Posts Categorized: Complexity

Organize for Complexity

Niels Pflaeging read my ebook Seeking perpetual beta and said that “after reading the book one yearns for more from you about the right learning architecture, about how to develop organizations applying this thinking, about how to build learning programs and infrastructure.” Well I think Niels has answered much of that question himself, in his… Read more »

Retrieving cooperation

According to Dion Hinchcliffe, we need to rethink work and reinvent collaboration. At a high level, there appear to be three major root causes for why collaboration — the very core of how people come together and function as a business — is in the midst of reinvention: 1. Hierarchical management styles break down in… Read more »

Industrial disease

some blame the management, some the employees; and everybody knows it’s the Industrial Disease – Dire Straits Complexity is the new normal We are so interconnected today that many cannot imagine otherwise. Almost every person is connected to worldwide communication networks. News travels at the speed of a Tweet. Meanwhile, inside the enterprise, reaction times… Read more »

Actually, it’s not complicated

Most IT, HR, KM, etc. projects seem to assume the situation is complicated. Complicated – relationship between cause & effect requires analysis, investigation, and expertise. We should Sense – Analyze – Respond & we can apply good practices. However, most projects involving people should assume they are complex. Complex – relationship between cause & effect… Read more »

Management in perpetual Beta

“Our research indicates that, contrary to what one might assume, good analysis in the hands of managers who have good judgment won’t naturally yield good decisions.” – What Matters More in Decisions Is it because they are assuming the problem is complicated … Complicated, in which the relationship between cause and effect requires analysis or… Read more »

7 guidelines for managing open networks

Ed Morrison, Advisor for the Purdue Center for Regional Development, says that many of the familiar approaches to management no longer apply, and goes on to provide 7 keys to guiding an open network. I have added my images and one other that support this excellent set of rules. Click on each image for a link… Read more »

Complex knowledge

Last week I spent several hours each day, for four consecutive days, trying to share complex knowledge. I had my understanding of communities of practice, personal knowledge management, leadership, and innovation that I wanted to share. My friend and colleague Christian Renard had his knowledge about marketing, business, and digital power to share. From the… Read more »

Understanding complexity

As I have suggested, it was the most-regulated in the financial system that were in fact the most disaster-prone: big banks on both sides of the Atlantic, not hedge funds. It is more than a little convenient for America’s political class to have the crisis blamed on deregulation and the resulting excesses of bankers. Not… Read more »

Talking about the Network Era

Interesting things happen when hyperlinks subvert hierarchy, as the writers of the Cluetrain Manifesto said in 1999. Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, Arab Spring, and the Occupy Movement are just a few recent examples. Spying on entire populations is another network era phenomenon. In education, the current subversion is the MOOC, which has already itself been subverted… Read more »

Do you want to be efficient or effective?

What is it about the ‘organization’ of the Internet that has allowed it to thrive despite its massive size and lack of hierarchy? The work of identifying which relationships and connections to build and grow and maintain is dispersed to the nodes themselves — and they’re the ones who know which ones to focus on…. Read more »