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Tag: Complexity

The School of Hard Knocks

April 24, 2019
The School of Hard Knocks

Who Hasn’t Been to That School? Recently in an e-mail exchange with a long-time friend, he wrote, “You have a degree from college, and I have one from the School  of Hard Knocks, and we both seem to be doing ok….” That common idiomatic phrase got me thinking. My friend wasn’t being facetious. Like many […]

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Simplify

June 6, 2018 0 Comments
Simplify

Why Simplify? A leader must be able to make the complex simple. That is not easy to do — on several fronts! In many (most?) organizations today, our employees know more about the details of their jobs than their leaders do. This is inevitable in our modern world and will only become more true as time […]

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In Praise of Experts

December 20, 2017 0 Comments
In Praise of Experts

Expert On Every Thing: There was a time, I’m told, when it was possible for one person to know just about everything about everything. Now to be sure, that so-called “knowledge” had to be incomplete and even incorrect in many cases. Nevertheless, one could be a “Renaissance Man” (a term which may refer to a […]

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Complexity and Transformation

March 22, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Transformation

(This is the final post in a four part series on how growing complexity is transforming our lives.) Continuous Transformation: The common lament these days is that the pace of change is on an exponential trajectory. We struggle to keep up. Knowledge (and of course data) is increasing by leaps and bounds every second. All facets of […]

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Complexity and Decisions

March 15, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Decisions

The Complexity Part: (This is the third in a four part series on how growing complexity is changing our lives.) And when it comes to decisions, complexity is indeed the byword. Not only do we have an over abundance of product choices but we also have an abundance of freedom in most areas of our […]

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Complexity and Forecasting

March 8, 2017 0 Comments
Complexity and Forecasting

The Complexity Part: I find that neuroscience (trying to understand the brain / mind / body interdependence in sentient life) and quantum physics (specifically particle entanglement and uncertainty) are perhaps the most confusing, complex and barely comprehensible subjects I study. The more I read on those topics the more I realize that reality is in the eye […]

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Learning to See Complexity

March 1, 2017 0 Comments
Learning to See Complexity

Look and See: (This is the first of a four part series on complexity.) A habit I’m trying to develop comes from my new hobby—digital photography. That habit is to try and “see” opportunities for an interesting picture. Along with that comes the companion habit of not only looking ahead or to the side, but […]

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Leadership Imperative

January 25, 2017 0 Comments
Leadership Imperative

The past does not help predict the future. Why? It’s simple. Nothing is really quite the same as it was in the past. And, we like to lament, our world is getting ever more complex at an accelerating pace. We, the curious, hairless apes, seem bent on accelerating that complexity even faster. We cannot help ourselves—we […]

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Competence

October 19, 2016 0 Comments
Competence

What Do We Expect of Our Leaders? In the “old days,” it was not unusual to expect the leader of an organization to rise through the ranks. Frequently, they had a strong competency in a business discipline—accounting, engineering, project management, sales. Yet, that strength can become a weakness if the leader falls back to the […]

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Ceteris Paribus

October 16, 2013
Ceteris Paribus

Here’s the challenge. We live in a complex world. Things are getting more complex every day. We try to figure out how to interact with that world; how to manipulate it. We build big complex systems in an attempt to model that world and make predictions based on the results. We analyze the data, and […]

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