Tag Archives: complexity

Clinging On

On holiday last week i found myself walking down a green lane in Wales, clearly an ancient boundary. The road was sunk down maybe ten feet, eroded by the feet and hooves of countless journeys, topped by a mound of … Continue reading

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Confusion, Cascades and Combinant Effects

Whilst attributed to Gene Kranz, Mission Controller for Apollo, the quote ‘Failure is not an option’ was actually penned by the screenwriters of the 1995 Apollo 13 film. Kranz just liked it so much that he claimed it back for … Continue reading

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The Human Within Failure, Complexity and Control

Later today i’ll deliver the first workshop around Failure, Complexity and Control: i’m as ready as i will ever be, and excited to share it. I wanted to share a final reflection on this work before it’s first outing, largely … Continue reading

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Failure, Complexity and Control

With some irony, i am deep in complexity as i design a workshop for next week of the same name: this is a familiar feeling. Typically i start by trying to ‘say’ too much – too many slides, too many … Continue reading

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In Search of Risk

The term ‘Risk’ defines our exposure to danger, but it’s held in many different ways, in many different spaces, and through varied mechanisms. Many of our forward facing conversations, about change, about innovation, about leadership, involve aspects of risk, some … Continue reading

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#WorkingOutLoud – The Learning Organisation [Pt 2]

Recently i shared the earliest iteration of a new body of work around ‘The Learning Organisation’. It centred around five aspects of the Learning Organisation [‘Evidence Informed’, ‘Reflective and Measured’, ‘Capability Building’, ‘Adaptive and Evolutionary’, ‘Framed and Looped’], surrounded by … Continue reading

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Complexity and Belief

This is a #WorkingOutLoud post exploring complexity, and the role of belief: it relates to several broader strands of work that explore the social structure of Organisations, and the mechanisms of change. At heart, Organisations are made up of components, … Continue reading

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Leadership Reflections from Apollo at 50: Failure, Complexity, and Control

This post is #WorkingOutLoud, sharing a draft chapter from my upcoming Social Age Guidebook on ‘Apollo: Leadership Reflections from the Space Race’. It’s not proofed or finalised yet, so please treat it kindly. “Failure is not an option” is the … Continue reading

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Apollo

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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