In our last post we applied complexity thinking to problems haunting the NHS. This week we are coming back to our toolkit. In our third Complexity Cheat we will discuss the power of effective communication and how we can use collaborative thinking to more successfully address complex challenges. Effective communication is a topic that has…Continue Reading “Complexity Cheat #03: Engage Your Team’s Mental Processing Power Through Communication”

Complexity Cheat #02: Creating Clarity Through Visualization

Creating Clarity As we mentioned in our previous post, observation is crucial when we aim to gather the credible and unpolished data we need to take control of complex problems. Observing and receiving information without prejudice and being brutally honest about the information we gather allows us to avoid beautifying the situation and enables us…Continue Reading “Complexity Cheat #02: Creating Clarity Through Visualization”

Complexity Cheat #01: Into the Jungle -The Art of Honest Observation

Following on from our previous post, let us start this one with another short story to illustrate the principles of our first complexity cheat: In the Jungle Three adventurers competed in a race through a very wild jungle to prove who is the best of them. The first brought a map and compass, the second…Continue Reading “Complexity Cheat #01: Into the Jungle -The Art of Honest Observation”

‘Complexity Cheats’ – A Hot-wire Toolkit for Cracking Complex Challenges

Hold your horses… Now that we have excessively moaned about the challenges the rise of complexity in our organizational life is creating for hard-working executives, let’s talk about how to deal with it! The bad news is you will rarely find straight forward solutions to complex problems. As soon as an issue is messy, trying…Continue Reading “‘Complexity Cheats’ – A Hot-wire Toolkit for Cracking Complex Challenges”