The idea of Universal Basic Income has caught the popular imagination. Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, among others, have jumped on to the bandwagon to promote its potential. Equally, there are others who see the idea as a short jump to creating future generations of people dis-incentivised to work. Who is right? Well,…Continue Reading “Universal Basic Income: Panacea or Distraction?”

Maybe you think complexity is just an academic concept, nothing to do with your daily life. What happened the last time you rang your doctor’s surgery for an appointment? Got through first time? Were you seen the same day? If so, lucky you. Many others have quite different experiences (sometimes I feel I should camp…Continue Reading “What is the Impact of Thinking at the Wrong Level? An NHS Case Study”

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”