The Complexity Conundrum: MBA business-speak a source..?

Here is an extract from an article that makes so much more sense than does the modern business-speak that I must confess to “understanding” and using! In my defence can I say that I hear it as a foreign language, interpret it and, on occasion, respond in that language ONLY to make myself understood.

On refection that last statement isn’t actually true! Sometimes I respond in this alien language to test the range of vocabulary and/or actual (useful) knowledge of the other person. Once the façade starts to crack good old (BS free) down-to-earth English can have the impact of a WMD…**BOOM**…get the contract or “I’ll get my coat and leave you with your (bruised) ego”!!!

…”The strange thing about my utter lack of education in management was that it didn’t seem to matter. As a principal and founding partner of a consulting firm that eventually grew to 600 employees, I interviewed, hired, and worked alongside hundreds of business-school graduates, and the impression I formed of the M.B.A. experience was that it involved taking two years out of your life and going deeply into debt, all for the sake of learning how to keep a straight face while using phrases like “out-of-the-box thinking,” “win-win situation,” and “core competencies.” When it came to picking teammates, I generally held out higher hopes for those individuals who had used their university years to learn about something other than business administration”…

This is THE question that grabbed my attention…and how! Are MBA programs up to the challenge of developing leaders who can manage complexity well? via The Complexity Conundrum – BusinessWeek. Unfortunately there just wasn’t enough space for my full response. So, here is the unabridged, unedited, version: Put simply…”NO”. Of course I am not in a position to pre-judge every MBA course BUT, on the basis that Academics cannot agree on a common la … Read More

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Updated: What was Machiavelli talking about?

I make NO APOLOGY for re-blogging one of my own posts and a pretty recent one at that!

I wanted to add Japan to the list of unforeseen events and to re-pose (if that isn’t just a word I have made up) the question: what can we, sensibly, “take for granted” or should we always expect and prepare for the unexpected?

What was Machiavelli talking about? Image via Wikipedia   Or is it really important to know? Because many of his words are so profound that they transcend disciplines, scenarios and centuries! “…in its beginning it is easy to cure, but hard to recognise; whereas, after a time, not having been detected and treated at the first, it becomes easy to recognise but impossible to cure.” – Niccolo Machiavelli If I had attributed the statement to: a respected Economist on the subject o … Read More

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Randomness: Nassim Taleb and my blog…a VERY proud moment

How sad am I, to revel in the fact that, when someone searches “managing randomness”, there is NNT’s homepage then mine!?


I have put so much effort into communicating a message about the reality of randomness and the impact of complexity that it is a matter of great pride to me that we are even in the same ballpark…sad, in the eyes of some (I know) but, for all our sake’s I hope that the message that we (and my colleagues at Ontonix, globally) are promoting has real merit and offers hope in an area where other Academics, Politicians and Practitioners say they want to gain understanding but have been too busy pursuing their own agendas!