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Infographic | Step-by-Step Change Management Guide

Infographic | Step-by-Step Change Management Guide | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it
This step-by-step B2B change management guide offers a framework to ease the transition to a more sophisticated, data-informed solution.

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How to Design for Long-Term Behavior Change—Part 1: New Habit Formation

How to Design for Long-Term Behavior Change—Part 1: New Habit Formation | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it
Congats to Germany for winning the FIFA World Cup. Now, the game is over, it's time to get back to some serious gamification and talk about designing for sustained behavior changes.   Last time I told you about my biggest takeaway from GSummit 2014 after I gave a quick recap of the conference. I ref...

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Lead Through Personality Complexity: Enough with Change Resistance Already!

Lead Through Personality Complexity:  Enough with Change Resistance Already! | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it

People don't resist change, they resist being changed. Enough with regurgitating this awesome quote, start THINKING about what it means!

 

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...there’s no way to “ensure” everyone is progressing through the change at the same rate and same intensity.

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...Explore the symptoms of resistance:

 

[Try] using David Kersey’s Temperaments combined with the stages of Satir:

Satir Change Model Stages: Old Status Quo, Foreign Element, Chaos, Transforming Idea, Practice and Integration, New Status Quo.  This model explains how people respond to change physically, psychologically and logically. David Kersey’s Temperaments (Carl Jung based):
SP (Artisans): Live for the chaos! Love the excitement... inventing problems that might not exist so they have “something to solve. SJ (Guardians): Fight to preserve the status quo because it’s familiar...because they don’t want to dive into chaos until they know every possible detail of the change NF (Harmonizers): Help people through the pain of chaos...Will want to not implement a change if it’ll upset the ‘herd.’ NT (Rationals): Fly through the change when it appeases their logic and moves on to the next change before anyone else has integrated the first change.

 

...Imagine...a team with people [with] competing preferences trying to make sense of an Agile transformation? How about if you have Artisans [the author of this piece - Jason Little] keeping the organization in a constant state of chaos?    ....Now I realize it isn’t “the other people”, it’s my approach.  


 ...I need to know when to push, and when to lay off...and I didn’t even touch the hundreds of cognitive biases that affect how people respond to change. 

 

...you cannot put a budget and schedule on change, there’s no way to “ensure” everyone is progressing through the change at the same rate and same intensity.

 

 

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Messing up a Change Implementation with Someone Else’s Learning Culture?

 


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, May 19, 2014 3:49 PM

Leading through complexity is an essential element of change management.  This post  is a good reminder of the layers of difference in change adoption - useful for Jungians - and the MBTI familiar  (Myers Briggs, Keirsey) as well as those using similar personality tools.  


It's also a good reminder for leaders, who know the nuances of any personality assessment.  It highlights that your perspective is quite limited.  Different perspectives of those on your leadership team, if they are diverse and helpful in their differences, and speak up, is of great value in true leadership teamwork.  ~  D

Philippe Vallat's curator insight, May 19, 2014 5:06 PM

Because complexity management has something to do with emergence, and emergence leads to change...

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Handling Complexity in Decision-Making: Avoiding The Bike Rack Effect in Meetings

Handling Complexity in Decision-Making:  Avoiding The Bike Rack Effect in Meetings | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it

Why would a $100M power plant zoning approval take 3 minutes and a request to build a $10,000 bike rack for city sidewalks take hours?

 

It's easy to be swept up in the trivial and fun stuff, starving the big issues for the time and consideration they merit.  Cyril Northcote Parkinson, a British historian and operations researcher, penned this extreme example of decision-making in meetings in his book Parkinson's Law. Paraphrasing the Wikipedia entry, the powerplant is so expensive, the sums of money are hard to frame.

 

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, March 24, 2014 12:27 PM

This is a post useful for anyone connected to public sector meetings, or any meeting with complex topics.  I've posted this in change leadership watch for the reasons of asking you, the reader the question, have you ever helped a decision making body avoid the The Abilene Paradox, a classic management film about avoiding mismanaged agreement?

