tiller of the soil. This novel of great lyrical beauty and high excitement tells the story of the transition of American pioneers from the ways of the wilderness to the ways of civilization. Here is the true American epic. Here is the raw adventure, swift and cruel in its episodes; but here too is the poetry of loneliness. Here is a portrait of frontier life as it really must have seemed to the pioneers. Here in short is a masterpiece by the man who gave us The Sea of Grass.

Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down?

Author: Roberta Burzynski

Publisher: Forest Service

ISBN: 9780160916267

Category: Trees

Page: 41

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This delightful book shows children the life cycle of trees, showing that trees are a renewable resource as their seeds can be planted to make new trees grow. It also discusses the need to remove sick, flammable and other dangerous trees as well as the various uses for wood from cut trees. All of it is so beautifully illustrated in full color that the lessons come alive for adults and children alike. Ideal for parents, teachers and children. By Roberta Burzynski. Illustrations by Juliette Watts. NA-IN-01-12.

The Forest and the Trees

Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise

Author: Allan G. Johnson

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781566395649

Category: Social Science

Page: 205

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One sociologist's response to the hypothetical - the core insight with the greatest potential to change how people see the world and themselves in it. The book is an account of how sociological practice affects almost every aspect of life, from news headlines to the experience of growing older.

The Humane Gardener

Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife

Author: Nancy Lawson

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1616896175

Category: Gardening

Page: 224

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In this eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species, journalist and gardener Nancy Lawson describes why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. Through engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners throughout the country, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, Lawson applies the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces. Detailed chapters address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, as well as birds, bees, and butterflies; creating safe zones in the garden; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and encouraging natural processes and evolution in the garden. The Humane Gardener fills a unique niche in describing simple principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures that share our world.

The Forest for the Trees (Revised and Updated)

An Editor's Advice to Writers

Author: Betsy Lerner

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110144407X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Quickly established as an essential and enduring companion for aspiring writers when it was first published, Betsy Lerner's sharp, funny, and insightful guide has been meticulously updated and revised to address the dramatic changes that have reshaped the publishing industry in the decade since. From blank page to first glowing (or gutting) review, Betsy Lerner is a knowing and sympathetic coach who helps writers discover how they can be more productive in the creative process and how they can better their odds of not only getting published, but getting published well. This is an essential trove of advice for writers and an indispensable user's manual to both the inner life of the writer and the increasingly anxious place where art and commerce meet: the boardrooms and cubicles of the publishing house.

Seeing the Trees Through the Forest

Words of Poetry

Author: Poetic Pete

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781434312914

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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This book is a treasure chest of Biblical puzzles and a boundless wealth of information drawn from the Old and New Testaments. Each game will challenge your intelligence and understanding of the Holy Scriptures, test your memory and sharpen your skills about Biblical events, personalities and places. As you thumb through the pages of this book, you will find an assortment of fun-filled games suited for youth and adult group in any church gathering. Here are some of the fascinating topics that will entertain you: a) Test your mental skills about the 66 Bible books with the Bible abbreviation game. b) Check you numerical expertise as you answer the Bible math questions. c) Know your body parts? See if you can recall any Biblical events or texts related to them. d) Work as a team. Be agile and smart to form the answers to CREATION and REVELATION games. e) Enjoy playing outdoors hunting for things that the "king" wants in the game "GIMME". f) Upgrade your scrabble acumen as you unscramble words to form new ones related to a Bible miracle or parable.

Seeing Colorado's Forests for the Trees

Author: John Fielder,Steve Smith

Publisher: Big Earth Publishing

ISBN: 9781565794917

Category: Forest ecology

Page: 84

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This book includes 66 color photographs of grand sylvan landscapes, lone trees, and forest details such as fallen leaves or the eye-shaped patterns on Aspen boles.

The Man Who Climbs Trees

Author: James Aldred

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 1328473538

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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A professional tree climber encounters gorillas, snakes, spiders, and birds of prey, as well as answers and perspective, hundreds of feet up, all over the world Every child knows the allure of climbing trees. But how many of us get to make a living at it, spending days observing nature from the canopies of stunning forests all around the world? As a wildlife cameraman for the BBC and National Geographic, James Aldred spends his working life high up in trees, poised to capture key moments in the lives of wild animals and birds. Aldred’s climbs take him to the most incredible and majestic trees in existence. In Borneo, home to the tallest tropical rain forest on the planet, just getting a rope up into the 250-foot-tall trees is a challenge. In Venezuela, even body armor isn’t guaranteed protection against the razor-sharp talons of a nesting Harpy Eagle. In Australia, the peace of being lulled to sleep in a hammock twenty-five stories above the ground— after a grueling day of climbing and filming—is broken by a midnight storm that threatens to topple the tree. In this vivid account of memorable trees he has climbed (“Goliath,” “Apollo,” “Roaring Meg”), Aldred blends incredible stories of his adventures in the branches with a fascination for the majesty of trees to show us the joy of rising—literally—above the daily grind, up into the canopy of the forest.