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Systemsthinking in a complex world for better understanding
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Systems thinking changes everything | From Poverty to Power

Systems thinking changes everything | From Poverty to Power | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
A Guardian 'long read' extract from How Change Happens nicely captures many of the central arguments of the book
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Strategy under uncertainty | McKinsey & Company

Strategy under uncertainty | McKinsey & Company | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
The traditional approach to strategy requires precise predictions and thus often leads executives to underestimate uncertainty. This can be downright dangerous. A four-level framework can help.

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, September 14, 9:48 AM

Interesting Four levels of residual uncertainty

Philippe Vallat's curator insight, September 14, 9:49 AM

Interesting Four levels of uncertainty

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Learning: Employees take charge

Learning: Employees take charge | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
Corporate learning departments are changing from education providers to content curators and experience facilitators, developing innovative platforms that turn employee learning and development into a self-driven pursuit.
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The pertinence of the systems approach to wicked problems faced by planners generally

The pertinence of the systems approach to wicked problems faced by planners generally | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
In 10 slides I will explain above concept map which enables an integrated conceptualization of the logical relationships of the core characteristics of wicked problems with the basic requirements and workings of the systems approach.

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Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields – Summary

Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields – Summary | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
This article contains my book notes for Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields (2011). We all suffer from uncertainty and doubt, especially when creating something new. It’s certainly something I have issues with. Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance is a […]

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, September 2, 11:20 AM

A good summary of this very inspiring book that I recommand

Philippe Vallat's curator insight, September 2, 11:22 AM

A good summary of this inspiring book that I recommand

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Disciplines of a Learning Organization: Peter Senge

Disciplines of a Learning Organization: Peter Senge | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
If there is one book that has influenced my business thinking the most, it is Peter Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline – The Art and Practice of Learning Organization” and I have referred to it many times over past years on this blog. Written in 1990, the insights contained in this book are even

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Reawakening Idealism

Reawakening Idealism | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it

In current times we need idealists to steward the conversation about the society we want to live in rather than leaving it up to greedy lobbyists, opportunistic politicians and reductionistic fortune tellers to set the direction.

 


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prepareexcitable's comment, August 19, 1:14 AM
Thats stunning...
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, September 22, 11:37 AM
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Adapting Change to Fit Complexity

Adapting Change to Fit Complexity | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it

What if decision makers instigating change are seeing the inherent nature of companies all wrong?


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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, July 1, 1:10 AM

Excellent post, must read

Philippe Vallat's curator insight, July 1, 1:11 AM

Excellent post, must read

Nadene Canning's curator insight, July 30, 4:12 PM
Adaptive systems thinking (Stacey) applied to illustrate change and complexity
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Change the World Capture the Drama

Change the World Capture the Drama | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
How often have you been involved in facilitating or engaging in a conversation that got so wrapped up in the drama of it all that the participants lost sight of the original goal or purpose of the conversation? There is a practice that we can use to get past all that drama. It’s called “Six-word Stories.”

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Edgar Schein: Humble Leadership

Author and organizational culture expert Ed Schein in a conversation with Google VP of People Development Karen May.

 


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Caylin Britt's curator insight, June 3, 8:33 AM

No intellect compares to that of the wisdom of a life long lived. - Caylin Britt

Gijs Spoor's curator insight, June 12, 9:17 AM
In times of Great Churning asking humble questions allows collective intelligence to be activated. 
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Its splendid :)
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12 of the Best Email Marketing Examples You've Ever Seen (And Why They're Great)

12 of the Best Email Marketing Examples You've Ever Seen (And Why They're Great) | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it

At one point or another, we all need inspiration to do our jobs better. It doesn't matter whether you're a marketing veteran who has navigated through years of changing technology or a newbie fresh out of college -- we all need examples of outstanding content. It helps us get through creative ruts, make the case to our boss for experimentation, and improve our own marketing.

Most of the time, inspiration is easy to find because most marketing content is publicly available. You can scour the internet or go on your favorite social network to see what your connections are talking about.