This post also illustrates the power of Parkinson's Law where board members lazily skip over the seemingly impenetrable problem in the meeting, deferring to the team managing the project. There will be implications for years of this city council meeting's decisions, and yet it is decided in three minutes.  It's astounding, assuming we haven't been excluded from a long list of previous meeting discussions.   ~ D

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 24, 2014 11:58 PM

Most humans have no comprehension of $100 million, but understand $10, 000.

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I'm sure we can all identify with this scenario. It reminds me of a school football game when everybody is running after the ball regardless of their agreed position on the pitch. Clearly where there is passion there is engagement, so focussing on, and agreeing, clear outcomes is a key starting point if one is going to avoid everyone being kicked in the shins.

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Facebook memes can evolve like genes

Facebook memes can evolve like genes | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it

What started as a politically liberal Facebook meme in support of health care reform morphed as it spread across the social network into hundreds of thousands of variations—some just a few words from the original, but others centered on taxes, beer, or Star Wars' villain Jabba the Hutt. 

The twists on the original text over time in many ways mirrored the evolution of biological genes, researchers from the University of Michigan and Facebook have found.


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Why organisational change can be difficult

Why organisational change can be difficult | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it
Organisational change from a Darwinian perspective

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Efficienarta's curator insight, January 10, 2014 4:51 AM

For the "spoon approach" outlined to be effective (and not create a "death by 1000 uncoordinated initiatives), I suggest strong shared values are needed and a step towards this is a Leader (not necessarily charismatic) who:

 

a. Communicates well the vision for the enterprise and has mechanisms for obtaining employee's "help" in evolving it

b. Articlates clearly how enterprise values guide the vision

c.Links the initiatives taking the spoon approach to organisational values and the vision

d. Visible "sponsors" the activities and actions needed .....

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 10, 2014 6:08 PM

It is difficult because there is little real conversation and listening that goes on. It is all about agendas and protecting the status quo.

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Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame

Body Atlas Reveals Where We Feel Happiness and Shame | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it
New research shows emotional states are associated with distinct bodily sensations regardless of culture and so specific that they can be mapped.

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Evolutionary dynamics of group interactions on structured populations: A review

Interactions among living organisms, from bacteria colonies to human societies, are inherently more complex than interactions among particles and nonliving matter. Group interactions are a particularly important and widespread class, representative of which is the public goods game. In addition, methods of statistical physics have proven valuable for studying pattern formation, equilibrium selection, and self-organisation in evolutionary games. Here we review recent advances in the study of evolutionary dynamics of group interactions on structured populations, including lattices, complex networks and coevolutionary models. We also compare these results with those obtained on well-mixed populations. The review particularly highlights that the study of the dynamics of group interactions, like several other important equilibrium and non-equilibrium dynamical processes in biological, economical and social sciences, benefits from the synergy between statistical physics, network science and evolutionary game theory.

 

Evolutionary dynamics of group interactions on structured populations: A review

Matjaz Perc, Jesús Gómez-Gardeñes, Attila Szolnoki, Luis M. Floría, Yamir Moreno

http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.2247


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The Heart as a Complex Adaptive System

The Heart as a Complex Adaptive System | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it

There is mounting evidence that the heart is a system onto itself and that it is intimately intertwined with the nervous and endocrine system residing within its borders. The capacity of self-organized systems to adapt is embodied in the functional organization of the intrinsic control mechanisms. How these regulatory subsystems communicate and how uncoupling of the hierarchical organization results in loss of adaptive "fitness"remains a challenge in human biology. The principles by which "emergent properties" and functional order of a self-organizingsystem, such as the heart, achieve (homeo)dynamic stability provide a non-reductionist framework for understanding how biological system adapts to imposed internal and external stresses, e.g., ischemia, organ/tissue transplantation. In particular, the newly emergent dynamics of cardiac rhythm observed after the heart is transplanted may reflect a more stable,versatile and adaptive (as per "law of requisite variety") bipartite whole. The integrative action of the living organism can not be gotten from their concatenated fractions but is evolved "relationally", i.e., it emanates from emergent internal requirements of the constitutive parts.

