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Are You Ready to Lose Control?

Control: It’s the essence of management. We’re trained to measure inputs, throughputs, and outputs in hopes of increasing efficiency and producing desired results. In a world of linear processes, such as in the factories of the Industrial Age, that made sense. But in today’s knowledge economy, where enterprises are complex, adaptive systems, it’s counterproductive.



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A Five Step Process for Current State Complexity Analysis

A Five Step Process for Current State Complexity Analysis | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
The ability to explain the current state of complexity is the first step in the process of moving to the desired state
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"La multiplication des chefs de projet est une catastrophe managériale majeure", affirme le sociologue François Dupuy

"La multiplication des chefs de projet est une catastrophe managériale majeure", affirme le sociologue François Dupuy | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

L'interview management : L'Usine Nouvelle - Qu'est ce qui vous a poussé à revenir sur un sujet dont on pouvait penser que vous aviez fait le tour dans votre...


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J'aime en particulier:

" Les dirigeants semblent croire qu'il suffit de donner le titre de chef pour qu'une personne le soit, que changer l'organigramme c'est changer l'organisation. C'est bien sûr faux."

et aussi

"je crois qu'on privilégie trop la pensée linéaire et pas assez la pensée complexe.(... pensée powerpoint)"


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What can evaluators learn from complexity science and systems thinking?

What can evaluators learn from complexity science and systems thinking? | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Marking the start to International Year of Evaluation, new analysis from IDS highlights how complexity science and systems thinking can inform approaches to impact evaluation.
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The Philosophy of Complexity: Are Complex Systems Inherently Tyrannical?

The Philosophy of Complexity: Are Complex Systems Inherently Tyrannical? | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
The philosophy of complexity is developing as a field of philosophical inquiry to accompany, support, and question advances in the science of complex systems.

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10 Things You Should Know about Megaprojects

10 Things You Should Know about Megaprojects | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Here are 10 things you must know to tackle megaprojects, or they will tackle you!
Megaprojects are inherently risky due to long planning horizons and complex interfaces.
Often projects are led by
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Leadership Development in a VUCA Environment

Leadership Development in a VUCA Environment | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
UNC white paper on leadership development in a VUCA environment.
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Is Love The Next Buzzword In Business?

Is Love The Next Buzzword In Business? | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

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“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” ~ Tom Brokaw

It’s also easy to give away a portion of your profits to help bring water to remote villages in Africa. And yes, we should all be committing a portion of our profits to great humanitarian causes. But writing a check is easy. Breathing love into an organization is an entirely different proposition.


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David Hain's curator insight, November 13, 2014 2:52 AM

Leading with love is not an intellectual exercise!

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, November 13, 2014 4:09 AM

The dreaded four letter word is being increasingly used in work contexts:-) hope it doesn't end up as a buzzword but gets adapted as a way of life/ work:-)

Philippe Vallat's curator insight, November 13, 2014 4:10 AM

A relire sur le même thème: Amour(s) et business: antinomie ou nécessité?

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How Systems Thinking Makes You An Effective Leader

How Systems Thinking Makes You An Effective Leader | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
There was a time when people thought of businesses as some sort of machine. However, people are not very good cogs. They are just too likely

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Olivia Perez's comment, November 15, 2014 12:12 AM
I defiantly believe that the business world needs people to become one team and to make themselves a team. It was interesting to read this article to kind of understand how the business world works.
Leeza Trainor's comment, November 17, 2014 9:30 AM
More people in the business world need to read this! It could help so many employee's and CEO's. Learn how to effectively communicate to make everyday at work easier
Lexie Ruscheinski's comment, November 17, 2014 10:55 PM
Very resourceful in helping companies with team building but also learning to be a team leader! Any aspiring business men and women can learn from this.
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Thinking as a subversive activity

While a number of posts on this blog have been dedicated to calling in to question the claims of contemporary management theory to enable managers to predict the future, there can be no doubt that much of it is dedicated to controlling employees.



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If you don't take time, as manager, to reflect and think about what is vital for your organisation, what are you doing all the time?

