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By Embracing Complexity We Find Simplicity

We’ve grown up with a mechanical worldview that is now getting in the way of our ability to adapt and survive. With this mechanical mindset, we think of the world as a machine. We can analyze facts and execute plans toward a predictable future. We can measure and control outcomes. Traditional strategic planning embodies this mindset.

A different worldview has been emerging. This complexity mindset emphasizes interdependence, flow and change. The future is continuously unfolding in ways we can sense but not fully predict.

Sounds daunting, doesn’t it?

Yet, here’s the paradox. Embracing complexity can actually make our lives simpler. If we accept the continuous challenge of flow and change, we see that effective strategy in our organizations and communities follows simple rules. Our strategy emerges from relentlessly following these simple rules.

Ed Morrison