Posts Categorized: Complexity

opportunities to connect

‘As Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”’ – Michael Simmons Michael Simmons shows that Jobs had the ability to be a member of many networks, meaning that he was often… Read more »

buck the established way

Here is a good story that shows the value of learning as working, as opposed to relying on previous expertise. “On the surface, John looked like the perfect up-and-coming executive to lead BFC’s Asia expansion plans. He went to an Ivy League B-school. His track record was flawless. Every goal or objective the organization had… Read more »

cooperation for the network era

Clark Quinn recently asked, as have many others, the difference between collaboration and cooperation, and why it is important. “collaboration means ‘working together’. That’s why you see it in market economies. markets are based on quantity and mass. cooperation means ’sharing’. That’s why you see it in networks. In networks, the nature of the connection… Read more »

the keystone of the intelligent organization

This is a summary of my closing keynote for the workplace learning & VET stream at EduTECH15 in Brisbane on 3 June 2015. The intelligent enterprise [l’entreprise intelligente] has to be founded first and foremost on intelligent communication, which in the network era is much more than just passing information. It is actively engaging in… Read more »

build your own edge

Every one of the major challenges facing us is complex. But our organizations are not designed for complexity. Our workplace training does not factor in complexity. While not all of our problems are complex, the simpler issues are being dealt with, especially through software and automation. Understanding complexity means working in it together and using… Read more »

simple structures for complex problems

What is the optimal digital transformation technology for a networked organization? It is a suite of capabilities that foster an organizational culture that is constantly learning in order to understand and engage the complex environment in which it lives. Like the Internet, that enabled a digital transformation of society and business, these technologies must be… Read more »

hold space for complex problems

Professor Lynda Gratton at the London Business School outlines five forces in The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here, that will shape the future patterns of work. “Technology (think 5 billion people, digitized knowledge, ubiquitous cloud). Globalisation (think continued bubbles and crashes, a regional underclass, the world becoming urban, frugal innovation). Longevity and… Read more »