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David Hain's curator insight, November 6, 2014 12:34 PM

How do you give people time to reflect on what they do. A good start - lay off the management control models!

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Qu'est-ce que le management incantatoire et gesticulatoire ?

Qu’est-ce que le management incantatoire et gesticulatoire ? Pour répondre à cette question, plutôt qu’un long discours, je vous propose une courte vidéo réalisée par Obifive HR Valley

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Brève vidéo (3'), certes publicitaire, mais bien faite!

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La décision dans un monde VICA (1/2)

La décision dans un monde VICA (1/2) | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

Automne 1941. L’amiral américain Husband E. Kimmel,  commandant en chef de la flotte du Pacifique, a réuni son état-major. Les nouvelles sont mauvaises : la flotte japonaise a disparu et nul ne connaît ses intentions. Sont-elles belliqueuses ? Faut-il mobiliser l’armée des Etats-Unis qui ne sont pas encore en guerre ? Confusion, incertitudes, enjeux majeurs - la base de décision de l’Amiral n’est pas très confortable, aussi exhorte-t-il son état-major à « craquer le code radio des japonais » pour enfin savoir, afin qu’il puisse prendre « la meilleure des décisions ».

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, October 27, 2014 9:32 AM

Premier de 2 articles sur la décision dans l'incertitude, publiés dans le Bulletin de la Société Fribourgeoise des Officiers.

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A Military Leader's Approach to Dealing with Complexity

A Military Leader's Approach to Dealing with Complexity | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

I know how daunting it can be to lead dedicated professionals to undertake complex endeavors, and I’ve lived the reality of trying to bring positive change to large, bureaucratic organizations. Here are four principles I’ve learned that can help you enhance your leadership while concurrently bringing out the best in those around you.

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Resilient Leadership Navy Seal Style

Resilient Leadership Navy Seal Style | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

Leaders face stress and adversity in large part because, like the goldfish in dirty water, they can't see through their situation. Consequently, the limits set by a company's cultural blind spots, those places where the company is stuck in a rut of decision making and truly can't see the forest for the trees, pile on more stress. The result: Decision-making goes from bad to worse. It can happen to anyone.

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Ten Ways LEAD and SUCCEED In Times Of Complexity And Change

Ten Ways LEAD and SUCCEED In Times Of Complexity And Change | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

It is time to realize that we must also use the changes we face to develop the solutions, optimize the potential, that can help us live and lead forward. Doing do is counter-intuitive, but it is NOT impossible.  It is real, it is doable, and it is accomplished in ten simple but powerful steps you can decide to take…or not.

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Complexity Theory: A short film (5')

A short film about complexity theory and the shift in paradigm from the Newtonian clockwork universe to complex systems. Enjoy : ) From http://www.fotonlabs.com
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Nicely done

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Visualizes complex systems and networks in a powerful way, brings clarity and a much deeper understanding to very abstract concepts

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Ignorance, the Ultimate Asset

Ignorance, the Ultimate Asset | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
The economy is stagnating, but there is no broad agreement as to why. Democratic policy hasn’t worked in the last few years, but Republicans governed when the Panic and Great Recession began. Some economists say negative real interest rates inflated the bubble. Others say high interest rates precipitated the crash. Inflation, for sure, is now [...]
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Quote: "To understand the success of modern knowledge economies and why government planning is folly, we must first understand that ignorance truly is bliss."

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Declaring a War on Complexity? Here's Where to Start

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Wherever you look nowadays, companies are declaring a war on complexity. According to a recent global study of 1,500 CEOs conducted by IBM, the biggest challenge CEOs face is the so-called complexi...
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Systems Thinking: Seeing How Everything is Connected

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“Knowledge without deep comprehension, imagination and compassion is just a more complex form of ignorance. We need to shift paradigms, to grow wiser, all of us, especially the dominant cultures an...
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The Complexity of Complexity

The Complexity of Complexity | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
It’s not enough to say your organization is simple or complicated—you must also understand what kind of complexity you’re dealing with.
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Quote: "Rather than settling for simplistic representations of reality, leaders must continually work to provide clarity on the complexity, particularly along three lines: purpose, values, and performance."

