To Thrive in Chaos and Ambiguity

Uncertainty: a shifting landscape of expectations and alliances, technologies and goals. Ambiguity: what does winning mean anymore and will we ever stop striving? Ambiguity: that thing that used to work is less effective these days, the path is less clear. Striving: constant learning, adaptation and rapidity of response. The need for community.

To thrive in chaos and ambiguity

The Social Age is a time of constant change: an evolved landscape of work and play. The nature of work itself has changed and, alongside it, the social contract between organisation and individual. Our relationship with knowledge has evolved too: away from knowing stuff to creating meaning. The ability to find meaning in the moment and to do it again, tomorrow, differently. Which is what we call agility and uninhibited curiosity. The desire and freedom to question everything.

Agility is not a foregone conclusion: most organisations are infrastructurally lethargic, unable to adapt, innovate, create or respond at speed. Why? Because process and mechanisms of control are used to codify behaviour into narrowly constrained and inflexible pathways that are the enemy of agility. We create organisations that are unable to bend, unable to think freely, lacking both permission and space to do so.

To thrive? We need our communities: sense making entities that power agility in the Social Age.

We need socially collaborative technology, to house and facilitate our conversations and activities.

We need the humility to lead by doing, through sharing and storytelling, by ensuring equality and freedom for everyone. We set aside our mantle of formal authority in favour of social leadership.

We become agile: constantly learning, adapting, sharing and growing. We thrive by being given or taking the permission to change. Only organisations that understand this, that welcome it, that adapt to it, will be here ten years from now.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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10 Responses to To Thrive in Chaos and Ambiguity

  1. juandon says: Por otra parte, la teoría del caos y las ciencias de la complejidad nos pueden ayudar a comprender y mejorar el proceso de transformación como un sistema complejo adapta los sistemas educativos para transformarse.

    Con el caos y también la incertidumbre” aunmentamos el número y también la calidad en el abanico de posibilidades y conductas que se pueden dar, observar o vivir en cada situación. Cuanto mayor sea el abanico de posibilidades, mayores los grados de libertad que se registran. (hasta ahora era todo lo contrario…cuanto más rigidez, más control…mejor eran los resultados para los que seguían el sistema, y muy mal, para los que se apartaban de él)….@juandoming

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