But there's one marketing channel that is really, really hard to find good examples of unless you're already in the know: email. There's nothing casual about it -- you usually need to be subscribed to an email list to find great examples of emails. And even if you're subscribed to good emails, they are often bombarding you day after day, so it's hard to notice the gems.

Because it's so difficult to find good email marketing examples, we decided to do the scouring and compiling for you. Read on to discover some great emails and get the lowdown on what makes them great -- or just keep on scrolling to get a general feel for each. However you like to be inspired is fine by us!...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 15, 3:23 PM

Lots to learn from these great marketing emails.

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AS WORK TRANSFORMS, LEADERSHIP STILL MATTERS

AS WORK TRANSFORMS, LEADERSHIP STILL MATTERS | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
It has certainly been interesting as of late, with leaders and the practice of leadership receiving more scrutiny than any other time in recent history. There seems to be no shortage of data pointing to the current “leadership crisis,” from surveys on confidence, trust, hope, and optimism, and the frequently discussed issue of employee engagement. With little to no improvement, the leadership conversation now includes theories and practices such as distributed leadership, holocracy management, and leaderless environments. And while the jury is still out on many of the new models, I strongly believe that as work transforms, leadership still matters.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 29, 2:07 AM

Regardless of the orhganisational model, leadership is still business critical and always will be!

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Why Corporations Have a Talent Problem

Why Corporations Have a Talent Problem | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
The reason most corporations are broken when it comes to talent acquisition is they are simply looking for the wrong things through the wrong lens. Their hiring models are built for the old economy. They are looking for conformity rather than a non-conformity. They look to protect the status quo rather than disrupt it. They are hiring for the present and not for the future.

When organizations’ hire, develop, and promote leaders using a competency-based model, they’re unwittingly incubating failure and obsolescence. Nothing fractures corporate culture faster, and eviscerates talent development efforts more rapidly, than rewarding the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Don’t reward technical competency – reward aggregate contribution.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 10, 5:20 AM

Mike Myatt on why competency based leadership models don't work.

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Successful Leaders Know What Made Them Who They Are

Successful Leaders Know What Made Them Who They Are | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it

As chairman of the Washington Speakers Bureau, Bernie Swain posed one simple question to 100 of the eminent people that his company represents. People like Madeleine Albright, Tom Brokaw, Colin Powell, Terry Bradshaw and Condoleezza Rice were asked to identify the one person, event, or influence that made them who they are as a leader and a person.

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 7, 3:35 PM

The overriding lessons from Bernie Swain's questioning is that successful leaders are self-aware. They have an inner voice and pay attention to it. They understand the defining moments of their lives and thereby better understand their own strengths, biases, and weaknesses as leaders.

 

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Introducing the Systems View of Life Into Organizations | Sustainable Brands

Introducing the Systems View of Life Into Organizations | Sustainable Brands | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
One of the first obstacles in introducing systems thinking into organizations is the fact that universities, which are organized around single disciplines, are not currently able to prepare students in this approach, which is inherently multidisciplinary. As Fritjof remarked:

“A professor of biology often does not feel comfortable talking about climate change; or a professor of social studies about mind and consciousness. The systems view of life covers all these areas.”
To overcome these challenges Fritjof was inspired to create Capra Course, a new online course based on The Systems View of Life, which consists of twelve pre-recorded lectures, along with a discussion forum in which Fritjof participates throughout the course. As Fritjof explained:

“You see, the systems view of life is critical today for all professions, because the major problems of our time are systemic problems — all interconnected and interdependent — and they need corresponding systemic solutions. The systems view of life provides the conceptual framework for such systemic solutions.”
While we have come a long way in relation to helping major organisations develop a more systemic view of the problems we face, we still have some way to go.

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David Hain's curator insight, September 6, 6:01 AM

The Capra Course - teaching a systems view of life and organisations. Interdependent challenges need system solutions!

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The Six Systems Thinking Steps to Solve Complex Problems

The Six Systems Thinking Steps to Solve Complex Problems | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
Systems thinking helps us to explore problems as part of a large system. These six steps can help us achieve systems thinking.