... and COMITANS may help you in understanding the kind of complexity you are dealing with.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 14, 2014 11:27 AM

Sense making is a critical leadership capability - occupies much of my coaching time.

Josie Gibson's curator insight, November 17, 2014 11:29 PM

Sense-making - a critical leadership skill - via David Hain.

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Leadership en zone d’incertitude: l’exemple des Forces Spéciales

Pour tirer pleinement parti des capacités très spécialisées de leurs membres, les forces spéciales ont développé un style de leadership s’éloignant de la relation chef-subalterne, pour se concentrer sur la relation entre le leader et son équipe.
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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, November 11, 2014 9:23 AM

Citation: "A l’instar des commandos, les managers doivent abandonner l’illusion du contrôle pour assumer l’incertitude, accepter de lâcher prise et de faire confiance à leurs équipes, développer des stratégies d’adaptation, et apprendre à improviser en situation."

Anne Landreat's curator insight, November 11, 2014 12:48 PM
A l’instar des commandos, les managers doivent abandonner l’illusion du contrôle pour assumer l’incertitude, accepter de lâcher prise et de faire confiance à leurs équipes, développer des stratégies d’adaptation, et apprendre à improviser en situation.
3- Les exigences du leadership commandoDans une opération commando, la prise de décision engage la vie du groupe. le succès de l’équipe repose sur la performance collective, qui dépasse la somme des efforts de chacun. Mais rien ne peut se produire sans un chef préparé et respecté par les membres de son équipe. Animé d’une véritable culture stratégique, et d’une forte capacité de dialogue, le chef d’équipe est capable de prendre du recul y compris lorsqu’il est sous pression. A l’aise dans les situations ambigües, c’est un manager rompu à l’art du « décryptage » des signaux faibles précurseurs des menaces et des crises.

 

4- Les leçons de la culture commandoLa culture commando met l’accent sur la créativité et l’esprit d’innovation en situation de stress, ainsi que sur le leadership et la résolution de problèmes en situation d’incertitude.
En cela elle constitue une source d’inspiration et un exemple pour des managers confrontés à la pression à l’incertitude et à la crise.
Comme le souligne très justement Daniel Hervouët (*), l’expérience de l’exercice du leadership chez les commandos constitue une sorte d’élixir obtenu à haute pression. Ce qui a été mis au point dans des conditions plus dures peut être ensuite mis en œuvre dans des conditions normales, car les tests en ont validé le contenu.

 


Stéphane RENAUD's curator insight, November 12, 2014 6:10 AM

En situation extrême ou dans le management quotidien, la confiance et l'intelligence collective sont le binôme de choc !

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About Systems Thinking World

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How Systems Thinking World came to be where it is and where it's seems to be heading at present.

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Antifragile – Black Box

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  Not only does Taleb link the notions of Failure with Leadership and Management, but he often delves into other adjacent topics that I’ve also found myself meandering down. One of the most pr...
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Quelles aptitudes développer pour le manager de demain ?

Quelles aptitudes développer pour le manager de demain ? | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Ce billet fait suite à celui sur les 4 bonnes raisons de réinventer le management et pose les bases des aptitudes nécessaires au manager « post moderne » d
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ou l'urgente nécessité de remettre en question les pratiques habituelles...

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Haben Projekte ausgedient? - Beyond Project Management

Haben Projekte ausgedient? - Beyond Project Management | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Ein Projekt dauert eine bestimmte Zeit. Ein komplexes Projekt noch länger. Ist es im Zeitalter emergenter Organisationen überhaupt noch sinnvoll, Projekte anzureissen? Projekte passen nicht zu emer...
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Control and Growth – Tipping the Balance in a ‘VUCA’ World

Natural disasters, technological disruptions, transitory advantages, fractured markets, multifarious competitors, increasingly demanding customers and fickle consumers. Thanks to the military, we have a useful descriptor for the conditions and environment these drivers create; ‘VUCA’ – volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity… a combination of the magnitude and speed of change, the lack of predictability and prospect of surprise, the multitude of forces and confounding issues, and the lack of ‘one right answer’ or single course of action.

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