Chapter 4: Dealing with Complexity – Solving the Problem

Dynamic Complexity has the potential to become better or worse (perhaps like a marriage, some of you may say).

In this work, these complexities present themselves as systemic structures or systems view.  They look like a series of cause-effect causalities.  Except the series of causality have assumed what looks like a circular nature.  It will begin to take the shape of a loop.  This is what we mean when we say ‘systemic structures’.

And these structures are the causes of behaviour that emerges; for managers this behaviour manifests itself in the results (events) of business performance or lack of performance based on policy decisions.

When it “goes bad”, these problems usually begin to surmount.  When it “goes good”, they take care of the problems we face, and the problems go away by themselves without requiring our intervention.

As parents to our children we ‘fight the problem’ or sometimes the child.

But as custodians of society we need to work with the structures that are causing these dynamic complexity.  If we don’t, then the only way out is to continue to ‘parent’ our children generation after generation, its intensity growing over time.

Which way it goes depends on the approach we use to deal with it.

Are you ready to ‘”fight” the structure’?

If you are, welcome to the world of ‘dealing with structures’ or ‘turning the situation around‘ and learn to use the very structures that created the problem to solve the problem for us.

This is tantamount to doing more with less.

This is what we mean when we say leverage interventions.


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