How can we thrive in Complexity take 2


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Keynote for AMP's AMPLIFY convention delivered Thursday 25th. The topic is "How can we thrive in Complexity?" could also be called "Why do we make life so hard for ourselves?"

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  • Juggling!
  • We’ve forgotten we live in a non-linear world. If we hadn’t we wouldn’t be surprised when… Stuck in a traffic jam we discover the accidents actually on the other side of the road You’re career path takes a twist turn! (Who has found an answer to “What will I become when I grow up?”) Childcare minding in Hong Kong The financial crisis? Maybe you can think of other examples?
  • Sailing Story The moral is: When you are tooooo outcomes focussed you can miss the obvious Sometimes to get where you need to go you need to sail in a direction opposite Sometimes you need to sail towards the thing you don’t want to hit!
  • You’re not a number and nor is this cow. The Milk it Kill it or Grow it Story.
  • The problem with Simplicity
  • Sensitivity to initial conditions
  • The irreducibility principle
  • Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer. Peter Drucker (1909 – 2005) American Management Consultant, Author Widely considered to be "the father of modern management
  • Juggling!
  • How can we thrive in Complexity take 2

    1. 1. How can we thrive in complexity?
    2. 2. Why do we make life so hard for ourselves?
    3. 3. Andrew Rixon PhD Director
    4. 4. Facilitate – verb make easier or less difficult; help forward assist the progress of (a person).
    5. 5. We’ve forgotten something…
    6. 6. The world’s not a straight line
    7. 7. Remember your career path?
    8. 10. “ I used to think the idea that Brazil could get a financial flu from Russia because a failed hedge fund, say, had invested in both – was far-fetched. I didn’t take it as seriously as I should have.” -- Economist Paul Krugman Professor at Princeton and recent Nobel prize winner Harvard Business Review June 2009
    9. 11. Other signs of forgetting…
    10. 12. Being too “outcomes” focussed
    11. 14. Thinking there’s ONE right answer… (And it’s 42!)
    12. 16. Trying to do too much!
    13. 17. And why is simplicity shunned?
    14. 18. Remembering Complexity
    15. 19. Sensitivity to Initial Conditions
    16. 21. Emergence
    17. 22. Did you know: Ants “discovered” agriculture through division of labour and hierarchy around 40,000 years ago?
    18. 23. How far have we come?
    19. 25. How agile ?
    20. 30. Another example?
    21. 31. A complexity inspired approach to organising…
    22. 32. “ Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer.” Peter Drucker (1909 – 2005) American Management Consultant, Author (Widely considered to be the father of modern management )
    23. 36. So it can work…
    24. 37. But why do we forget ?
    25. 38. We have personal orientations to Complexity…
    26. 44. Oh and one last thing…
    27. 45. People are good .
    28. 47. Andrew Rixon PhD Director