It is possible for a systems thinking type to stay sane in a command and control organisation.
1. Don’t argue with people and never criticise
Sometimes fun and it passes the time but usually misery-making. Try to avoid it unless you consistently hear people say “After listening to you criticise me, I have learnt that you are right and I am wrong!”.
2. Be patient
Hundreds of gurus, academics, teachers, authors, thinkers, managers and employees have tried to change management thinking over the decades and the prevailing style of management still, for the most part, prevails. Be patient! It isn’t an overnight thing. It may take many more decades.
3. Do something
Plan (as in P for Ploy) to a) make others curious about alternatives, b)Plan to experiment in the work you have direct control over and lead by example or c) Plan to leave the organisation and do something else that will bring you joy.