Fireside Chat with John Kay - Obliquity #bizbooks

Management Craft

For those of you who manage others, set goals, create stratgy, and/or strive to build a great workplace and life, this podcast and book is for you. Books Management OD Podcasts and Webcasts Science Workplace Happiness business books chaos theory john kay obliquityAre you a fox or a hedgehog? Check out this podcast! During this 24 minute podcast, I chat with John Kay , author of Obliquity: Why Our Goals are Best Achieved Indirectly.

Org Systems and Chaos: Abstraction of Reality, Reality of Abstraction

Management Craft

I was talking with a very smart friend of mine last week about some of the complexities involved with USING systems theory and chaos theory in organizational systems. Only when we "chill out," for lack of a better term, and realize that an open and chaotic system is not up for grabs to manage using closed-system approaches, can we fully harness and, ironically, "manage" the system.

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How to Unleash Possibility in 2015

Management Craft

Originally published on Management Craft December 30, 2009. Originally published on Management Craft April 20, 2012. Originally published on Management Craft April 26, 2005. Why do I share this story on my little management blog? Within chaos hides possibility…. Here’s the thing – and one reason why I find chaos so interesting - we don’t know which flaps matter. Happy New Year!

How to Unleash Possibility in 2015

Management Craft

Originally published on Management Craft December 30, 2009. Originally published on Management Craft April 20, 2012. Originally published on Management Craft April 26, 2005. Why do I share this story on my little management blog? Within chaos hides possibility…. Here’s the thing – and one reason why I find chaos so interesting - we don’t know which flaps matter. Happy New Year!

The Wickedness Behind Most 21st-Century Leadership Failures

Harvard Business Review

It's their failure to effectively manage the wickedness of the problems they face — problems that resist obvious solutions. However, systems thinking, chaos theory, power laws, and the like are not enough. As Chief Facilitation Officers, leaders must resist the temptation to hurry through the exploration of wicked problems, and just as importantly, resist the pull of management teams and boards to rush to consensus.

Is Economics Ready for a New Model?

Harvard Business Review

Economic theories based on rational behavior have been called into doubt by recent events. If you want to learn about the subject, in fact, Hector's article is probably better — it's clearer in its descriptions of the relevant theories. But does that mean their theories and their way of going about their work are about to undergo wholesale change? The other big idea in the 1988 article was chaos theory.