Chapter 5: Dealing with Complexity – How do we solve the problem?

Dynamic Complexity has the potential to become either better or worse (perhaps some of you may say just like marriages).

In this work, these complexities often present as systemic structures or requires a systems view.  They are a series of cause-effect causalities.  Except the series have now become interlocked and assume what looks like a circular causal structure.  It takes the shape literally that of a loop.  This is what we mean when we say ‘systemic structures’.

And these structures are the causes of behaviors that emerges.  For managers this behaviour manifests itself in the results (events) of business performance or the lack of based on policy decisions.  For communities, these may include crime, substance abuse, unbridled health concerns.

When it “goes bad”, these problems will begin to mount.  When it “goes good”, they would usually take care of the problems we face, and as such they go away by themselves often without having the need to require our intervention.

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

But as custodians of society we would need to learn to work with the structures that are causing these behaviours and complexities.  Often, this way, we will learn that access to solutions are actually easier than we had thought.

Should we not deal with these structures, we would soon learn that the only way out of the problem would be to continue to ‘parent’ our children generation after generation, except it’s intensity for the need ‘to parent’ would grow over time.

Which way it goes, would depend on the approach we would use to deal with it.

So, are you ready to ‘”fight” the structure’ or would you want to just keep fighting the problem?

If you are ready, 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 what we mean when we say leverage interventions.

This would tantamount to doing more with less.

But first.  A story.

The title of the story is called “The Healing Poison”.  Have you heard of the story?



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