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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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From Complexity to Chaos: a lens on the Social Age

I’ve been working with a great team today, interested in the challenges of learning in a complex world. Infrastructure, logistics, uncertainty, change, all conspire to create ambiguity and risk. We sometimes see the world as moving from complex to chaotic. … Continue reading

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