Here's Why Your Organization Can't Handle Complexity

October 15, 2017

Inc. features a piece on complex problems that require networked solutions, featuring 100Kin10 as an example.

“As managers, we like things to be simple enough so that we can understand and control them. Yet at some point we need to come to terms with the fact that the lunatics run the asylum. If you limit the problems you can solve to those that you can manage directly, you will soon find yourself swallowed up by the inherent complexity of today’s marketplace.

As Talia Milgrom-Elcott, Executive Director of 100Kin10, an organization which is committed to improving STEM education, told me, "complex problems tend to have multiple interconnected roots that require multiple interconnected solutions and can benefit from a networked approach based on shared values.”

The answer is not to try to make things simpler and neither is it to design an organizational structure so complex that nobody can understand it, but rather to enable and empower informal relationships across your enterprise.“

Read the full piece here.