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Dysfunctional Organization: Definition and Cure - Intelligent Management -

Dysfunctional Organization: Definition and Cure - Intelligent Management - | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
"There is no such thing as a dysfunctional organization." We were asked to comment on this statement. Here is our reply.
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The Management Thinker We Should Never Have Forgotten

The Management Thinker We Should Never Have Forgotten | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it

W. Edwards Deming believed that we can improve worker performance only when we improve the entire system they work within. And he believed that managers wrongly apply incentive pay plans, forced rankings, and all sorts of carrots and sticks to create the illusionof control without solving root performance problems.

 


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jean charles crouin's curator insight, August 15, 5:14 AM
Much more to @demming thank his wheel...
Au delà de la roue...#leadership
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, August 23, 6:45 AM
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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, September 22, 11:35 AM
Very interesting subject to be considered and discussed. I will disclose the post to my contacts and subscribers in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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The Communication Guide For Leaders Who Aren't Sure What's Coming Next

The Communication Guide For Leaders Who Aren't Sure What's Coming Next | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it

When we don't have enough information, our brains seek "cognitive closure." Much of the time, it doesn't end well.

 


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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, April 18, 8:33 AM
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Ken Donaldson's curator insight, May 11, 6:38 AM
The Communication Guide For Leaders Who Aren't Sure What's Coming Next
David Hain's curator insight, May 12, 2:46 AM

Working out the inherent contradictions of lid and still being able to make a decision is a critical skill in leading through complexity.

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Paradigms are Made for Shifting

Paradigms are Made for Shifting | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
“A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels…" ~Albert Einstein, N.Y.
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Dave Wood's curator insight, July 4, 12:23 AM
How many coaching clients are on the verge,  or in the midst of paradigm shifts?  Good  article with effective range of visuals reinforcing the main points.
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Simple Rules for Organizational Conflict Resolution

Simple Rules for Organizational Conflict Resolution | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
We all deal with conflict, whether we like it or not. There are many ways to work through a difficult conversation, or find a settlement in negotiation. Some outcomes are more sustainable and satisfactory than others.
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Agile is Dead

Agile is Dead | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
Are you an IT consultant or contractor?  Agile Software Development work is dead.  If you practice that, you are a doorstop.  If you manage that way, you are a boat-anchor.  The wave has ended, it is

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A good example of the archetype Limith to growth when you don't stick to the initial principles
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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, June 30, 4:06 AM

Certainly worth reading.

Quote: "Yet Agile has become the most popular software project management paradigm, certainly exceeding my expectations.  People commonly fix some of these issues above, ignore the manifesto, and call it Agile anyway (AINO).  Market penetration is high, real applicability is limited, problems have not been solved, the original supporters have left, the name is tarnished, implementations are highly modified away from original goals.  "

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How a Lack of Systemic Thinking Threatens a Sustainable U.S. Energy Policy

How a Lack of Systemic Thinking Threatens a Sustainable U.S. Energy Policy | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
Congress’s failure to see the ramifications of its shifting ethanol policies is wreaking havoc on energy supply chains.
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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, May 19, 11:04 PM
Unanticipated outcomes of federal policy implications are seldom considered by legislators .... especially in educational situations ....
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Create Mentorships, Not Minions

Create Mentorships, Not Minions | Mastering Complexity | Scoop.it
Today, the traditional paradigm in which a charismatic executive leads an adoring, less-senior employee where power is often misaligned won’t do, explained executive coaching expert Wendy Mantel of Mantel Coaching Inc. Millennials want close, meaningful relationships with mentors. They also want to feel empowered to be authentic, to create and embody their own career brands.

“Engagement, learning, growth, visibility, relevance and opportunity are watchwords for this generation,” Mantel said in an email. These needs are also important guiding words for learning organizations developing new, or rethinking, established, mentoring approaches.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 10, 9:18 AM

Everybody needs a mentor - but not just any old mentor, or possibly the usual suspects!

John Ludike's curator insight, May 11, 1:50 AM
Accurate  pragmatic summary which is very relevant to modern day Mentorship efgorts
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