in an increasingly complex world

Robert Warwick – Following a comprehensive literature review, heavily influenced by complexity sciences, we came up with seven essential criteria that are important to consider in an increasingly complex world, these were:

    • Go out of your way to make new connections.
    • Adopt an open, enquiring mind-set, refusing to be constrained by current horizons.
    • Embrace uncertainty and be positive about change – adopt an entrepreneurial attitude.
    • Draw on as many different perspectives as possible; diversity is non-optional.
    • Ensure leadership and decision-making are distributed throughout all levels and functions.
    • Establish a compelling vision which is shared by all partners in the whole system.
    • Promote the importance of values – invest as much energy into relationships and behaviours as into delivering tasks.

This is a good set of guidelines (via David Hodgson) and useful for conversations around organizational change.

Connections: develop an active PKM process, which is reviewed from time to time

Open & Enquiring: practice critical thinking, questioning all assumptions, including your own

Embrace uncertainty: think of all your work as in a state of perpetual Beta

Diversity: “Human systems thrive on variety and diversity. ~ Esko Kilpi

Distribute Leadership: think of leadership as an emergent property of your networks and not a permanent position in a hierachy

Vision: shared vision comes through trusted networks, however a clear vision is necessary, but not sufficient

Values: transparent organizations are better at sharing values but the initial design influences everything

3 Responses to “in an increasingly complex world”

    • Harold Jarche

      I’m glad you did all the research to confirm what many of us have been suggesting. It will be interesting to see how the NHS implements these guidelines.

  1. Harold Jarche

    This post is an example of PKM in action. I came across these guidelines on G+ and they resonated with me, as I knew I had written about similar issues. I took the guidelines and correlated these to several of my posts (by searching my outboard brains: blog, bookmarks, etc.).

    The result is an aide-memoire for myself, or a job aid for others in the field. If I take this post and add sections from each hyper-linked reference, I will have an almost complete article that could be useful for my clients, or it could be expanded into a journal article. This took me less than one hour.

    ”Chance favours the connected mind.” Steven B. Johnson


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