We Selected the Simple Solution. The Complex Solution Became a Worldwide Standard – Part I


A solution that has been designed in an environment with low levels of complexity can be the cause of failure when:

  • the solution is implemented in an environment with high levels of complexity;
  • the solution itself is extended and becomes too complex; or
  • the solution remains the same but the surrounding environment exceeds a certain level of complexity

Leading in a Complex Environment

Does this sound familiar? You have an effective solution to a complex challenge. But when you try to get it accepted, you find that it differs too much from the way solutions are expected to look. Creating openness to the unconventional solution seems an insurmountable challenge. Here is an example that may help you.

My quest for solutions to complex challenges started around 1988 while I was working for a data centre. Management recognized that, with increasing complexity, we were losing the overview: With every change we made, and every problem we tried to solve, we were in danger of creating new problems. I was asked to investigate a solution.

At the time, we used a software tool for problem and change management. The tool worked well. It had an unused module and it looked the solution to our challenge was a matter of bringing the module in production. This…

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Fact or fabrication?:: Iran Attacks US Banks


The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency....

I am not anti-American nor am I given to looking for conspiracy theories BUT, wait a minute, what is that smell?

Can YOU smell it too? It smells like bullshit to me and “ticks so many boxes” that it looks like a lovingly crafted plot worthy of Hollywood. If you are a movie director or warmonger it wouldn’t work just quite so well if the alleged attacker were a non-Islamic country, particularly a powerful one like China, whose track record of cyber attacks on US isn’t great!

So here’s why I’m getting that whiff of BS.

The denial of service attacks now afflicting American banks are widely attributed to Iran. They’ve grown so serious that US banks have asked the National Security Agency for help.

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Use yer heid:: conventional wisdom requires a sound basis


Here is a piece that I found particularly interesting. The full article can be found here.

Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s capacity to modify its organization, pertaining to the acquisition of new skills and learning. Several decades ago, the consensus was that the neocortical areas were immutable after a certain stage of development. However, recent studies determined that environmental changes could alter cognition by modifying neuron connections in adults. What’s more, it was determined that stress is the key factor in boosting plasticity, and learning, in the nervous system.

In other words, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. The brain says to itself: “Oh, my survival is at risk, so I’d better start thinking and learning really hard right now.” It’s only when you have skin in the game that you’ll really focus and learn.

Unfortunately there are still too many people who have difficulty in coming to terms with the FACT that, the others, who have always been around and tended to make things all right, can no longer be relied upon to do so!

Who’s that then?neural plasticity

The institutions that we were brought up to trust.

Organisations that could be trusted but who have shown themselves more concerned about holding on to power and/or wealth, than responding to he changes that right-minded people are, increasingly, calling for. Any innovation is on their terms and, first and foremost, for their benefit – destructive creation.

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The role of government in a crowdsourcing world:: World Economic Forum


This isn’t about the future this is about NOW! How are you contributing and how prepared are you to deal with the next phase of the “great unwinding”?

Not sure? Ontonix can tell you, drop me an email or follow the link.

Indeed, as access to information increases and the cost of collaboration decreases, so too does our dependency on governments to manage complexity. As a result, a newly empowered civil society is reclaiming its rightful place between governments and free markets as a viable alternative that is capable of solving big problems.

http://forumblog.org/2012/06/the-role-of-government-in-a-crowdsourcing-world/

Institutions & Insurance:: physician heal thyself…but do it quick!


English: Visual description of the different l...

English: Visual description of the different layers of complexity in system architecture (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have had the privilege of gaining an holistic view of the insurance industry and – armed with the tools that WOULD transform their businesses and our globally-shared future – have had the means to see beyond the symptoms about which the industry, other financial Institutions and Corporations are in denial…

It isn’t a pretty or healthy picture and the time to change is running-out!

As far as I can determine, we got to this point, primarily, because business leaders don’t know any better!

How could they when, at Business School, they learn what they are taught: knowledge is NOT understanding. And what they have learnt is economic theory that is based upon naive assumptions. Then, in commerce, are incentivised to pursue short-term results and to squeeze every last drop of profit, without conscience or consideration of the wider social and ecological consequences. It is what they see in practise on a day-to-day basis, are told by (equally ignorant) Consultants or read in the Management books of leaders from a less inter-connected era. They should be a dying breed but, instead are left to kill at will!