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The Saturn 5 rocket, the one that lofted Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin, into space and set them on the path to the moon, had more than three million parts to it. It’s sometimes reckoned to be the most complex machine … Continue reading

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Reflecting On Radical Complexity

Yesterday i published a major piece around ‘radical complexity’, and considering whether some organisations can become ‘too big to succeed’. Today, i’ve shared part of that work in a Masterclass, specifically the thoughts around scale: that the formal structure of … Continue reading

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A State Of Radical Complexity

When the banks collapsed in the last financial crisis, there was a phrase bandied about, that some were ‘too big to fail’. This week i’ve been pondering something of the opposite: are some organisations ‘too big to succeed’. I’m not … Continue reading

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Complex Collaboration

One of the core themes around the Socially Dynamic Organisation is that it deeply connected: not simply through formal hierarchy, but through webs of trust, reputation, respect, and fairness. These bonds sit primarily within the social system, hence the journey … Continue reading

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It’s Not Me, It’s You. Dynamic vs Directed Change In The NHS

The geolocation of problems is one of the most insidious barriers to change: within many groups you find that the problems are laid elsewhere. There is a sense that change is needed, that we, we fortunate few, understand and are … Continue reading

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3 Organisational Change Curves: Dynamic, Constrained, Resisted

The Social Age is a time of constant change: to thrive, organisations must adapt. But that adaptation means change in itself, change which is hard to visualise and harder still to embark on, to steer and to achieve. The result? … Continue reading

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To Simple, Through Complexity

Agility comes through fluidity: an ability to adapt to circumstance, to diagnose, to deploy, to learn. In essence, it’s simple: codify enough into process to give replicability and scale, keep enough freedom to adapt, to change course as circumstance demands. … Continue reading

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