Article: Overcoming perplexity
Our experience of working with leaders who desire positive change in the face of complex challenges shows that they way in which you think about complexity is an important precursor to effectively adopting complexity principles in practice.
In the lead up to Dave Snowden's visit to South Africa in October, the good folk at WorldsView Academy asked me to write about this topic and to present it at their Organisation Development Cafe on 21st August (book here).
The article is titled Overcoming Perplexity - Frames Of Mind For Engaging With Complexity (available here and attached to this post). It is largely based on a recent Ecology & Society journal article that I co-authored with our good friend Prof. Kevin Rogers (and others) which looked at the uptake of complexity principles in social-ecological research. This specific article applies a psychological lense to the issue and addresses the difficulty of overcoming reductionistic mindsets in embracing complexity.
|Overcoming Perplexity - Frames of Mind Required for Engaging with Complexity, by Aiden Choles.pdf||222.93 KB|