The complexity trap
Why we need a new management approach
Complexity has shaped our times and has changed our modern business world – and we all know this. The number of tasks is increasing, change cycles are getting shorter, and everything is growing more interconnected. Complexity crops up in many different contexts nowadays – sometimes meaningfully, and sometimes just as a buzzword.
But one thing is clear: We still have no idea what complexity is really about – much less how we can master it. At the same time, there are countless things that people get wrong when it comes to dealing with complexity, such as calling for simplification, for more data, or for better planning.
This book sheds light on these misconceptions around the issue of complexity, delivers relevant background knowledge, and always remains practice-oriented.
What makes this book special:
- The first book that addressed common misconceptions about complexity
- Features countless real-world examples
- Enables readers to broaden their leadership skills and learn how to deal with complexity
- Contains extensive glossary
It seems like some organizations need to get turned inside out to react to the growing complexity of our world. Concepts like interconnectedness, self-organization, and unpredictability seem too big and mysterious for them to confront.
Making things harder is the fact that complex tasks are dynamic, nonlinear, and nontransparent. There are no easy solutions to handle them, and there is always the question of context.
As a result, Stephanie Borgert, an expert on navigating complex problems and situations, doesn’t provide ready-made blueprints in this book, but she does give managers and executives the tools and insights they need to respond to these challenges.
She introduces the concept of complexity and explains the key features of complex systems. Then, she reveals the nine most common complexity-related misconceptions that continue to be widespread in management circles.
By summarizing the skills, mindsets, and competencies that are necessary for mastering complexity, she provides the insights that executives and managers need to be successful despite—or perhaps as a result of—complexity.
Demystify complexity and clarify what it really means for your organization and team with the lessons in The Complexity Trap.