J. Yasha Kresh, Igor Izrailtyan, Andrew S. Wechsler 
Depts. of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Medicine 
MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine / Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA


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june holley's curator insight, January 7, 2014 8:09 AM

The heart can help us understand self-organization.

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Managing Complexity: The Battle Between Emergence And Entropy

Managing Complexity: The Battle Between Emergence And Entropy | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it
By Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School Term Chair Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. The business news continues to be full of stories of large companies getting into trouble in part because of their complexity.

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Dave Guerra (Author)'s curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:51 PM

Emergence and Entropy are Two Ends of One Vortex #TwoSides2Super #Reflexicution #Superperformance

Aline Choupin's curator insight, December 5, 2013 10:16 AM

So....just sayin'.... you mean capitalistic large companies are turning like... sovietic bureaucracy ? I mean whatever the way the author analyze  the level ok complexity through processes....

Ron DeLong's curator insight, December 28, 2013 4:30 PM

complexity = risk

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Complexity Theory Basic Concepts

A summary of key complexity theory concepts. (Complexity theory background http://t.co/lsYiQGJZv1)

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Better Human Understanding, Not Big Data, Is the Future of Business

Better Human Understanding, Not Big Data, Is the Future of Business | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it
"The idea that business is strictly a numbers affair has always struck me as preposterous. For one thing, I’ve never been particularly good at numbers, but I think I’ve done a reasonable job with feelings.

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, November 28, 2013 2:51 AM

Pour remettre l'église au milieu du village...

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New Study: Two-Thirds of Companies are Using Social Learning ...

New Study: Two-Thirds of Companies are Using Social Learning ... | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it
More than half of organisations are using social learning to support communities of practice, with 35.7 percent of organizations planning to develop communities of practice via social learning during the next two years.

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Vincent Driscoll's curator insight, November 24, 2013 5:26 PM

More evidence that organisations are moving to a 70-20-10 model of learning with communities of practice as a key enabler of social learning.

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Social Networking Enabled Organisational Change

Social Networking Enabled Organisational Change | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it
Social networking enabled organisational change can improve staff engagement, enable innovation, increase agility & facilitate transformational change.

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Anne Landreat's curator insight, July 9, 2014 2:59 AM

Oui. A condition que les réseaux existes et soient cultivés et encouragés IRL. Le "réseau social" n'est qu'un outil. Il n'a aucune utilité en lui-même. Tout dépend de l'usage qu'on en fait, de l'humain ou des humains qui s'en servent.

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Cynefin 101 – An Introduction

This paper is to introduces the Cynefin model and its practices which can be used to address the uncertainty of the modern world. The practices that are introduced can be used to compliment traditional approaches to project, programme and portfolio management. This provides a more comprehensive approach that reflects the needs of management in an ever more uncertain world.

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, July 14, 2014 5:05 AM

Very well done - must read to understand complexity and uncertainty as seen through the Cynefin framework

Aline Choupin's curator insight, July 15, 2014 2:57 AM

Great methodology for decision making

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Blueprint for Building an Internal Change Management Capability

Blueprint for Building an Internal Change Management Capability | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it
Everyone has heard the statistic. Two-thirds of all change initiatives fail to achieve their expected business benefits – a statistic that has stayed constant from the 1970s to the present. This fa...

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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 19, 2014 1:26 PM

After reading this, it's no wonder that our government is so slow to change.

 

There are many working parts within each agency, and each agency has to work together in order to produce optimal results.  Couple in the facts that it spans globally, it is responsible for carrying out highly complicated policy tasks for the societ(ies) in which it works with and operates within, and then you don't always have the most competent or caring of people operating the systems from on top or from down below carrying out the operations.

