Professor Maznevski led a session on trying to implement strategy in a complex world. Today we must NOT try to simplify situations. Simplification is an illusion. Complex animals can adapt to complex environments... simple animals are less adaptable and if their niche changes they can't adapt.
Most complex aspect of any company is it's human brains and relationships. Yet only 30 to 70 (max)% of any company brains' intellectual capacity is being utilised. Therefore we should push to use more to deal more effectively with today's complexity!
Brain - empower knowledge
Relationships - empower connectivity
Two characters to help us balance our leadership in a complex world -
Hercules and Buddha
Win wealth and status
In management -
Procedures; hierarchy; market share; results; co-ordination
Path to enlightenment
Knowledge and wisdom
Rising above conflict
In Management - informal processes; networks; collaboration; development; exploring alternatives; long term planning
You should operate in both H and B modes at appropriate times to be successful in dealing with complexity. Simplify and Amplify.
Values and organisational structure
Simple and clear authority
Some core processes
Amplify the ability to respond and create opportunities:
Facilitate innovation and empowerment in decision making
Coach, ask questions and develop alternatives
Increase informal networks and collaboration
Example Nelson Mandela "forgiveness liberates the soul - it is such a powerful weapon"
Be both Buddha and Hercules... take responsibility for what you simplify and what you amplify...