Posts Categorized: Complexity

it’s not complicated – review

“In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists” —Eric Hoffer A major focus of my work is getting people to think in terms of complexity and understand the difference between complicated and complex systems. I use the Cynefin framework… Read more »

self-managing for complexity

“What processes will be effective in helping people to unlearn the disposition or stance that made them successful in the ordered domains of Cynefin? How can they most effectively learn the skills required in the complex domain? How do leaders start creating environments that support this transition – if we simply focus on training people,… Read more »

look for disconfirming data

Adam Kahane hosted a webcast this week to discuss his new book, Collaborating with the Enemy. I thought his first book, Solving Tough Problems, was an excellent read so I attended. What follows are from my notes. The quotes are as I wrote them down and may not be Kahane’s exact words. Kahane opened the… Read more »

attractive prisons

Today we hear a lot about models like holacracy and teal organizations that are focused on changing how we work together in organizations. Teal organization: A new kind of organization designed to enable “whole” individuals (not narrow professional selves) to self-organize and self-manage to achieve an organic organizational purpose (determined not through hierarchical planning but… Read more »

networked knowledge triad

There are three structures that exist in all organizations, with three different sources of power, and three types of leadership required for each structure. This is the thesis that Niels Pflaeging puts forth in Organizational Physics. Formal Structure – Hierarchy – Compliance Leadership Informal Structure – Influence – Social Leadership Value Creation Structure – Reputation… Read more »

the arts in perpetual beta

Next month I will be facilitating a workshop at The Arts in a Digital World Summit, hosted in Montreal by the Canada Council for the Arts. Among other things, the summit will be a chance to share knowledge, mobilize – and possibly even incubate projects. We’ll consider our digital reality as an opportunity to: develop… Read more »

one person at a time

Are networks the new companies? Can our markets shift from capitalism to cooperativism? Can our institutions become networks? Can any of us escape our tribal roots and become network era citizens of the world? We still lack good network models for organizing in society. Instead, many turn back to older, and outdated organizational models, like… Read more »

a collective networked perspective

A network society needs networked models for organizing and for learning. “More and more, the unit of comprehension is going to be group comprehension, where you simply have to rely on a team of others because you can’t understand it all yourself. There was a time, oh, I would say as recently as, certainly as… Read more »

immunize for complexity

Have you heard the term VUCA? It comes from the 1990’s but is still in use to describe the complex and chaotic world of business, politics, and technology. Volatility Uncertainty Complexity Ambiguity Peter Hinnsen, in The Network Always Wins, describes the antidote to VUCA as VACINE. Velocity Agility Creativity Innovation Network Experimentation

tribal values are not democratic

David Ronfeldt, originator of the TIMN framework (Tribes + Institutions + Markets + Networks) has written a series of posts on what current political changes mean from this perspective. “— From a TIMN perspective, the reasons for ‘American exceptionalism’ lie mainly in our approach to the T form. We have welcomed immigrants and found ways… Read more »