 

We need competitive perks for our government employees, and then we need to get rid of those who are not up to snuff with their capacities to care or do for the sake of others across all Federal, state, county and local levels.  Unfortunately, due to constraints by the tax payers who fund the government(s) of our society, and the voters and the people who are currently occupying top and middle range positions in our government, this is not likely to happen at all, in time to save the government from the wave of resentment that's building in our own society, let alone, to save it from the wave of anger that's been building against it from within the whole of human society.

 

It's a question of changing government function and logic, not a question of eliminating the government itself.

 

Yet no one is going to listen to me, in time for this to be salvaged and saved.

 

Idiot species!

 

Think about it.

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Swarming in Biological and Related Systems

Swarming in Biological and Related Systems | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it

In the last 15 years, the collective motion of large numbers of self-propelled objects has become an increasingly active area of research. The examples of such collective motion abound: flocks of birds, schools of fish, swarms of insects, herds of animals etc. Swarming of living creatures is believed to be critical for the population survival under harsh conditions. The ability of motile microorganisms to communicate and coordinate their motion leads to the remarkably complex self-organized structures found in bacterial biofilms. Active intracellular transport of biological molecules within the cytoskeleton has a profound effect on the cell cycle, signaling and motility. In recent years, significant progress has also been achieved in the design of synthetic self-propelled particles. Their collective motion has many advantages for performing specific robotic tasks, such as collective cargo delivery or harvesting the mechanical energy of chaotic motion.

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In this focus issue we have tried to assemble papers from leading experts which we hope will provide a current snapshot of this young and rapidly expanding field of research. They cover both theoretical and experimental investigations of the dynamics of active matter on different spatial and temporal scales.

 

Focus on Swarming in Biological and Related Systems
Lev Tsimring, Hugues Chate, Igor Aronson

2014 New J. Phys. 16

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Change By Stealth » Change Factory

Change By Stealth » Change Factory | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it

RT @appetite4biz: Why small and meaningful is as good as (or better than) grand and glorious" in #ChangeManagement http://t.co/FKlfXGzBkh...


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Shock of the New - 2014 Resistance Timeline

Shock of the New - 2014 Resistance Timeline | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, January 6, 2014 6:38 PM

This humorous timeline gives perspective and meaning to the shock of change, with a nod to Alvin Toffler, author of the classic Future Shock.   


The quote shared is also meaningful, in the context of looking at your own adapt-to-change abilities and those of your peers:
"Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives, and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time." - Voltaire


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 1, 2014 12:33 AM

This quote applies:    "Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives, and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time." - Voltaire

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To Foster Your Creativity, Don't Learn To Code; Learn To Paint

To Foster Your Creativity, Don't Learn To Code; Learn To Paint | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it
The best way to foster innovation and creativity is to study and seriously practice the arts.

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Jean-Michel Livowsky's curator insight, February 6, 2014 6:44 AM

Einstein, franchement, était d'une nullité crasse au violon. Heureusement, il était plus physique, comme garçon.

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Evolutionary perspectives on collective decision making: Studying the implications of diversity and social network structure with agent-based simulations

Collective, especially group-based, managerial decision making is crucial in organizations. Using an evolutionary theory approach to collective decision making, agent-based simulations were conducted to investigate how collective decision making would be affected by the agents' diversity in problem understanding and/or behavior in discussion, as well as by their social network structure. Simulation results indicated that groups with consistent problem understanding tended to produce higher utility values of ideas and displayed better decision convergence, but only if there was no group-level bias in collective problem understanding. Simulation results also indicated the importance of balance between selection-oriented (i.e., exploitative) and variation-oriented (i.e., explorative) behaviors in discussion to achieve quality final decisions. Expanding the group size and introducing non-trivial social network structure generally improved the quality of ideas at the cost of decision convergence. Simulations with different social network topologies revealed that collective decision making on small-world networks with high local clustering tended to achieve highest decision quality more often than on random or scale-free networks. Implications of this evolutionary theory and simulation approach for future managerial research on collective, group, and multi-level decision making are discussed.

 

Evolutionary perspectives on collective decision making: Studying the implications of diversity and social network structure with agent-based simulations
Hiroki Sayama, Shelley D. Dionne, Francis J. Yammarino

http://arxiv.org/abs/1311.3674


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António F Fonseca's curator insight, December 28, 2013 7:15 AM

Some problems may only be solved through agent-based simulation.

Audiref Cía.'s curator insight, December 28, 2013 11:01 AM

Especialmente el grupo de base, la toma de decisiones colectiva, de gestión es fundamental en las organizaciones. El uso de un enfoque de la teoría evolutiva para la toma de decisiones colectiva, se llevaron a cabo simulaciones basadas en agentes para investigar cómo la toma de decisiones colectiva se vería afectada por la diversidad de los agentes en la comprensión y / o comportamiento en la discusión de problemas, así como por su estructura de red social. Resultados de la simulación indican que los grupos con entendimiento problema constante tienden a producir valores de utilidad más altos de las ideas y muestran una mejor toma de convergencia, pero sólo si no había ningún sesgo a nivel de grupo en la comprensión colectiva problema. 

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Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education

Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it

Complicity is an open access (free to all readers), peer-reviewed journal that publishes original articles on all aspects of education that are informed by the idea of complexity (in its technical, applied, philosophical, theoretical, or narrative manifestations). The journal strives to serve as a forum for both theoretical and practical contributions and to facilitate the exchange of diverse ideas and points of view related to complexity in education.


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Being Flexible Can Be A Boon: Change Management

Being Flexible Can Be A Boon: Change Management | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it
“Change is the only constant...” goes the proverb we have heard often in our lives. As humans, right from birth till now, when we are reading this article, jus

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Complex Systems Science as a New Transdisciplinary Science, by Paul Bourgine

Complex Systems Science as a New Transdisciplinary Science, by Paul Bourgine | Systems and complexity | Scoop.it

The new science of complex systems will be at the heart of the future of the Worldwide Knowledge Society. It is providing radical new ways of understanding the physical, biological, ecological, and techno-social universe. Complex Systems are open, value-laden, multi-level, multi-component, reconfigurable systems of systems, situated in turbulent, unstable, and changing environments. They evolve, adapt and transform through internal and external dynamic interactions. They are the source of very difficult scientific challenges for observing, understanding, reconstructing and predicting their multi-scale dynamics. The challenges posed by the multi-scale modelling of both natural and artificial adaptive complex systems can only be met with radically new collective strategies for research and teaching (...)


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june holley's curator insight, December 2, 2013 10:39 AM

The study of complex systems adds a lot of depth to understanding networks.

Complexity Institute's curator insight, December 6, 2013 3:56 AM

Are we ready to recognize a Science as a "Transdisciplinary Science?
Complex systems science is not a science in itself, but it may be considered as a 'Science of Sciences'.
I think this is the most challenging issue to face for a Worldwide Knowledge Society, as Paul Bourgine states.
What are your opinions about this?

Edgar Francisco Pelayo Valencia's curator insight, December 20, 2013 5:26 PM

Future is here!!!

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System of Systems

If you look at our planet from space, what you see is something like a neural network with the cities as its nodes, and that is as good an image of the planet as a complex system of systems as one could hope for.

With the emergence of the internet in the mid-90's, the world became one global commons. In the past, we could understand that there was some mysterious unity to the various dimensions of life but we couldn't understand its dynamics, we couldn't observe and measure their interactions. We basically operated like the drunk who looks under the streetlight for his keys because that's where he can see.

 

Video featuring, from IBM: Mike Wing, Irving Wladawsky-Berger and Julia Grace.


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